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Re: Anyone used a 'RIPSAW' ?
« Reply #20 on: October 14, 2011, 12:53:48 AM »
I was going to start a new one but this one answered alot of my questions. A fella came over tonight with some elm logs and he was telling me about his mill, it was a ripsaw and has been having wavy wood problems he has the light weight one with the rails but his has a 2-1/2 hp elect. single phase motor 14 amp. power is not a problem its the thin 3/4 blades deflect to much. he sharpens them with a dremel.But even the new ones from ripsaw don't last long they are only 50 plus inches long and i can see 100 bf would probably be about it.  Dose anyone have any updates on this mill other than the 2006 posts.
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Re: Anyone used a 'RIPSAW' ?
« Reply #21 on: October 14, 2011, 10:38:30 AM »
I owned a Ripsaw with a chainsaw motor (Sthill), And for a while, I was very satisfy, even if It cost me a lot of sweat!. And I always had the wavy problem after a few hundred feet cut. I think this mill is made only to bring in deep forest, where you cannot pull a real portable mill. Its portability is its worth.
However, I made a lot of material for my remote camp with it.
But don't think to make serious work with it. A couple hundred board/feet a day will be the more you can do, if you work alone . The to small blade is the problem. And you will work a lot for the boards you need!
I always used brand new blades until they brake. Impossible to make a good sharpening on these.
The tension on the blade is a little hard to adjust for a long lasting performance.

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