Buying a Sawset

Paul recommends buying a secondhand sawset as they are cheaper and rarely wear out, these are readily found on eBay and also in secondhand outlets such as flea markets and car boot sales. When buying a secondhand sawset, check there is a spring in between the sawset handles before purchasing. Avoid Eclipse plastic handled sawsets as they flex too much, Paul uses both the Eclipse and Somax brands of all-metal sawset.

Secondhand Eclipse sawsets come in only one size and you can expect to pay £10-20 for one.

If you want to buy a new one, these are considerably more expensive. You can buy a Somax which are Japanese copies of the Eclipse. Somax sawsets come in 2 sizes, one is for smaller teeth and one for larger teeth. If you buy a Somax then we recommend the smaller size as this can set all the more generally sized saw teeth whereas the larger one cannot be used to set smaller teeth. If you can only buy a larger Somax model, see Paul’s blog on refining a sawset, which shows you how to alter the size of the hammer in the sawset.

4 comments on “Buying a Sawset

  1. For those of us in the US it is difficult to locate a Somax or an Eclipse saw set. On eBay most of the Eclipse and Somax saw sets are from UK sellers and the shipping costs rival the cost of the tool itself. There are a number of saw sets on eBay from other manufacturers, predominant among which are Stanley made ones. Are there any US made saw sets that you would recommend ?

    By the way, I truly love the wisdom and information that you share with us about purchasing tools. This is my first stop when i am trying to decide which tool to purchase. I particularly appreciate the frugality when it comes to the recommendations that you make. How refreshing in an age of mass marketing. to put people first.

    • David,

      I only have one set, a Stanley 42, which I picked up a while back on eBay NIB for $20. While I have nothing else to compare it to, I love it. On the various forums, most users laud the 42X.

      About a year ago when I was trying to source one, I searched Paul’s site for any comments on the 42, but at that time I didn’t find anything written about it.

  2. Hi all,

    I just purchased a Somax “Blue” small saw set from Lee Valley. I called and spoke to customer service person since they say no longer available on their web site. They were very helpful as usual and located one from a store front and shipped it to me. I was blessed.
    I’m not sure if they can do this again as they had to locate one in stock from a remote location. They also said that Somax had gone out of business and that they did not have another source at this time. I believe fine tools in Germany has the “gold” large model.

    Hope this helps,
    Stephen
    Newfoundland

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