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A Beginner's Guide to Fitting a Sawmill Blade: Step-by-Step Instructions

Updated: Apr 2

Setting up and fitting a sawmill blade is a crucial step in ensuring the efficiency and accuracy of your milling operations.


Fitting a Sawmill Blade
Fitting a Sawmill Blade

Whether you're a seasoned sawyer or a newcomer to the world of sawmilling, properly fitting your blade is essential for achieving clean cuts and maximizing the lifespan of your equipment. In this guide, we'll take you through the step-by-step process of fitting a sawmill blade to help you get the most out of your milling experience.



Step 1 - Gather Your Tools and Safety Gear


Before you begin fitting your sawmill blade, make sure you have all the necessary tools and safety equipment. This typically includes:

 

  • Safety glasses

  • Gloves

  • Wrenches or socket set

  • Allen wrenches

  • Blade tension gauge

  • Straight edge

  • Mill manufacturer's manual

  • New or resharpened sawmill blades


Step 2 - Ensure the Sawmill is Turned Off


Safety should always be the top priority. Before fitting the blade, ensure that your sawmill is completely turned off and isolated. This prevents accidental starts and ensures a safe working environment.


Step 3 - Remove Your Old Blade


De-tension your blade. Open the safety doors. Carefully remove the old blade. Ensure you wear appropriate PPE for this!


Step 4 - Blade Selection


Depending on the type of wood you're cutting, hard, soft or frozen, you may need to adjust your blade selection.  Your options are:

 

  • Ripper37 10 degree – Recommended for general-purpose milling.

  • Ripper37 7 degree – Recommended for hard or frozen timber.

 

Contact us directly for more advice at info@ainsleyinc.com.


Step 5 - Fitting the Sawmill Blade


After selecting the correct blade for the timber you are cutting, reverse the order of removing a sawmill blade.


"Watch our sawmill blade fitting guide video with Stephen Cull BladeMaster from the UK"




Step 6 - Check and Adjust Blade Tension


Blade tension is critical for proper cutting performance. Refer to your mill's manual for the recommended blade tension settings.


If you are using Ripper37 sawmill blades, tension between 25-30,000 PSI (pounds per Square Inch). Use a blade tension gauge to measure the tension and adjust it accurately. Proper tension helps prevent blade deflection and ensures smooth accurate cuts without washboarding.


Step 6 - Check and Adjust Blade Tension


Blade tension is critical for proper cutting performance. Refer to your mill's manual for the recommended blade tension settings.


If you are using Ripper37 sawmill blades, tension between 25-30,000 PSI (pounds per Square Inch). Use a blade tension gauge to measure the tension and adjust it accurately. Proper tension helps prevent blade deflection and ensures smooth accurate cuts without washboarding.


Step 7 - Blade Tracking


With the safety doors open, and the correct tension applied, rotate the blade by hand to ensure it tracks smoothly. Adjust settings if necessary referring to your machine operator's manual.


Step 8 - Inspect Blade Guides and Bearings


Examine the blade guides and bearings for wear and tear. Replace any damaged components to ensure the blade runs smoothly and doesn't deviate during the cutting process.


Step 9 - Lubricate Moving Parts


Proper lubrication is essential for reducing friction and extending the life of your sawmill blade. Lubricate all moving parts, including the blade guides and bearings, using the recommended lubricants specified in the manual.


Step 10 - Double-Check Everything


Before starting your sawmill, double-check all adjustments, alignments, and tension settings. Confirm that all safety measures are in place and make any final adjustments if necessary.


Conclusion


Fitting a sawmill blade is a skill that improves with practice, and attention to detail is key. By following these step-by-step instructions, you'll be well on your way to achieving accurate cuts and maximizing the performance of your sawmill.


Remember to consult your mill's manual for specific guidelines and recommendations tailored to your equipment.


Happy milling!!

 

Need more advice? Contact us at info@ainsleyinc.com.


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