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A Study of Power Saw Fires

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The power chain saw has revolutionized falling and bucking operations in the logging industry in the United States and Canada during the past few years. Probably no other piece of new logging equipment has replaced the old on an industry-wide basis in so short a time. Chain saws have been known in west coast forests for thirty years but prior to 1940 were a novelty except on a few operations. World War II interrupted the development of the machine as a universal felling and bucking tool in the rough terrain of west coast forests and it was 1946 before the chain saw began to seriously challenge hand operations. As has often been the case with development of new equipment, certain problems have accompanied the advantages. The power saw has increased production, lowered costs and eased the back-breaking felling and bucking job. On the other hand, power saw operations have created a serious fire problem in the woods.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Associate Professor, Forest Management, School of Forestry, Oregon State College, Corvallis

Publication date: 01 December 1953

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