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02-07-2011 11:46 AM

Topic tags/keywords: humor resource tip question blade skill saw cutting rustic timber

Hi All:

I don’t remember where this Picture came from but the Title was “Makita Saw In Action”. YIKES!!!

Has anyone ever seen this SIZE of a Skill Saw? What Size Blade do you think that is 12” or Bigger? Maybe he got Hurt using a Chain Saw, or something…LOL… 110 handle that Monster or have to go to 220? The size of the Hammer in his Belt Holder ain’t to Shabby either!

Actually I DO believe in “The Right Tool For The Job”. Providing I have it at hand. If not? Something else MIGHT work.

AH! Here’s one…I was having a hard time trying to get some screws WAY back inside some joined 6” Square boxes I was building. I had a FLEX Extension for my Power Screwdriver….Flexed Too Much!! I remembered seeing a “Tip” somewhere on a Situation like this. I.E. ....Use a Socket Wrench and a Socket that Fits Nice & Snug on the end of the Screwdriver Handle. I used the Wrench & Socket with an Extension. WALLA Piece of Cake!!

Regards: Rick #1A (In case Rick #1B Reads this. AFTER he finishes his Guppy Dinner..LOL…)

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#1 posted 02-07-2011 12:06 PM

I think it is called a beam saw. Before nail guns, lots of framers drove a 16d in 2 whacks. There was a general foreman whose dad was a carpenter before him. He said his dad told him they cut through a 2×4 in 4 strokes, I believe. Work wasn’t always so warm and fuzzy ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 02-07-2011 12:38 PM

The spelling isn’t “walla”, it’s “voila” if I remember my high school french… :)

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#3 posted 02-07-2011 03:34 PM

It is a beam saw and actually quite common in the timber frame industry and remodeling areas especially on old homes that had huge beams and timbers. I think they are 110v but I’m not sure.

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#4 posted 02-07-2011 04:11 PM

16 5/16” blade.

here it is on amazon:

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#5 posted 02-07-2011 04:15 PM

The landscapers we hired for a major project used a saw like this to cut railroad ties.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#6 posted 02-07-2011 05:12 PM

We rented one ( Makita 16 5/16) to cut the beams for a house we where remolding…

The bigger the hammer, the less swings it takes to drive em home…

-- Rick

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#7 posted 02-07-2011 05:43 PM

It’s A 16” beam saw. I have two of ‘em. Yep they’re 110v. Gotta keep the blade stright during the cut or it bogs, dricote helps to. I use them and my 12” slide miter saw to cut ruff sawn timbers when I have to build roof trusses.
If you carry a 28oz rig axe you only have to hit the nail once. Then again the nails are called “sinkers” for a reason. It’s the head design of the nail.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#8 posted 02-07-2011 08:21 PM

I have a 12” millwaukee, I did not know there were any larger than that. WOW.

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#9 posted 02-07-2011 09:10 PM

Yep 16” , just watch a Timber Frame home going up and you will see them on the site. That has to be one heck of a workout using that thing all day long. Think I will stick with my 7 1/4” skill.

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#10 posted 02-07-2011 10:07 PM

I used to see these all the time when I lived in California. I was an engineer overseeing construction of cast-in-place concrete bridges. They were supported by temporary structure made usually from 12×12 posts and beams. The smarter guys knew when to use these (better fit/less adjustment/less settlement), vs. when chainsaws were more appropriate.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#11 posted 02-07-2011 11:06 PM

I have seen one of these saws for sale…actually it was a different brand (20+ yrs ago) and it was really heavy. As for driving a 16d in TWO blows, the old guys could do it in one. They used long handles. Larry Haun (Fine Homebuilding) was still doing this in his 60s. I ordered a video of his and he and his brother were driving 16ds with one blow and he even talked about how few guys could do this today.

-- jstegall

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#12 posted 02-07-2011 11:43 PM

How did they start the nail when they drive in in one whack? The guys I saw doing it would make a whack harder than I would ever want my fingers near and then a good one :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 02-08-2011 08:05 AM

Thanks All! After looking at some of your Links I now notice that he has a piece of Redish Tape over the Dust/Chip Outlet. I guess that’s to prevent them from flying in his face?

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#14 posted 02-08-2011 08:37 AM

Don’t know why he plugged the dust port. But then again, when I used to use one, it would spit out a tremendous amount of dust! And if you’re not careful, the kickback can really scare you. Need to have your feet really grounded before any cutting…That guy has a good stance

And his hammer only looks to be a 22 or 23 oz. The guys who would sink the “sinkers” in one hit would usually use a 32 oz hammer.

-- Childress Woodworks

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#15 posted 02-09-2011 03:48 PM

Wow, I could demo interior walls from one side. Just make 4 cuts and holler timber!

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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