The Crosscut Saw

Here is a primer on physical characteristics and use of the crosscut saw.



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Assorted crosscut saw tooth patterns.  
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Crosscut saws come in one man and two man versions. The latter has multiple variations. 
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The blunt side of a felling saw (top) is curved or bowed so that a wedge inserted into the trunk of a partially cut tree won't interfere with the saw. The blunt side of a bucking saw (bottom) is straight.  
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A straight taper-ground saw is of uniform thickness from end to end. 
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The black of a crescent-taper-ground is slightly convex, which helps prevent binding. 
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Method of underbucking with a crosscut saw to prevent a log from binding when it's being cut into sections. 
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Diagram shows the differing potential for binding between a taper-ground blade and a flat-ground blade.
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How a crosscut saw cuts: cutting teeth make the initial incision. Raker teeth peel the cut fibers, collect them in gullets between the cutting teeth, and carry them out of the cut.
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