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    Posted 3 months ago

    Watchsearc…
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    I found this huge iron saw in the woods on my property back in the 1990s. It had small trees growing thru and all around it. I suspect it may have been dumped there years ago but, whatever, I really like the thing so got my grandson to haul it to the yard with the tractor....it has become part of a small garden of interesting old “junk” that I call “yard art”.

    That’s a yellow yard stick in the picture for scale.
    From the blade guard to the huge nut that would have held the blade, it measures 13”.
    I cannot tell if the blade guard is supposed to be at that angle or if it got bent somehow.

    I can tell that it likely had a belt running to the mechanism on the end which would have turned the shaft and the blade.

    The chain must have operated the bars underneath the saw.....maybe to accommodate various diameters of logs....just conjecture on my part.

    The only markings are the ones shown.....looks like a large 1 followed by smaller numbers 15. I don’t know what the numbers indicate.

    I’m curious about how such a saw would be used and how old it is.

    Thanks for looking it over! Comments welcomed!

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    1. bobby725 bobby725, 3 months ago
      I think it`s a free standing belt driven buzz saw for cutting firewood, we had one similar mounted to the front of our old John Deere B.
    2. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 3 months ago
      bobby725, that makes sense to me since it looks like it could only cut logs into shorter pieces rather than into boards.
      Is there any way to estimate its age?

      Thanks for the enlightenment!

      Thanks for the loves,
      bobby725
      fortapache
      Newfld
    3. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 3 months ago
      I'd more than happily add that thing to my own collection of 'rusty yard art', Watchsearcher if I had the opportunity to do so! :-) :-) :-) (but instead I'm kinda guessing the next, not as large or heavy but similar rusty relic that might end up living in my yard might be a decrepit old commercial Singer sewing machine...it is an otherwise old crusty missing-parts remnant of what it once was in its own way too...? ;-) ;-) ;-)
      :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
    4. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 3 months ago
      I think we have similar tastes in rusty objects! Aren’t they interesting?!
      I’ve pretty much just started my “rust garden” with the saw as the “centerpiece”. >lol<
    5. fortapache fortapache, 3 months ago
      Very very cool. I never find stuff like that on my property.
    6. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 3 months ago
      And a wonderful 'centerpiece' it is!!! :-) :-) :-)
    7. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 3 months ago
      Took me a minute WS, but I knew I'd showed the old Singer machine already here awhile back. It isn't yet in my possession but likely will be soon, no matter where I end up dropping the thing to continue its natural 'decay' (is that really a good thing, or just an otherwise occasionally interesting thing??) somewheres outside in the yard... ;-) ;-) :-) :-) :-)

      https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/271692-old-rusty-singer-sewing-machine--a-so
    8. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 3 months ago
      fortapache, thank you for the fine comment and for supporting my belief that I’m not nuts for likening this thing!

      AO, I love your old machine! That base looks in great shape so it would make a great table.
    9. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 3 months ago
      Iptools, irishcollector, ttomtucker, Brunswick, AO and ho2culcha....thank you all for loving this old thing...I think we all have great taste in old junk!
    10. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 3 months ago
      MALKEY, thank you so much for “loving” my rusty junk!
    11. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 3 months ago
      Bobby nailed it ... should be out there still cutting wood ...not as junk in a yard ,...just saying ...its a nice rig ..smiling
    12. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 3 months ago
      I’d gladly part with it if anyone around here wanted to buy it....they would have to haul it away themselves. There’s just no telling how long it laid in the woods before we came across it. We have fireplaces but haven’t burned wood in them for several years.
    13. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 3 months ago
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrGdgjoUJSg
    14. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 3 months ago
      Roycroftbooksfromme1, I cannot thank you enough for the link to the video of a saw like mine in action.
      Mine having a blade guard might be a slight upgrade from the one in the video, but I see that their’s has a section with a wheel that mine does not have....maybe that made moving it a bit easier.

      I’ll forward the video to the men in my family so they will understand this saw. Just yesterday, one of the guys was insisting it was supposed to saw a log lengthwise into boards.....now, this proves it’s to saw a log into shorter sections such as firewood.

      Thanks for the super info!!
    15. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 3 months ago
      Your welcome.. '-))
    16. hotairfan hotairfan, 2 months ago
      great piece. You can still find circular saw blades for this saw at local farm auctions. Just remember to check for the right diameter saw with the same diameter hole in it so it fits the shaft diameter. If properly fitted, your buck saw will give you an easy way to harvest firewood.
    17. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 2 months ago
      That’s a great idea. I really need a portable band saw to turn some very large oak logs into boards...I can’t find anyone in my area who does such work.

      I’m so glad I finally posted this saw...I didn’t even know what it is called until you guys on CW let me know. Thank you for the information on the blade...that’s very helpful!

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