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Beckley, Bob . 2002. Crosscut Saw Tooth-Setting Tool. 0223 2324P. Missoula, MT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Missoula Technology and Development Center. 4 p.

Describes a tool used to set (slightly bend) a tooth on a crosscut saw. A crosscut saw's teeth are set alternately to the right and left away from the plane of the saw blade. The set produces a kerf or cut that is wider than the saw blade, helping to prevent the blade from getting stuck. The raker teeth that pull wood from the cut are not set. The tooth-setting tool allows a hammer to be used to bend a tooth against the tool's anvil. During a test, each blow from a 1-pound hammer moved the cutter tooth about 0.001 inch. A spider or dial indicator gauge is used to make sure the set is correct for the type of wood being cut and the type of saw being used. The typical tooth set for Forest Service applications is about 0.012 to 0.015 inch.

Keywords: gauges, hammers, maintenance, tools, wilderness management


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