Left: Jim Turner, Sheldon, Mo., demonstrates the finer art of keeping body parts intact while bucking logs with the buzz saw attachment on his 1949 Cub. The drive for this saw employs the original belt pulley attachment with an extension adapter that locates the gearbox rearward to clear the saw blade. The table on this saw pivots to move the log through the blade.
Left: Tony Woodrum refurbished this unnamed belt-driven circular bucksaw to cut kindling in the West Virginia woods. Power for the saw is provided by a 1970s vintage International Harvester Cub Cadet equipped with a rear PTO fitted with the belt pulley attachment from a Farmall Cub. Four 2-foot long stakes keep the saw firmly footed on the ground.
Below: Mike Ireland, Plymouth, N.H., makes his living with wood. By day he works the family sawmill and when he is off duty, he cuts, splits and delivers cordwood to folks in the area. Mike uses this Farmall Super C mounted saw and conveyor to cut and load seasoned split firewood.
Above: John Hanson’s Craftsman Model U-4, a heavy-duty gear-drive model, was built in the late 1950s by David Bradley for Sears Roebuck & Co.
Right: Drag saw collector Chuck Simmons, Sioux Falls, S.D., makes short work of a cedar log with his 1920s vintage Witte saw. This Witte drag saw offers a fine example of the portable style drag saws. The wheels are currently mounted at a right angle to the saw, which facilitates its movement down the log. When in transport mode, the same wheels would be mounted on the other set of axles, and the saw could be moved wheel-barrow-like by lifting on the wooden handles visible near the tip of the saw blade.
Above: The Stihl Model 07 (owned by John Hanson) was introduced in 1961 with 4-1/2 hp at 7,500 rpm. The high performance saw weighed only 22 pounds with the 17-inch bar.
Left: John’s Pioneer Super 6-20 chainsaw is equipped with an after-market performance Windsor bar.
Left: This beautiful original condition 1961 McCulloch Model Mac 15 chainsaw with extra NOS bar and oil is central to John Hanson’s collection.
Above right: David Heller’s late 1870s drag saw design featured a lawn glider-like system for power.
Above left: Mall’s Model 7 Bow chainsaw represents a typical early variation of the solid bar chainsaw. The cutting edge of the chain was only exposed on the bottom – when one man operated the machine, the top of the blade guide could be used as a handle. The power-head was interchangeable with Mall’s other saws.
Above: Even the Remington Arms Co. bought its way into the chainsaw business. The company, better known for the production of firearms, catered to the consumer saw market.
Right: Lombard’s Super 6 chainsaw was produced in Ashland, Mass., in 1958. It featured direct drive with a centrifugal clutch and weighed only 24 pounds, which made it a perfect one-man saw.
Left: Frank Strobl’s variation on the hand-powered 1881 drag saw employs a crankshaft whose rotation is aided by a flywheel. It doesn’t take much to imagine this machine with an engine belted to the flywheel.