Your probably right about the $40 price. Best off if he spends a little more and start with a ryoba.jschaben said:Like most tools, it depends on what you are wanting to do with it. For a good pull saw, your $40 budget is going to be a challenge.
I mainly use mine just to flush trim dowels so I am perfectly happy with the $15 Marples from Home Depot. If I were doing hand cut dovetails, I would likely be far less happy.
Well Keith just what's wrong with the saws that don't cut to a line? What's different about the saws?Keith Mathewson said:In in the course of daily work I do a fair amount of handwork and while I can understand that for many it may not make sense to purchase a handmade saw I can say that for me the difference is noticeable. It is not so noticeable at first but after about 6 months to a year it is. I have encountered some cheap saws which simply would not cut to a line, some are better than others.
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I see. Well way back when I bought my first pull saw. There weren't any made by non Japan companies that I knew of. I saw the first Stanley version and it was the worse copy I had seen. The blade was too thick and the teeth looked like western saw teeth. I cracked my first saw but not until I had used it for years and it was relegated to rough crap work. Dull and abused it was the best branch saw. Great for the Christmas tree stump.amckenzie4 said:Al -- I used one saw that constantly curved to the right. It turned out the teeth were set badly, and it was almost impossible to cut straight with the saw. Once the teeth were straightened a little on one side, it worked fine. The problem is that with the pull saws, the teeth may snap before you can reset them.