Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Workshop, where we lay our scene,
From ancient practice break to new possibility,
Where the quest for sawdust makes filters unclean.
From forth the independent loins of these two brands
A pair of star-cross’d lovers forge new life;
Whole new adventure providing new capability

Put up your swords if you know what’s good for you!

When I first witnessed across crowded room this offering from Protool, it shouted possibilities, especially when amalgamated with the strong support mechanisms of the Torque. So for the first time, we witness the birth of a new possibility – the combination of a Torque Workcentre and the SwordSaw!

(And no, that is not my name for it – in the past I’ve seen it as the UniverS, or the SSP200, but on the systainer it comes in, in about 5 different languages it is actually called a SwordSaw, and that seems a fitting a name as any, and inspired the opening paragraph (a badly mutilated verse of Will’s)).  It has been provided for some trials and for my upcoming Trademan’s Expo stand in Melbourne by Ideal Tools.

The SwordSaw and the Torque

No adaptions were necessary – it fitted straight onto the circular saw mount of the Torque Workcentre.  Because of the large chain guard which extends quite a way below the tip of the chainsaw blade, I have mounted it so it overhangs the table edge.  Another way of doing it would be to build up the base on either side so there was a slot the blade could pass through.  And still, the Torque Workcentre can be used in two ways – bringing the tool to the work, and the work to the tool.  You could centrally position the blade, passing through a slot in the table, and feed work into the blade as you do with a tablesaw.  If doing that, this combination would be akin to a sort of bandsaw, at least for long rips.

Speaking of rips – the SwordSaw has more than one blade type available – there are both ripping blades, and crosscutting ones.  Imagine a builder wanting to cut some of those really heavy-duty laminated roof beams.  Do it by handsaw?  Or pass a circular saw all round (2 passing the cut), or drop it on top of the Torque and run this beast through it!

Hmm – possibilities!

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