October 19, 2020
This year has been a very unusual year with the virus and social unrest. Our hope and prayer is that we will soon see an end to these problems. Please stay safe and well.
One thing that is back to normal is Black Walnuts are leaving the trees and are ready to be picked up. I have been eyeing my favorite trees that have large nuts to see if they have walnuts this year. Black Walnut trees will often skip a year for bearing nuts. This year we have a fairly large crop here in Northern Arkansas.
I have seen approximately 10% rise in cost for the components for the Walnut Saw™; however, I will keep the price the same as last year through the end of 2020.
One thing you may want to check out is the “BENEFITS OF BLACK WALNUTS”. Hammons Nut Products is the largest seller of processed kernels of Black walnuts and have very good information regarding this. A link to this page is:https://black-walnuts.com/learn-about-black-walnuts/health-and-nutrition/
Also, Hammons have a page on their website of their hulling/buying locations. You can enter your zip code to see if there is a hulling loction near you. I use their service to de-hull the walnuts I want to keep. If you want to go directly to this web-page, the link is:https://black-walnuts.com/discover-harvesting-and-hulling/hulling-and-buying-locations/
Best regards and have a good year
September 25, 2018
The Vacuum Port Safety guard is upgraded to a steel nipple and now comes with a 90 degree adapter which allows for the standard 2-1/2” shop-vac hose to be connected. You do not need to use a special hose. You can also use the 1-7/8” shop-vac by connecting directly to the steel nipple.
September 25, 2017
Introducing today, an upgrade is now available to aid in Dust Collection which is a Vacuum Port. This allows for the connection of your shop vac to the walnut saw. Please see picture below:
I recommend using the Rigid 1-7/8 Hose (Rigid part number VT1720) which you can purchase from Home Depot (Store SKU #465892 listed at a cost of $17.97 as of this writing at my local Home Depot). This hose will also fit to the large Rigid Shop Vac. With the Vacuum Port upgrade and the large Shop Vac, approx. 95% of the dust is collected. The cost associated with this upgrade is:
- Add Vacuum Port to a new WALNUT SAW™: .... $30
- Send me your existing guard and I will upgrade & mail it back to you (1 week turn around time):
$30 + $7 shipping & handling .... $37
- A complete new Safety Guard fitted with a Vacuum Port: $50 + $7 shipping & handling .... $57
Please note, this is the cost of the Vacuum Port only, you are responsible for the hose & Shop Vac.
The website is now updated so you may select this option from the purchase page when ordering a new Walnut Saw™ (Purchase Now).
September 3, 2016
The weather has started to have hints of autumn in the air, and the Black Walnuts are beginning to fall to the ground. I have noticed an increase in activity on the WALNUT SAW™ website and wanted to let your know some of the improvements made to the WALNUT SAW™. These are:
- Improved cutting blades. My new source for these sawing blades provides a smoother cut than the previous blades. If you have previously purchased a WALNUT SAW™, email me the saw number, and I will check my records to see if your saw has the old blades – if so, I will send you an extra pair at no cost. The saw number can be found on a small sticker on the oak side near the rear of the motor or written on the bottom of the oak side board.
- Angle brace added to the back side to better protect the unit during shipping and to add rigidity.
- Opening in the guard assembly is now larger to better accommodate the largest size nuts that are common near the Appalachian Mountains.
- Two extra spacers shipped with each saw just in case you have large walnuts. The spacer’s outer diameter comes into contact with the walnut and limits the depth of cut; therefore, the smaller the diameter, the deeper the cut. Each spacer is engraved to indicate which size nut it is for.
- An embroidered WALNUT SAW™ Cap is included with each purchase.
If you are considering purchasing a WALNUT SAW™, please send a picture of your walnuts lined up end-point to end-point with a ruler in the picture. This will allow me calibrate the saw by fitting it with the proper size spacer. I will also send extra spacers as indicated above.
December 13, 2015
From the WALNUT SAW™ we want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
We have been busy since the walnut crop started hitting the ground. We currently have approximately 30 new units on the shelf and are awaiting orders for these. When we get an order, we can ship within one day. We are shipping USPS Priority Mail 3 Day; from the time you order you will get delivery in 4 business days. If you’re interested in hearing the opinion of a third-party on the saw, you may want to check out the review that the kind folks at the blindpigandtheacorn recently wrote up.
I have also learned a few things about the size of nuts that come from different geographical areas. I have sold these units from the Atlantic Ocean to Utah and from Alabama to Quebec, Canada. I find the nuts vary quite a lot in size based on the geographical area. Nuts from Utah are smaller than a ping pong ball, and those from the Shenandoah Valley, VA are larger than a hen's egg.
I am now asking my customers to measure the height (distance from grain end-point to the opposite end-point). A picture with the nuts against a ruler is very helpful. Based on this measurement, I can customize and calibrate WALNUT SAW™ for each customer and ensure the saw is working well on their nuts regardless of the size.
As another offering, I encourage my potential customers to send me approx. 20 of their nuts. I then calibrate a WALNUT SAW™ with an appropriate spacer and saw their nuts and send them their sawn-nuts back for their review, at no cost or obligation. This way they can see what they will get before deciding to purchase.
Again, thank you for visiting the website.
July 12, 2015
The WALNUT SAW™ has been shipping for more than four months now, and we would like to thank all of those who have purchased the WALNUT SAW™. We hope that the WALNUT SAW™ has helped you share the delicous and rich flavor of black walnuts with those you love.
We'd also like to invite anyone that is still interested in the WALNUT SAW™ to learn more about how it works. If you think that it might be for you, we'd love it if you look at how you can purchase it today.
February 18, 2015
The WALNUT SAW™ is now available for purchase. We are producing these in lots of 25, and these are now ready to ship. We will be producing another lot of 25 every 2-3 weeks; therefore, the amount available will also be updated on the website when each lot becomes available. If you try to purchase and find there is none available, please check again later.
You may have noticed the website has updated. We now have a PURCHASE tab at the top of the page, and the pictures show the heavy-duty metal safety guards. Before each WALNUT SAW™ is packed, I have been doing test cuts to insure each saw is working properly. This allows me to sample the nuts fairly regularly – they are really tasty.
Thanks for visiting and considering the WALNUT SAW™.
November 25, 2014
Walnut Sawing – today I wanted to get Black Walnut Kernels for my wife to bake Walnut Pies for my kids who are all coming home for Thanksgiving.
In the pictures below, first I sawed about 100 nuts which took approximately 25-30 minutes, and then I popped these opened and picked the kernels out (most came out in halves). The yield was over 2-1/2 cups.
Happy Thanksgiving All
A bucket of sawn nuts
2-1/2 cups of kernels - mostly halves
November 18, 2014
The first showing of the WALNUT SAW™ was the 3rd week of Sept. 2014 at the Black Walnut festival in Stockton, MO. I demonstrated this for 3 days and asked folks to fill out survey cards much like the one on the website. The response was fairly good, and the response from the website has been good as well; however, I am not good at website optimization and we have had approx. 10-15 visits per day to the website which is fairly light. The word is not spreading as fast as I hoped.
Even though the web traffic has been light, I have decided to tool up for producing these. The main item for tooling is the safety guard assembly - the safety guard in the video is made from Lexan and is a bit fragile (especially when storing and moving the unit). I am in the process of producing a stamped metal guard assembly. This requires a press and die set as well as a bit of development. The press was received this week and I will begin to design the die next week.
I should be in business in January or February of 2015 to make the robust guard assembly and plan to begin selling the WALNUT SAW™ soon thereafter.
One of the things I have learned about Black Walnuts is when you harvest these and dehull them, they need to dry approx. 3-4 months before they are not "green" tasting. Actually, I prefer the walnuts from a year ago to the recent crop. Be sure to get the hulls off ASAP and rinse the nuts before drying to have optimum flavor. I spoke to the president of Hammond Nut Products when I was at the Walnut Festival and they wait until Feb. before they will process nuts gathered in the previous Oct-Nov.