Human Powered Drag Saw
A turn or the last century lever action drag saw for felling trees and cross-cutting logs. Stenciled on the original red painted wood “Folding Saw Mfg Co., Chicago, Illinois”. The saw frame is fully adjustable for setting up to saw at an angle (when the log is not lying level) or to fell a tree. When completely folded, it can easily be carried from tree to tree. This is the general design of Marvin Smith’s 1882 patent and has the exact log clamp of Smith’s 1890 patent. The tensioner for the free end of the blade is marked “Patent June 3, 1902. This tensioning device is patented by Frank Pahls, of Chicago. Predating the rotary engine powered drag saws, this is a fine example for demonstrations at shows or farm museums. The saw is 7 ft long when folded for transport and weighs 50 lbs. The saw is in good working order, noting one weld at the pivoting lever. The wood is solid and retains most of its original red paint.
rear view of saw
right view of saw
the saw in horizontal position for tree felling
closeup of the patented log clamp and free end tensioner
the saw folded for transport
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