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Anyone used a 'RIPSAW' ?
« on: January 19, 2006, 08:57:07 AM »
Has anyone any experience with the 'RIPSAW' ?  (It's a chainsaw-head powered portable hand-held sawmill with a bandsaw blade.)

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Re: Anyone used a 'RIPSAW' ?
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2006, 07:03:30 PM »
Just sent away for some info.It looks like something small to carry the woods.
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Re: Anyone used a 'RIPSAW' ?
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2006, 09:50:22 PM »
Jimbob,

I haven't used one, but I was very close to buying one.  I spent months researching before deciding it would probably be quite slow to use and underpowered for even my casual use.  (farm, personal) 

It's big features are portability to take to the woods and thin kerf compared to a portable chain mill.  Perhaps it would be more useful as a compliment for a larger sawmill than a substitute.

I was first attracted by the portability, but then I decided it would be as much or more effort to haul the lumber out of the woods as it would be to skid the logs out of the woods.  I ended up buying a Woodmizer LT-15 and set it up in a fixed location behind my barn.  The cost of the Ripsaw was also far higher than I expected once I added in the extra carriage system and new saw head - for my use I think the Woodmizer is a better value for the dollars spent.  The ease of use and "fun factor" of the WM undoubtedly far exceeds the Ripsaw.  If cost is a factor, the WM LT-10 might be another one to look at.

So far I've milled white oak, v.pine, y.poplar, e.r.cedar, r.maple, and persimmon with the LT-15 and I'm well pleased with the saw.

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Re: Anyone used a 'RIPSAW' ?
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2006, 10:30:09 PM »
I saw one in use once and was not impressed, but in all fairness to Ripsaw, I think it was more operator related.  Like any bandsaw, if the blade is not sharp it will not track straight and I think the blade was the problem when I saw it used. To compound the problem, the band is so narrow that it is easy to deflect the blade. So after the first pass, the guy had a wavy surface on his log. The next pass is then made by following along on top of the last pass like an Alaskan mill, so with the guys first pass being wavy to start with, the second pass had no hope of ever being near flat. He needed 6/4 rough to get 3/4 s2s, but he was proud of being able to saw a log himself and was having a ball doing it and that's all that matters sometimes. ;)
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Re: Anyone used a 'RIPSAW' ?
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2006, 07:50:33 PM »
Hi Jimbob, I bought a used one a few months ago. It also had a 044 with it. It reqires a bit of playing with to cut right. It's also only really good for smaller diameter logs. My saw weighs about 40 pounds and I was going to take it into the woods and build a cabin.

I have cut up a birch with it, too slow for a production mill, but for cutting up the occasional logs or for a home builder I think the saw is pretty good. Buying new is quite expensive though. You can also make siding with it.

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Re: Anyone used a 'RIPSAW' ?
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2006, 12:29:46 AM »
Yep ! I have one. It is very usefull for places where no access with a vehicule is possible. I use to bring mine in my floatplane, and helicopter. Weighted about 60 pounds with the 064 Sthill, it keeps the guy in gooood shape ! An other 40 pounds for the aluminium 2x6 guides though. I made a lot of boards and 2X4  for my cabin. I can say it is impressive with a so small mill. BUT you'll have to work a lot. Be prepared. I can also say, if I did'nt had it, I would not have built my cabin. Portability is the quality of the Ripsaw. I think I bought it new in 1994. For accuracy, it is not bad when the band is new, but it is hard to put the good tension on the thin blade.
This little machine has good quality. I dont have, and did not try, neither seeing  the model with the tracks at work.
If your are thinking about the late model, the one with the track, rethink. For few dollars more, you'll have acces to a more productive bandsawmill, low end range, like the smaller Norwood or other brands. But if you dont have access by road to the place you want to work, Ripsaw is the thing.
I own a Gilbert mill, but I am just not ready to sell my Ripsaw. Instead, I would like to built (and I will) a portable wooden track. It would be easier to work with logs than to work with the mill....
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Re: Anyone used a 'RIPSAW' ?
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2006, 09:25:57 AM »
I saw one in use once and was not impressed, but in all fairness to Ripsaw, I think it was more operator related.  Like any bandsaw, if the blade is not sharp it will not track straight and I think the blade was the problem when I saw it used. To compound the problem, the band is so narrow that it is easy to deflect the blade. So after the first pass, the guy had a wavy surface on his log. The next pass is then made by following along on top of the last pass like an Alaskan mill, so with the guys first pass being wavy to start with, the second pass had no hope of ever being near flat. He needed 6/4 rough to get 3/4 s2s, but he was proud of being able to saw a log himself and was having a ball doing it and that's all that matters sometimes. ;)
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« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2006, 08:43:13 AM »
Hi Jimbob, I bought a used one a few months ago. It also had a 044 with it. It reqires a bit of playing with to cut right. It's also only really good for smaller diameter logs. My saw weighs about 40 pounds and I was going to take it into the woods and build a cabin.

I have cut up a birch with it, too slow for a production mill, but for cutting up the occasional logs or for a home builder I think the saw is pretty good. Buying new is quite expensive though. You can also make siding with it.
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Re: Anyone used a 'RIPSAW' ?
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2006, 09:06:25 AM »
Hi Jimbob, I bought a used one a few months ago.

Yep ! I have one.


Brad , in the 9.5 years that I've had my Ripsaw ........


I've never seen one! Do you have some pics of it?    Is there a website?
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Re: Anyone used a 'RIPSAW' ?
« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2006, 09:48:17 AM »
http://www.ripsaw.com/

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Re: Anyone used a 'RIPSAW' ?
« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2006, 11:27:58 AM »
I have had one for about 5 years now and the only problem I have had with it is that I can't seem to cut straight boards consistently. New blades seem to work best but once they get a little dull things go down hill fast and I end up with wavy boards. I have messed with the tension and sharpening the blades but have not had much luck. Spencer seem to have better luck, so I guess it must be that I don't know what I am doing. Wish I would have bought a LT-15

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« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2006, 11:58:26 AM »
Most of the bandsawmills could outperform the Ripsaw. I am still curious about their newer model sliding on a track. Anybody with experience with it ?
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« Reply #12 on: January 31, 2006, 01:35:53 PM »
I have had one for about 5 years now and the only problem I have had with it is that I can't seem to cut straight boards consistently. New blades seem to work best but once they get a little dull things go down hill fast and I end up with wavy boards. I have messed with the tension and sharpening the blades but have not had much luck. Spencer seem to have better luck, so I guess it must be that I don't know what I am doing. Wish I would have bought a LT-15
                                                                                                                                                                      Do you force or push the saw to cut faster ?                                                                                                            The next time you tension the band , when the indicator reaches the white line , back off the tension nut 1/2 turn . 

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« Reply #13 on: February 01, 2006, 10:41:47 AM »
Do you force or push the saw to cut faster ? The next time you tension the band , when the indicator reaches the white line , back off the tension nut 1/2 turn .
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thanks Scottr I have tried different feed rates whith no improvement. I will try the tension adjustment to see if that helps.

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« Reply #14 on: February 01, 2006, 07:17:30 PM »
On the Ripsaw, the tension IS the problem. We never know if it is good or not. Maybe if I was able to play violin or guitar ....!!!
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« Reply #15 on: February 03, 2006, 06:31:59 AM »
On the Ripsaw, the tension IS the problem. We never know if it is good or not. Maybe if I was able to play violin or guitar ....!!!
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« Reply #16 on: February 03, 2006, 10:06:01 AM »
Is that possible to retrace that topic ?
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Re: Anyone used a 'RIPSAW' ?
« Reply #17 on: February 03, 2006, 12:54:54 PM »
Is that possible to retrace that topic ?
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« Reply #18 on: February 03, 2006, 03:37:21 PM »
Tanks Scott
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Re: Anyone used a 'RIPSAW' ?
« Reply #19 on: February 03, 2006, 06:20:06 PM »
Here is one thread where ways to measure band tension were discussed ;D

http://www.forestryforum.com/board/index.php?topic=7923.msg107757#msg107757

There is a tool used to measure the tension of cables, such as used in sailboat rigging. I'll see if I can find a link to it at a marine supply place.
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