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The factors that lead to a tool purchase are often much simpler than tool companies might imagine. For example, a few weeks ago when I was picking out a pull saw at the local big box, the final push that led me to whip out my wallet and buy was the fact that one model included a case while the other didn’t.

Staring down the four or five models of pullsaws on the shelf, I concluded that they’re all similar in design and quality. The big deciding factor for me was that I didn’t want to cut up my hand each time I reach into the tool box to to grab it, so I went with Vaughan’s Bear saw. My only reason: it features a sweet plastic shell around the blade that releases the saw with a quick squeeze.

What’s really funny is that the makers of the other models on the shelf have no idea they lost out because of a five cent piece of plastic that’s not even part of the tool itself. It just goes to show that even the best product research can fall short.

Bear Pullsaw [Vaughan]
Street Pricing [Google Products]


5 Responses to Editorial: Little Things Make A Difference

  1. Michael W. says:

    I bought my Silky Woodboy for similar reasons. It folds (the handle ends up being the sheath) and even cooler, if you push the release button you also have the choice of popping the handle back “for tight spots or for kerfing dados.” Hard to explain without seeing it in action, but definitely worth a look. Oh heck, I’ll just post some pictures in the Flickr pool. There, they are up…. http://www.flickr.com/groups/toolmonger/

  2. Clinton says:

    Same reason I bought a Stanley Fatmax jab saw. It’s a nice saw but the real reason it won out over other models, including several that were cheaper and a few other nice models of similiar quality, was because it came with a holster (scabbard?). I nicked my knuckles on my previous jab saw a few too many times before I eventually lost it so the holster was a definite deciding factor.

  3. SuperJdynamite says:

    I’m a sucker for tools that come with cases — more for organization, storage, and transportation purposes than for protection. Most things being equal I will prefer the tool with the case over its caseless counterparts.

  4. stephen colbert says:

    I bought mine three weeks ago and for the price it works great. I was making a gadget charging station you see in SkyMall for our cell phones, our digital camera, Garmin, etc. What I really pleased with more than the sheathing was the way it cut through 1/2″ plywood with ease. I’ve never tried a pull saw before now, but the narrow kerf, smooth cut, CONTROL, and overall price (for this model

  5. Kevin says:

    The slip cover is a great extra but the Vaughan also has the nicest handle of the commonly available retail pullsaws with its textured elastomeric plastic. I think its better than the traditional rattan wrap used on the Japanese saws. This thing is also made in Japan as well so you benefit from the fine production quality on the teeth. I wish they would come out with a thinner kerf, spine-backed version so I could have an adjunct to my dozuki.

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