On Wed, 19 Nov 2003 23:33:20 -0000, "David Gethin"
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I don't know "General" brand. But modern saws are induction hardened
(the tips of the teeth are dark) and can't be sharpened. OTOH, one of
these saws costs about the same as a saw file, and you can give the
remaining steel to BAD to make a cabinet scraper from.
Sharpening an old saw takes a while, but it isn't really that hard,
and it's nice to make a real nasty old wreck cut well again.
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That depends on what your saw is worth. If it's relatively new and
you can replace it with the same thing at a lesser cost than sharpening,
then buy a new one. If the saw is old then it's a more difficult to say.
Your saw could be worth quite a bit more than a new saw or the cost
to sharpen it. If you post some details about your saw (mfgr, approx age,
length, TPI, etc) then others here with more knowledge than I can give
you some direction.
It will do a better job of cutting than it did new if it can be sharpened.
You can also buy Disston saws on E-bay for a few dollars. I have three saws
that cost less than $15 a piece including shipping charges. I assure you
that if you have one of those sharpened and properly set, it will do a great
I've learned to sharpen and set my own. It is satisfying to take an old tool
and make it good again. :-)
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