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Saw Doctor

Saw Doctor

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As a Saw Doctor you'll be a skilled tradesperson, responsible for making, repairing and maintaining saws and a wide range of cutting tools.

In the timber industry you could be working on handsaws, chain saws, band saws and circular saws and doing maintenance on machines too.

Saw Doctors are a vital part of forestry. Whether harvesting, saw milling or fabricating, sharp saws are essential.

As a Saw Doctor you'll also be part of an industry doing the environment good by producing sustainably sourced wood – one of our most environmentally friendly building materials.


Depending on your particular job, your roles t as a saw doctor may include:

  • Repairing saws

  • Sharpening and setting saws

  • Removing and replacing saw blades

  • Welding tools and saws

  • Straightening and stretching steel saw blades

  • Operating manual and computer controlled tools and equipment.


The job responsibilities vary according to the role, however working safely and following appropriate OH&S practices is essential.

Ideal Attributes

You'll be technically minded and like practical and manual work. You'll also like working alone or as part of a team, be physically fit and always put the safety of yourself and your workmates first.


Typically entry requirements are Year 10 secondary school. This is followed by an apprenticeship in saw doctoring that combines on the job and offsite training.

Employers in the forest and wood products industry are very supportive of ongoing training and skills development.


Employers of Saw Doctors include:

  • Forestry contractors

  • Saw mills

  • Timber products fabricators

  • Saw service shops