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#1 posted 06-28-2012 09:44 PM

To my knowledge, it would not be recommended to rip a log in a vertical orientation. You cannot control one of these 3-8000 lbs logs very easily (even if it’s still rooted, it can still contain very high levels of energy due to stress in twists) and a slab you’re peeling off may still weigh several hundred pounds. Never underestimate what a seemingly harmless tree can do when you relieve the stresses it’s under. I would definitely not want to be running the saw for this amount of time while standing on a ladder either. That does not seem safe.

Keeping a straight cut is not easy. There is a reason why we use even simple mill kits to keep a saw going straight. It’s also a pain to flatten a slab a lot after it’s cut. You want it pretty close to done (it’ll have plenty of teeth marks in it) when it’s cut.

$60 a day for a saw capable of ripping? I’d find out what saw that is and what it comes with. There is no way I’d let someone use my saw for $60 a day knowing how easy it is to abuse or destroy it. Now, $150 a day and I’d be willing to part with it to the right person. Find out what you’re responsible for as well. If that’s what they want and the set up is good, I’d jump on it.

On drying, it probably won’t move much the first month or so unless it’s subjected to heat and moisture in high amounts. You’ll want to flatten it as soon as you could. It helps to dry it and is way easier when it’s still “wet.”

Store it out of the sun where it gets good air flow (but not a constant heavy breeze) and make sure it’s covered (has a roof over it… not a tarp on top of it). Once you sticker/stack it (about 12-20” off the ground), put some heavy weights on it above the stickers and cross your fingers.

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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