Pendulum saw

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Pendulum saw or swing saw, side view, a circular saw hung from a swinging arm, for cross cutting wood. Shown in the cutting position

A pendulum saw or swing saw is a mechanically powered circular saw with the blade mounted so it can swing into the material.


A swing saw is used for cross cutting wood in a sawmill, or for cutting ice off of a frozen body of waters. The saw is hung on a swinging arm, sometimes with a counterbalance weight.

A swing saw is also sometimes called a cut-off trim saw in a mill for cutting right angle to the direction of the wood grain. A swing saw is a very dangerous tool, even with a blade guard. Early models were driven by a belt, usually made of leather, that was powered by a water mill or later a steam engine. Today the power source is an electric motor or a gas engine

Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival[edit]

Swing saws are used to carve ice blocks from the frozen Songhua River for the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival each year.[1]

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  1. ^ AFP (13 November 2008). "Ice is money in China's coldest city". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 26 December 2009.

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