Head Sawyer

Operate head saws and feed the carriages to saw logs into cants or boards.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$17,000 – $39,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Head Sawyers 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.

Should I be a Head Sawyer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Hardwood Sawyer, Headrig Sawyer, Hewer, Hogshead Head-Matcher, Tilting-Head Band-Sawyer

    How to become a Head Sawyer

    Most Head Sawyers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9haaaa&chl=no+college+%2889%25%29|certificate+%2811%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,89,89
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