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Was looking at my Woodsman from 1948, box and contents which does have most of the original stuff including sales price label. Did have it lettered and was sold to Shapleigh Hardware in early 1948––Price was $70.00 which seems a lot in post war times. That is about $730.00 in today’s money.

But interestingly, my 1948 Craftsman 8” circular saw was $99.00 in 1948 according to my Sears Catalog of that year.
Seems like both these items were about an average weeks pay back then.


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Very interesting how prices have changed when you factor in inflation. I think most of us would be thrilled to get a .22 pistol as nicely made as the 1948 Colt for 730 dollars,but we sure would not want to pay that kind of price for a circular saw.
 

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Very interesting how prices have changed when you factor in inflation. I think most of us would be thrilled to get a .22 pistol as nicely made as the 1948 Colt for 730 dollars,but we sure would not want to pay that kind of price for a circular saw.
True, and interesting how plastic and outsourced materials allow a similar saw today in a case would be about the same price or perhaps less. And probably assembled by robots. BTW my old circular saw weighs about 20 lbs, despite a cast aluminum body. Must be some heavy bearings in there.
 
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