Velocity, Depth-of-Cut, and Physical Property Effects on Saw Chain Cutting

Andrew Otto, John Paul Parmigiani


A better understanding of saw-chain cutting mechanics is needed for more efficient chainsaw designs. The effects of varying key parameters such as workpiece moisture content, workpiece density, cutting velocity, and depth-of-cut, while established for other types of cutting, are largely unexplored and/or unpublished for saw chains. This study contributes to filling this gap through experimentation and analysis. Experiments were conducted using a custom-built saw-chain testing apparatus to measure relevant forces over a range of workpiece moisture contents, workpiece densities, cutting velocities, and depths-of-cut. Analysis consisted of fitting linear regression models to experimental data, identifying trends, and exploring optimum cutting conditions. Results showed that over the range of values included in the study, workpiece moisture content and density had effects that depended on the depth-of-cut. Cutting velocity had a small effect, and depth-of-cut had a large effect. All trends fit well with linear models; however, depth-of-cut required one linear fit for small-to-mid values and a second fit for mid-to-large values. Maximum efficiency was found to occur at a depth-of-cut equal to the transitional value between fits. These results provide basic relationships that can lead to the more effective and efficient use and design of chainsaws.


Chainsaw; Saw chain; Cutting forces; Cutting efficiency; Linear regression

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