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New EZ Boardwalk Jr not cutting straight
« on: October 07, 2018, 07:35:06 AM »
Hey guys, new here Ive followed the forum for a while looking for sawmills and finally made the decision on the EZ Boardwalk Jr that I received Friday. The mill is very well constructed and the Honda motor sure is nice and quiet. I didnt mess with changing anything from how they have it setup only thing ive done is put a blade on it and tensioned it. It says to adjust the leading nut to the indicator which ive done. At first my boards had a dive to them and they had a 1/4 inch slope on one side. After a few adjustments to how I have the mill set, now I just have the dive in the boards. Any ideas as to what I should be doing here. I'm new to sawmilling altogether so I have plenty to learn. Ive enjoyed the firewood that ive milled so far but would really like to make some real boards lol.

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Re: New EZ Boardwalk Jr not cutting straight
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2018, 08:07:44 AM »
Sounds like a blade tensioning issue
To me 
Adding more tension might help
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Re: New EZ Boardwalk Jr not cutting straight
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2018, 08:13:35 AM »
Will give it a try, thanks for the fast reply.

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Re: New EZ Boardwalk Jr not cutting straight
« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2018, 08:48:10 AM »
I run more than what the manufacturer of my mill reconmends.
It cuts better 
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Re: New EZ Boardwalk Jr not cutting straight
« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2018, 09:17:37 AM »
Don't overlook the drive belt.   If it slips slowing down the blade speed, bad things happen.  Proper engine speed is also critical.
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Re: New EZ Boardwalk Jr not cutting straight
« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2018, 10:13:47 AM »
Welcome to the designer firewood club...
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Re: New EZ Boardwalk Jr not cutting straight
« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2018, 10:36:46 AM »
I run mine a little tighter than flush to the tension nuts also, but not too far past and have not seen issues.  Only problems I see with wavy cut at all are associated with dull blades.  I run at full throttle and adjust feed speed to keep rpm's as constant as I can.  I would increase tension first and watch feed speed.
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Re: New EZ Boardwalk Jr not cutting straight
« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2018, 10:55:21 AM »
Do you do anything with the black nuts or do you just tension with T handle?

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Re: New EZ Boardwalk Jr not cutting straight
« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2018, 10:56:23 AM »
I just put a different blade on it and tensioned a little past flush so we will see 

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Re: New EZ Boardwalk Jr not cutting straight
« Reply #9 on: October 07, 2018, 12:03:32 PM »
I have only tension using the t-handle.  Im using the 10 degree timberwolfs blades that I ordered with the mill.
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Re: New EZ Boardwalk Jr not cutting straight
« Reply #10 on: October 07, 2018, 12:10:04 PM »
Made another bad cant and a terrible board. After further inspection it looks like maybe I clamp it to tight and my be is off level for sure. The cant doesnt touch in the 2 center beams but makes contact on the beginning and end beam. As far as the clamping goes I noticed that when I released them from my cant that it drops the cant flush on the end beam. I guess I'm just rushing myself to much and not paying attention to all the little things

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Re: New EZ Boardwalk Jr not cutting straight
« Reply #11 on: October 07, 2018, 12:10:36 PM »
Ok thank you, thats what I'm doing and using as well.

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Re: New EZ Boardwalk Jr not cutting straight
« Reply #12 on: October 07, 2018, 12:31:37 PM »
Your clamp comment also is spot on.  I have found that with the ez clamps there is a sweet spot where they are just tight enough to hold but not distort the cant/log.  when I really clamped them tight I usually was putting too much pressure and the wood sprung back to normal position after unclamping. 
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Re: New EZ Boardwalk Jr not cutting straight
« Reply #13 on: October 07, 2018, 12:36:33 PM »
Thanks for all the help, looks like more leveling needs to be done and I need to use less clamp before I go any farther

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Re: New EZ Boardwalk Jr not cutting straight
« Reply #14 on: October 07, 2018, 08:37:52 PM »
Don't be afraid to over tension your EZ Boardwalk, especially if you are making wide cuts in extremely hard wood.  I add one extra rotation of the T handle when I'm milling Post Oak and Pecan and the blade still dives when it hits the big knots.

I'd like to know what type of wood you are milling and whether it was a standing dead tree or was still alive.  Some woods are much harder to saw than others and dead trees are harder than living trees.

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Re: New EZ Boardwalk Jr not cutting straight
« Reply #15 on: October 07, 2018, 08:44:43 PM »
I tried mostly ash, which most of that around here is dead, black cherry and poplar. All had the same results, but my track is definitely the biggest issue its not level enough. Will work on that next weekend, I'll have to get some beams or something to put under it

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Re: New EZ Boardwalk Jr not cutting straight
« Reply #16 on: October 07, 2018, 10:54:04 PM »
Ash that was standing dead can be a bit of a bear to saw anyhow.
Too many irons in the fire

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Re: New EZ Boardwalk Jr not cutting straight
« Reply #17 on: October 08, 2018, 04:30:45 AM »
Would probably help to open the actual ball valve for the water as well. All the little things I failed to notice😔. To much excitement I suppose, waited weeks so was really itching to try it out

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Re: New EZ Boardwalk Jr not cutting straight
« Reply #18 on: October 08, 2018, 07:22:55 AM »
Ash can be hard to saw sometimes
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Re: New EZ Boardwalk Jr not cutting straight
« Reply #19 on: October 08, 2018, 10:50:03 AM »
I have heard that but the poplar and black cherry I did came out the exact same. Its definitely on me, will have to get it figured out I'm new to this, just impatient as well lol.


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