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Here’s a great lineup of older Black & Decker sidewinder saws from reader PutnamEco. Generally I love any circ-saw, but I’m fascinated with older ones. PutnamEco lists out what each one is and they’re all interesting — but the one that caught my eye was the Super Sawcat.

Black & Decker circular saws from my collection. The closest saw in black is an 7 1/4″ 1 1/2 HP saw from early 80s?, no model is listed on the tag, the grey saw is an model no. 3057 Sawcat from the late 70s, a poser living on the reputation of the next saw with the black handle, a real Super Sawcat cat. no 997 from the late 60s, last a cat. no. 730 aluminum bodied saw from the early 60s.

Mostly because the 60’s were before my time, I haven’t gotten my hands on one but once. It was the first circular saw I ever held. It was a thing of mystery at the time but it kicked off a lifelong love of all things noisy and dangerous. Glad to see they are not as rare as I thought they were. Nice circ’ collection, sir!

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6 Responses to From The Flickr Pool: Old School Black & Decker Lineup

  1. fred says:

    I am very impressed by the bit of history that this lineup conveys.
    I don’t think that I would be able to do anything near the same with tools in my inventory – do have a super sawcat – but not anything to surround it.
    Maybe I look at my Rockwell PC sanders, planes or routers.

  2. fredb says:

    I have the gray one, still work after 25 years, mine is from the 80′s, a 3060 Professional Saw Cat , I think, first saw I bought.

  3. PutnamEco says:

    Re:Glad to see they are not as rare as I thought they were
    I don’t know how rare you thought they are, but IMHO they are very rare. They seem to sell for around $500 on the auction websites. Impossible to get parts for as well.
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    fred Says:
    I don’t think that I would be able to do anything near the same with tools in my inventory.

    Just luck that I could do that. I don’t believe I have any other progressions of tools from one manufacture like this line up of saws. When I started out I mainly relied on B&D since I had a great local hardware store/lumber yard that had a good selection. I have to admit that I’m a bit of a tool junkie, and tend to hold onto well built or interesting tools. Since I usually have a couple few tools as backups some have stuck around the shop for ages.
    After B&D went downhill, I used a lot of Milwaukee tools, but I don’t have more then a couple of generations of their tools. Now I’m a lot less brand loyal, picking the tool that I find is the best for the job at hand.
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    fredb Says:
    I have the gray one, still work after 25 years
    ——
    My local lumber yard has one that has seen considerable use there as well. This model saw lived on through Dewalt long after B&D ceased making pro tools

  4. fred says:

    @ Putnam Eco

    I think that B&D just tried to “rationalize” their offerings when they acquired Dewalt and Porter Cable – deciding that the B&D logo would go on the homeowner quaility tools

  5. Dave says:

    The model 3057 Sawcat, shown second from the left, was actually produced starting in 1991, not the late 70′s as mentioned above. It was the entry level professional saw in a brand new new lineup of Sawcats and Super Sawcats being offered by B&D that year. Compared to the other Sawcats of the early 90′s, the 3057′s shoe was made of stamped steel as opposed to extruded aluminum, it had a 2 wire cord set instead of grounded 3 wire, and had a slightly less powerful 13 amp motor (1840 MWO vs 2075 MWO). The basic design of the 3057 was carried on into the DeWalt saws such as the DW359 produced up until around 2001.

  6. Sean,

    While I appreciate the #3057 saw, the most desirable versions of the ’90s Sawcat lineup are the #3060, which looks exactly similar to the #3057 but with the addition of the electric brake, and the Super Sawcat #3064.

    The black saw is a model 7308 from at least the summer of 1983 up through about 1987, intended for light-duty or occasional use around the house.

    The other Sawcat in your collection was the first Super Sawcat model produced, dating between 1965-69. This is the only saw in your collection with an electric brake (like all Super Sawcats).

    The oldest saw dates from before 1961-62.

    ~Ben

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