[GSBN] Straw Bale Cutting Tool - Any Ideas

Derek Roff derek at unm.edu
Wed Sep 13 13:40:04 CDT 2017


A few other thoughts on the woodworker’s bandsaw as in David’s photo, vs. the bandsaw lumber mill.  The woodworker's bandsaw might have 3/4 of an alleged horsepower, whereas the Wood-Mizer standard model has 19 HP.  Even with the riser-block shown, many bandsaws don’t have the cutting height needed to trim a bale.  The widest blade that can be put on that bandsaw is probably 1/2” or 3/4”.  That is a very narrow blade, when you move the blade guides so far apart, and it is likely to distort and maybe twist when you push the bale through.

The bandsaw lumber mill makes it easy to set a consistent, repeatable cut height, and maintain it bale after bale.  On the woodworker’s bandsaw, it would be hard to get consistent and repeatable cuts at the desired dimension.  Finally, you will likely want a blade with very few teeth per inch- usually something like one tooth per inch.   I doubt if you can find such a wide tooth spacing for a blade that fits a woodworker’s bandsaw.

Derek

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On Sep 13, 2017, at 12:06 PM, Sarah Johnston <sol_design at yahoo.com<mailto:sol_design at yahoo.com>> wrote:

Hi David.

We have also used a band saw mill similar to what Chris and Derek have used and highly recommend that approach.  While I love using chainsaws, the bandsaw creates very little dust, has no fumes, is fast and accurate.  Certainly a great way to go if you have a big job.

May it work out well!

Sven

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From: "David Arkin, AIA" <david at arkintilt.com<mailto:david at arkintilt.com>>
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Subject: [GSBN] Straw Bale Cutting Tool - Any Ideas

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

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