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5 ft Tuatahi M Tooth Crosscut Saw

I've always been interested in an M tooth saw but never was around one. I recently saw one on Craig's list and picked it up. It is unused 5' Tuatahi Homestead model. It was razor sharp and still had the original rust protective coating. It cuts smooth and fast with no catching. I cut a 10" alder log with it and compared it to a vintage peg and raker saw. At a normal working pace and no real effort the M tooth cut through in about 30 seconds compared to the vintage saw at 45 seconds. The log was not real solid so it rocked a little and that would normally cause a raker saw to catch but M tooth was not affected and ran smooth.

The saw is about 0.090" thick with no taper and quite stiff. From the factory the set varied quite a bit, it varied from 0.014" to 0.024" with most close to 0.017". The saw did start to bind a little on some logs so I changed the set to a uniform 0.020". I do not recommend setting just the tip of the teeth because at least some are quite hard and it would be easy to break a tooth tip off. With the set set to a uniform 0.020" it cuts free now.

I'll have to do some more comparison with vintage saws on different wood and sized logs.
Teeth Detail
Teeth Detail
5 ft Tuatahi M Tooth Crosscut Saw Homestead Model
5 ft Tuatahi M Tooth Crosscut Saw Homestead Model
End Detail
End Detail
With Sells handle
With Sells handle
Cut smooth and fast but no noodles
Cut smooth and fast but no noodles
Test log
Test log
Set varied from 0.014 to 0.024
Set varied from 0.014" to 0.024"
Set varied from 0.014 to 0.024
Set varied from 0.014" to 0.024"
Hammer this area to increase set
Hammer this area to increase set
Set corrected by hammering near base of tooth
Set corrected by hammering near base of tooth
Corrected set
Corrected set
Ripping test
Ripping test
Ripping with an M Tooth
Ripping with an M Tooth
A Peg and Raker saw rips quite well
A Peg and Raker saw rips quite well