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Offline mad murdock

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2017 sawmill shootout results
« on: October 12, 2017, 12:32:07 PM »
Jake, let us know details on how it turned out.  Looks like the mill you took to Ohio was decked out with longer feet, and a bigger engine.  Did you use the turbokerf blade on it? 
Thanks for the awesome vid!
JD AMT 626, Turbosawmill M6 Warrior Ultra liteweight, Granberg Alaskan III, lots of saws-gas powered and human powered :D

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Re: 2017 sawmill shootout results
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2017, 11:56:15 PM »
Hi Mad murdock,

Unfortunately we had what we thought was issues with saw-blade.

I took them back to the factory and found that they clocked well. Turns out it was hub damage caused by a potential major bump in freight causing miss-alignment with the shaft. The crate may have been dropped as the bottom supports were almost non-existent.

At high RPM the blade wobbled significantly.

So I had to baby the mill through 4" cuts. Tried doing some deep 6" cuts but had to back out and take it all in smaller 4" depths.

Pretty disappointing really as I was expecting some amazing numbers. I've had to send out a replacement shaft and bearing kit to the new customer.

We did have the narrow kerf there but it didn't help any this time.

I'm thinking to replicate the shootout process at home here and have a live feed on our youtube channel with both the 6" Auto (same package) and a manual mill to give an actual representation of what should have happened.

I'm sure the production figures will still come in well enough for a one man team though. It also demonstrated well showing how easy it is to operate.


Here is video taken at the show demonstrating what we were up against.

Here is video of what it should have looked like.

Wife says I woke up one morning half asleep uttering thin kerf and high production, I think I need a hobby other than milling?

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