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Forum topic by Mark posted 09-15-2015 03:11 AM 926 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-15-2015 03:11 AM

Try as I might I cannot slice a green log in down the centre. i have a 12A 16” homelike electric. Seems to have lots of oomph. but whenever I try, the damn thing pulls to the left. Log is laying on it’s side. I’m slicing on the side with the grain. it’s in a saw buck. EVERY time it pulls to the left. Makes an awful mess of the log. Today I gave up and split the last 3 (18” long X 12” thick) with an axe and a sledge hammer. Any thoughts or suggestions would be much appreciated.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 09-15-2015 03:19 AM

My guess is that your teeth aren’t filed evenly.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#2 posted 09-15-2015 04:02 AM

Agree with Bondo.

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 09-15-2015 05:04 AM

Bondo’s right of the money.

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#4 posted 09-15-2015 10:37 AM

Invest in a ripping chain. It will make a big difference. Your chain probably hit a rock and dinged one side of the teeth.

-- Member Valley Woodturners Ottawa. Member AAW

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#5 posted 09-15-2015 12:12 PM

If you put the log on its end you will have a much better luck at cutting it straight down the chalk line. Chain saws have a tendency to pull toward the heavier side of the machine. So, with some practice you should be able to control the saw’s movement as is cuts down the line. it might be a good idea to cut two curf, one on each side to serve as a guide for you. The blade sharpness as Bondo mentioned plays a big role as well. you can test this by cutting a disk and see if it cuts the log like a cup.


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#6 posted 09-15-2015 02:48 PM

Thanks gents. I’d heard about the sharpening thing and had thought I had done a proper jog, but I’ve never heard of a ripping blade for a cs. Thanks again.

-- Mark

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#7 posted 09-15-2015 04:33 PM

You can order rip chains from either Granberg or Oregon but those chains normally used with chainsaw mill. You want to ask if those ripping chains will work on an electric chainsaw if want one. Think may run into the same problem if log is moving around on you.

I have had logs jump around on me whether stood the log up of laid it down on side. I can rip with traditional chain if secure or unsecured by start cutting slow. Lot has to do with species, size, and weight of the log. Prefer to lay logs on side and start cutting at corner of log with base of the chain tip of blade pointed up. As sink into the log and inch or two lower the tip until cutting entire length.

Use a gas powered chain saw for ripping. Actually prefer to split with my maul or axe unless log really big or from a Gum tree. Only use my electric chain saw on split logs for roughing round.

-- Bill

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#8 posted 09-17-2015 11:56 PM

Bill. After the other day I’m in agreement over the splitting with the maul. 12”+ dia. Maple (green) 14 / 16”L. About 3 whacks with the axe and sledge and she’s split. Looks better than the damned saw cut.

-- Mark

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