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Emerald Pearl Buzzsaw/C2
« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
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Our famous Buzzsaw/C2 is now transformed into a beautiful Emerald Pearl. The new Xtra length reactive cover is clean through the front, storing more energy for the backend. This ball knows how to strike and will dazzle your eyes as it shatters the pins. The Emerald Pearl Buzzsaw/C2 has Beauty and Brains. Remember, nothing beats a Buzzsaw..!!


Color: Pearl Emerald Green

Cover Stock: Extra Length Reactive

Core: High Differential, Dual Stacked Mini
Diamonds Within Patented Diamond

Hook Rating: 19

Flair Potential: 6”

Pin Placement: 12 O’Clock 2-4” out

Construction: 5-piece

Hardness: 75-77 D-Scale

Finnish: Highly Polished

Increased Dynamics: 15-14 lbs.

Available Weights: 14, 15, 16 lbs.



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Re: Emerald Pearl Buzzsaw/C2
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2002, 06:36:21 PM »
Ball is drilled label with pin next to the ring finger.  Pin 1-2", top weight 3.  Ball clears the heads very well and make a pronounced turn to the pocket when it hits the dry.  Carries better than other buzzsaws I have thrown which include the Super Carbide, XL, and Pro Purple.  Shot 678 first night out with it leaving only two ten pins all night.  Even with carry down made a nice turn to the pocket.  Very controllable and hits very hard.  Without a doubt the best buzzsaw I have thrown.

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Re: Emerald Pearl Buzzsaw/C2
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2002, 05:47:16 AM »
I laid this beautiful Emerald Pearl out with a label leverage drilling.
First game, I lined up as normal and struggled to find the pocket for a 176. I eventually moved much deeper than would be expected and boy did it make a difference! The ball went long and finished like a rocket! - first 9, then floated one for a 276. Last game the lanes dried out some and I squeezed a couple up for big splits and a 208. 660 ain't bad for a 176 start. The motor in this ball makes it move quite a bit more than the XL. It's big move is really smooth and predictable but you TRUST IS A MUST. When it reaches the dry it WILL recover.
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Re: Emerald Pearl Buzzsaw/C2
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2002, 03:45:33 PM »
Purchased ball through Scot Mitamura, our local Lane #1 distributor.

Initial specs (per box): 3-4" pin w/ 2.9oz TW.

Layout specs: 4x4.5, 7/8 Top, 1/16 positive side, 1/16 thumb.

Before I begin, let me say one thing about this ball -- it's condition specific.

So far, I have tried the ball on two conditions: one medium volume flat-blend low viscosity; one medium-heavy volume medium-viscosity 10-to-10 wall.

For the blend shot, the ball seemed to roll VERY nicely, and always looked like it would recover to the pocket. It didn't. I think this is because of the aggressiveness of the core itself. The lower RG core allows the ball to get into a relatively early roll, which is VERY readable. The problem is the ball is too stable going into the back to make the strong flip that is desired on a lane that forces you inside to carry.

The solution that I came up with was to play the DEEP inside line with very little swing. Basically, the line ended up playing 35 to the 16. The ball would recover just enough to effectively roll forward into the pocket, thereby blowing all the pins backward.

On the "wall" shot, there was simply too much oil inside to play the ball. I decided, instead, to try playing the ball up the dry boards. The ball was VERY effective from the outside -- so long as you didn't send it TOO wide into the dry.

Overall, this ball appears to work well as a "down-and-in" ball. If you swing the ball, it seems to either react too violently or roll through the breakpoint. (When I say "roll through," I'm referring to the ball missing the breakpoint. I hesitate to say "skid through" because the ball is clearly in a stable roll at the point that it keeps going straight past the breakpoint.)

I haven't had the opportunity to throw the ball on lighter oil patterns yet. I am guessing that the ball might work well as a "swing" ball on lighter oil volumes.

Overall, this is how I grade the ball (24 cans to a case):

Versatility: 4 cans

Heavy patterns: 0 cans (I honestly can't see using this ball on heavy oil. There are MANY better choices.)

Medium patterns: 18 cans (I actually like the fact that it works well as a down-and-in ball on medium patterns, or it would have gotten a much lower -- 12 cans? -- rating.)

Light patterns: TBD. (I am guessing it will probably rate 22+ cans, as the ball appears to like the lighter oil on the outside boards. It hit VERY well from the outside line.)

Colour: 22. (I LOVE this green. Of course, colour was the primary factor in my purchasing the ball. heh heh)


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Re: Emerald Pearl Buzzsaw/C2
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2002, 11:19:50 PM »
Follow-up review...

I tried the ball on toast (they literally hadn't oiled in two weeks!), and the ball stood up too early -- even when I spun the ball.

I then tried the ball on medium-light head oil with flying backends... The ball opened up the lanes EFFORTLESSLY. I suppose the "free skid; free hook" moniker applies to this ball on lanes with free hook.

Whereas other balls needed to be "flattened" or "pushed" down the lane, the Emerald Buzzsaw allowed me to stick to my "A" release and just move deep.

My final assessment is that the ball is a "crisper" Icon. (The Emerald has a much nicer read off the dry... perhaps a little sharp, but that might be the drilling more than anything.)

All in all, a GREAT ball when you know the backends will be flying and don't expect much carrydown. If the oil starts to get on the backends, put this ball in the bag.

(Updated ratings -- add to other review):

Toast -- ZERO!

Flying backends with ANY head-oil -- 24 cans in a case. (I honestly do not
remember a ball that suited this condition better.)

Carry-down -- 14 cans. You _could_ use the ball, but there MUST be a better option in your bag.

Overall/Versatility -- 10 cans. The ball is VERY condition specific, but you expect that when you purchase a ball like this. Buzzsaw DEFINITELY fills a hole in their line-up. However, for arsenal building, there may be better options. This is a terrific ball for "fresh" backends or centers with a surface that doesn't carry-down.


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Re: Emerald Pearl Buzzsaw/C2
« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2002, 11:37:02 PM »
Taking recommendations from a few on this board I bought one of these jewels! Well I wasnt impressed till tonight! Anyways on with the review the ball is drilled with the pin about a 1.5 inches off the ring finger in a label drill pattern and it was ok but I decided to have the ball highly polished and it did the trick! The house I was bowling in has 2 leagues that use the lanes before we do so the oil is pretty much gone. I wanted something to go long and cut through the carrydown this ball does just that! I have a 129 average at this house tonight I started with a 125 I am a new bowler! And finished off with 2 201 games with this ball. I am on cloud 9 to say the least! I am calling the pro shop tomorrow to get a Blueberry Buzzsaw/C2 to compliment the Emerald! Way to go LANE #1!!!!



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Re: Emerald Pearl Buzzsaw/C2
« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2002, 08:34:45 PM »
Like TurnTheBall, I don't really know what to say about this ball.  First of all, yes, it's going to be VERY condition specific, because it's too jumpy.  Won't hook a board if it hits oil, and will jump off the lane if it hits dry.  Right off the bat, carrydown or spotty lanes do NOT match up with this ball.  I would not suggest this ball unless you like to, or can at least, play deep.  This ball really plays a deeper line well.  The hit is definitely great, and even though it flattens out on the backend, it still carries the 10 surprisingly well, so I really don't mind all that much.  I'm trying to decide whether I should take it to 800 or 600 grit and use it on a little more oil, so it will be a little more controllable.  Still, on a fresh condition, I think it will do well.  The ball even hits a little too hard.  I've only bowled about 10 games with it, and have left 4 or 5 9's.  

Technical stuff.  

Drilled pin over fingers, cg in palm.  Track is all over the place (sometimes I track very high, and other times my axis tilt is almost 50 or 55, usually somewhere in between, I change it depending on lane conditions, I'm not a spaz) so I'm not going to bother even thinking about the val or pap distances.  

Between a power stroker and a stroker.  More revs and speed than a stroker, and less than a power stroker.  Usually like to play between 2nd and 3rd arrow out to about 8 board and back in.  Have recently developed a liking for playing between 3rd and 4th arrow out to about 10.  Plays the latter better.  

Only bowled on synthetics so far, medium to oily wall shot with semi-fresh backends.  Jumped off the wall too much, so I had to move deep.  Still recovered very well.  Flattens out, but carries 10's well.  Crankers with head oil will LOVE this ball.  


Just based on my observations so far, this is my assumation of the ball's reactions.

Oil - 5 - Decent, I suppose, if you have enough revs.

Dry - 6 - Too much ball for drier lanes, but more managable.  

Conditions it was intended for - 8 - Again, too much ball, but still playable.

Control - 7 - You have to be pretty accurate, and its severe reactions can make you overadjust or be super cautious.

Hit and Carry - 9 - Not a problem when you can get it to the pocket.  The sharp backend reaction and driving power can leave any pin on the back row, and the occasional 4 pin, but the only unusual leaves for me so far have been the 9 pin, but this house is NOTORIOUS for solid hit back row leaves.  

Predictability - 10 - This ball is VERY predictable once you throw a few shots and can read the lane.  No surprises, if you know where the lane hooks and where it doesn't, you'll have NO problem knowing exactly what the ball is going to do until you start hitting some carrydown, but no ball is predictable in carrydown.  

Overall rating - 8.  The hit and carry are what's most important to me, because I can adjust my shot to get it to the pocket.  The only problem is that I have other balls more usable than this one.  What I'm looking forward to are drier sport shots and being able to play up the middle with this ball.  Playing a deep line is not a problem.  This ball is not a control ball, not by a long shot.  

Sorry for the long review, and hopefully this will help someone.


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Re: Emerald Pearl Buzzsaw/C2
« Reply #7 on: December 22, 2002, 08:05:41 PM »
Part two.  Tried it on two more conditions today.  One was an easy Sport Shot, and the other was the heaviest oil I've ever bowled on.  

I'm VERY impressed with it on the Sport Shot.  Especially the length of this ball, it would never move until it hit the backend, and then it would take off.  It recovered fairly well, surprisingly more than I thought it would for being so wet/dry sensitive.  It's wonderful when you make a good shot, you can just turn around and go sit down because it continues to carry very well for me.  The track started to dry out, and I just threw it a little harder, and it still had the same reaction.  A very good Sport Shot ball, especially for those that like to play up the middle.  

Heavy oil is a different story, BUT, I was also surprised.  There was so much oil that a sanded X-Factor would only move one and maybe two boards more.  Which was all any ball would move at all.  A sanded Predator my friend was throwing was only moving 3 boards.  This was VERY heavy oil.  Nothing else was hooking enough to make the shot easier, so I threw my Emerald, because it hits the hardest of anything I have.  If you have a lot of hand, you will be able to get this ball to move in oil.  A little.


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Re: Emerald Pearl Buzzsaw/C2
« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2002, 11:39:40 PM »
I drilled this gem using the label 1 drill pattern.  I have thrown the ball on several different oil patterns, and can say this ball needs dry backends to work well.  I can't think of a better ball for medium lane conditions with dry backends, but when the oil carries down the lane switch to the Blueberry or Black Raspberry.  An Emerald and Blueberry would make an exceptional 2 ball arsenal.

Dry lanes:  8
Medium with dry backends:10
Medium with carrydown: 4
Heavy with dry backends: 6
Flood: 2
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Re: Emerald Pearl Buzzsaw/C2
« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2003, 09:46:22 PM »
I think this is a VERY hard hiting ball.  it has a late and POWERFUL hook. i give it a 10!!


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Re: Emerald Pearl Buzzsaw/C2
« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2003, 01:19:26 PM »

I wanted to try a Lane 1 ball so I asked around.  Stormy Lane, Doug Sterner, Doc Hollywood, T-God, and the village idiot Clump all recommended that I get the Emerald so I did.  Ball is 16.1 lbs, 3-4 pin, 3.0 top.  Left ball in factory condition then hit it with Storm Xtra shine to give it more polish.   Drilled pin above fingers on centerline and cg swung left 3/4 inch so its a lefty drilling, but I am throwing it right handed.  Turns out to be a 5 3/4 * 6 drilling.  

I tested this ball out on a few different conditions, but first was in league where I shot out of box 732 with games of 248, 246 and 238 and I scored 1 CPL, an Asian chick with enhanced hooters and a backend like JLo.   She was wearing a tight strapless low cut top and tight low cut hipster jeans showing her belly button ring so I asked her if she would like to slip into something more bed!  I have to say, this ball sure does help me score!  Whoohoooooo!

Ok, back to bowling.  Well I have to say that among all of my other balls, this ball gives the most readable reaction that I have ever seen.  Its a ball that will tell you what to do and when to do it.  For example, if you stay with this ball 1 shot too long, it will flatten out a little on the backend and you know you better move or else you will not carry.   I love this outcome.  I've had balls that will fake you into staying with the line too long then before you know it, you rang a few 10 pins which cost you sticks.  The emerald will tell you immediately how the lane transitions and to the advanced player, this is vital.  For the intermediate players if you are having trouble reading lane conditions this Emerald is a ball that will make reading the lanes very easy.   Just do what the ball tells you to do and you will score.   As such, this ball is a bench mark ball and first ball out of my bag.

This pearl is more of a medium ball for me.  I can play it on med-light to med-heavy oil.  I do not see any squirt in oil.  One thing I notice is that you definitely need head oil with it.   If not, put it away, its not a ball for toasted heads.  But it reacted exceptionally well in heavy oil and did not squirt as much as I though it would.  

The length with the extra polish is right inbetween the Storm Thunder Road Pearl and the Lightning Flash, so without the extra polish I would suspect it would be comparable in length to the Thunder Road Pearl, maybe just a tad earlier than the TRP.    The backend of the Emerald is not a snap and not an arc, but more of a strong roll then set which makes it very predictable.   But the backend is strong and it will come back from the 1 board if you can put some hand into it.  You can easily change its reactions by altering hand positions, which is another thing I like about it.  When encountering carrydown all I had to do was tighten up my line and use the carrydown as some hold or get it to the dry sooner and I was back carrying the house.    The only thing that will stop this ball is dry heads and no oil in the mids.   Other than that, this ball is playable anywhere.  

I threw a few shots intentionally light and it carried, then I threw a few intentionally high and it carried also.  As long as this ball is rolling into the pocket you will not have any trouble carrying, its a carry monster.  But like I said, it does need good head oil and oil in the mids, its not a dry lane ball.  If I stayed with my line too long the backend started to flatten out, but with a simple move inside I was back to seeing its backend roll up hard and strong.   That's what I mean by this ball tells you what to do and when to do it.  For me, since I am a whole lotta man, I could play this ball over 7th arrow out to the 8-10 area and it would still carry and send messengers flying, all you have to do is make sure its rolling into the pocket and it carries everything.  

The hit, well this ball carries exceptionally well and if it doesn't, its telling you something and its up to you to make the move or suffer.   As such, I will say that this ball is NOT for the person that likes to stand here and throw there.  You know that type, the non adjusters who like to play their only line.  For them it will be hot and cold.    It does have a distinct crack when it hits the pins and I had more than a few people come up to me and ask me what ball I was throwing because of how hard it hits.

All in all, I have to say that this ball is awesome.  Reads the lane better than anything else I've thrown.  Hits and carries very well, you just have to move when it tells you to move.  If there is head oil and some oil in the mids and you can't score with this ball then you don't know how to bowl.  Need a ball that reads lane transitions, hits and carries?????? Get the Emerald.

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Re: Emerald Pearl Buzzsaw/C2
« Reply #11 on: May 01, 2003, 08:48:12 PM »
Another 14# buzzsaw that hits hard. Drilled modified label this ball seemed to rev up fast and turn nicely into the pocket and sawed the wood away. I threw this ball on a variety of conditions and the ball like med to med oily. When it got to carrydown this is where it struggled. Other than that the ball is a 10 on a scale of 1-10. Lane #1 does it again.

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Re: Emerald Pearl Buzzsaw/C2
« Reply #12 on: June 10, 2003, 01:47:34 AM »
After having sold a bunch of these balls I found a used one that I decided to punch up for myself...yeah OK I am cheap...tough to make any money when you drill NIB stuff all the time ya know :-)

Anyway this ball had a 3" pin with top weight between 3 and 3.5 oz.

Drill pattern was 4x4...very close to my Cherry Pearl Buzzsaw I had awhile back. I also was looking for more angularity that what I get from my Cherry Bomb. A smal lweighthole was required 3/4" x 1" deep that was located in the thumb positive quadrant 2" beloe my PAP.

This ball is just awesome on house shots. I have room to the left, room to the right and either one carries extremely well. I was also able to use this ball successfully on the PBA "D" pattern.

Our house shot allowed my to line up on 25 and play the ball smoothly out to 8 and then came back in hard and blew the rack away.

The "D" pattern required a more direct line. I could still stand 25-27 and play the ball 15 to 12 ish. The ball held the line well and exploded pins when I got it there.

This is one of the best balls around and when teamed with the Blueberry will make a deadly tandem for most conditions.

Yet another fantastic ball from Lane1. Keep it up Richie!!!
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Re: Emerald Pearl Buzzsaw/C2
« Reply #13 on: July 09, 2003, 11:58:52 AM »
I had my Emerald Drilled according to Lane #1 Specs for 7 length and 10 backend.  I wish I could go into more detail with the exact drilling for you guys.

This ball goes long and then turns hard.  Its not as snappy as my Cherry Bomb, but I would say that it turns hard, and then when it hits the pins, it sends them flying on a pretty low line and it carrys pretty great

Its a good looking ball that has great roll and control ability.  Currently my Arsenal of balls is much to much to my current capability, but if I ever catch up, watch out.

Over all this is a 9.5 out of 10, next ball for me to try is the Silver Diamond.


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Re: Emerald Pearl Buzzsaw/C2
« Reply #14 on: January 06, 2004, 08:09:56 PM »
this is one one the greatest rolling balls i own skids just right snaps just right even though i have hated lane 1 ever since they came out but this is a ball to keep it does collect alot of oil after a awhile