[GSBN] Straw Bale Cutting Tool - Electric chain saws
sabale at bigpond.com
Thu Sep 14 06:35:20 CDT 2017
Band saw type saw mills are great , usually portable or is that re locatable , petrol powered , loud, with exhaust fumes , and a hot exhaust.
Having had an on site fire from a petrol powered air compressor I am not keen on hot exhausts on the building site.
We have for 20years now used electric chain saws, yes light weight , very portable, generally available locally , inexpensive , easy to get new chains for or to sharpen.
I had thought of removing every second tooth, but find a standard blade does fine.
There is a tendency for straw to get under the chain , and make it stretch , we may adjust it 4 times a day.
Having used many brands , we have surprisingly found Ryobi brand 2500w electric to be our preferred at present.
Note model and design of all brand s change regularly.
Why , price about Au $160
Long bar as standard 18 inch
Best clearance for cut straw to exit out the back of the chain saw , best out of many .
Easy adjust chain .
Bar oil filling is a little slow, tilt blade up and the oil goes in easier.
We regularly notch bales for posts , ( 4 x 4 , 6 x 4 etc ) some times having to move or flex a bale twine a little so as not to cut it.
Notching a corner is straight forward, usually person placing the bale puts it up against the framing, marks the notch to be cut, ( red marker , liquid chalk type are great for this )
Hands it to the person cutting or cut it themselves. ( advantage of small portable saw).
Notches along the face of the bale is marked in similar fashion, but plunge cut with the chain saw, advantages of a long cutting bar.
Our most recent job one chainsaw operator kept up with 3 pairs of bale layers.
Note ; notches for noggins between studs ( fire blocking I think it is in the usa ) may be a bit more tedious.
House of Bales
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