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Just pulled the trigger on 10-30
« on: February 27, 2022, 01:35:59 PM »
Just decided to pull the trigger on a swing blade 10-30. I just sold my woodmizer lt15. I did some portable work with it and really enjoyed it but it wasnít really the right tool for some the bigger logs I often get asked to mill. So I looked in Lucas (never operated one) seen them at paul Bunyan and was impressed with functionality and portability. 

Anyways the only thing that scares me about the Lucas is metal. I plan on metal detecting logs but when sawing yard trees I know I will encounter metal. What usually happens when you hit a nail or screw? Bust a tooth? Bust all the teeth? I know there are a lot of variables to the question any help is appreciated. 

Also got slabbing attachment so I am curious on the metal thing with the chain also. Assuming itís like hitting metal with regular chain saw (possibly could file out the damage or could destroy it)? 


I donít know but I see way too many yard trees get wasted bc they are too big for band saw mill or people donít have equipment to move them so the turn into firewood. Those are the logs I want to save with my new mill. 

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Re: Just pulled the trigger on 10-30
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2022, 04:07:16 PM »
Congratulations on your new mail. As far as hitting metal, you're going to want to try and not  do that. What usually happens is it knocks the tip off one of the teeth, or all of them if the metal is big enough.  It's good to have a few extra blades handy, especially if you are going to be cutting yard trees. I'd find someone that would be retyping your blades, right away.  Or, you could get yourself a retipping kit that is sold by Baileysonline.com. 

As far as your slabber, it would be about the same as hitting metal with your chain saw.  Hopefully you can stop quick enough before you do too much damage to the chain.
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Re: Just pulled the trigger on 10-30
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2022, 04:50:16 PM »
And it'll happen on the second cut on a new blade at some point, in a churchyard with an audience so you can't even throw a proper tantrum  :D.

We take them in to a saw shop for retipping. I don't see how the kit can side dress the blank but have never tried one out.

We were working with a roller table setup at one point and I swung the blade into a steel conveyor roller. It seriously bent the blade but didn't do much damage to the roller. I tossed the blade figuring it was toast. The sawdoc said to let him make that call next time, he may have been able to save it.
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Re: Just pulled the trigger on 10-30
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2022, 08:10:24 PM »
Does anyone know anything about carbide insert blades? If it saves me in the field I wouldnít mind paying the price. I have a good local shop for blade work but sometimes itís 2 weeks or so to get something back. 

I know other manufacturers sell them but have not seen anything bout Lucas selling them. 

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Re: Just pulled the trigger on 10-30
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2022, 11:02:12 PM »
I don't think it has the power to pull that much through the cut. We have 5 blades in rotation, and still manage to end up on our best worst blade while putting off taking blades in :D. Pressure washing whenever we can has really extended tip life.
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Re: Just pulled the trigger on 10-30
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2022, 05:24:26 AM »
That sounds good!!
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Re: Just pulled the trigger on 10-30
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2022, 01:47:02 AM »
Pressure washing whenever we can has really extended tip life.
Just the bark before first cuts, or as you continue to plow through the log?
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Re: Just pulled the trigger on 10-30
« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2022, 06:11:10 AM »
Just washing the mud and rocks off the bark. That gets me wet enough  :D
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