By Bob Westerman
I am interested in optional equipment that was available for my Willys vehicles. I was able to purchase the rear flat belt drive PTO and a governor at a flea market. I installed it on my 1952 CJ-3A. Now I needed something to drive with a flat belt. A buzz saw seemed like a good choice since they were common in the area where I live. A friend of mine found one in repairable condition that the owner said I could have. It was very rusty, some of the parts were bent from being moved around over the years and the shaft did not turn. I took it apart and straightened the bent parts. It was amazing that all the rusty old square head bolts broke loose with no problem. While I was repairing the saw, another person saw it and said they had a flat belt from a buzz saw that I could have for $20. Now I had almost all the parts to run the saw. The only missing part was the governor linkage, but I had to try the saw. Here is a photo of me, carefully cutting some logs. Click to enlarge.
I am still missing parts of the governor linkage so I wasn't able to use the governor to control the engine speed. Someday I hope to be able to hook up the governor.
Here are old buzz saw ads and photos. Click to enlarge.
From 'Jeep' Operation Data, Willys-Overland Motors.
Photo from Steve Perialas, a WillysTech mailing list member
This picture came from the Product
Merchandising Manual "Power Take-Off" section. The manual was published by
Willys Motors for use by their dealers in the 1950's. Photo supplied by,
From the book The American Jeep in War and Peace, by Kurt Willinger and Gene Gurney, page 32.
Richard Cook sent in these photos of his buzz saw in action: