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 for 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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