Sally Saw

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A sally saw is a portable, mechanical, motorized saw. It was made obsolete by the invention of the chainsaw.

It was used for limbing (removing branches from the stem of a felled tree), and bucking (cutting a felled and delimbed tree into logs).


A sally saw consists of several parts:

  • An engine (internal combustion)
  • A drive shaft that transmits power from the engine out to the cutting blade
  • A cutting blade - a circular saw, sometimes hidden within a guard


The sally saw was created by the Cummings Machine Works in the first half of the 20th century.[1]


  1. ^ US patent 2490255, Henry A. Chase, "Portable Power Actuated Rim-Driven Annular Saw", assigned to Cummings Machine Works