Broken Raker-Was this common
I have an old two man cross cut saw. It is not in any working shape right now and someday I might try my hand at sharpening it and rebuilding it. For now though the saw is kind of funny.
The rakers are broken off. At first I thought it was because some logger (its that old) cut a tree that had a piece of hardware in it. Upon further examination however, it seems EVERY raker is broken off. I make the assumption that they did this on purpose.
The wood around here is mostly Spruce and Hemlock, and back when this saw was made around the turn of the century, hardwood was not harvested much in Maine. That was because it did not float down river. Am I correct in assuming that the logger who used this saw might have snapped off the rakers so that he could saw this softwood faster? I say that because on my modern day chainsaw, I file a lot of my rakers down so my saw makes a bigger chip.
I am willing to listen to any reason why the logger might have done this to a perfectly good saw.
I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"