Below, you’ll see some things I recently received from Crosscut Saw Company of Seneca Falls, New York. The auxiliary saw handle was over-priced at $19.50, but you can’t find them anywhere, so I gritted my teeth and paid the price. The quality seems okay. It will go on the one-man saw that I got in Amish country.
I already had and antique joiner and setting anvil, but figured that modern made would probably be more accurate than the old cast ones that I had. I’d never used a spider, so just got it on a lark. The latter three items came in a kit for $70, and I really didn’t think that was unreasonable in this day and age. The casting quality of the brass or bronze spider was okay, so no complaints. However, the finish of the joiner and anvil was appalling. You can see that the bottom of the anvil has uneven edges; what you can’t see is that they pretended to dress them on an overly coarse grinder and left edges that could cut your skin. Also, the machining on the joiner was incomplete, and the edges were left undressed, so it, too, could cut you. You can see some of the burrs, even in my fuzzy photo. I should have just used my old ones and saved my money. They DON”T NEED work to make them safe.
The shipping cost of $26.84 was at least double what it should have been, but I knew that in advance and ordered anyway. I’m going to write them, though, and explain that I worked three years as a mail-order clerk and know when I’m getting ripped-off on shipping and “handling.” I’ll see what happens.
Sixbears mentioned the poor quality of American made crosscut saws. If these accessories are any indication, he’s spot on. © 2013