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Old Forester:
Have an 8-30 Lucas Mill.  Bought it in new in 2006 and it has worked great over the years, although I have not used it a lot. Now it seems to take almost constant adjusting every time I use it, and needs adjustment to get it to saw, and the it doesn't saw uniform boards.  Boards thicker on right side than on left, dips in depth of sawing, horizontal cuts don't always match vertical and more.  Is there a trouble shooting manual, video, or place to get trouble shooting help.  Use to use Bailey's, but have not had any luck with them since the got/took back the dealership awhile back.

Amy thoughts of where to get help would be appreciated.

Seaman:
Tell us where you are.
I ran a Lucas 8/30 for a few years.

All these problems with the same blade?
Mark the adjustments to see if nuts/bolts are moving.
Do you sharpen your own blades?

My money is on the blade, given the info.

Dakota:
I agree with Seaman.  Every time I've had a problem sawing, it turned out to be a blade issue.  I'd also go through your set up again and make sure the tracks(rails) are parallel.

Lucas_USA:

--- Quote from: Old Forester on February 20, 2017, 03:12:46 PM ---Have an 8-30 Lucas Mill.  Bought it in new in 2006 and it has worked great over the years, although I have not used it a lot. Now it seems to take almost constant adjusting every time I use it, and needs adjustment to get it to saw, and the it doesn't saw uniform boards.  Boards thicker on right side than on left, dips in depth of sawing, horizontal cuts don't always match vertical and more.  Is there a trouble shooting manual, video, or place to get trouble shooting help.  Use to use Bailey's, but have not had any luck with them since the got/took back the dealership awhile back.

Amy thoughts of where to get help would be appreciated.

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Hi Old Forester,

Do you have any play in your gearbox? Have you got a new/different blade you can try? In your owners manual there is a chapter on saw blade adjustment.


Old Forester:
Thanks for you advice so far.  I have changed blades, and I am in the process of checking all of the alignments and blade adjustments.

The problems I have been having, with more detail are:

When sawing 5/4 lumber 8" wide, the left side of the board is on target, 1 1/4" and the right side is somewhere in the 1 1/2" to 1 7/8".

At times the horizontal cut and the vertical cut do not meet, but it is not consistently off across the whole board.  At some places the cut misses  matching by about a 1/16' to 1/8", although on portions of the board the cuts match.  In addition some time the vertical cut is deeper than the horizontal by about 1/8", and this may occur on either end of the board or it may be only in the center of the board.  The log is not flexing as we are sawing ~20" white oak logs and less than 1/2 of the log is still remaining to be sawn.  I also can not find any flexing or movement in the sawmill tracks. 

I have put on a different blade and it did not make much difference, and in addition re-tipped another blade, and yes I resharpen the blades myself when the need sharpening. 

There are time I can adjust the blade alignment to get some resolution, but the next time I saw I need to go through some adjustment again.  I never seem to be able to start sawing another day without doing some adjustment.

The mill is located in an old cattle barn and has an open exposure to the south.  We have had a really variable weather this year with some below zero weather followed by warning trends and today it will probably hit 70 degrees.  So soil temps have been somewhat variable.  I don't know if the mill is moving as the ground under it freezes and thaws.  I have not had problems in previous winters.  The mill set on a crushed limestone pad 3 to 4 inches thick, but who knows if is moving or how much.  Setting up on frozen ground has never a problem in the past.

Again, thanks for your thoughts so far, and any additional thoughts you may have  be greatly appreciated.

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