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Wolf, Jerry . 2006. T&D Snippets—Modern vs. Vintage Crosscut Saw. 0623 2S07. Missoula, MT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, National Technology and Development Program.

Modern vs. Vintage Crosscut Saws

By Bob Beckley

The crosscut saw has long been an indispensable tool of forest and wilderness crews. Modern saws are commonly made for competition. The peg-and-raker style is the most common, but modern peg-and-raker saws lack the quality of vintage saws, which are becoming increasingly difficult to find. Vintage peg-and-raker saws allow sawyers to develop a sawing rhythm so they can cut longer without tiring. The Missoula Technology and Development Center conducted field evaluations of vintage peg-and-raker saws and the modern "M tooth" crosscut saw and found that both performed well in testing. Sawyers, when allowed to test the saws side by side, usually preferred the vintage crosscut saw. The tech tip, Field Tests Comparing Modern to Vintage Crosscut Saws (0523–2320–MTDC), provides an overview of the side-by-side evaluations.