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Offline nybhh

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Kasco Blades for a new HM130
« on: Today at 10:50:51 AM »
Hi all,
I'm getting ready to place an order for a Woodland Mills HM130 and from what I've been reading, the 4 and 7 degree blades seem to be preferable to the 10-degree Lenox Woodmaster blades available through Woodland Mills.  I'll be cutting mostly Eastern White Pine and Ash for the foreseeable future, although an occasional Hemlock, Maple and Black Cherry will make it into the mix.  Seems like the Kasco blades are highly rated and I like the idea of supporting a forum sponsor but the 1.25″ x 144″ x .042″ blades in 4-degree and 7-degrees do not appear to be available through their website.  This will be a hobby mill used on our acreage with wood harvested in future clearing projects and borer-killed ash. I'll be sending the blades out for sharpening, at least in the beginning.

1) Which blade angle(s) would you guys recommend for this mill/wood species?
2) How do I purchase them?
3) How many do you think I'll need to get started given I'll be sawing on weekends for personal projects with about 4,000 BF of pine needed for upcoming projects.

Much appreciated.

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Re: Kasco Blades for a new HM130
« Reply #1 on: Today at 11:01:08 AM »
I've got the HM126.  For most things I do, the 7 degree Kasco blades work well.  I need some 4 degree blades for dried oak and stuff, but haven't gotten any yet.  I ordered direct from Kasco, a box of 15 for about 225 delivered.  You havce to call them.  There are some suppliers who sell smaller quantities, but I don't know their names.  15 is a good number, unless you just want to try something out.

I got a box of the 10 degree Lennox when I bought the mill.  They work fine in soft wood, and I still use them some, but overall I find the 7's to be better.

There are other good blades around but I don't have any experience with them.  I'm sure there'll be a bunch more replies.  If I was doing it again I wouldn't order the Lennox blades with the mill.


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