[GSBN] Straw Bale Cutting Tool - Any Ideas

Chris Magwood chris at endeavourcentre.org
Wed Sep 13 10:30:54 CDT 2017


Hi David,

We've successfully used a portable lumber mill... makes a beautiful, 
straight cut and can do multiple bales at once if they're all being cut 
to the same width.

The resultant chopped straw is perfect to go in the plaster, too!

Chris


On 2017-09-13 11:20 AM, David Arkin, AIA wrote:
> 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
>
>
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