Operate head saws and feed the carriages to saw logs into cants or boards.
What does a Head Sawyer do?
Operates head saw and feed carriage to saw logs into cants or boards: Starts mechanical loader arms that place log on carriage. Sets dogs and adjusts carriage blocks to align log for sawing. Activates carriage that moves log against saw blade. Starts saw to cut log. Observes exposed face of log after first cut to determine grade and size of next cut and adjusts setting of carriage blocks. Starts mechanical log turner that turns log over on carriage for subsequent cuts. May change saw blades. May be designated according to type of saw operated as Band-Head-Saw Operator; Circular-Head-Saw Operator.