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« on: May 28, 2021, 06:16:20 AM »
I got my new 25" planer in and been using a mdf board on my 20" planer to flatten the first side but looking now at flattening on mill like some of you do. On the bi metal blades you use what size do you find best to use?
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Re: slab flattening
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2021, 08:18:26 AM »
I have tried several different metal bands.  However, without question, the best is the WM carbide.  If not used for routine sawing, but just used for flattening one side of a slab, it will last for hundreds of slabs, and more than pay for itself.  Also, you don’t need to flatten the whole slab, side to side, full face, but only need to get a good, continuous “skid mark” more than 8 inches wide, from one end of the slab to the other.  Then simply put this skid mark down on the planer bed for the first pass, and it will stabilize the slab and feed it flat though the planer.  Ball game.  

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Re: slab flattening
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2021, 09:02:24 AM »
I have tried several different metal bands.  However, without question, the best is the WM carbide.  If not used for routine sawing, but just used for flattening one side of a slab, it will last for hundreds of slabs, and more than pay for itself.  Also, you don’t need to flatten the whole slab, side to side, full face, but only need to get a good, continuous “skid mark” more than 8 inches wide, from one end of the slab to the other.  Then simply put this skid mark down on the planer bed for the first pass, and it will stabilize the slab and feed it flat though the planer.  Ball game.  
This is exactly what we've been doing lately, and it works great for anything that will go thru the planer. We ordered a Woodmizer carbide 2 months ago, still don't have it, but the turbo 7s work pretty good.
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Re: slab flattening
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2021, 04:44:08 AM »
I have tried several different metal bands.  However, without question, the best is the WM carbide.  If not used for routine sawing, but just used for flattening one side of a slab, it will last for hundreds of slabs, and more than pay for itself.  Also, you don’t need to flatten the whole slab, side to side, full face, but only need to get a good, continuous “skid mark” more than 8 inches wide, from one end of the slab to the other.  Then simply put this skid mark down on the planer bed for the first pass, and it will stabilize the slab and feed it flat though the planer.  Ball game.  
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« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2021, 06:39:05 PM »
I have tried several different metal bands.  However, without question, the best is the WM carbide.  If not used for routine sawing, but just used for flattening one side of a slab, it will last for hundreds of slabs, and more than pay for itself.  Also, you don’t need to flatten the whole slab, side to side, full face, but only need to get a good, continuous “skid mark” more than 8 inches wide, from one end of the slab to the other.  Then simply put this skid mark down on the planer bed for the first pass, and it will stabilize the slab and feed it flat though the planer.  Ball game.  
Just to make sure before I order, is it the Razortip carbide 7° that you like?
I see where Boonesyard has been waiting for his awhile now on his, I have some Kasco 4° that I will try while I'm waiting.
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Re: slab flattening
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2021, 11:50:07 PM »
I use the 7 razor tip carbide from WM fo the same thing. I also use the7/39 bimetal and it does a good job also. 
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Re: slab flattening
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2021, 08:39:37 AM »
Do you guys have to make sure the blade is completely in the wood or are you able to skim the surface as a planer would?  If a carbide will do that, I will buy one just to use for that, but I don't want to have to give up a whole kerf of wood.
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Re: slab flattening
« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2021, 10:04:24 AM »
I usually find I am pulling off part veneer. it will get a some veneer and some just sawdust, I count on loosing 1/8 or more. I have started sawing the maple at 2&5/8" as character Sugar Maple moves.  
The carbide blade is a little fatter than a regular blade , just my opinion as I have never really measured them.
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« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2021, 10:45:33 AM »
I would expect to lose thickness at the higher spots, but I'd hate to lose a saw kerf at the lowest spot.
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« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2021, 01:14:02 PM »
I would expect to lose thickness at the higher spots, but I'd hate to lose a saw kerf at the lowest spot.
What I find works fairly well is to place the slab on the bed, check it for rock, then using thin wedges try and halve the rock.  For thin wedges I use the thin end of shingles I cut for a roof and siding for a vegie stand.
Then measure a number of points and decide on where to set the blade height.  If you make a mistake you will either take too much off or you get a second chance at trying again. 
Had a customer that wanted two cherry slabs sawed down the middle.  He was sure they were flat.
Once on the bed of the mill the rock convinced him they were not flat.
When he left they were flat and a smidge thinner than what he originally wanted.
Note: Go slow when taking the least possible as many times only one side of the blade is seeing action, this could affect the tooth set on one side.  
If a slab is not flat or mostly flat on the side against the planner like YH said then it is potato chip in and not quite as curly potato chip out.
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Re: slab flattening
« Reply #10 on: June 07, 2021, 07:32:10 AM »
The 4 degree works best for me.  I position the blade and sight down the slab by eye to find the right spot to start from.




 



 
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Re: slab flattening
« Reply #11 on: June 07, 2021, 12:38:38 PM »
When taking thin cuts slow is the key like GAB said. If the blade is only touching the slab side, it will affect the blade set.
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« Reply #12 on: June 08, 2021, 07:41:13 AM »
It seems like some blade manufacturer could make a blade designed for this operation.
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« Reply #13 on: June 08, 2021, 08:46:42 AM »
@WDH you eyeballed that one real good.
I usually go with the attitude that I can take two cuts if I start too high.
Adding now that is a different situation.  I think that equipment for adding has been on back order since Noah's time.
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« Reply #14 on: June 08, 2021, 09:05:48 AM »
It seems like some blade manufacturer could make a blade designed for this operation.
The Woodmizer Carbide blade, while not being designed works well from @YellowHammer  reports. We had this discussion awhile back in the Flattening Slabs on the Mill Topic. The carbides hold an edge better in the harder kiln dried wood and the set is not as important as it is with the normal double hards.

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Re: slab flattening
« Reply #15 on: June 08, 2021, 10:27:44 AM »
It seems like some blade manufacturer could make a blade designed for this operation.
The Woodmizer Carbide blade, while not being designed works well from @YellowHammer  reports. We had this discussion awhile back in the Flattening Slabs on the Mill Topic. The carbides hold an edge better in the harder kiln dried wood and the set is not as important as it is with the normal double hards.
I agree the carbide is the best choice. 
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« Reply #16 on: June 08, 2021, 11:09:18 AM »
At some point, someone has to create a planer head that can be attached to the sawmill bed?
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« Reply #17 on: June 08, 2021, 11:13:22 AM »
And just brainstorming…
A planer/jointer with a fixed bed that the planer head moves along the rails jointing the top of the slab, then flip the slab and plane to thickness.

Of course, a swing type mill already has this ability. It could be less expensive to use one of those . Or call the operator in for a day to flatten the slabs for you. 
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« Reply #18 on: June 08, 2021, 11:42:07 AM »
And just brainstorming…
A planer/jointer with a fixed bed that the planer head moves along the rails jointing the top of the slab, then flip the slab and plane to thickness.

Isn't that what the Woodmizer MP100 does?
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Re: slab flattening
« Reply #19 on: June 08, 2021, 12:36:46 PM »
I had unsatisfactory results with metal blades when slab flattening.  For me, they would push off and leave a little curve.  

The carbides are at a different level of capability, they skim well, and also do submerged cuts well.

  

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« Reply #20 on: June 08, 2021, 01:31:02 PM »
Sure wish I had my carbide. When I last talked to Woodmizer and ordered another box of 7's and checked on my carbide, he said they were up to 12-15 weeks out on the carbide blades. I guess they come from some other manufacturer. 
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« Reply #21 on: June 08, 2021, 04:02:46 PM »
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Yep! Just looked it up. The max width is 20 1/2”, though. 
The price seems affordable, though. 
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« Reply #22 on: June 18, 2021, 06:27:07 AM »
I have tried several different metal bands.  However, without question, the best is the WM carbide.  If not used for routine sawing, but just used for flattening one side of a slab, it will last for hundreds of slabs, and more than pay for itself.  Also, you don’t need to flatten the whole slab, side to side, full face, but only need to get a good, continuous “skid mark” more than 8 inches wide, from one end of the slab to the other.  Then simply put this skid mark down on the planer bed for the first pass, and it will stabilize the slab and feed it flat though the planer.  Ball game.  
Having switched to almost ALWAYS using carbide, I have observed that the probability of hitting metal increases exponentially when putting a new one on, especially if you are using it on walnut.   :(
The other day I was sawing a big log and on a single cut near the heart, I hit four (4) 5/8 or 3/4" lag bolts and a strip of concrete. I heard the blade complain, especially on the 2nd and third, but exited ok and cut them cleanly.  :-\
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Re: slab flattening
« Reply #23 on: June 18, 2021, 07:13:59 AM »
Would you knowingly mill a log with metal in it with the carbide blades? Is it worth it? That is, will the blade cut some metal and still continue to perform well for a reasonable amount of time? I've got a few partially milled logs put aside where I already hit metal in them and am debating getting a carbide blade to mill them as they are higher value logs. 

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Re: slab flattening
« Reply #24 on: June 21, 2021, 06:03:16 PM »
Would you knowingly mill a log with metal in it with the carbide blades? Is it worth it? That is, will the blade cut some metal and still continue to perform well for a reasonable amount of time? I've got a few partially milled logs put aside where I already hit metal in them and am debating getting a carbide blade to mill them as they are higher value logs.
Did you not dig the metal out of them? I get the chainsaw out and plunge cut to get the metal out. I figure they can put an electrical  plug in the table top.  I have Carbides hanging on the wall that are metal strikes. I hate throwing them away. Lots of time they had finnished the cut reasonably well. But I have always had to change them.  I have run them through the sharpener, but they still do not cut well, you just go slower is what my neighbour says, he will run his with a bunch of teeth missing,  the odd one will saw well again. 
I would rather run a resharp, or  new cheaper blade if I know there is a good chance of metal.
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Re: slab flattening
« Reply #25 on: June 21, 2021, 07:17:30 PM »
Would you knowingly mill a log with metal in it with the carbide blades? Is it worth it? 
No.  I would absolutely not. 
Much better to trash conventional, low cost bands, then resharpen and reset the teeth that are left, and reuse them.   
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« Reply #26 on: June 22, 2021, 11:48:03 AM »
I just received a response from Woodmizer regarding carbide blade availability. We ordered one on March 30 to try for slab flattening and just received this, "We are currently out of materials to make carbide blades. The vendor we use has been back ordering our shipments from New York. There is no definite time for completion of the order, although blade production projects late October 2021". 

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« Reply #27 on: June 23, 2021, 06:33:51 AM »
I just received a response from Woodmizer regarding carbide blade availability. We ordered one on March 30 to try for slab flattening and just received this, "We are currently out of materials to make carbide blades. The vendor we use has been back ordering our shipments from New York. There is no definite time for completion of the order, although blade production projects late October 2021".

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I order one also. Anyone one else we might try?
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« Reply #28 on: June 23, 2021, 09:49:26 AM »
Not that I'm aware of. Sound like the supplier out of New York distributes the carbide product all over. 
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« Reply #29 on: June 28, 2021, 07:37:33 AM »
I used my new .55 1.5" 7/39 turbo on this large EWP slab last week. It is 5" thick. I KD for the customer long with a few other logs and slabs. I have been involved with this tree for 1.5 years now. He kept me in buisness my 1st year running the kiln. 
 1st had to cut the slab  down to 33" and then I split it at 2.5", so 2 3/8'

 

 

 when finnished. I then wrapped it and took to the Furniture table builder. 
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« Reply #30 on: June 28, 2021, 05:49:46 PM »
That is going to be spectacular. 
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« Reply #31 on: June 30, 2021, 05:25:42 AM »
Nothing wrong with that.
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« Reply #32 on: July 23, 2021, 06:21:02 AM »
I just received a response from Woodmizer regarding carbide blade availability. We ordered one on March 30 to try for slab flattening and just received this, "We are currently out of materials to make carbide blades. The vendor we use has been back ordering our shipments from New York. There is no definite time for completion of the order, although blade production projects late October 2021".

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« Reply #33 on: July 23, 2021, 09:42:03 AM »
We received our blade last week. Haven't had a chance to try it out yet, looking forward to it. Looks interesting
LT50 wide
iDRY Standard kiln
JD 4520 w/FEL
Cat TH255 Telehandler
lots of support equipment and not enough time

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