[GSBN] Straw Bale Cutting Tool - Any Ideas

David Arkin, AIA david at arkintilt.com
Wed Sep 13 10:20:52 CDT 2017


Hello Global Straw Balers:

CASBA has a workshop coming up, fitting bales between studs in a large three-story office building.  While many of the stud bays are 22 1/2” wide, set to easily fit 23” wide bales on end, many other bays are of lesser dimensions, requiring the ripping of the bales to a narrower width.  

We’ve successfully used electric chain saws to rip an occasional bale during bale-raisings, but the scale of this project suggests a better tool for this task.  One solution we’ve been mulling is a bandsaw (pic attached, covers off).  Thoughts on the pros & cons of this approach welcome.  

Wondering if anyone out there has found or devised a good tool for this task?  I searched the archives (thanks again Bill) and didn’t come up with any prior discussion on this topic, surprisingly. 

Thanks all, 

David ‘must get ripped’ Arkin / ATA & CASBA



> On Sep 12, 2017, at 6:32 PM, Bill Christensen <billc_lists at greenbuilder.com> wrote:
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