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Re: About barns here - any of you building with farm lumber?

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Posted by DeadCarp - Aussie alternative sawmill on May 27, 2002 at 10:24:56 from (

In Reply to: About barns here - any of you building with farm lumber? posted by D.Mosey on May 26, 2002 at 20:40:17:

There's a guy in the outback who has built a rather clever device for cutting beams, and in fact he makes his living cutting/supplying railroad ties. The thing rather resembles a giant tiller, but there's a circlesaw where the tines would be.

It's little more than an old car motor mounted across a 2-wheeled trailer, with a pair of long handlebars out back and the sawblade climb-cuts in front. It's tall enough to straddle the logs. He props the log a bit above the ground, snaps a chalkline for a guide, lets the blade to pull itself along the log and has individual grab-brakes at each wheel to help steer the thing. Oh, the axle has a belt-driven, idler-pulley-clutched assist.

Looks cumbersome as anything, but it's properly balanced, produces a nice heap of ties every day & sure outcuts any chainsaw.

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