Trimmer Sawyer

Operate bank of circular saws to cut out defective sections of boards.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$17,000 – $39,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Trimmer Sawyers do?

Operates bank of circular saws to cut out defective sections of boards: Reads markings on boards as boards move on conveyor to saws to determine what cuts will produce highest grade. Moves levers to raise or lower one or more saws along trimmer bed to cut lumber into lengths and trim out defects. Climbs onto conveyor to lift and remove jammed lumber.


Should I be a Trimmer Sawyer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Lumber Trimmer, Pony Trimmer, Tail Sawyer, Tail Trimmer, Tie Sawyer, Timber Trimmer, Trim Sawyer

    How to become a Trimmer Sawyer

    Most Trimmer 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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