Axes & Chainsaws: Use and Maintenance / A Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-13

Axes & Chainsaws: Use and Maintenance / A Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-13

Language: English

Pages: 32

ISBN: 0882661876

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


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Axes & Chainsaws Use & Maintenance by Rockwell Stephens CONTENTS Axes Bow Saws Chain Saws Characteristics of Selected Firewoods Notes Axes It’s a funny thing about axes. Lots of folks have an axe or two around the place. Sometimes they might be what you could call working axes, for a man who gets out his own firewood or splits his own kindling, but they may be just odd tools that don’t have any regular job to do. Either way, they sometimes can give you a pretty good clue to

handle on a flat surface—blade vertical. The center of the edge should touch the board. Some people prefer to put this contact point about two-thirds of the way down the edge, but this depends on the pattern of the axe. Hence, it is a good idea to check the hang of your axe when it is new, and then hang the new head the same way. In no case, however, should the contact point be less than half way down the edge. Fit to eye with draw shave and wood rasp. Assemble and test alignment and

role has been taken over by huge machines which reduce whole trees at one crunch into wood chips that are automatically fed into waiting hopper trucks. But the gift of the chain saw in not only to the industrial or commercial logger. It has almost become a household tool for anybody who has wood to cut—from the farmer who need timber for a barn or shed to the city dweller who has access to a woodlot and aspires to cut his own firewood. In contrast to the axe, the chain saw is a newcomer to the

scene, though it took more than a half century to develop, by steady mechanical improvement, to its present widespread acceptance and use. An Iowa inventor, in 1904, built a mechanical saw driven by a hand crank. Later a California inventor produced a saw mounted on a cart, which required a crane to raise and lower the cutting bat, but it was claimed that, operated by two or three people, it could replace the work of 20 to 30 experienced axemen. A cutting chain which ran on a U-shaped bow and

carburator. Maintenance If we were not accustomed to accept as commonplace the combination of such engineering and metallurigal wizardry, the chain saw would be something for a museum of technology. On the contrary, it is an everyday tool that will function with great reliability and efficiency given no more than ordinary, commonsense care. Maintenance starts with lubrication. The two-cycle engine runs on a mixture of gasoline and oil, and this means specially-compounded two-cycle oil—not

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