What Is A Log Saw? What Is A Log Saw Used For?

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A Log Saw is a traditional extra long saw used for sawing logs.

A log saw is a traditional saw that was made in many different lengths with the most typical blade lengths ranging from 3ft - 7ft long.

Typically a 3ft-4ft log saw is a one-man saw which usually has an additional removable auxiliary handle to allow extra leverage or to allow the saw to be used as a two-man saw.

4ft saws can be either a one-man or two-man saw.

Saws of 5ft or longer are two-man saws with a handle either end of the saw.

There were longer and much longer log saws called 'Pit Saws'.

Log saws have special teeth setup to enhance the speed and amount of material the saw can cut. There have been a few different teeth configurations which have been developed through the logs saw history including:

  • Champion Tooth
  • Great American Tooth
  • Lance Tooth
  • Peg Tooth
  • Tenon Tooth

In the 1920's the renowned saw maker Disston advertised the following log saws:

  • Suwanee Cross-Cut Saw (Log)
  • Virginian Cross-Cut Saw (Log)
  • Beaver Cross-Cut Saw (Log)
  • Buzz Cross-Cut Saw (Log)
  • Cedar Savage One-Man Cross-Cut Saw (Log)
  • Tenon Tooth Cross-Cut Saw (Log)

Log saws traditionally were used for forestry work before the invention of chain saws and machinery.

log saw etching

Today log saws are seeing a niche resurgence particularly for sawing garden logs for woodburners (without the dangers of chainsaws).

Log Saw Manufacturers:

There have been a number of log saw makers in the past, with a few present makers. Below are a list of a few well known log saw manufacturers:

New Log Saw Manufacturers (Traditional)

Old Log Saw Makers:

  • Disston
  • Keen Kutter
  • Spear & Jackson
  • Tyzack

Many of the old log saws appear to not have had manufacturers names or they have worn away.


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