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                          Trim-o-Saw Model G-100 Cleans Up nice

The Hammond Glider


Models BGR78, G-4, G-100, Tabletop Model

Hammond's Instructions Sheet
Our Micro Gauge Adjustments Photo-Essay

Hammond Glider Trim-o-Saw Model BGR-78

The Hammond Glider Trim-o-Saw 
is a classic among both printers and now, wood workers and model makers as well. It precision is unmatched, with a micrometer-adjustable left side guide that enables settings to half a point - approx. 144th of an inch. The blade is ajustable up and down in fractional inch increments, and if that's not enough, it can be raised up to arbor height and used for end-trimming - with 144th of an inch precision. It leaves a nice, smooth, shiny cut exactly where you need it to be. It really can't be beat.

We have a G-4 that we have used for well over 40 years and have certainly found handy on a daily basis. We use it to cut leads, slugs, engravings, furniture; for kerning letters in the traditional way (with a saw, not a computer key!). We also recently acquired a BGR78 which has some different features compared to the G4. We had a G100, but sold it.

The G100 was the newest and best looking of the lot, but the trusty old G4 gets the job done and the "new" (to us) BGR78 is coming up to speed and paying its way more and more every day. We also have a table-top glider saw in the work shop. It uses a micrometer adjustment and runs off of a 2" wide leather belt just like the old Hammond Franklin model that we loaned to a friend about ten years ago...

But when I went to use my BGR78, I discovered that the blade did not cut as well - or as accurately as I needed, so I went to the letpress mail forum and posted a question to the group..

And here's some of what I learned from the members of the letpress mail group:

Sources of blades for the Hammond Glider Saws

From Steve Rush:

Here is contact info for Dynamic Saw in Buffalo.  They have manufactured three blades for me.  I paid  $115 for two carbide tipped blades for a Ben Franklin Trim-O-Saw the last time.  It helps if you send them one of your old ones.  They can then match the arbor and placement and counter sink of any mounting holes.  They send that part of the process out to a machinist.

Dynamic Saw, Inc.
Stephen Callari
551 Smith Street
Buffalo, NY 14210

The only e-mail address I have is for a guy names Dan:

And here's what we learned while fiddling with the saw late one evening:

First of all, I found a wide variety of blades among my collection - accumulated over many years from a variety of sources.
I found 5" blades, 5 3/4" blades, 6" blades, 7" blades - and more odd sizes... I found carbide-tipped blades, steel blades, blades with a 6-point kerf and one blade only 4 points wide (aka a 4-point "kerf"). I also found blades with and without swaged teeth.

Swaging is a process commonly found on wood saw blades; each tooth is "swaged" to alternately "lean" one way or the other - allowing for fast and efficient cutting of wood, but not so good for trimming leads, slugs and mortising type.

And here are photos of and some information about the various models we know or have owned and used:

sold to a wood worker who was thrilled to find it's precision capability
Hammond Glider
                          Trim-o-Saw Model G-100 Cleans Up nice
Hammond Glider Trim Saw
Model G-100
                          Glider Trim-o-Saw Model G-100 Cleans Up nice  

Name Plate
G-100 13404

The Saw we used for the past 30 years


Our Current In-House working saw
Hammond Glider Trim-o-Saw Model BGR-78 Hammond
                          Glider Trim-o-Saw Model BGR-78 nameplate

recently acquired at auction, to be restored and made available to a new home


Instruction sheet found among a stack of old saw blades:
(click on image to view readable version)
If you have a Hammond Glider, print these pages for your own reference.
Hammond Glider Saws instruction sheet -
Hammond Glider Saws instruction sheet -

See also: Our new photo-essay page on the Side Guide Adjustment

page last updated  June 1, 2018