Giant Bandsaw located at Laguna Beach, California

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Blog entry by Loren posted 08-28-2011 05:35 PM 4894 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was down in Laguna and took some pictures of this reputed 38,000 lb behemoth.

My guess is the wheel diameter is 66”-72”. Curiously the height capacity between
the guide blocks is only about 14”, so the saw must have been used in a different
setup for initial slabbing of logs, or a different saw was used for the rough work
with the big trees and this saw was used for cutting dimensioned beams.

The upper guide is not adjustable, but it does appear to be removable so conceivably
there might have been another, higher guide arm allowing the saw to handle cuts
of 30” in height or more.

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#1 posted 08-28-2011 05:57 PM

It’s amazing the tool they used back then.

-- Have a great day.

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#2 posted 08-28-2011 06:17 PM

I’m guessing that the two wheels were further apart. It had to be different if is would cut logs that could build 2 houses.

Looks nice.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 08-28-2011 06:22 PM

I think Karson must be right. To have a blade 56’ long, the wheels would have to have been some 18’ apart by my calculations. It must have been shortened up for display purposes.

-- "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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#4 posted 08-28-2011 06:55 PM

They need a building around that saw! COOL COOL COOL COOL! I wonder if it was set up to cut rail road ties?Niece post Loren.

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#5 posted 08-28-2011 07:13 PM

Would have love to see this in operation, nice pic’s Loren thanks for posting…BC

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#6 posted 08-28-2011 07:19 PM

to bad it is just left to rust outside

some protection would be nice
since it is still in working order

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 08-28-2011 07:26 PM

Incredible! I wish it had a roof over it.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#8 posted 08-28-2011 07:28 PM

Is that at Ganahl Lumber ?

you find couple of saw at their several location.

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Steven H

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#9 posted 08-28-2011 07:33 PM

I loving going to Laguna Beach

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#10 posted 08-28-2011 09:58 PM

Yes, Ganahl.

Apparently they have these sorts of saws at 5 locations… something
I had no idea about.

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#11 posted 08-29-2011 12:53 AM

Its a shame they left it outside to be rusted, it can be still used.
So how was Laguna Beach?

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