The arm is spring loaded, it pulls out about 20 degrees and returns to it's original position. Everything is locked up right now. I'll keep it soaking in penetrating oi.
I am curious to say the least.
I can see a saw blade on the extended 90 degree arbor, but for what purpose?
A friend could not pass this opportunity. He saw it, thought of me, dropped it off at my house this afternoon.
I came home and this is what I found.
It is a Craftsman Swing Saw. Made in the 1950s. Owners manuals can be found on E-bay. ------ John
All Craftsman tools were made with the homeowner in mind. I have a Craftsman metal lathe that was made in the 50s using "Zamak" die cast metal gears which helped making the tool cheaper to buy for the homeowner.
It looks like your swing saw can be rotated up to 90 degrees allowing you to rip boards like a radial arm saw.