[GSBN] Straw Bale Cutting Tool - Any Ideas (Digest, Vol 73, Issue 11)

RT ArchiLogic at yahoo.ca
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>
> wrote:

>> ...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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