|Project by luv2learn||posted 06-11-2014 12:10 AM||1324 views||2 times favorited||14 comments|
We have almost 11 acres of pine and fir trees that are continually in need of pruning. I have two manual pole saws that I use to reach the higher branches but I wanted something handier and less unwieldly to trim the lower branches of the younger trees so I made this split saw handle to accommodate an extra pole saw blade I had laying around.
I planed two pieces of oak to approximately a half inch thick by three inches wide and approximately nine inches long. I drew what I thought might be an appropriate handle profile (photo 3), held the two pieces together with double sided tape, then cut the profile out on my bandsaw. I had to cut a relief in one half for the blade thickness,then layout and cut the mounting holes for the blade. I used a rectangular piece of oak as a post for the blade to mount over (photo 5). I had some roller blade wheel axles I cut down to fasten the halves together. I sanded the handle and finished it with two coats of spray lacquer.
Pole saw blades have a real aggressive cut, it only takes three or four pulls to cut through a 1 to 2” diameter limb. I have not seen this type of blade mounted to a handle like this, perhaps there is a reason for it but I am anxious to give it a test run in the morning.
Thanks for looking!!
-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green