Saw Shop Tech: destroying a cordwood (buzz) saw.


Vern Burke, SwiftWater Edge Tool Works

Skowhegan, ME

I’ve written before on this blog about cordwood (buzz) saw safety, particularly the need to never stand in line with the running blade (expect for getting the speed set properly). I usually give as example the consequences of hitting nails or other foreign metal in the wood. Today, I came across an example of what I think is pretty well worst case.

granite rock with tree grown around it

(Picture taken at Fryeburg Fair, Fryeburg ME, 10/01/12)

This is a cross section of tree that grew with a large chunk of granite embedded in it. Talk about your nasty surprises, completely undetectable from the outside but total disaster to the saw blade that hit it. You can figure this one was not only throwing broken teeth from the blade but broken chunks of granite as well, just like bullets.

Don’t trust blind fate or your metal detector-fu to keep you safe, stay out of the way of the running saw and out of the line of fire!

Visit me at any of the following locations:

11 Depot St, Norridgewock, ME (Mondays)

Tractor Supply, Skowhegan, ME (Tuesday)

Somerset Woods turnout, Canaan Rd (Rt 2), Skowhegan,ME (Wednesday)

Arundel Flea Market, Rt 1 & Log Cabin Rd, Arundel, ME (Fridays)

Fryeburg Flea Market (Fryeburg Fairgrounds), Fryeburg, ME
(Sundays, Memorial Day thru end of September)

298 W Front St, Skowhegan, ME (all other days)

If you’re looking for a special tool, please drop me an
email and let me know and I’ll restore one just for you!

SwiftWater Edge Tool Works provides mobile sharpening services across Maine and mail in services around the world for handsaws, carbide blades, planer knives, hand planes, chain saws, knives, scissors, hair clippers, router bits, and almost any blade!

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