Local inventor Erv Erickson of Addy has just completed development of his latest creation, The Chainsaws Rule, which promises to make cordwood cutting much easier for home and commercial woodcutters. The patent pending measuring device is designed to clamp to a chainsaw handle and has an adjustable bar that will accurately measure wood lengths from 6 to 32 inches as the operator cuts.
Erickson said that the device will save much time in the cutting process, eliminating the need to mark cuts first with a tape measure, hatchet or other method. The Chainsaws Rule will allow an operator to measure his cuts without needing to put the saw down. The telescoping bar is marked in one-inch increments and can be adjusted easily with a simple thumbscrew.
Erickson claims that his invention is superior to other measuring systems which are either inconvenient or tend to break easily. He demonstrated that The Chainsaws Rule is easy to attach to the saw in less than one minute and has a much stronger design than other products.
He also pointed out that the wood will stack better because of the consistent cut length. Other measuring methods involving “eyeballing” have inconsistent results, making stacking more difficult.
The Chainsaws Rule will be available by June 1, according to Erickson, and can be purchased locally at Hartill’s Mountain Saw and Tractor in Chewelah. He was excited to announce that Hartill’s is the first retailer to carry the new product and has ordered 48 units. The device is available in two versions: “The Tamarack” measures cuts 6-18 inches and costs $29.95; “The Redwood” measures cuts 6-32 inches and costs $39.95.
“This will be a perfect gift for Father’s Day,” Erickson noted, adding that the holiday is coming soon on June 16.
The product can also be found online at www.chainsawsrule.com.Photos, videos, and ordering are available on the website. The website was produced locally by Scott Schlafman of Chewelah, Erickson said.
The Chainsaws Rule will be produced locally, in Erickson’s garage, with the help of his family. He lives west of Addy with his wife, Vickie, and has six adult children. His company, Teveks LLC, was named using initials from members of their family. The company is prepared to produce 1,000 units initially.
The Chainsaws Rule is not Erickson’s first invention. He designed a volleyball serving machine in 2000 that allowed a single person to practice multiple skills by themselves. He said the product was popular and sold 500 units over seven years. He then created a drywall marking device for builders that proved to be unpopular.
He experimented with several prototype versions of his latest invention before settling on the final design. “I’ve learned by trial and error,” he said of his measuring tool.
“You don’t get much sleep (as an inventor),” he said, adding that “most of my creations happen between 1 and 5 a.m.”
By Jared Arnold, The Independent Staff