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A dragsaw is an early reciprocating saw using a 1.8 m (6 feet) steel crosscut saw to buck logs to length. Prior to the popularization of the chainsaw during the Second World War, the dragsaw was a popular means of taking the hard work out of cutting wood.

According to one hypothesis, evidence for the use of dragsaws may date back to the fourth dynasty of Egypt, two thousand years before its commonly accepted date of invention.[1] Early dragsaws were steam powered and later gasoline powered. Some manufacturers included Multnomah, Vaughn and Wee McGregor.


  1. ^ Moores, Robert G., Jr. (1991), "Evidence for Use of a Stone-Cutting Drag Saw by the Fourth Dynasty Egyptians", Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt 28: 139–48 (148), doi:10.2307/40000576 

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