My WADE One Man Drag Saw

Oman drag saw mill

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P.O. Box 86, 837 Davis Street, Lamar, South Carolina 29069

Shown here is my old style Wade one Oman drag saw, serial Number A7872, which was likely manufactured in 1919-20. The Wade is a 4 HP, 2 cycle engine which usually starts on the first pull. I discovered the saw under a house within walking distance of my place. The owner gave me permission to get the saw, but several weeks passed before I could move it. The abandoned house burned down later the same day that I moved the saw.

The saw mechanism and blade were not with the engine, because it had last been used to power a generator. The owner insisted that the missing parts were somewhere around the farm. About two months later I found the blade in a barn, but no mechanism. While walking home across a field, I passed by a clump of trees where a house once stood. Sticking out of the dirt was a piece of metal with two rods attached. I pulled on the metal and up came the saw works, including the chains. One bearing and the handle were broken. Using a metal detector, the bearing part was located, but not the handle.

The engine was in good shape and only needed babbitt in the rod and a new coil and wiring. The frame required some wood work on the narrow end, but is almost original. After everything was cleaned and painted, the engine which had not run for fifty years came to life.

I have enjoyed running the engine and I am now looking for a hit and miss. The picture at the bottom is of a Vaughn saw that I reworked for John Rogers of Florence, SC.

My thanks to Tim Jensen, Milwaukie, Oregon; Glen Amos, Hagarville, Arkansas; and Frank Gibbs, Waldport, Oregon. These 'men responded to a June 1993 inquiry in GEM with much needed and appreciated information about color and manufacturing date. I also received ad copies and an operator's manual