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How to Cut a Railway Sleeper

Posted in Railway Sleeper News by admin on April 18th 2017

If you're planning a landscaping project using railway sleepers, understanding the correct cutting technique and having the proper tools is essential; both for aesthetic and safety purposes.

Tools

Cutting railway sleepers on site is the most convenient alternative - and the best tool to use is a chainsaw. A most important consideration, you should always remember to make sure your blade is sharp - this is the best way to avoid a chainsaw massacre! Your blade might be blunt if you do a lot of cutting or if you have hit stones.

Creating precise, clean cuts is possible only with a sharp blade. You can also use a circular saw, bow saw or a handsaw, although using a handsaw is much more time-consuming, particularly if it's a dense hardwood that you are working with.

Cutting Technique

Before you start cutting, mark accurately where the incision needs to be made and cut slowly and steadily. Don't try and rush through it, as you may end up veering out of line and ruining your sleeper. The finish, using a sharp chainsaw, will create a rustic architectural theme.

It's not too difficult for an amateur to cut across the width of the sleeper but cutting length-ways to make planks is a more specialist job and this is not something that can be tackled easily as a DIY landscaper.

How to Cut Safely

Using a chainsaw can be dangerous - and one of the main risks is a blunt blade. This is a potentially deadly invitation for "kick-back" if the saw jumps out of your hands on hitting the timber.

Take care when cutting and take it slowly. Even consider completing a chainsaw course if you haven't used one before. This will teach you how to sharpen blades, change chains and service your chainsaw… it could also help you stay alive!

How to Achieve the Best Results

When cutting railway sleepers, don't presume that your chainsaw will stay sharp for the duration of the project. This type of cutting can blunt the blade pretty quickly and it's imperative that you monitor the progress and keep the blade sharpened.

Don't try anything too intricate if you're a beginner. Keep it simple until you get the hang of the technique and then you can experiment with more complicated designs.

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