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Offline paul case

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Riehl board edger
« on: May 13, 2017, 10:19:22 pm »
http://www.riehlsteel.com/products/sawmill-board-edger/

I have been using a Baker circle board edger for about 18 months now and it works well, but is an absolute pain in the neck to change the blades on. As a matter of fact one of the blades I have never been able to change.

I recently seen a thread here that mentioned Riehl's edger. I decided to look into them some and found that it is about the most reasonable priced auto feed edger out there. I ordered it about 3 weeks ago. Darin was so helpful and was able to arrange shipping fairly reasonable and I received it last Tuesday. It took me about 1 hour to get it functional and most of that time was getting it out of the box. He really didn't want it moving around in there cause it was hooked down real well.I bought the one with the 13hp honda motor.

We used it on some 1'' cedar and cut maybe 50 boards and it did ok but wasnt feeding very good and then I realized there was an adjustment on the hold down rolls and when I got a little more pressure on them it pulls them right on through. The blades will be real easy to change since the whole top opens up. We ran those 50 cedar 1x4 and 1233 ft of various width red oak 4/4 through it on 1 gallon of gas. We did raise it up 7'' by putting some RR ties under the feet as it was making me have to bend some to adjust the blade.

I think this edger would work real well for a portable set up as it would break down real easy. Just loosen 2 bolts and the out feed table comes off and 1 bolt for each leg and they come off. 2 men could load it onto your mill or in the back of a pickup.

There are 2 things about the Baker that I  didn't care for. The blades were hard to change and the movable blade would stick and was hard to shift. I think The Riehl edger has solved those 2 problems for me.

BTW I did encourage Darin to advertise on the Forestry Forum. He told me someone else had told him that this forum was a good place to advertise. Maybe he will.

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Re: Riehl board edger
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2017, 11:07:32 pm »
Well good deal!  So how long before you make it electric?  ;D
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Re: Riehl board edger
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2017, 11:20:24 pm »
Sounds like a nice piece of equipment. Is that a hydraulic tank on the side of the edger?
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Re: Riehl board edger
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2017, 05:58:41 am »
Can't change a blade.  smiley_headscratch
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Re: Riehl board edger
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2017, 07:36:25 am »
I agree, I'd need an electric motor- 220V single phase, hopefully.
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Re: Riehl board edger
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2017, 08:45:42 am »
I am pretty suprised about it not being louder than it is. We dont have the edger running all the time, since it takes 2 people. We pile up our flitches and edge out when we get enough for a load. An electric motor is in the works and I already have a 15hp 3 phase which will be overkill but I have it so thats probably what it will be.

The Baker edger puts the motor over the top of the blades and the guard slides out the side. That puts the fixed blade right under the motor with less than a foot of room and the countersunk allen head bolts go in from the back side. I dont have very good luck with things I cannot see and my head wont fit there.

Riehl sells one without a motor so you can retro fit it with an electric motor.

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Re: Riehl board edger
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2017, 08:53:06 am »
That's a good price for an edger.I don't see a fence for edging boards with 1 sawn edge.Do you aim and shoot every board?Not a big deal for someone with a good eye.
 Bill,I believe that is the gas tank,no hydraulics.
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Re: Riehl board edger
« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2017, 09:01:10 am »
I suggested he advertise on the FF
I'm trying like the dickens to make an edger happen for me.
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Re: Riehl board edger
« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2017, 09:27:02 am »
My old boss would see me plugging in a drop light and tell me mechanics do things by feel what do ya need that light for!!
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Re: Riehl board edger
« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2017, 09:45:56 am »
No fence for 1 edged boards, but mine soon will have one. I do ok at aiming on the ones with one good edge but come out with some slivers that are a pain to keep up with.

The larger engine has that gas tank but the 13 hp Honda doesn't as the gas tank is on the motor.

We ran a couple pieces of 1 1/2'' lumber through it making 2 cuts and it did fine. Darin put the fixed blade in 3 1/2'' for me so I could saw 2 stringers out of a board that already had 1 good edge. Darin also set it up on the slower speed for me but I believe it would do fine running faster and I may switch it. We are not high speed and require breaks regularly.

I also like that the boards 10' and under stay on the table when they come out. The baker required another roller table there and it was always in the way. The outfeed table has no sides on it above the deck so boards can be steered to a stack right next to the edger and Scott and Dakota like that.

I am not dissing the Baker by no means. It has served me well. I got it used. The belt feed and hydraulic feed speed control are nice and work very well. By all accounts it has a lot of life left in it.

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Re: Riehl board edger
« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2017, 01:17:52 pm »
Thanks for the great review.  The price is nice on the Riehl edger.  Do you feel a solo operator can edge safely on the Riehl or would something like the WM EG50 be better?

It has been raining  here in NH for several days so I have been reading and learning a lot on the boards here.

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Re: Riehl board edger
« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2017, 04:57:33 pm »
The way we are set up in a building it is almost impossible to edge alone. Too much stuff around the edger. But if you were outside and didnt have to keep stuff so tidy you might be able to edge alone.

The WM EG50 works ok with a solo operator since you have to push it thru by hand, but you would sure do a lot of walking.

I would rather edge on the mill than try to edge on a edger alone.

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Re: Riehl board edger
« Reply #12 on: May 25, 2017, 10:56:20 pm »
I have just listed my used baker edger on the for sale page.

I really like the reihl and we are getting along real well with it. Since Dakota is out of school, he and Scott edged out the last bundle of 10'RO for a load I took in this morning. That was the first time Scott has fed the edger since we had the WM single.

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Re: Riehl board edger
« Reply #13 on: July 15, 2017, 06:19:14 am »
Paul how has the edger doing? Anything you would add to it?
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Re: Riehl board edger
« Reply #14 on: July 15, 2017, 09:41:34 am »
Working real well.
My 2 boys have actually used it much more than I have.

I will say DO NOT REMOVE THE UNDER BLADE GUARD!

I did because it catches chunks that get in the way on odd shaped peices. I fixed up a conveyor under the edger and a skirt to funnel the dust and cuttings into the conveyor. On the start of the day June 6 of this year 2017 the conveyor plugged up and I failed to shut off the machine to look into the conveyor plug problem. I lifted the black skirt up with my left hand to investigate and the blade(because I took the guard off) caught my left glove and drug my hand into the blades almost completely severing my thumb. I had to have it amputated and had 4 other cuts on my fingers that required stitches. I am just about all healed up but I keep finding new things that are harder to do without my left thumb.

I like the edger. I see in the future putting a electric motor on it but for now It is good. We stack up our flitches and edge them all at once so it doesnt set there running all the time. Shifting widths is easy and the only real troubles we have had is with boards that have a whole bunch of tension and pinch the blades or kill the motor. We had them set it at the factory with the fixed blade 3.5'' from the side so we could cut 2 pallet stringers from pieces that have 1 good edge.

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Re: Riehl board edger
« Reply #15 on: July 15, 2017, 02:32:07 pm »
Oh man!! Sorry about your thumb!!!😳😳😳
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Re: Riehl board edger
« Reply #16 on: July 15, 2017, 06:38:33 pm »
I'm in the market for an edger and I think the 28" option they have may just be the ticket! I will be calling them first thing Monday to get a price on one.
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Re: Riehl board edger
« Reply #17 on: July 16, 2017, 01:44:11 pm »
Sorry to hear you lost your thumb.  :o

Sometimes for one reason or another we do away with safe guards. Best to reconsider those decisions, though I too am guilty. Sorry this happened and glad it was not to one of the boys.

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Re: Riehl board edger
« Reply #18 on: July 16, 2017, 01:52:25 pm »
PC, I'm very sorry to hear about your thumb.
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