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Offline york

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Re: Woodland Mills tracking problems
« Reply #20 on: May 18, 2017, 06:50:59 pm »
There is nothing wrong with this mill-it is out smarting you,you are missing something-you may need help from a FF member.....
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Re: Woodland Mills tracking problems
« Reply #21 on: May 18, 2017, 07:26:50 pm »
Have you changed the drive belt out to a Gates Belt? I had a tracking problem and found it was the belt I swapped out that came in my parts kit. It was a little thinner than the Gates belt that was originally on it and the blade would ride on the metal wheel instead of the belt. Took me forever to figure that one out.

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Re: Woodland Mills tracking problems
« Reply #22 on: May 19, 2017, 07:17:20 am »
I have replaced the belt but am not sure of the brand. It was the belt that came in my maintenance kit. I may be missing something, but you would think woodland mills tech people would have thought of it to. I have replaced both belts, bearings, & blades & nothing has corrected it. Could it be possible the band wheel itself is bad?

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Re: Woodland Mills tracking problems
« Reply #23 on: May 19, 2017, 08:53:07 am »
Not sure about the woodland mill, I think there are 2 bearings in each bandwheel. If one of the bearings is loose and the other one normal, it can cause a lot of grief. Tension blade and adjust tracking in both directions while turning wheels manually. Then increase the tension. If tracking changes, bandwheel bearings likely the problem. Been there, done that on a woodmizer..Change both bearings...
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Re: Woodland Mills tracking problems
« Reply #24 on: May 19, 2017, 09:17:11 am »
I have replaced the belt but am not sure of the brand. It was the belt that came in my maintenance kit. I may be missing something, but you would think woodland mills tech people would have thought of it to. I have replaced both belts, bearings, & blades & nothing has corrected it. Could it be possible the band wheel itself is bad?

Yes it could be a faulty wheel. The only time I have ever had the issue you describe, it was a blade guide bearing that would get warm and start locking up. At low speed or the first few seconds, it would track perfectly. A few seconds spinning at cutting speed, the bearing would lock, thus putting drag on & slowing the guide. With one guide spinning at speed and the other slower, the blade would creep back. Unfortunately I never figured it out until the grooves began forming on the guide where the blade was running against it full friction as I milled logs.       
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Re: Woodland Mills tracking problems
« Reply #25 on: May 19, 2017, 09:59:14 am »

  One of the Band Wheels out of balance or a little warped?





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Re: Woodland Mills tracking problems
« Reply #26 on: May 19, 2017, 02:58:14 pm »
I notice he says 35 foot pounds in the video.

With the new spring washers, Woodland said 25 FP.

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Re: Woodland Mills tracking problems
« Reply #27 on: May 19, 2017, 10:40:26 pm »
Well may have figured it out. Woodland mills tech said I was taking too much tension off when adjusting the tracking. I took a quarter turn backwards once I had it torqued to 25 lbs & made my adjustments & it worked so far. Who would of thought it? So far I have milled 7 logs today & all was good. I figured as long as tracking was adjusted & checked at 25 lbs torque it would make no difference, but apparently it does. Thanks everyone for your input, I appreciate it.

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Re: Woodland Mills tracking problems
« Reply #28 on: May 20, 2017, 12:21:51 am »
Good to hear that your mill is up and running! 
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Re: Woodland Mills tracking problems
« Reply #29 on: May 20, 2017, 07:51:57 am »
Happy to hear you are up and sawing. Yes, one has to have full tension when adjusting everything.

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Re: Woodland Mills tracking problems
« Reply #30 on: May 20, 2017, 08:50:11 am »
 Didnt someone recommend that back in reply #6?
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Re: Woodland Mills tracking problems
« Reply #31 on: May 20, 2017, 09:00:29 am »
I have a Thomas and to adjust the tracking on mine,when I change a blade,I spin it by hand and when it tracks off, I adjust one side a little and spin it again. I know which bolt to adjust to get it to track right. I adjust it until it runs true. Only takes me a minute to get it right. Took me longer about 15 years ago.  ;D  Than I start to motor and run it slowly for a few seconds and I know I am good to go.
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Re: Woodland Mills tracking problems
« Reply #32 on: May 20, 2017, 09:01:53 am »
Yes you did,Sawmill man....

Key word full tension....
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Re: Woodland Mills tracking problems
« Reply #33 on: May 20, 2017, 09:30:46 am »
Glad you are sawing Southwind.

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Re: Woodland Mills tracking problems
« Reply #34 on: May 20, 2017, 09:53:12 am »
 On a lot of mills increasing blade tension does more than stretching the band tight. The saw head can flex and twist with different amounts of tension which affects tracking. The weaker the design of the sawhead or the wider the throat the more severe the change.
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Re: Woodland Mills tracking problems
« Reply #35 on: May 21, 2017, 09:52:11 pm »
It's easy to overlook stuff. The manual or video or both say to let tension off only slightly as there is some bolt in there that needs tension but not full to work properly. Another thing I missed initially is to back the guides off when doing tracking so they don't push on band.  Glad you found the problem

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Re: Woodland Mills tracking problems
« Reply #36 on: May 22, 2017, 07:29:45 am »
I have a Thomas and to adjust the tracking on mine,when I change a blade,I spin it by hand and when it tracks off, I adjust one side a little and spin it again. I know which bolt to adjust to get it to track right. I adjust it until it runs true. Only takes me a minute to get it right. Took me longer about 15 years ago.  ;D  Than I start to motor and run it slowly for a few seconds and I know I am good to go.

This is the same way I adjust my 126. ;D