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Re: slab flattening
« 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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Re: slab flattening
« Reply #21 on: June 08, 2021, 04:02:46 PM »
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Yep! Just looked it up. The max width is 20 1/2Ē, though. 
The price seems affordable, though. 
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Re: slab flattening
« 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 donít need to flatten the whole slab, side to side, full face, but only need to get a good, continuous ďskid markĒ 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". 

Just an FYI for anyone thinking about ordering carbide.  
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Re: slab flattening
« 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".

Just an FYI for anyone thinking about ordering carbide.  
I order one also. Anyone one else we might try?
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Re: slab flattening
« 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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Re: slab flattening
« 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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Re: slab flattening
« Reply #30 on: June 28, 2021, 05:49:46 PM »
That is going to be spectacular. 
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Re: slab flattening
« 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".

Just an FYI for anyone thinking about ordering carbide.  
WM just email me my bill on the blade, hope they are sending it on now.
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Re: slab flattening
« 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
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