I have been cutting firewood for nigh on 50 years now or maybe a bit more. I can't remember a time when I didn't really cut wood aside from a couple years during my time in the Navy. After re-watching Bill's video of the Brookfield in operation, there is no way that I would use that on a regular basis. It is simply too darn dangerous. There is no in-feed extension table to hold the log, there is no out-feed extension table to safely measure and consistently cut the same length for the furnace or wood stove.
Also having been a cabinet maker for almost 50 years now, and even though I have all my digits and major body parts, I have had some accidents. I have cut my wedding ring finger with a 7 tpi rip blade and I can tell you that it was no fun. It was very painful. I still have phantom pains. This Brookfield in action just gave me a huge knot in the pit of my stomach and I wasn't even there.
I would love to have one no doubt about it, I would restore it and yes I would probably use it at shows mostly to demonstrate what farmers had to do to take care of their families and why some of them became maimed even when trying their best to work safe. I know how fast you can get drawn into a blade when something unexpected happens. What farmers had to do generations ago is so different from what we do today, that some of the designs from back then become very dangerous today simply because our work experience/ethics/standards have evolved so much. But again this is such a neat saw to do a demo with at a show.
Bill, please don't take this as a criticism ok because it most definitely isn't. You did a great job showcasing how the Brookfield and it's cousins operate. Those with extension tables and good guards would be far safer to use, but as with all things sharp that spin at a couple thousand rpm's - safety is paramount.
I think that the Buller Nr 200-UT Tractor Saw Frame would be a far safer unit to operate, however it is also still lacking an out-feed table. However the in-feed table seems to be a much safer design. The in-feed table should be longer though, at least 4 foot.Buller Nr. 200-UT Tractor Saw Framecourtesy TM Tractor
Went looking in my archives of pics ... found pics of a couple what appear to be Buller Nr. 200-UT saws including a fast hitch version.
This one appears to be a heavily modified Buller .. not sure for which brand/model tractor as it is a 3-point - but what impressed me about it was the modified safety guard. I like it a lot. It is still missing an out-feed table but it seems that most production cord-wood saws seem to suffer from that particular issue.