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Rolling Chain Saw Built From Scratch
Here's a rolling chain saw I built from scratch to make cutting firewood a lot easier.
I use a 1 1/2 hp electric motor to power a 24-in. long saw blade. It's belt-driven with a 5 1/2-in. dia. pulley on the motor and a 6-in. dia. pulley on the shaft that turns the chain.
The unit mounts on a two-wheel wooden cart, which has handles from an old garden tiller.
To use, I simply rest the log to be cut on a length of light pole laid on the ground. Then I slide the saw underneath the log and tip the cart back, sawing up through the log as I go.
This saw can also be used by two men to cut down through a log, thanks to an A-frame and push bar I mounted on front. In this application, one man tips the cart up so the saw is above the log while the other uses the push bar to push the blade down through. (Wiliam Rinn, Rt. 2, Bad Axe, Mich. 48413; ph 517 658-8468).

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1997 - Volume #21, Issue #4