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Is the Woodwmizer Debarker worth the money?
« on: June 13, 2021, 07:25:27 AM »
I have ordered an LT40 and added the debarker, but now I'm wondering if it's worth the money. I have limited experience running an LT40 with a debarker, but it seemed to be more of a hassle than it was worth when I did. It was hard to adjust and keep adjusted to an irregular log. It bit in too far several times causing the blade to stop and trip the breaker. I know that it should help extend blade life, but how much? At almost $2000 for the upgrade, would it be cheaper to just replace the blade a little sooner?
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Re: Is the Woodwmizer Debarker worth the money?
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2021, 07:30:18 AM »
The debarker significantly extends blade life.

I'm very glad that I have one on my LT-40 


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Re: Is the Woodwmizer Debarker worth the money?
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2021, 07:31:35 AM »
I have found the debarker to be invaluable to me.  I would hate to saw without it. 
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Re: Is the Woodwmizer Debarker worth the money?
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2021, 07:41:26 AM »
With my portable sawing profile and always sawing customer's logs, I would hate to even think of sawing without a Debarker.
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Re: Is the Woodwmizer Debarker worth the money?
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2021, 07:58:56 AM »
Takes a little while to figure out when it comes to adjusting the debarker, but it takes patience!

Once you figure it out, there's really nothing to it!

I'm very happy there's one on my mill!
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Re: Is the Woodwmizer Debarker worth the money?
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2021, 08:08:15 AM »
They should have called it a "de-dirter".  It definitely cleans up nastiness in front of the blade.  
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Re: Is the Woodwmizer Debarker worth the money?
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2021, 09:07:02 AM »
I removed the debarker on my 35 for a little while, the difference in band life was night and day. I use the one on my 70 constantly. 
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Re: Is the Woodwmizer Debarker worth the money?
« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2021, 10:28:08 AM »
It does dig in and stop, trips the breaker, but most of the time it sprays chips and works great. I found that the breaker was weak and replaced it, reduced the amount of breaker tripping. I just upgraded to the 1/2" blade on my debarker. I ordered a new one so I can take the old one in for sharpening. I use mine all the time. I also modified mine in that I took the V yoke off so it will fit around the big ugly logs I mill

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Re: Is the Woodwmizer Debarker worth the money?
« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2021, 12:47:48 PM »
We call the debarker a "mudsaw" around here. I find that I'm very active with the armature controls as I dodge knots and adjust tension to suit the diameter of the log. The only time I've had to reset the breaker was when I engaged the blade after the saw was in the wood. You want that thing spinning beforehand! And that means engaging the forward gear. 
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Re: Is the Woodwmizer Debarker worth the money?
« Reply #9 on: June 13, 2021, 01:58:19 PM »
Iíd say the debarker doubles sawing time on a blade sometimes more than doubles it. 

In some cases it saves a blade.  The gritty bark is one thing but dirt and small rocks can end a blade quickly. 

The debarker will pay for itself over the course of 3 or 4 boxes of blades.  
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Re: Is the Woodwmizer Debarker worth the money?
« Reply #10 on: June 13, 2021, 03:20:46 PM »
I have a debarker on my lt40 and I don't use it anymore. Most of my logs are bought in winter or with few professional loggers so the logs are clean. When I was on the road with the mill , a debarker is essentiel. Most people don't care about the gravel on their logs. I remember a customer had some logs so dirty , I asked how he skidded. Well, he had a small 9N Ford tractor nd very steep land, so at every bottom of the trail , he would slack the logs in the mud hole, and after the tractor was on top of the hill, he was winching the logs back. I don't know if you could skid some logs dirtier. Anyway, I don't use the debarker anymore. It's  always a matter of adjusting your production accordingly

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Re: Is the Woodwmizer Debarker worth the money?
« Reply #11 on: June 13, 2021, 07:00:13 PM »
Yup, wouldn't want a mill without one!
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Re: Is the Woodwmizer Debarker worth the money?
« Reply #12 on: June 13, 2021, 07:09:42 PM »
I have ordered an LT40 and added the debarker, but now I'm wondering if it's worth the money. I have limited experience running an LT40 with a debarker, but it seemed to be more of a hassle than it was worth when I did. It was hard to adjust and keep adjusted to an irregular log. It bit in too far several times causing the blade to stop and trip the breaker. I know that it should help extend blade life, but how much? At almost $2000 for the upgrade, would it be cheaper to just replace the blade a little sooner?
It depends on how much you'll saw and how much of that is not clean wood.  If you're in business the debarker and other upgrades pay for themselves over time some sooner than others.  If you're going to use 100 sharp blades over the life of your mill instead of 50 then probably not worth it.  If you use 50 sharp blades in a week or two then the debarker means a great deal less work and expense with blade maintenance.  And on top of that saves time during a sawing day not changing blades and not sawing slower to keep cuts flat.  It also improves the quality of your work.  If you fly through logs with flat cuts you can focus your attention on other sawing techniques that give better lumber. 
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Re: Is the Woodwmizer Debarker worth the money?
« Reply #13 on: June 13, 2021, 07:36:37 PM »
Had a LT40 without debarker  and have had a LT70 for 13 years with it .. Would definitely hate to have to saw without it ..   
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Re: Is the Woodwmizer Debarker worth the money?
« Reply #14 on: June 13, 2021, 09:33:27 PM »
Curved-wood, if you want to get that clunky ol' useless debarker off your saw head and lighten it up, I can get you my address. I will dispose of it properly😁
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Re: Is the Woodwmizer Debarker worth the money?
« Reply #15 on: June 13, 2021, 09:59:04 PM »
Do you have photos of the mod you are speaking about?  How do you like the thicker blade?
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Re: Is the Woodwmizer Debarker worth the money?
« Reply #16 on: June 13, 2021, 10:04:43 PM »
I saw with a low budget manual mill without a debarker and have sawn with an lt40 enough completely different  machines I know but band life is incredibly better with the lt40.. and thatís with running the same red streaks bands on both

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Re: Is the Woodwmizer Debarker worth the money?
« Reply #17 on: June 13, 2021, 11:50:36 PM »
Before I got a mill with a debarker, I pressure eased every log. I like my debarker better   
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Re: Is the Woodwmizer Debarker worth the money?
« Reply #18 on: June 14, 2021, 06:11:30 AM »
Thank you all for responding. I value and trust the opinions of this forum!

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Re: Is the Woodwmizer Debarker worth the money?
« Reply #19 on: June 14, 2021, 07:22:54 AM »
Curved-wood, if you want to get that clunky ol' useless debarker off your saw head and lighten it up, I can get you my address. I will dispose of it properly😁
lol Ok I will think of you to get rid of my old clunky useless debarker 


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