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Most Unusual Object Found In a Saw Log
« on: June 21, 2014, 02:12:03 pm »
What is the most unusual item you encountered in a saw log?  For me, it was a glass telephone line insulator.  Even a Woodmizer would not cut that one!
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Re: Most Unusual Object Found In a Saw Log
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2014, 02:27:30 pm »
Hit a 4"stone in the crotch of an oak log bent the mandrel on a mobile dimension mill! !
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Re: Most Unusual Object Found In a Saw Log
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2014, 09:37:54 pm »
      Milled 4,000bf of ERC a few years back, hit 1 marble :o :o :o :o :o



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Re: Most Unusual Object Found In a Saw Log
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2014, 11:20:17 pm »
Bunch of bullets, nails and a complete pan trap with 4 foot of chain. :-\
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Re: Most Unusual Object Found In a Saw Log
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2014, 01:41:58 pm »
My dad hit a ceramic electrical insulator in a log once.  Dulled every tooth of the chain.
In logs, with the sawmill, I have hit ant nests, nails, bullets, barb wire, and I did saw a 1/2" lagbolt in the third or fourth pass sawing 1" boards.
I have also hit the first log stop three times.
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Re: Most Unusual Object Found In a Saw Log
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2014, 08:17:26 pm »
I used to be a consultant for a company that cut logs from the vicinity of strip mines. There were all kinds of glass insulators and tramp metal in them. They had this big old circle saw with a magnetic starter. When they hit something, carbide would fly. Everybody would duck and wait, wait for the blade to stop spinning. There were holes in the roof above the blade. Anyway, I put a electronic starter with a brake on it in short order. That crap can be dangerous.

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Re: Most Unusual Object Found In a Saw Log
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2014, 09:38:32 pm »
Nice piece of red oak from Clarion County.About 26" dia.
Tried to open 3 faces, first face hit metal about 1 ft in,
second face thinner slab, in about 18" hit metal,
third face about 1 ft in same problem.
Chainsawed 2 ft off the end found iron stain, Railroad spikes.
Someone must of had a tree stand in that tree and used sipke
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Re: Most Unusual Object Found In a Saw Log
« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2014, 11:43:19 am »
I did not hit this with the saw but found it while pressure washing a log. It was buried in a Doty place in the crotch of a 30" maple.. it was a hot wheels car.. late 60's model vette.
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Re: Most Unusual Object Found In a Saw Log
« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2014, 09:58:44 am »
I was milling at a customer's site and struck a big piece of metal.  I rolled the log off the mill, changed the blade, and loaded the next log.  Out of curiosity, the customer cut the metal out with his chain saw, and produced an ax head, exclaiming, "I've always wondered where I left that!"

I've also milled into cement.  Seems years ago a lot of people thought it was a good idea to fill hollow trees with cement.  That will destroy a blade in no time.
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Re: Most Unusual Object Found In a Saw Log
« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2014, 01:01:59 pm »
Bumper Jack.   Used to tighten a line for drying clothes. Some how. I cut it off.  Should have taken a pic.
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Re: Most Unusual Object Found In a Saw Log
« Reply #10 on: June 25, 2014, 01:49:48 pm »
...I have also hit the first log stop three times...

How hasn't, hit one of those!!

Mostly bullets, a few barb wires, a shot gun slug. 
I once missed an actual metal fence post; someone must have leaned the post against the tree and it grew around it. Luckily I was sawing slabs 2.5" thick slabs and got some awful blue stain, put on heavily abused blade to remove slab from log (in case, I didn't cut deep enough), luckily missed dug out post later.

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Re: Most Unusual Object Found In a Saw Log
« Reply #11 on: June 25, 2014, 05:36:52 pm »
Found a 'possum living in a log on the log deck. But I am not sure it should ever really been called a saw log.
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Re: Most Unusual Object Found In a Saw Log
« Reply #12 on: June 25, 2014, 07:08:13 pm »
I am sure that most of you have seen my T fence post that was ~45' up the tree.
 

 
The customer gave me the block as a souvenir.
 

  
The tree was felled across a fence which drove the post into the tree.  The post broke off below the bark when the tree length log was skidded out.
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Re: Most Unusual Object Found In a Saw Log
« Reply #13 on: June 25, 2014, 10:07:06 pm »
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If that Hot Wheel was one manufactured in the late 60's with redlines on the tires and in good shape you could sell for good money!  Amazing what some of those old redline Hot Wheels will go for.

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Re: Most Unusual Object Found In a Saw Log
« Reply #14 on: June 25, 2014, 10:38:45 pm »
Cutting a sinker cypress.  Out comes a snake.

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Re: Most Unusual Object Found In a Saw Log
« Reply #15 on: June 26, 2014, 11:19:10 am »
We get scorpions and lizards wintering inside our mesquite logs. Sometimes hundreds of them. :snowball:
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Re: Most Unusual Object Found In a Saw Log
« Reply #16 on: June 27, 2014, 06:54:11 pm »
We get scorpions and lizards wintering inside our mesquite logs. Sometimes hundreds of them. :snowball:

     That's not unusual.  Around here, if there's a hole in a log there's gonna be some kind of livestock living in it. :D  It's usually something I'd rather not grab, too.
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Re: Most Unusual Object Found In a Saw Log
« Reply #17 on: June 29, 2014, 09:05:59 pm »
I cut down a large maple on my property that was planted in about 1910.  In the middle of the log was a 3 foot long piece of metal, about 3 inches across.   It was probably placed there to keep the tree growing straight, and the tree simply grew around the metal.  When we cut down the tree, it stopped a brand new 660 stihl dead in it's tracks.   Blew the cylinder head I was told.  we did get some really pretty boards out of the log, of course after cutting around the chunk of steel.  One old guy who lives by me, said the metal was a leaf spring off of an old ford.  Who knows??? ;D
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Re: Most Unusual Object Found In a Saw Log
« Reply #18 on: June 29, 2014, 09:17:58 pm »
I found half a mouse in a log once.  I went back and checked the previous board and found the other half.    :D   
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Re: Most Unusual Object Found In a Saw Log
« Reply #19 on: June 30, 2014, 09:58:08 am »
I've hit all sorts of tramp metal, ceramic insulators, etc.  The most unusual one was when I was cutting a backyard walnut and when I opened up a void in the log I saw something brightly colored.  At first I thought it was some funky mold or fungus, but it turned out to be a plastic Easter egg with the remains of a chocolate candy in it.  I went to school with this customer's kids, so I knew it was in there for quite a few years.