I cut a LOT of elm with a similar saw back on the farm in the late
sixties - ours was flat belt driven off the pulley of the 1949 Massey
Harris 44 - it would cut wood all day running at idle on a gallon or
two of gas. OSHA would have a BIRD today!!! No guards on the blade or
Back then, communications weren't near as rampant as they are today.
Also people were more liable to keep their problems, deaths, injuries,
whatever within their own specific communities. At least, that's the
way it was in the communities I lived in.
And don't forget the best tella-communication on the planet -
Tella-woman. The old gossip-mills were every bit as effective as
Facebook in spreading the word - whether it be a farm accident,
someone's cattle getting out, a sick cow, a "new arrival" or whatever.
The "party line" and "rubberin" that went along with them made sure
there were few secrets.
Serious accident's, sure. Losing a finger or cut that required a
number of stitches, not so much, at least not in the community I lived
in. But then, I've always been a city boy and maybe that type of
atmosphere leads people to be more isolated than the open farm
community towns where everyone knows everyone because there were a
limited number of people to know and you came across everyone on a
On Thu, 26 Sep 2013 10:51:33 -0400, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
My dad farmed with an old Buick straight eight with a Leyland truck
transmission and differential behind the buick, and big truck tires a
4 cyl Durant "star" engine sat crosswize across the back with a pulley
on the end of the transmission to provide "belt power"
Wow ! Those straight 8's were big old thinigs -
our other neighbour had a '47 Buick ..
I'm pretty sure that the neighbour who used the Durant
to power the buzz saw - went through the clutch & tranny
<and through the differential ?> to a home made belt drive.
On 10/1/2013 9:54 PM, email@example.com wrote:
Other than the fact that sawmills were dangerous, the URL is in UK, and
the things they are considering safety problems were not a concern in
the early mills. High noise and welfare conditions do not affect putting
your hand in the blade.
**** Band saw blade or pulley cleaning procedures
**** Round and sawn timber stacking
**** Guarding of power operated cross-cut saws
**** Management of site transport activities
**** Lock-out procedures for interrupting mechanised production
processes, for example when freeing jammed timber
**** Two other important problem areas were high noise levels and poor
or non-existent welfare facilities."
It is like the 1890 house on PBS, where they could not get approval for
a family to living in the house because of a standard issue 1890's stove.
We had a bigger saw like this on our tractor growing up. It was on the
front of a massy Ferguson tractor. It was on the loader and could be raised
and lowered. It was driven by a big canvas belt that was powered by a power
take off wheel on the side of the tractor. Yep, our tractor came with the
ability to drive equipment with canvas belts. Just like the old water wheel
and steam engine factories. Only this was portable.
Talk about bridging to eras/technologies. Brings back memories. (codespeak
for I am an old fart)
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