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Lube dripping vs wicks
« on: June 14, 2020, 05:41:22 AM »
On my mebor there isnít a lube tank or dripping hose to the blade. In between the wheels there is a tiny reservoir with a kind of wick against the driven wheel. When I add water it leaks that much that it is empty within seconds. I can make a new kind of wick/sponge but was wondering or a lube tank with dripping gauge will be better. Now I am milling silver pine and the blade is pitching quite a lot and starts making wavy cuts while the band is sharp as new. After the loads of silver pine it will be most oak, poplar, beech and Douglas fir on the mill. Is lube necessary for leaf trees or will water be enough to cool down the blade?

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Re: Lube dripping vs wicks
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2020, 09:51:31 AM »
I think you would like a drip tank set up once you fashioned it. A small plastic fuel container works well. As what to run in it I use a very  slow drip of diesel fuel and get along well. There are so many other choices that folks use I won't begin to trying to list. I think a drip set up will be better in preventing pitch buildup just due to the fluid volume you can put out if needed.

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Re: Lube dripping vs wicks
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2020, 12:56:23 PM »
I prefer the wipe system because I think it gives a more uniform fluid distribution over the blade than a drip. I have never used a drip and I assume there would be some splash that would waste the lubricant. My wipe is controlled by a solenoid and needle valve so I can really pour it on if needed.
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Re: Lube dripping vs wicks
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2020, 02:32:07 PM »
I prefer the wipe system because I think it gives a more uniform fluid distribution over the blade than a drip. I have never used a drip and I assume there would be some splash that would waste the lubricant. My wipe is controlled by a solenoid and needle valve so I can really pour it on if needed.
Okay, sounds good as well. 
But the wick is installed directly at the blade at your machine? At my mill the wick is installed at the wheel. I will make some pictures later on this week.

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Re: Lube dripping vs wicks
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2020, 07:34:13 PM »
My wick(s) are between the roller bearings and the drive wheel. The blade passes thru 2 wicks to wipe both sides. It probably is overkill but I had my reasons at the time.

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https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?topic=58022.msg843717#msg843717
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Re: Lube dripping vs wicks
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2020, 03:30:28 PM »
I prefer the wipe system because I think it gives a more uniform fluid distribution over the blade than a drip. I have never used a drip and I assume there would be some splash that would waste the lubricant. My wipe is controlled by a solenoid and needle valve so I can really pour it on if needed.
i really like the solenoid and needle valve.
I plan to attach the control wire for the solenoid to the blade engage switch
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« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2020, 03:37:41 PM »
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Re: Lube dripping vs wicks
« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2020, 02:02:35 PM »
This is the small reservoir between the band wheels. There is a wick placed against the wheel. It smells like the reservoir was filled with oil/diesel (and a lot of sawdust...)




And behind the blade guide there is a wick as well. Maybe I can add a hose for lube above this wick




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