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Green Building Bible, Fourth Edition
Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
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    • CommentAuthorTriassic
    • CommentTimeApr 10th 2014 edited
    I have access to loads of wood, mainly small stuff and am considering buying an electric swivel log saw. Can anyone suggest a good model at a reasonable price.
    You could try looking on arbtalk.co.uk.

    • CommentAuthorTriassic
    • CommentTimeApr 11th 2014
    Had a look at Arbtalk, lots of very good professional stuff.

    I was more interested in something cheap and cheerful, aimed at these cutting fire wood for home use. Something maybe a couple of hundred quid rather than a thousand! Can't imagine that all you cutting your own firewood are using a bow saw ?!
    • CommentAuthorPeterW
    • CommentTimeApr 11th 2014
    The log saws I've seen tend to be fairly cheap and cheerful or top of the range - there really is nothing in between..! The ones based on a cutting disk are cheaper (think big circ saw) but are a pig to sharpen and they spit teeth if they hit anything hard. The chainsaw based ones use cheap chains, but at least with practice they can be sharpened.

    For the £200 Budget, you can get a decent 2nd hand chainsaw, the PROPER SAFETY GEAR and a good saw horse which means you won't be carting big logs to the saw - you can take the saw to the logs... A 12" bar will cut a 22" trunk and that's a big tree !

    I would look at how you are going to split the timber too - it's not the easiest of jobs unless you're doing it on fresh timber. Leave oak a year and even the big tractor splitters have issues


    Our experience and a few random thoughts.

    We used wood burners from about 1980 to 2010, due to country house, 2 acre garden, and buying up the warehouse of a kitchen company that pulled out of the UK.

    We ended up with a professional level Pillar Saw, which cost about £1500, was used for cutting up planks and logs as well as in a kitchen unit small business.

    We sold it 10 years later via ebay for about £600 (in 2010) to a young joiner setting up his workshop, which suggests that you can buy quality stuff second hand for a mid-budget that will last decades.

    Previously we had used big circular saws, and chainsaws, neither of which was completely satisfactory over a period of years for firewood.

    I'd suggest that if you don't spend the money now, you may have to spend it later, perhaps after an injury or strain. Cutting firewood, amongst other things, did my father's back. But a cheapish option may be good for experience in the short term.


    If arbtalk is too hardcore, perhaps try http://woodworkuk.co.uk/forum/ or picture framers etc with a wanted ad.

    I wonder if disillusioned Crafters would be a good source? One house we looked at recently would come with a full-blown lathe left in the outhouse :-).

    My other idea would be to haunt a few bankruptcy sales.

    I had a wonderful neighbour-involved-in-demolition (Fred Dibnah type who ran his own pair of traction engines, including self repairs) who made table saw from a table and a circular saw by cutting a slot in the table with the saw, and bolting it underneath poking upwards.

    If it is of value, ebay has a "Wood Bench Saw 240v Log of Plank Cutter" in the West Midlands finishing at 6pm. Current bid £26.

    Hope something there helps.

    • CommentAuthorTriassic
    • CommentTimeApr 11th 2014 edited
    So I have a chain saw and someone else suggested making this style of frame, the uprights are set at the width of the logs needed for the stove.
    • CommentAuthorBeau
    • CommentTimeApr 11th 2014
    Yep with a saw horse like that you can process a lot of logs per hour. I did it that way before buying a full on processor. As said split green if possible and the Fisker X27 axe is superb.
    • CommentAuthorGotanewlife
    • CommentTimeApr 11th 2014 edited
    This is mine:
    http://www.all-about-the-home.co.uk/atika-400mm-1800w-electric-log-saw-2829-p.asp now £263.
    I love it, really, couldn't recommend it enough. I get through about 10 tonnes of wood a year that I buy in 1 to 1.5m lengths. I have never had to change the blade or sharpen it after 4 years use. Very noisy but relegates chainsaw to tool of last resort (ie only ever for logs over 12cm dia). It is so FAST too - I am tall and I find I can push the support with my thigh whilst holding both ends of the log. There are some H&SW inspired rubber bits either side of where the blade comes out that might last 10 mins but they are not important! Whichever you get look out for the max diameter it will cut - bigger is better, as in life changing!

    Yes split when green. For splitting the narly big logs I use an axe and then hit the axe with a really big sledge hammer. I did think about a log splitter but too expensive in the end.
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