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Kasco are good but I can't buy 15 at once so I buy some other bandsIn my busy season milling I will buy 3 a week to stock up
Opteco 990 series ATB: Like a hot knife through butterIt was an open question
Quote from: longtime lurker on April 11, 2017, 03:43:22 pmOpteco 990 series ATB: Like a hot knife through butterIt was an open question Times 2, Opteco for the LucasD
You will find you won't run bands as long between sharpening's. Frank C.
Ken, there is a learning curve sharpening and setting bands. Every time you sharpen a band its putting money back in your pocket. You will find you won't run bands as long between sharpening's. Frank C.
A sharp blade will literally pull itself through the log for a while, then you find yourself slightly urging the carriage down the track, then there comes a time when although the blade is still cutting straight, you notice that you are pushing the blade through. That's when I know it is time to change blades. Since I've finally got my blade guides properly adjusted and everything aligned properly, I believe I could keep on sawing straight until the blade broke. I don't know how far I could actually push the blade before it failed. These are just my thoughts--with a hydraulic mill, you aren't pushing the carriage down the track, so you don't know that more force is required to push the blade through the log as the blade begins to "dull".
When you have your own sharpening equipment, you are not quite so pressed into getting all you can out of one sharpening, so therefore you pull the blade as soon as you see that it's slowing down in the cut!If you send your blades out to be resharpened, you would seem to have the tendency to get all you can out of it before pulling it!
I FINALLY finished sawing the last of a man's pine logs Saturday evening. You could tell they were drug out of the woods. All the bark was compacted with sand. I spent just as much time hacking the bark off with a hatchet as I did sawing. It was purely awful. Even though I removed the bark and swept them "clean", there was obviously still sand because blade life was not what it should have been. Man, that was a tough lesson that will stick with me! We had already agreed on price and I didn't inquire about the condition of his logs beforehand. I just said, "Sure! Bring'em On Over!". This was from the same whack of logs that I was whining about a few weeks ago...about how small they were. But I stuck with it until the end. I've chalked this up to just being one of those things that you must learn through experience. I won't do that again! I should have ordered one of those Wood Wizard debarker thingamajigs
Quote from: Chuck White on April 17, 2017, 11:39:53 amWhen you have your own sharpening equipment, you are not quite so pressed into getting all you can out of one sharpening, so therefore you pull the blade as soon as you see that it's slowing down in the cut!If you send your blades out to be resharpened, you would seem to have the tendency to get all you can out of it before pulling it! Absolutely not true, (at least in my case) but I can not speak for others. Blade resharpening cost should never be a factor regarding changing blades. If the blade is showing signs of dullness, either visually or lumber quality, then the blade needs changing.
Some of their old customers are my new customers!
Deese, An Amish sharpener sold at an auction a couple weeks ago for 115.00. Not the best but working (no motor) some are selling drag sharpeners fairly cheap and they still work. Just need to keep looking.
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