Picked up Disston Miter Saw for $5....

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Forum topic by Holbs posted 02-21-2018 02:03 AM 547 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-21-2018 02:03 AM

With my ongoing desire phase in life with learning to use hand tools, I knew one day I would love a miter saw. Thanks to a Facebook Marketplace ad, I picked this up for $5. Nearly 36” from toe to heel, 5” plate, seemingly intact. Although it says made by Disston & sons, it was made for Goddell-Pratt. Either way, I’ll put it to good use and looks fun to clean up and refurbish!
However, I do not know if I have all the parts for the miter stand itself. The two columns rise & fall aok without binding. I do not know what the 4” metal with oval hole with thumb screw is for :( Which leads me to wonder if there are other parts to this miter saw that I should be on the look out for?

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#1 posted 02-21-2018 03:15 AM

Good find.

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#2 posted 02-21-2018 03:20 AM

The 4” Oval is a depth stop..

The “tab” keeps the rods ( called Guides) from dropping too far down.

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#3 posted 02-21-2018 07:22 AM

Since it sounds as though you are new to hand tools, you may as well learn a few terms.

The heel and toe are indicated in this annotated photo – your 34 ½” or so is actually to the end of the horn on the handle or tote.

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#4 posted 02-21-2018 01:39 PM

The wooden bed pieces that extend out to the sides are a user addition and I can’t see for sure, but it looks like you’re missing the stops that allow for repeatable length cuts, but those are very commonly missing. Must have been something usually taken off and lost with the rest of the unidentifiable parts of various tools.

Great score for $5 though, nice saw.

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