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Posted 6 months ago

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M98Ranger
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It is a Stanley Miter Box and saw....No 2245....It has been rebuilt a time or two at least (it has lead-based paint on the original saw guides, but red spray paint on the castiron (I had to clean it to be able to see it).....It apparently in 1926 went for about 37 with the saw....assuming it was the same one, but this one might be a little later....like 1930's or 1940's I would guess....not sure....if anyone has any information to date this particular model I would appreciate it. I found it up in Fairbanks, Alaska by the way.

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  1. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 6 months ago
    I will throw in 2 cents. While this may be branded Stanley, you may learn it was actually made by Millers Falls and the Stanley brand applied.
  2. Caperkid Caperkid, 6 months ago
    Cool find for sure. Welcome to CW.
  3. Onedtent, 6 months ago
    I have one exactly like this. Clean it up, get the saw re-sharpened and the teeth set, install a sacrificial piece of wood to protect the base and use it!

    For small jobs much handier than a radial arm saw. (Much safer too!)
  4. M98Ranger M98Ranger, 6 months ago
    Thanks all...My original post was it turns out in error...it was actually a No. 2246...(not a 2245.....but until I derusted it considerably with electrolysis for a day I couldn't properly read it). Also I located (online) a scan of the "Instructions for Assembling and Adjusting". Once I have some time to do a real good job at restoring her I will have to post the pics....if anyone needs the instructions let me know.

    Also, after derusting it I found that it DOES work awesome....the blade is actually in great shape although it will be much better I am sure once I set the teeth and give it a proper heat treatment (once I have time....I have a bunch of things to do on my plate right now, so I am going to oil her up and put it on the back burner for a while now that I got her 'stabilized' (stabilized in the respect that she is not going the way of the earth anytime soon now because I reversed the rusting process pretty substantially....I do have a radial arm saw too btw....but I use it for just about everything you can think of (not just miters ;))....I love my radial arm saw....and she is accurate as anything too....(it helps that I still have all 10 fingers I am sure ;).
  5. M98Ranger M98Ranger, 6 months ago
    As far as it being Miller Falls...I appreciate the information, either way I don't much care....as the quality of the tool design and how it is made is much more important to me than who / where it was made....fyi though, up until 2002 the Miller's Falls trademark was always in the US (in 2002 a china based company bought the trademark out). I will give you some pictures that show everything. Even though it is almost a hundred years old it runs smooth as anything (and I haven't even got all the years of grease off the saw or teh angle traverse mechanism.

    The missing parts will be easy to remake (the L shaped sheet that was meant to keep the wood secure against the fence, as well as 1 of two ~20" 1/4" rods that run along the bottom to create a rigid set of ways for the fence / angle traversing mechanism to slide along as one changes the angle (it allows the saw to fit in the small opening that exists in the fence as the angle changes).

    Also, it is cool that the cast iron saw itself is made by Diston & Son's out of Philidelphia. They were a very respected saw blade manufacturer (and for good reason looking at the sharpness, quality of metal used / quality of brazing used in the spine of the saw / fact that my hand is all cut up from brushing up against it as I have been trying to do a gentle job of restoration....I LOVE IT....I will get a picture of it up soon, but right now the lithium grease I have it covered in makes it look like shite and I won't likely have time to finish it in the near future.

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