Watch: Restoring a Gas-Powered Reciprocating Saw


Watch: Restoring a Gas-Powered Reciprocating Saw

I enjoy working on old power equipment, and most of mine is orange. Collecting, buying, and selling Economy/Power King/Jim Dandy tractors has become a hobby and sometime obsession for me. It’s helped me develop my mechanical ability, which certainly comes in handy in other areas, like remaining self-sufficient around the homestead.

This video shows an overhaul of an unrelated (but still orange) piece of equipment, and an unusual one at that. It’s a Wright Saw Model B520, which is made with handles like a chainsaw and has a similar-looking gasoline engine, but instead of a bar and chain there’s a bar with a reciprocating blade. Think “Sawzall on steroids.”

It started out pretty well; some disassembly and cleaning of the breaker points to restore spark. Then more teardown, and around the 8:20 mark he commits a bit of tool blasphemy when it uses a wood chisel to make a notch in metal! When I was a boy, my father issued wood-chisel-related threats deep and serious enough to make a strong impression on me, so that gave me pause.

When he continued to use it on metal on through the video, I just had to cringe and live with it, but I might have called him something unkind.

Overall, it looks pretty clean inside.

He got pretty crude & rough with the ignition wire and the decal. Yikes. And I’ll never know why he used a hammer on a hand-crimp tool, and doesn’t bother using screwdrivers that actually fit the screw slots.

When he made the new round spring clamp starting around the 27:30 mark, he regained some respect.

The blades might be the coolest part of all. Still, I can’t really see myself using this around the homestead in place of a chainsaw or even a Sawzall. But one of the advertised uses was meat cutting, so maybe for carving up large animals like elk, moose, or cows?

What do you think?

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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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