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Re: LT35 debarker slowing cut and dogging motor
« Reply #20 on: November 05, 2018, 12:57:48 AM »
So, not toward the hitch end?

If that's the case, here's something that can affect the load on your debarker motor and on the sawmill engine. On my 2006 LT40, the debarker blade tries to throw the chips back toward the hitch. When it's turning in that direction, the blade will try to push the debarker away from the side of the log. The spring tries to counteract this and push the debarker toward the log. The push from the blade will balance the counter-push from the spring and the whole arrangement is very forgiving.

I've heard of newer mills where the debarker spins in the direction. This will cause the blade to dig in and pull the debarker in toward the log. If you're just skimming the surface, or if the wood beneath the bark is very hard, no problem. But if you're taking too deep a bite in bark or softer wood, the blade gets dragged in deeper and deeper. This configuration is pretty touchy. A large "washer" acting as a depth gauge would limit the tendency to dig in.

Just a thought.
Bruce    LT40HDG28 bandsaw with two 6' extensions.
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