The rack saw bench was powered by an
engine or a power take-off from a tractor and was used to reduce large
timber logs to sawn sections.
Click here for a video clip of the
rack saw driven by a steam engine.
The saw pit has
been made shallower than usual in order that visitors will be
more easily able to see both sawyers when the pit is in use. It has been dug in such a position that it can be serviced by the timber crane: felled
logs can be moved around the yard, from delivery, to storage, to sawpit, to
saw bench, all using the crane.The timber
yard is easily accessible from the track, so that logs can be brought to the
yard using the Museumís heavy horses and timber-moving vehicles.