Giant Bandsaw located at Laguna Beach, California

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by Loren posted 1088 days ago 2879 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.


11 comments so far

View grosa's profile


895 posts in 1454 days

#1 posted 1088 days ago

It’s amazing the tool they used back then.

-- Have a great day.

View Karson's profile


34869 posts in 3025 days

#2 posted 1088 days ago

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 †

View JJohnston's profile


1577 posts in 1916 days

#3 posted 1088 days ago

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.

-- "Sorry I'm late. Somebody tampered with my brakes." "You should have been early, then."

View Chipy's profile


374 posts in 1218 days

#4 posted 1088 days ago

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.

View blackcherry's profile


3154 posts in 2448 days

#5 posted 1088 days ago

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

View patron's profile


13000 posts in 1966 days

#6 posted 1088 days ago

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

View Bertha's profile


12951 posts in 1318 days

#7 posted 1088 days ago

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

View Steven H's profile

Steven H

1112 posts in 1685 days

#8 posted 1088 days ago

Is that at Ganahl Lumber ?

you find couple of saw at their several location.

View Steven H's profile

Steven H

1112 posts in 1685 days

#9 posted 1088 days ago

I loving going to Laguna Beach

View Loren's profile


7389 posts in 2273 days

#10 posted 1088 days ago

Yes, Ganahl.

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


View Steven H's profile

Steven H

1112 posts in 1685 days

#11 posted 1088 days ago

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

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics :: gardening showcase