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Roy Britten and the Twin Saw Bunnings Mill Donnelly River



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Due to the larger size karri timber in the forest, the mill was designed to be equipped with heavier equipment capable of handling the larger karri with logs up to 2.5m in diameter. To enable the large logs to be cut in a single pass, the mill was fitted with a large “twin saw”.

The twin saw was designed to make the first cut of the logs, creating flitches that were distributed to the various bench saws by way of the powered rollers.

The twin saw operator had the task of assessing each log and determining the first breaking down cuts to ensure the maximum amount of timber yield and the isolation of defective sections of the logs, and also consider the order in hand. The first log cut was the responsibility of the “spotter” or twin sawyer operating the twin saw, one of the most important tasks of saw milling at the mill.

Photo L to R: Roy Britten first mill manager of the Bunning mill at Donnelly River with mill worker Les Robinson.



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Formed part of the Bunning Mill timber mill operation when it was operating from 1950 to 30th June 1978.

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Donnelly River, Shire of Nannup
Western Australia
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Authorisation to reproduce, public or display must be obtained from the Friends Of Donnelly Village Inc.

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Acknowledgements to be made to Friends of Donnelly Village Inc.

Friends of Donnelly Village Inc (FODV)

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Donnelly Mill Twin Saw with Roy Britten and Les Robinson
Roy Britten first mill manager of the Bunning Mill at Donnelly River. Roy Britten is shown here inspecting the twin saws with Les Robinson in the back ground 1950's era.

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