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Re: Hook vs. Rake, Positive vs. Negative
Response To:
Re: Float Question ()

William Duffield
Thanks, Steve.

Just to make sure we were speaking the same language, I did a little research, but am still unsure. Generally, it appears that hand saw angles are usually expressed as rake, while circular saw angles are expressed as hook. Some diagrams of circular saw teeth show a positive rake angle to be the same as a positive hook angle, while others show a positive hook angle to be equivalent to a negative rake angle. Hand saw diagrams, OTOH, most often wisely avoid even mentioning hook angle. When I looked for float rake angle, all I found was rakes for harvesting bivalves with floats to keep them from sinking, thus no help at all.

When you describe a negative rake, which of these configurations do you mean?

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