[GSBN] Straw Bale Cutting Tool - Any Ideas (Digest, Vol 73, Issue 11)
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Wed Sep 13 22:57:31 CDT 2017
On Wed, 13 Sep 2017 17:58:45 -0700 Matts Myhrman <mattsmy at gmail.com> wrote:
> Some cutting edge thoughts from Matts "mind under matter" Myhrman
> On Wed, Sep 13, 2017 at 8:20 AM, David Arkin, AIA <david at arkintilt.com>
>> ...ripping of the bales to a narrower width.
In the Olde Days when I was a youth/barn-builder, there used to be a thing
called "Family Farms" and the farmers did most of their own equipment
repairs which of course necessitated a farm shop and an essential tool in
that shop would be a mechanical hack saw, usually made by the farmer -- a
simple design utilising the action of a rocker arm to translate rotary
motion to the back-and-forth motion to move a robust hacksaw blade which
was typically about 2" wide (50mm)by a couple or few feet long.
The Alberquerky Derelict's mention of a bandsaw blade with an ideal pitch
of a one-tooth per inch made me think of the two-person crosscut saws that
we used to use to buck up logs into cordwood while were were still in the
bush, preferring to avoid using noisy, stinking chainsaws which was an
assault on the senses in that tranquil setting ... and we enjoyed the
conviviality that the tool enabled. I would suspect that those saw blades
are still around in most locales, neglected and disused and quite likely
abused with broken and missing teeth.
It wouldn't take much to regrind those teeth to make them suitable for
cutting bales ... I'm thinking a simpler tooth pattern more like a bread
knife but I'm sure someone who has hands-on experience hand-sawing bales
would have a better idea.
Where I live now, there are almost as many or more Francophones from
Quebec than there are Anglais and a favourite garden swing amongst the
older Quebecois is the face-to-face garden glider -- a simple
pendulum-like affair that utilises the mass of the old "swingers" to
provide the momentum to keep the swing in motion with a minumum of effort.
I'm thinking that it wouldn't be all that difficult to combine the above
three ideas to make a simple bale-cutting tool that wouldn't require any
sort of engine or motor to operate and would likely cost less than $200 in
materials to make .
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Rob Tom T6015O
Kanata, Ontario, Canada
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