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Crosscut Saw Manual

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Authored by United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service Technology & Development Program

Many readers undoubtedly have run crosscut saws in the past, and a lot of you know the difference between a good running saw and a poorly filed one. A poorly filed saw deserves the name I have often heard attributed to it… “misery whip.” A well-filed saw, however, is efficient and can
be satisfying to use. Only in recent years was a chain saw developed that could beat a topnotch bucker in a contest. There is a record of a 32-inch Douglas-fir log cut in 1 minute 262/5 seconds by one bucker.
Saw filers of any quality are becoming very difficult-if not impossible-to find. This manual was written so those of you who use crosscut saws can maintain them yourselves and overcome some of the misery of that ol’ whip.
The manual provides a basic description of how and why a crosscut saw works, tips on building a saw vise, and some experience-tested methods as a guide for achieving a well running saw.
Only saws having raker teeth are discussed, because they are by far the most common saws found today. This includes lance, perforated-lance, and champion tooth patterns.

Publication Date:
Dec 27 2014
1505773792 / 9781505773798
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5″ x 11″
Black and White
Related Categories:
Reference / Handbooks & Manuals


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