How to become a Saw Doctor

Saw doctors make, repair, maintain and sharpen a wide range of cutting tools and saw blades. They also maintain mechanical parts of a range of production machines.

Personal requirements of a Saw Doctor

  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • safety-conscious
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • normal vision and hearing
  • good hand-eye coordination.

Duties & Tasks of a Saw Doctor

Saw doctors may perform the following tasks:

  • manufacture saw blades from blank sheets or strips of steel
  • straighten and stretch steel in circular and band saws
  • operate hand and power tools, machines and mechanical equipment
  • mill, grind, press or sharpen cutting tools
  • weld tools, saws and cutting edges
  • manufacture and maintain the straightness and balance in all cutting tools and saw blades
  • use hand skills to manipulate machines to sharpen saws and cutting tools so that they produce the required surface finish on sawn or milled products
  • maintain a range of mechanical parts on sawing machinery used in timber processing.
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