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Hay Baler Buzz Saw
Junked hay balers work great as tractor-powered buzz saws according to Dafter, Mich., farmer Franklin Schwiderson.
He started with a New Holland baler, leaving the pto and gear drive intact. He put a pulley on the right hand side of the shaft that drove the plunger. A rear portion of the bale chamber supports a housing for the saw shaft and allows the saw arbor to swing downward. The arbor housing and driveshaft were fashioned from a combine straw spreader. A large pulley on one side carries the belt from the drive shaft and a V-belt pulley on the other side drives the saw arbor shaft. This allows the saw blade to be swung downward while under power.
The shaft on which the buzz saw blade is mounted is driven by two V-belts coming from the canner shaft. When the saw is hanging in a neutral position, it hangs far enough forward so that a log can be pushed onto the table without hitting the saw. Schwiderson says this is a good safety feature since on many saws the blade has to be pushed out of the way. To make the blade turn in the right direction, Schwiderson put a twist in the drive belt since he couldn't reverse the main drive. The swinging saw arm was salvaged from an old Deere grain binder.
Schwiderson mounted the baler-saw on three legs for stability. It's carried by the tractor 3-pt. The only parts of the saw purchased new were 4 bearings for the upper power shaft and the saw shaft
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Frank Schwiderson, Box 30, Dafter, Mich. 49724 (ph 906 248-5536)

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1987 - Volume #11, Issue #2