Reinvention of a common saw from the 50's. It had a larger blade,
larger wheels and was used with the blade horizontal for cutting down
trees for pulpwood and the blade was turned vertical for limbing and
cutting the lengths. It was replaced by chainsaws and went extinct
here in Georgia. I will post a picture in ABPW.
On Thursday, December 4, 2014 4:11:32 PM UTC-6, G. Ross wrote:
I will post a picture in ABPW.
His saw is going counter clockwise. I would feel safer, using it, if it went clockwise.
For any swing saw, as these, I wonder what happens when they hit metal - fencing, a big nail or spike.
A good sharp chain saw would turn that into "butta"
That saw the fellow is using is a literal "widow maker"
Although it is inventive.....imagine if it got caught up in the blocks
holding the log up.
Anyway, I do like ingenuity, and experiment....
I do know this fellow is hard core, and knows how to handle his tools.
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I like this saw, it looks like a lot of work to use. Not sure if it
removes less wood than a chain saw. Doing the same chore with a chain
saw would be difficult if not impossible.
The ladder made from that timber came out nice and was made for an
I think it would be much harder, more dangerous and the final product
not as clean. The goal in this video was to maintain the rough timber
twists and turns and also to retain as much of the timber as possible.
I guess on enlarging it they are belts...didn't watch much of it; 5-10
secs pretty much was the whole story and at first glance thought was
link chain drive. Broken belt would do less damage for sure, but still
wouldn't be fun to be flailed by one...
It's belt drive, so most likely the blade stops and the belt
slips. The weight of the engine, etc, has so much leverage
on the blade that it's unlikely to jump around.
That said, it still looks like an absurdly dangerous piece
of equipment. A regular circular saw mill, where the saw
is stationary and the log moves thru it, is bad enough.
Seems to me you could get the same result, a lot more
safely, with a portable bandmill like a Woodmizer.
From what I've seen these portable saw mills don't handle crooked
timber well or at all. At least the demos I looked at didn't show
them cutting twisted timbers. I always noticed they were cutting
logs that were generally straight and cleared of all branches, etc.
Well, typically they're used for making lumber. For
that purpose you want a straight log, otherwise the
boards you get from it will warp, cup, and twist in
every direction when they dry.
I understand boat-builders do use bandmills for cutting
knees and other compass timbers. Other than for weird
ornamental purposes, that's the only case I can think of
where you'd cut a non-straight log, and that's a pretty
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