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Tractor mounted buzz saw

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Brandon

11-25-2002 08:57:49
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I don't know much about these things so bear with me. How many people does it take to saw wood with them?? Do they work pretty good? I have one I am going to mount on the front of my JD 50 so I was just curious as what to expect from it. Any inputs are appreciated. Thanks, Brandon




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oKLA/kANS Bill

11-30-2002 18:33:06
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 Re: tractor mounted buzz saw in reply to Brandon, 11-25-2002 08:57:49  

Ive got a tractor mounted Buzz saw also. Bought it at a sale just to get the blade. I dont know what it fit on, it might have ben a rear mounted saw for alla me. Ive gotthe Buzz saw my Grandad bought mydad for a wedding present. Ive also got the overstuf set my grandmom, bought my momfor her wedding present, circi 1940. The saw was made in Hillsboro Kans. It is a Stationary saw and I use a 25ft belt on it. I use my 1934 CC Case on it as it has a faster rpm than my 1937 F-30 Farmall. You will have to split big wood with wedges and sledges. Also if you have a heavy jack handy they are useul for both splitting and for holding a split as you work your wayup the tree splitting it. You need for your off bearer to know to NEVER pull towards him the log except if it is cut off. The reason is youll b cutting so fast that you might sling the log towards your right and push, and your off bearer pull it and put your right hand where the blade cuts. He can help pull, but when its set up to cut, neither of you pull. If you can pull it yourself make sure he knows not to help. next, youll need the man on the end to know hand directions. He will need to move with the tree forward at the same speed as you are cutting it. He may need to raise or lower the tree in order to keep the tree flat as possible on the table. Also he may need to help turn it over. He will need hand signals in order to do this. Make sure your off bearer stands on clean ground ar the blade, and always keep an eye and 1/2 your mind on him, be ready to knock him back if you see him make a slip of any kind. My 10yr old boy was my off bearer 15yrs ago and my wife and my 11 yr old daughter brought up and held the logs I cut. If you drink, sell it to sombody who wants it but dosent drink. Many many people lost arms and lives cause they used a warm me up in the winter and slipped and lost an arm and maybe there life. I knew of one, and probably anybody in this room who as actually used one will tell you they know of sombody like that too. Be careful. You cant be careful enough. Finally tell yourself, Is it really worth it? I mean almost everybody in here who answered ya said the same thing. STAY AWAY FROM IT. I dont know how old you are, but if your 30 or under, you may not have the mentality to absorb the dangers involvd in running it as today, all dangers are taken away as much as possible. Take care. Bill

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Larry Ks.

11-27-2002 17:11:45
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 Re: tractor mounted buzz saw in reply to Brandon, 11-25-2002 08:57:49  
I've just got 2 add my .02 cents worth!! I can remember helping my father cut wood with one....many many years ago. Standing there with that blade zingging...really scary and the saw dust flying. The worst part is the last cut, when you're down short and you move the table up, and you're so close to the blade!! In my humble opinion, it ain't worth it....no how, no way!! A chain saw is dangerous, no doubt, but to be standing there with all that going on, and knowing all that could possibly go wrong...if you've got ANY other choices, give up on the Buzz Saw. We used to go to the timber and cut up "logs" (what my father and I could lift and put on a wagon) with a 2 man cross cut saw and then haul them home and use the buzz saw. Those were good old days, but, its not worth the risk in my opinion. We did it because we were really poor, as soon as my Dad started making more money, he quit the buzz saw FAST.

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paul

11-25-2002 15:49:44
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 Re: tractor mounted buzz saw in reply to Brandon, 11-25-2002 08:57:49  
My neighbor had his leg cut off when the blade flew off ~60 years ago. He bled to death.

The advise you got so far is right on. If you use it, be very safe, very good clear footing, etc. You have the blade on one side, & the belt on the other, so many things to grab a person & wreck him...

--->Paul



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Phil Munson

11-25-2002 15:45:15
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 Re: tractor mounted buzz saw in reply to Brandon, 11-25-2002 08:57:49  
A buzz saw can be very dangerous; but so can chainsaws and guns. Used with respect and care they are not a problem in my mind. Have used all for over forty years, without ever a problem, not even a scratch. Recklessly, all are killers. I first ran my front mounted buzz with a late JD B. The two cylinder is not as smooth as a four cylinder.

It takes time to get used to running a buzz saw. Once you and your crew, of at least two others, get good, you can do awesome amounts of work. It would not surprise me if you can equal the work of a ten man crew handling wood with chain saws.

BE CAREFUL. Have fun.

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Roy in UK

11-25-2002 13:59:01
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 Re: tractor mounted buzz saw in reply to Brandon, 11-25-2002 08:57:49  
Loathesome things! Let it rust.... buy a good quality chainsaw and some protection gear (helmet, safety jacket trousers gloves etc)
Regards Roy



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Shep

11-25-2002 10:55:32
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 Re: tractor mounted buzz saw in reply to Brandon, 11-25-2002 08:57:49  
I agree, it takes at least two people and then be VERY CAREFUL. Saw a feller just about lose a hand in one, took off part of his thumb and he had pins put in to keep his hand togeather. These are VERY dangerous and have no safety shut off. We quit using ours years ago and it is rotting away now, and I hope no one ever uses it again, too many close calls with that machine. Just my two cents.



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willie

11-25-2002 09:14:37
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 Re: tractor mounted buzz saw in reply to Brandon, 11-25-2002 08:57:49  
Brandon
Need 2 people at least. 1 to feed log into blade, 1 to catch chunks & throw into wagon or on pile. depending on size of log, another person to help by holding the other end of log is really useful.
did this a lot with my brother & Dad 50 years ago, the main reason I will NEVER depend on wood for heat again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Willie in Mn



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joe from WI

12-01-2002 05:34:55
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 Re: Re: tractor mounted buzz saw in reply to willie, 11-25-2002 09:14:37  
Just have to add my two cents... Tractor mounted buzz saws I will agree with everybody else ARE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS when operated by the unexperienced. But they do have thier good points.I still use one, but I am fortunate enuff to have a Father-in law that was a sawyer in a lumber mill all his life.#1, chek the blade set. when looking at it strait on the teeth should one go left and the next to the right, enuff so that the saw gap is wide enuff to let the blade pass throgh the wood without pinching it.#2 make sure that the blade is properly sharpened. you will need to find someone who has a jig to do this correctly and at the same time gumming the blade correctly . This also balances the blade. I get slab wood from a buddy of mine who has a mill,always cut from the sawed side of the slab, that way you keep the blade from contacting all the dirt and crap that's in the bark. I normally have to sharpen once a season vs sharpening a chain every other slab bundle . But if you decide to use one PLEASE BE CAREFUL, NEVER STAND IN FRONT OF THE BLADE WHEN IT'S RUNNING, AND LET IT COME TO A COMPLETE STOP BEFORE OILING OR CLEANING UP AROUND IT. Joe...

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joe from WI

12-01-2002 05:29:46
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 Re: Re: tractor mounted buzz saw in reply to willie, 11-25-2002 09:14:37  
Just have to add my two cents... Tractor mounted buzz saws I will agree with everybody else ARE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS when operated by the unexperienced. But they do have thier good points.I still use one, but I am fortunate enuff to have a Father-in law that was a sawyer in a lumber mill all his life.#1, chek the blade set. when looking at it strait on the teeth should one go left and the next to the right, enuff so that the saw gap is wide enuff to let the blade pass throgh the wood without pinching it.#2 make sure that the blade is properly sharpened. you will need to find someone who has a jig to do this correctly and at the same time gumming the blade correctly . This also balances the blade. I get slab wood from a buddy of mine who has a mill,always cut from the sawed side of the slab, that way you keep the blade from contacting all the dirt and crap that's in the bark. I normally have to sharpen once a season vs sharpening a chain every other slab bundle . But if you decide to use one PLEASE BE CAREFUL, NEVER STAND IN FRONT OF THE BLADE WHEN IT'S RUNNING, AND LET IT COME TO A COMPLETE STOP BEFORE OILING OR CLEANING UP AROUND IT. Joe...

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