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Buzz Saw Identification (PICT)

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12-15-2013 21:38:38

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I picked up this buzz saw last weekend at an auction and am trying to find out who made it and maybe how old it is. Does anybody have any info one one of these? I picked it up for $35, and the guy who had the auction said he bought it on a sale a few years ago for $450! If you have any info that would be great!


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Paul from MI

12-16-2013 18:32:25

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 Re: Buzz Saw Identification (PICT) in reply to Beatles65, 12-15-2013 21:38:38  
Seen lots of those old buzz saws, but that's one of the better ones. Looks like the pole cradle is pretty well made. It may have been built out of a really old wood framed saw. The mandrel and bearings lasted a long time after the old wood frame rotted. But $450 for it is a real stretch.

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12-16-2013 05:10:39

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 Re: Buzz Saw Identification (PICT) in reply to Beatles65, 12-15-2013 21:38:38  
My Dad made one similar in the 1920's. Ordered a mandrel from Monkey Wards and made the frame from galvanized windmill iron. The mandrel has babbit bearings with oil slots on the top of the housing.

We staked it down when I was a kid, but later we mounted it right to the back of the B Farmall so it can be easily moved.

It's still at the farm; my brother uses it every year.

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greg k

12-16-2013 04:59:51

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 Re: Buzz Saw Identification (PICT) in reply to Beatles65, 12-15-2013 21:38:38  
That one looks similar to mine, but not identical. Appleton made a similar one. Good to hear from you again, I was wondering yesterday what had become of you.

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12-16-2013 02:18:57

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 Re: Buzz Saw Identification (PICT) in reply to Beatles65, 12-15-2013 21:38:38  
Saws like that were in early 1900s catalogs.Called pole saws.1 clue to its age would be the lack of arc welding on it.I doubt its a home made job.

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12-16-2013 01:36:04

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 Re: Buzz Saw Identification (PICT) in reply to Beatles65, 12-15-2013 21:38:38  
Nice unit & a great price . My guess is that someone picked up the arbor & blade , then he built the unit to his own design . Who ever built it , was very smart . If it was mine , I'd make a blade guard for it . Please use extra safety. I do like it .God bless , Ken

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12-16-2013 00:40:13

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 Re: Buzz Saw Identification (PICT) in reply to Beatles65, 12-15-2013 21:38:38  
If those pillow block bearings, are original, then they should give you some clue, to the age. Are they poured babbit? or are they ball? Are they self aligning, or not?

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12-19-2013 15:41:24

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 Re: Buzz Saw Identification (PICT) in reply to Ralphwd45, 12-16-2013 00:40:13  
It looks to be Babbitt in the bearings.

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