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Milling Pecan with 7-Turbos
« on: December 06, 2018, 09:58:37 PM »
Is anyone milling PECAN with 7 Turbos?  How do they do?

I milled a large Pecan log yesterday with a 4.  It was Hard and SLOW going.

The last few months I've used 7 Turbos almost exclusively (was using only 4's prior to that), so I don't know if I am just use to sawing faster with the 7's or was is just the Pecan being HARD that made it slow?  I just wasn't impressed with myself!

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Re: Milling Pecan with 7-Turbos
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2018, 10:05:10 PM »
I have milled Pecan, Hickory, and White Oak on my 35 with T7's and they did just fine.  It was actually frustration with 4's that drove me to the Turbos.  You have more ponies on your 50 than my 35 does so it should be even better.  Have mostly only sawn pine on my 70 but have a big whack of mixed hard wood to do in a week or so with it, the only band I have for that girl is a Turbo.  
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Re: Milling Pecan with 7-Turbos
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2018, 10:13:46 PM »
I have had 4blades to wave with both Post Oak and Pecan.  Both times I switched to 7 Turbos and sawed flat.  The last White Oak that I sawed on two different jobs, I never bothered with a 4 blade.  I put the 7 Turbos on and sawed.  
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Re: Milling Pecan with 7-Turbos
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2018, 10:32:13 PM »
+1 on switching to Turbo 7s.  They just cut better in all woods.  

Resharp is replacing 4s with 7s and new blades are T7s.
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Re: Milling Pecan with 7-Turbos
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2018, 10:38:21 PM »
I replaced all of my 10 blades with 7 Turbos and I will probably do the same with the 4 blades or just discard them.
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Re: Milling Pecan with 7-Turbos
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2018, 10:52:52 PM »
I've been building my T7 inventory as well.  but thought I needed the 4s on the Pecan.  I wish I had tried the 7.

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Re: Milling Pecan with 7-Turbos
« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2018, 11:05:15 PM »



 



Here is the Pecan log that the 4 blade would/did not saw without waves.
 


 
I quickly changed to a 7 Turbo blade and sawed it.
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Re: Milling Pecan with 7-Turbos
« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2018, 09:56:59 AM »
I have some 4's for sale!!!!!!!!  ;D
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Re: Milling Pecan with 7-Turbos
« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2018, 12:11:50 PM »
Nice information to know. I have been using 4's as I have been cutting only hardwood. I will definitely try the turbo 7's. Can they reprofile the 4's into the turbo 7's when they resharpen if I decide to switch? 

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Re: Milling Pecan with 7-Turbos
« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2018, 12:22:16 PM »
Can it be done? In theory, but nobody is going to do it. At least Turbos are on sale now. 
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Re: Milling Pecan with 7-Turbos
« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2018, 12:42:36 PM »
.... At least Turbos are on sale now.


I've switched exclusively to Turbo 7s on my new Super-Wide.     And this morning I took advantage of the current sale on Turbo 7s with free shipping.  ordered 2 more boxes.
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Re: Milling Pecan with 7-Turbos
« Reply #11 on: December 08, 2018, 01:48:16 PM »
iv been wondering which blade, or blades i need to get for my build. i will mostly be cutting hardwoods, pecan, red/white/live oak, maple and walnut, with the occasional SYP. my blades will have to be around 308"-312" x 2" wide with around 100 hp on a diesel. 
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Re: Milling Pecan with 7-Turbos
« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2018, 04:00:20 PM »
I was going to order a box and it says for high horsepower, wide cut mills.....mine is an old LT30 with 24hp....will I be ok? 

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« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2018, 04:12:31 PM »
My 35 has a 25 HP Kohler and it is fine
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Re: Milling Pecan with 7-Turbos
« Reply #14 on: December 08, 2018, 04:42:26 PM »
I was going to order a box and it says for high horsepower, wide cut mills.....mine is an old LT30 with 24hp....will I be ok?
I called WM to ask about their Turbo 7 blades and the WM Tech told me that they are made for high horsepower mills.  He told me that with my 24HP engine I should stick with 4 blades.  I was impressed by his knowledge and appreciated his integrity.

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Re: Milling Pecan with 7-Turbos
« Reply #15 on: December 08, 2018, 06:12:52 PM »
My mill came with 10* blades and I have been cutting white pine, seems fine. The manual says 13* for pine. Would they be better? I purchased the winter cutting assortment as I understand a lower degree blade (7*) is better in frozen wood,pine included. Sound right? Thanks
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Re: Milling Pecan with 7-Turbos
« Reply #16 on: December 09, 2018, 09:55:47 AM »
Saw the sale on T7s...seem to be available in carbon steel or bi-metal.  Is bi-metal worth it?  I switched to bi-metal on my metal cutting saw and they're great.

As far as HP...my 20 hp Onan originally came with 10 deg blades.  Recently it was recommended I use 4 deg but it seems my cutting speed is slower.  If 10 deg worked I would think 7s would.  (Sawing mostly hardwood)

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Re: Milling Pecan with 7-Turbos
« Reply #17 on: December 09, 2018, 11:08:15 AM »
If 10 deg worked I would think 7s would.


The Turbos have a deep gullet, completely different animal, which is my guess as to why they are recommended for higher HP engines. In order for them to saw clean you need to keep your feed speed up or they will leave chatter on a board - yes you can saw too slowly with them for sure.  On my LT35 I run the feed speed right up to barely below the stall point, and she does fine.  20HP - can't say on that one, the Kohler on my 35 is labeled as being 25 HP but the exact same engine is on my edger and rated at 23.5 HP, so maybe it's like automobiles and the standards have changed in how HP is measured.  Do you know of anyone around that has some Turbos and you could buy one and try it?  

Oh - and yes the bi-metals are harder for sure, and they hurt more when you wreck them.  I run the double hards myself and have no complaints.    
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Re: Milling Pecan with 7-Turbos
« Reply #18 on: December 09, 2018, 12:51:14 PM »
Im pretty sure Ill have a box or 2 of the T7 before the sale ends on February 
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Re: Milling Pecan with 7-Turbos
« Reply #19 on: December 09, 2018, 05:34:45 PM »
I've seen this on this forum before and I just dont get it. I have ran nothing but the turbo 7 blades since I got my mill . I've said it before but i guess I'll say it again. I agree with woodmizer and think these blades are better suited for high horsepower mills. My 70 with a 46hp diesel barely has enough power to pull them through big hardwoods. Grade sawing your typical walnut and cherry saw logs yeah no problem but get some big oaks or hickory and my 46hp seriously struggles to cut well with the turbo 7s. What kind of logs are you guys sawing using the turbos on the lower hp mills?  By the way I'm not the only 70 owner that feels this way. I've talked to quite a few that have found the same thing.
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