The racksaw was used on the Earl of Rosebery's Mentmore

Estate to saw up large tree trunks to provide a source of timber.

The rack saw differs from a conventional saw bench in that the large

trunks are held on a carriage and the whole carriage moves along on

rollers. The blade would have been driven from a fairly large portable

steam engine or a traction engine.

The Racksaw is now driven by a Crossley Oil Engine and can be seen

working on some of our Open Days.

Prior to cutting large baulks of timber by this method, they would

have been cut by hand with two men using a very long double handled saw.

The trunk was laid lengthways over an oblong pit with one man in the pit,

under the trunk and the other man at the top. You will find several double

handed saws in the museum, some shorter ones for cutting up smaller trunks,

simply by mounting them on trestles, with the longer

saws being used in the saw pits.

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