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Author Topic: Foley's M-14 Belsaw - Could use a little help  (Read 5216 times)

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Re: Foley's M-14 Belsaw - Could use a little help
« Reply #20 on: June 01, 2011, 04:58:39 PM »
Jeff said he got some really high volumes on a set of teeth, but he was cutting aspen.  Don't know if he was running chrome.

Several factors need to be considered.  One is the cut order.  If you're cutting 2" stock, you'll get twice the amount of footage as cutting 1" stock.  Another is hardness.  I run chrome and can't get much more than a weeks worth of work - 50-60 Mbf.  Dirt, frozen logs, hickory and a bunch of other nasty things dull teeth.

The only reason I currently run chrome is that Simonds had some standard steel teeth that simply would not stay sharp.  The steel was too soft and would not hold an edge.  I went to chrome to get a tooth that would maintain an edge.  I haven't gone back to the standards to see if the problem has been solved.
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Re: Foley's M-14 Belsaw - Could use a little help
« Reply #21 on: June 02, 2011, 09:37:39 PM »
Have you checked your mill? Does the carriage travel in a straight line with a log on it? If there is a sag or weak spot in the track the log will drop and bind on the saw. I think there are more problems with a mill than the blade.
 Also look at the sawdust, it should be kernels not fine dust. Fine dust spills out of the gullets and causes heating, chips stay in and exit the cut. The chip size is related to feed, speed and power. See the book by Stanford Lunstrom, Forest Products Lab.
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Re: Foley's M-14 Belsaw - Could use a little help
« Reply #22 on: June 03, 2011, 02:30:38 PM »
We did use the diamond wheel on them once and I do " polish" them weekly but file sure don't remove any metal to speak of
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