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Woodmizer blades vs. Cook's blades
« on: April 19, 2019, 05:14:31 AM »
Which is the most preferred sawmill blades for the Wood-mizer LT15? Blades directly from Wood-mizer or Cook's Saw?
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Re: Woodmizer blades vs. Cook's blades
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2019, 06:07:09 AM »
The one that cuts best for you and stays sharp the longest.
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Re: Woodmizer blades vs. Cook's blades
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2019, 06:40:23 AM »
I have used both and I find that they both cut equally well but the Wood-Mizer bands set better. I know that's pretty weird but here is what I have experienced in setting Cooks Excel: I put the band in the Cat Claw setter, back the anvil out so it does not make contact with a tooth and actuate the handle to press on the band. Ideally the dial indicator should not move if the band is perfectly flat. This is indeed the case on one side of the band but when I flip the band and repeat the process the dial indicator does move (0.005" and more). I have never understood this - if the band has curvature the dial indicator should move regardless of whether the band is flipped or not. I haven't observed this with WM bands.
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Re: Woodmizer blades vs. Cook's blades
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2019, 09:00:40 AM »
When I had my WM LT15, my preferred band was the standard WM 7, 045 thickness in hardwood.  They cut just fine and I got them resharpened at WM Resharp.  
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Re: Woodmizer blades vs. Cook's blades
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2019, 07:31:20 PM »
Have used a lot of them.
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Re: Woodmizer blades vs. Cook's blades
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2019, 09:08:28 PM »
Different species may saw differently, heck even different logs from the same species will occasionally saw differently.  I would not want to get into the game of chasing blades searching for some minuscule blade difference that may or may not exist. 

Yes, I have used many different blade profiles from several different suppliers especially early in my sawing career.  I even tried some different belts, but I went back to trusting the R&D that my sawmill's manufacturer had done.   :)
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Re: Woodmizer blades vs. Cook's blades
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2019, 08:33:49 AM »
I too tried different belts, shorter Goodyear which were a bear to install and the orange ones which were hard to install too and were out of round causing bad vibration. got no satisfaction from the mfr.
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Re: Woodmizer blades vs. Cook's blades
« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2019, 05:28:43 PM »
Thanks all for the information, it was very helpful.
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Cut rates for LT15
« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2019, 05:31:45 PM »
Trying to get an idea of bf per hr. on LT15 with power feed, one man.
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Re: Woodmizer blades vs. Cook's blades
« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2019, 06:36:03 PM »
The volume of Mountain Dew and number of Whoopie Pies you have consumed will have a greater effect on BF production over who made the band. 
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Re: Cut rates for LT15
« Reply #10 on: April 21, 2019, 06:23:42 AM »
Trying to get an idea of bf per hr. on LT15 with power feed, one man.
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    You'd need to narrow that down some.  What kind of wood?  Size of the logs?  Are the logs clean?  Mill layout?  What are you cutting?  (Railroad ties, 1x10, etc.)  All those factors are going to make a much bigger difference than the brand of band you're using.
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Re: Woodmizer blades vs. Cook's blades
« Reply #11 on: April 21, 2019, 07:07:36 AM »
WM bands will keep the LT15 sawing straight.  

I seem to remember somewhere well under 200 bdft per hour for 4/4 boards with mine, and not unusual to get 100 bdft/hr at the end of the day as I wore down.  I edged on the mill, so that slowed things down a bit, also.  However, the mill cut extremely straight lumber. 

I remember many years ago they did a sawmill shootout and hit 1,150 bdft per hour, two guys, for one hour.  They were dead beat afterword, and needed some Dew.
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