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THE SAFTY SAW

This one product propelled D. W. Onan ahead economically further and faster than anything else to date. It is my guess this was somewhat of a surprise. The saw had many uses in construction and manufacturing. It could be powered by an engine or electric motor so there were no limits to where it could go. It was the pioneer of table saws. It handled the major work or cross cutting and ripping, as well as a few fancy cuts, but the basic purpose was in construction and crating. I can also guess that saws were not Dave’s first love. When the generator set came along he found much more to interest him.

Safty Saw engine drive ena

Safty Saw engine drive enb

The saw made for some bigger promotions, such as this newspaper spread, for Dave and the company.

Safty Saw engine drive ad

How about a little two color printing?

Safty Saw catalog

In 1978 this saw was still working for Onan distributor in Minneapolis. He had painted it the contemporary Silver-Green color.

The last Safty Saw ever seen


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