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Chain Saw Chop Saw
You can convert an old chain saw into a low-cost steel chop saw, says Vern Desotell, Clarissa, Minn., who mounted a 14-in. dia. chop saw blade onto the bar of an old chain saw that he already had.
  "It was an old saw made in the 1960's and was too heavy to haul into the woods any more," he says.
  So he removed the saw's chain and drilled a couple of holes at the outer end of the bar. Then he took the arbor from a cheap table saw and bolted it to the bar. He welded a pulley to the chain saw's clutch and ran a V-belt between the pulley and the arbor. He then bolted the chop saw blade to the opposite side of the arbor. The last step was to mount a steel guard over the blade.
  "It's really handy. I use it any time I need to cut a chunk of steel," says Desotell. "Commercial chop saws with this much power cost about $600 so I saved a lot of money. I already had the chain saw as well as the arbor. My only cost was the $10 I paid for the chop saw blade. I use the chain saw's bar tension adjuster to tighten or loosen the belt. I think the same idea would work on newer chain saws, as long as they have enough power."
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Vern Desotell, 39825 22nd Ave., Clarissa, Minn. 56440 (ph 218 756-2160).

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2004 - Volume #28, Issue #5