Share your favorites on Show & Tell

Wappat Electric Hand Saw

In Tools and Hardware > Saws > Show & Tell.
Saws102 of 1501950  W7 & W8 Stanley Safety sawsvintage table top motor powered hack saw
Love it
Like it

bloomerybloomery loves this.
Sawmaster007Sawmaster007 loves this.
packrat-placepackrat-place loves this.
iggyiggy loves this.
vetraio50vetraio50 loves this.
DaveRDaveR loves this.
fortapachefortapache loves this.
blunderbuss2blunderbuss2 loves this.
See 6 more
Add to collection

    Please create an account, or Log in here

    If you don't have an account, create one here.

    Create a Show & TellReport as inappropriate

    Posted 6 years ago

    (1 item)

    This is as much as I know about it:
    In 1918, Fred Wappat established Wappat Gear Works, marketing his line of precision-cut gears to makers of machinery and automobiles. Besides gears, he made washing machines, and then in 1927 he introduced the Alta line of "power handsaws", a very early line of handheld circular saws. They were big saws, with 8" to 10" blades and with a then-innovative automatically-retracting blade guard. The saws were powerful and rugged but light for their size. The early models were intended for stone and concrete, and were popular for cutting roadways for resurfacing. They were used during a renovation of the Washington monument. Later models were woodworking tools aimed at carpenters. Added to the product line were door-lock mortisers and power planers.
    In 1928 the company announced that they were focusing solely on their line of circular saws. (At that time the business was located on Meade Street at Braddock Avenue.) The following year Wappat Gear Works was acquired by the large and well-known maker of un-powered handsaws, Simonds Saw & Steel Co.; they continued to operate as Wappat, Inc. within the Simonds Saw and Steel Division. The "Alta" name had been dropped by then.

    Unsolved Mystery

    Help us close this case. Add your knowledge below.

    See all
    8" Jackson Dovetail Saw Made by Dis...
    Antique Goodell - Pratt Miter Box
    Antique Goodell - Pratt Miter Box ...
    Nice Antique Disston No 12 28
    Nice Antique Disston No 12 28" 8 TP...
    8" Jackson Dovetail Saw Made by Dis...
    See all

    Want to post a comment?

    Create an account or login in order to post a comment.