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Working on McConnel sawbench - Lour Estate
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No: 2979   Contributor: Norman Davidson   Year: 1965
Working on McConnel sawbench - Lour Estate

Photograph courtesy of Leslie Phillip, Perth and shows his father
David Phillip working on Lour Estate, Forfar, Angus 1965.

Leslie adds ‘He is working with the McConnel saw, cutting up firewood logs. Note the piece of tin sheet just above the front cylinder of the horizontal drive Japp engine taking the heat up over the carburetor. This was added to stop the carb from freezing up during really cold spells. A much safer idea than Dave's old army coat draped over the fuel tank to keep the heat in around the engine. Note the tow bar attached to the rear frame of the trailer. This was used for towing the McConnnel saw and was handy for hitching the flat trailer with a load of fencing posts etc, saving a double run.’

The PDF shows David cutting larch posts to length for sheep stakes with the McConnel saw.
Picture added on 18 August 2015
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Note the engine starting shaft with the screw on safety cap just above the right hand mud guard, it took a lot of courage to wind up this engine remembering to remove the starting handle in time if not you had to run for cover. This engine only became obsolete in the 1970s from the lack of replacement spark plugs and valve springs.

Added by Leslie Phillip on 27 September 2016.
As far as I know this saw bench was bought new in the early 1950s by Lour Estate for cross cutting pit props to length, pointing fence posts and fire wood.In later years the Japp engine was replaced with a electric motor making the saw bench static in a shed.

Added by Leslie Phillip on 27 September 2016.
I think the correct spelling for the engine of this particular saw bench should be Jap. short for J. A. Prestwich of England.

Added by Leslie Phillip on 06 April 2017.
On further investigation the engine on this saw bench is actually a Petter pu8 flat twin engine of ww2 origin.

Added by Leslie Phillip on 13 February 2018.
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