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Homemade Swing Saw

A large swing saw made and used by an elderly Pennsylvania woodworker who had a huge shop and sawmill in which he turned trees into everything from spinning wheels and furniture to clock gears. The table is almost 9 feet long and fitted with nine 3 1/2" x 14" turned wooden rollers. The swinging arm is counterbalanced with a couple window sash weights, causing the saw to return to the rear position when released. However, I never release the handle until the blade has come to a stop.

The 14" blade is driven by a very large single phase 120v motor. The motor is missing its nameplate, but appears to be 1 1/2 or 2hp. Total height is almost 8'. Used as a cut-off saw for boards straight from his sawmill, the saw can cut heavy stock like butter. Not an antique, but great fun to use or just to look at. This isn't the safest machine - I wouldn't use it before having my morning coffee.

The motor and swinging arm.

The solid frame and table.

rear view.

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