Head Sawyer

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Head Sawyer – Band-log-mill-and-carriage operator, band-sawmill operator

Operates head saw and feed carriage to saw logs into cants or boards: Starts mechanical loader arms that place the log on the carriage. Sets logs and adjusts carriage blocks to align log for sawing. Activates carriage that moves log against the saw blade. Starts saw to cut log. Observes exposed face of log after the first cut to determine grade and size of next cut and adjusts the setting of carriage blocks. Starts mechanical log turner that turns log over on carriage for subsequent cuts. May also change saw blades.

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