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Forum topic by FloridaCracker posted 08-16-2021 05:27 PM 210 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-16-2021 05:27 PM

Well like i said before i picked up a used portable saw mill.

I cut a 4 foot red oak log say 18 inch dia cut great was able to cut 1/4 inch thick boards.
Same tree but log was up around 22 and way wetter, Saw cut wavy. UP and down.
Tried pushing slower max speed on blade rpm. Did not get good results.

The only differences was the dia and the bigger log seamed greener and wetter.

I learned to check
The blade tension
The blade guides
I also read possibly the blades “set” is to wide. I don’t know a way to change this but by replacing the blade.

Any one seen this or have this experience?

-- FloridaCracker

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#1 posted 08-16-2021 06:29 PM

I have heard that a wavy cut is sign of a dull blade.

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#2 posted 08-16-2021 06:51 PM

i suggest registering here and post in the “sawmills and sawing” sub forum.
great group of sawmill experience there. might want to have a picture or 2 to show whats going on

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#3 posted 08-16-2021 07:46 PM

+1 on both of the above. A dull blade will definitely wander… Wavy cut. It is also affected by which blade you’re using. Tooth rake is important. Aggressive rake for soft woods, less steep tooth angle (rake) for hard or highly figured woods. I’m also on the forestry forum and have learned a lot there.
Regards, The Kentucky Toolsmith!

-- "Good enough" is just another way of saying "it could be better"...

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