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what would make the cut look like this? If I speed up it will not give me the gouge marks but I am pushing it so hard that when I hit a knot it gives me a wave with a brand new band and if the board is wide I cant push hard because I do not have the horsepower to go fast.
I didn't have the HP to run 7s ....
You do not have enough horsepower on your mill to run a 7 deg blade. You can adjust you mill until you are utterly frustrated and will not correct the problem. Cannot emphasize this enough, any mill with under 25 HP should be running a 4 deg blade as an all around blade. Low hp mills are not capable of maintaining optimum blade speed, narrow torque band, to be able use a blade of higher hook angle. Being able to maintain blade speed is paramount to sawing accurately while achieving peak productivity for your mills hp rating. Get yourself some 4 deg blades.
I doubt it
Yep, no gumming here I can promise you that! I've tried every trick in the book except for different tooth spacing. It's the only thing I haven't tried and it's why I'm a little interested in it. I've heard spruce is tough to cut straight and if you can, then I can!
Different sawyers have different mills, use different bands and cut different woods under different conditions. Results may very dramatically between one and the next. Why question another seasoned professional about what works for him? That really is not in the tradition of this Forum. If it doesn't work for you, don't do it that way!
Why question might better have read "why insult?". Dug kinda came across that way, whether intentional or not.
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