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Forum topic by ed23 posted 11-05-2020 01:51 AM 952 views 0 times favorited 30 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-05-2020 01:51 AM

For those over 50….you may have realized that the names of tools have changed over the years. In the late 50’s and 60’s a sabre saw was a hand held saw, then it was called a jig saw, now people (wikipedia) call a sawzall a sabre saw. A jig saw was a bench saw, now its called a scroll saw Then there is Skillsaw. Go get me the Skillsaw. Which one? the sabre saw?


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#1 posted 11-05-2020 02:01 AM

I should have saw that one coming.

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#2 posted 11-05-2020 03:55 AM



I should have saw that one coming.

- BigAl98

lol. Some people just use the easiest description they know for a tool, which can be a problem. I used to work in an industry (aerospace) where acronyms were so numerous that the company I worked for actually published a booklet so people could decode what was being said. Crazy.

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#3 posted 11-05-2020 04:48 AM


I should have saw that one coming.

- BigAl98

You got a sharp wit about you, really keeping us on edge here.


lol. Some people just use the easiest description they know for a tool, which can be a problem. I used to work in an industry (aerospace) where acronyms were so numerous that the company I worked for actually published a booklet so people could decode what was being said. Crazy.

- Dark_Lightning

One of my first jobs in college was a material handler for a big Electrician company. I learned what tools were sometimes by the brand name. “go get the Hilti!” (Meaning hammer drill)“Grab me the sawzall”, “fetch me the Makita”. I remember later seeing that these companies made other tools, hey thats not a Hilti!

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#4 posted 11-05-2020 05:45 AM

Sawzall and Skilsaw are brand names, not a category of tool.

Jig saw, Sawzall, saber saw and an electric carving knife are all various reciprocating cutting tools.

The nomenclature changes as technology is added (power vs hand of the same basic tool) and the tool name may be the same due to the same type of cutting action.

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#5 posted 11-05-2020 03:19 PM



Sawzall and Skilsaw are brand names, not a category of tool.

Jig saw, Sawzall, saber saw and an electric carving knife are all various reciprocating cutting tools.

The nomenclature changes as technology is added (power vs hand of the same basic tool) and the tool name may be the same due to the same type of cutting action.

- Madmark2


Sawzall and Skilsaw are brand names, not a category of tool.

Jig saw, Sawzall, saber saw and an electric carving knife are all various reciprocating cutting tools.

The nomenclature changes as technology is added (power vs hand of the same basic tool) and the tool name may be the same due to the same type of cutting action.

- Madmark2


+1

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#6 posted 11-05-2020 03:53 PM

We had a millwright (at this company that was carpenter type work) who called a hand circ saw a Skilsaw. He also called every RAS a “Dewalt”. Back then I called a jig saw a Sabre Saw.

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#7 posted 11-05-2020 04:03 PM

Sawzall actually isn’t a brand. Its a trademark of Milwaukee i believe.

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#8 posted 11-05-2020 05:25 PM

Growing up around this stuff my child brain heard it called a Saw Saw. Which made sense since the blade reciprocated.

The one that really tripped me up was why the torch bottles were called “oxygen settling”

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#9 posted 11-05-2020 05:35 PM

I’ve said many a time on woodworking forums that Semantics are often the bane of understanding. IOW what someone calls something that I know it as, keeps us from understanding what we are talking about.

This doesn’t just apply to tools, but to types of joinery, and procedures, sometimes I think it also applies to species of wood.

Than again, there is always room for~

Many more than I have used Popular in a project, now I have used Poplar many a time though. Maybe it’s just that old Ritin I heard about all those years ago in grade school. You know those 3 R’s :-)

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#10 posted 11-05-2020 06:21 PM

scap, using “settling” in place of acetylene might be something like the way some people use/don’t use the letter H.

“Settleing” seems like a little bit slang vernacular though.

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#11 posted 11-05-2020 08:23 PM

I see a lot of people calling a box joint a finger joint or a dove tail especially when selling on zbay. larry

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#12 posted 11-05-2020 08:38 PM

When I was in the laborers union it was right around the time DeWalt came out with cordless tools that werent just a drill. The company had switched out many of our recip and circ saws to cordless version already. My first foreman referred to a cordless drill as just a cordless. He would tell me to go get the cordless and of course being in my late teens early 20s I would ask “Cordless what?” That is when I learned how to communicate with only 4 letter words.

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#13 posted 11-05-2020 10:43 PM

Somebody here asked for WD-40 and the guy who went for it came back with something that wasn’t penetrating oil – like “WD-40 Hand Soap” or something. It was always just one thing – but the markenting folks see a chance they think to maximize the value of the name by makeing a “family of products”. Not much you can do about that – jsut don’t squirt your WD-40 hand soap in a stuck padlock.

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Fred Hargis

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#14 posted 11-06-2020 11:53 AM

For sure the re naming of stuff goes past tools. Anymore most folks refer to varnish as “poly”, and loose tenons are now often called “dominoes”. There’s probaly others I can’t remember at the moment.

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#15 posted 11-06-2020 09:09 PM

We used to call a “Crescent” wrench an adjustable open end wrench; any portable circular saw was a “skil” saw because the Skil saw was the most popular saw at the time that everyone used. I used to refer to tools by their description in tool catalogs as their official name.

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