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A clever device for long-cutting – the “truncator” sawhorse ~ by Angus

A clever device for long-cutting - the "truncator" sawhorse

The worst thing about cutting logs with a chainsaw is all the bending down and picking up, stacking and generally time spent not actually cutting. Richard Bowness and Steve Tonkin have solved the problem - they make a sawhorse with a set of ingenious "cups" that space out branches for cutting and holding the cut logs. There is a hinge so that the cut logs can then be tipped into a wheelbarrow.

"Actually," explains Steve, "the name 'truncator' was suggested by our patent agent but it describes well what this device does - helps to cut up trunks and also truncates the task. We make the cups out of recycled plastic from old car batteries: this sort of plastic is particularly strong and doesn't splinter if it gets caught by a chainsaw."

A bench with a set of four cups costs about £160 but it saves hours of work and truncator.co.uk are now successfully exporting to Norway, Finland and Australia. Steve says "we've now been going for 3 years but already we've sold 1,200 sawhorses. Another real satisfaction is to think of the thousands of hours of unnecessary work that we must have saved through our truncator benches."


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and for a demonstration : Truncator - the movie

Posted in: Practical Guides ~ On: 21 September, 2015

2 comments so far

Andre Herera
19 November, 2017

Love your article post. This post is really informative who want to make saw horses. Saw horse is the useful things. It is used lots of outstanding work. Saw desk, table saw cutting saw the desk, etc. Essential tools for wood cutting and safety and easily to cutting.

Francis Byng
5 October, 2015

I have one of these.

It’s a good idea, and saves work but I recommend mounting the truncator 4Adaptor cup and base assembly into your own (solid) stand

I do not like the manufacturer’s folding trestle leg system where the feet slot into the hollow tubing of the legs, and are secured by a pin

There is too much play in the leg assembly so the main cup and beam element can move back and forth when cutting which can be distracting and unsettling

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