Chain Saw Lathe

Check this out. The chain saw supplies the power to spin the post while cutting it.
At about 4:30 into the video he shows how he uses a weighted board to slow the post down so the chainsaw will cut while also spinning the post.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v
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Never seen anyone use a chainsaw like that but I have seen some lashed up lathes tha tworked pretty well for the type of posts he is turnig.
Jimmie
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