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General Forestry => Chainsaws => Topic started by: treefarmer87 on May 20, 2011, 03:08:16 PM

Title: bowsaws
Post by: treefarmer87 on May 20, 2011, 03:08:16 PM
anybody still use them? i used to see them hanging on the pins of pulpwood truck going up and down the road, now i only see them being worked on at the saw shops. what are they good for?
Title: Re: bowsaws
Post by: thecfarm on May 20, 2011, 05:21:20 PM
In the mean time,Tom has helped you out,

http://www.forestryforum.com/board/index.php/topic,22304.msg316354.html#msg316354
Title: Re: bowsaws
Post by: treefarmer87 on May 20, 2011, 07:55:11 PM
thanks

Title: Re: bowsaws
Post by: pineywoods on May 20, 2011, 08:39:46 PM
Are you talking about the wood framed type or the all metal ones, which by the way we knew as "buck saws". I have one of them with one good blade left. When that one breaks, I probably will cut a piece of a broken bandsaw blade to fit.
Title: Re: bowsaws
Post by: treefarmer87 on May 20, 2011, 09:00:02 PM
i was talking about for a chainsaw :)
Title: Re: bowsaws
Post by: pineywoods on May 20, 2011, 09:10:00 PM
i was talking about for a chainsaw :)

OOps, used to be a few around here, but I haven't seen one in years.
Title: Re: bowsaws
Post by: dovetails on May 22, 2011, 11:33:29 AM
Great for cutting firewood up, don't pinch easy.But CAN be very dangerous to use also! I have 2. Nice thing is you don't have to bend over, just set it on top of log and cut,then move to next length and cut again.Also with just a little care, you don't hit the ground with chain to dull it.
Title: Re: bowsaws
Post by: treefarmer87 on May 26, 2011, 06:00:30 PM
i heard they are dangerous. :o
Title: Re: bowsaws
Post by: Tom on May 26, 2011, 10:01:25 PM
They can be, in the wrong hands, but so are bar saws and knives.  Bows are basically bucking tools and properly outfitted with a spur and chain guards.  In many situations, they are safer than a bar saw.  Being designed to saw with the end of the bow, they have a spur that contacts the log and stops kick-back.  Bows don't have that and can really be dangerous when cutting logs that are piled, or trimming logs on a truck where the end of the bow can come into contact with something.

As with most feared equipment, it's the misuse that causes people to start rumors and tales. 
Title: Re: bowsaws
Post by: tcsmpsi on May 27, 2011, 09:08:14 AM
Now, tell me, treefarmer...does that look dangerous to you?   ;D
At the bottom of the bow, is the spur Tom is speaking of. 

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13641/full%20view%2066.JPG)

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13641/front%20view%2066.JPG)
Title: Re: bowsaws
Post by: tyb525 on May 27, 2011, 11:24:18 AM
You can drown in a glass of water too :D
Title: Re: bowsaws
Post by: treefarmer87 on May 27, 2011, 08:23:10 PM
thats a nice saw, how many links are the chains ??? it would be handy for cutting pulpwood. can they cut up the large logs i cut?

http://youtu.be/G80EXLg7DtE
Title: Re: bowsaws
Post by: tyb525 on May 27, 2011, 08:40:32 PM
They were real popular among pulp cutters back in the day
Title: Re: bowsaws
Post by: tcsmpsi on May 28, 2011, 07:48:04 AM
Not a clue as to how many links are in the chain, but it is 1/2" pitch.  I'm not certain of the large logs you cut.  It will cut as large as you can roll that bow the full circumference, through the center. 

I went and looked to the tube you addressed.  There is also one of that particular saw, Poulan 66.   They use it on a small log, though.  Which, was/is not really representative of that saw.  It's a 5 cu in free breather and has to reach a certain....pitch with the world, to be at its best.  Primarily, that set up was designed to cut the larger diameter pulpwood, in the most effecient manner available for that time period   (saw discontinued around 1966 for lighter technology). 

I have felled trees with it, and limbed standing and downed.  And, about everything else it wasn't/isn't 'supposed' to do.