[GSBN] Straw Bale Cutting Tool - Any Ideas

Timothy Kennedy timok33 at gmail.com
Wed Sep 13 17:00:02 CDT 2017


Yes, I can confirm wood miser over shop band saw.

Great for cutting consistently angled bales too. Just make sure you budget
for resharpenning or replacing the mill guys blade - assuming that you're
using rice straw. And buy him a good half mask.

Enjoy!

On Wed, Sep 13, 2017 at 11:40 AM, Derek Roff <derek at unm.edu> wrote:

> 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
>
> Derek Roff
> derek at unm.edu
>
>
>
>
> On Sep 13, 2017, at 12:06 PM, Sarah Johnston <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
>
> Sarah & Sven Johnston
> Sol Design, Ltd.
> 50A Connolly Street
> Geraldine 7930  New Zealand
> 03 693 7369
> sol_design at yahoo.com
> www.soldesign.co.nz
>
>
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> *From:* "David Arkin, AIA" <david at arkintilt.com>
> *To:* Global Straw Building Network <gsbn at sustainablesources.com>
> *Sent:* Thursday, 14 September 2017 3:21 AM
> *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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