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Baker Edger
« on: February 08, 2018, 08:48:12 AM »
After much research, pestering, considering, delaying and rethinking, we ordered a new Baker edger last week.  I investigated  pretty much every edger I could, new and used, and tried to find one that would fit in with our production scheme.  I wanted horsepower, very straight, wide and thick cuts, variable feed, safety, reliability, and company support.  I was not sold on either belts or rollers, and looked at both.  I needed at least 3" of depth of cut, and the ability to work with green or dry wood, so I wanted to be able to change blade teeth count, and have a supplier that could provide me different blades.  I looked at old iron, and even the larger, production grade edgers. 

The edger I ordered is a stationary belted Baker, with quite a few of the optional upgrades.  I am having them install a 20 hp 3 phase electric motor with the 12 inch split blades which will give it the ability to edge 3 inches thick.  I also ordered the extended infeed belt and roll case to stabilize longer boards and also provide straighter cuts on standard 8 footers.  It will have a remote mounted hydraulic blade shift, infinite hydraulic variable speed feed, and twin lasers.  It also has a dust collection pan and chute.

I intend to use it for both edging straight off the mill, but also as a post drying edger.  With all the quarter sawing we do, all the slabs we have been selling and other stuff we have been going, I need tool that can grind wood in a hurry.  Our SLR works great, but has only one blade, and I can't run green wood on it, or its cast iron bed will rust.  Baker has the ability to get me different tooth count blades if the standard ones give me issues in the dry, thick wood.   

I've read how the blades are difficult to change, but this machine was the only one that could meet almost all of my requirements, so I will have to deal with it best as I can.

The bad news is a three month wait to get it built.  Oh, well, I wanted 8 months for my tractor, so it could be worse.

   
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Re: Baker Edger
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2018, 09:14:43 AM »
Good deal!  The ability to edge a 3" slab would be a must for me as well. Heck, when it comes to mantles, 4" would be nice.

Congratulations for a growing business and all the hard work that's gone into it!
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Re: Baker Edger
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2018, 06:04:42 PM »
congrats on the edger. I believe you made a good choice.
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Re: Baker Edger
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2018, 06:20:46 PM »
Lets hope it will do all you want. :)

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Re: Baker Edger
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2018, 06:28:59 PM »
Sounds to me that with all those upgrades there are likely to be some bugs that need worked out.
So just have it shipped to my address and I'll contact you after I get them all worked out!!!
Seriously though congrats. I've been eyeing up an edger as well. That's on the back burner for now though. Next equipment I'm getting is going to be a sharpener and setter.
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Re: Baker Edger
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2018, 07:25:42 PM »
You can't do nothing with a man with money!  8)
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Re: Baker Edger
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2018, 09:04:00 PM »
Congrats! I have a Baker with a diesel. It's awesome.
You'll wonder how you ever managed w/o it when your quartersawing!

Thinking about going electric mill and edger later this year. Is your mill electric too?
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Re: Baker Edger
« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2018, 09:07:47 PM »
Congrats on the great new edger you'll love it.
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Re: Baker Edger
« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2018, 09:38:28 PM »
The variable feed option should make the difference. I have 4 speeds on my edger and in creeper I can follow the guide lite by hand on a thick difficult piece. However I can not do thick dry both sides, too much chatter, but my saws only have 14 teeth. The most important thing on an edger is the diameter of the mandrel, the thicker the better and a lot more $. With slow feed and fine tooth saws I think it will do the dry for you.

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« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2018, 09:45:23 PM »
Baker runs a 2" mandrel I believe.
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« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2018, 10:17:16 PM »
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« Reply #11 on: February 08, 2018, 10:18:35 PM »
Funny thing was yesterday I saw a Baker Edger go by on the back of a trailer - I about drove off the road careening back when I realized what it was. 
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Re: Baker Edger
« Reply #12 on: February 08, 2018, 10:41:37 PM »
Congrats! I have a Baker with a diesel. It's awesome.
You'll wonder how you ever managed w/o it when your quartersawing!

Thinking about going electric mill and edger later this year. Is your mill electric too?
If you end up going electric and sell the edger let me know. I'm not to far from you
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Re: Baker Edger
« Reply #13 on: February 08, 2018, 10:44:04 PM »
Lets hope it will do all you want. :)
Me too ::)

I'm running 20 tooth 12 inch blades in my SLR and they eat through the 3 inch wood plenty fast.  I'm hoping the Baker will do the same.  I talked to several companies about my needs and it was interesting getting the different responses.  Most were "take it or leave it" and one was even "Sorry, our machine can't do that." Baker was the only one I talked to who said "You tell us what you need, we will build it." BTW, the Woodmizer commercial series are fine machines, and were runner up, they just could not get me the depth of cut I needed. 

PA, my mill is a Diesel, and has never given me a hint of trouble, but if I had to do it over again, I would deifinly go electric.  I can't get 3 phase, but since I installed the phase converter and have been using the bigger electric motors with my other tools, I've have gotten used to the benefits of electric.
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« Reply #14 on: February 08, 2018, 11:05:32 PM »
YH - funny what you just said about Baker. I have been talking with Luke about a mill this week and he said the same thing, tell us what you need. He even asked a bunch of questions about my operation so they can evaluate what I am trying to do and see what might fit best.
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Re: Baker Edger
« Reply #15 on: February 09, 2018, 05:42:52 AM »
Congratulations on the upgrade, I don't think you will be disappointed. I have a Baker edger with 20 hp electric and love it. All of your upgrades sound like the cats meow (sorry for the oldie). One word of caution the kick back fingers on my edger were spaced 3/4" and the tips were thin enough to curl. I took out the spacers and put finger side by side , problem solved.
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« Reply #16 on: February 09, 2018, 07:34:45 AM »
Good suggestion on the fingers.  Do you know how many new ones you had to put on?
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Re: Baker Edger
« Reply #17 on: February 09, 2018, 09:03:34 AM »
WM does offer an edger that will cut 4" thick, but you'd need two 4x4Americans with LT70 Supers to keep it fed.  ;D
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« Reply #18 on: February 09, 2018, 09:33:52 AM »
YellowHammer, thanks for the order!  You won't be disappointed, and we look forward to hearing your stories of success using the edger.  It's great to hear that our products perform well and get folks excited when they see them, let's just try not to run off the road while being mesmerized! :D  Stay safe out there, and keep sawing!

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Re: Baker Edger
« Reply #19 on: February 10, 2018, 01:47:04 AM »
WM does offer an edger that will cut 4" thick, but you'd need two 4x4Americans with LT70 Supers to keep it fed.  ;D




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