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Re: 1.25 inch blades vs 1.5
« Reply #20 on: November 18, 2020, 08:22:45 AM »
That makes sense, never thought of it that way.
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Re: 1.25 inch blades vs 1.5
« Reply #21 on: November 18, 2020, 01:11:02 PM »
My curiosity is trying the 1½" blades but staying with the .045.  

Three of us tried the .055X1¼" blades when we were sawing the goodwill project for Willie Steele with the same disastrous results.  :-X
I think you will like the MM. I changed over to them years ago. I use the 1.5 x .045's. The difference was quite noticeable a far as how much more they could be pushed even though I only have the 24hp onan. They can be pushed a little harder longer. You having more hp will be a good thing. Sawing in dirtier wood I noticed they would last longer than the 1.25's before being changed. Gotta be extra careful doing blade changes as the room is limited.
I saw no where near what some of you do but used to portable custom saw. Just more hobby for me now.
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Re: 1.25 inch blades vs 1.5
« Reply #22 on: November 18, 2020, 07:02:19 PM »
I have two 1½"X.045, T7° blades on the way.
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Re: 1.25 inch blades vs 1.5
« Reply #23 on: November 18, 2020, 07:24:07 PM »
I'm with MM. I've got two coming as well.
Looking for more "beam" strength on the 40 wide. Still running the 1&1/4" roller guides so may be hoping for to much.

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Re: 1.25 inch blades vs 1.5
« Reply #24 on: November 18, 2020, 07:54:16 PM »
I just received two new blade guide rollers this week. 


 
They were labeled for 1¼" and 1½" blades.
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Re: 1.25 inch blades vs 1.5
« Reply #25 on: November 18, 2020, 07:55:49 PM »
I took the guides off...upped blade tension....and run 1 1/2” blades on a 16 hp Baker...definitely a huge improvement 

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Re: 1.25 inch blades vs 1.5
« Reply #26 on: November 18, 2020, 08:40:30 PM »
I ordered two 1.5x.045 double hards in standard 7 degree today. If they don’t work for me at least my curiosity will be satisfied. 
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Re: 1.25 inch blades vs 1.5
« Reply #27 on: November 18, 2020, 08:45:18 PM »
The regular 7's do pull easier than the turbos, sounds like a good plan. Will be interested to see how they work for you.  
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Re: 1.25 inch blades vs 1.5
« Reply #28 on: November 18, 2020, 09:14:35 PM »
The Kasco 7s have been working real good for me. So I can experiment with some other blades and if it doesn’t work out I’ve got something to fall back to. 
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Re: 1.25 inch blades vs 1.5
« Reply #29 on: November 19, 2020, 03:05:32 AM »
I'm with MM. I've got two coming as well.
Looking for more "beam" strength on the 40 wide. Still running the 1&1/4" roller guides so may be hoping for to much.
I run my stock guides and they do fine.
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Re: 1.25 inch blades vs 1.5
« Reply #30 on: November 19, 2020, 04:20:52 PM »
I tried some 1-1/2" x 0.045 x 10° WoodMizer blades a while back and they let me saw a little faster in wide Douglas-Fir with a 28 HP EFI engine. That was in 2008. The only issue I had with running 1-1/4" mixed with 1-1/2" blades was that I had to adjust the guide rollers back about 1/8" with the wider blades. So yes, those 1-1/4" rollers work with both, but you can't just switch blades.

The following year my friend, John, switched from 1-1/4" x 0.045's to 1-1/2" x 0.050's using the same mill. He found he could really push the blade, but he also mentioned he'd bought 1-1/2" wide blade guide rollers. I didn't know they made them.

So ... after I used the last of my 1-1/4" blades, I bought the new rollers and I've been sawing with the wider blades ever since.

I ended up sharpening John's blades for him, and I dislocated my shoulder (seriously) trying to fold those thicker blades :o.

Bottom line, with a 28Hp gas engine I'm happy with the 1-1/2" x 0.045 blades, but I wouldn't use anything thicker.


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