Ward Sawyer No. 5000

Sept. 15, 2004

Below are some pictures of a drag saw on the grounds of a museum in northern California.  A good friend of mine is one of the Directors of this museum and I would like to find some information regarding this saw to help properly identify and catalog it.

If you are ever in the area you should visit the Gatekeeper's Museum which is located at the source of the Truckee River in Tahoe City on the northwest shore of Lake Tahoe. The saw is located along the nature trail on the museum grounds.

From the name on it I suspect that it was sold by Montgomery Ward but I could be wrong.  It has a single cylinder water cooled two stroke engine providing the power.  There is no magneto but the bracket looks like a typical WICO EK mount.  The fuel mixer is a typical Lunkenheimer or copy.  The serial number is stamped on the block and has the number 45 on one line and WWWI 309 on a second line.

Sept. 27,2005

During the past year I have seen enough pictures, operating manuals, parts lists, etc. to become fairly certain that the saw was made by the Wade company of Portland, Oregon and they have confirmed that they manufactured drag saws for Montgomery Ward in the 1930's.

Also during the past year the blade for this saw was located and is now mounted to the drive arm.  At this time the saw is displayed along a nature trail on the museum grounds as if it is cutting a 20 inch log.  See the lower pictures to see the display and for details of securing the blade to the log and protecting the teeth of the blade.

May 22, 2007

Within the past month I have received information and pictures from Branch 15 of the Early Days Gas Engine & Tractor Association which now proves that this Wards Sawyer 5000 drag saw was manufactured by the Wolf Iron Works in Portland, Oregon for Montgomery Ward.  Branch 15 is an active participant of the Antique Powerland located in Brooks, Oregon and recently acquired the contents of the old Wolf Iron Works.  They are presently involved in setting up a display of this equipment at the Antique Powerland. Wolf Iron Works also marketed the same saw themselves under the Timber Wolf name.  I have added a period picture of this type of saw cutting a large tree and also a shipping tag showing the connection between Wolf Iron Works and Montgomery Ward courtesy of the kind folks of Branch 15.  Subtle but definite differences such as magneto location and grease cup orientation have been pointed out to me to show whether a unit was made by Wade or by the Wolf Iron Works.


(The pictures below are rather large thumbnails but can be enlarged by clicking on them)




Updated: 09/21/2007

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