8 Simple Things You Must Do To Maintain Your Wood Processing Machine
Every machine is unique and so they must be treated that way. You love the work your wood processing machine does but it does not have an everlasting life span if you do not maintain it. So, to extend the lifespan of your portable sawmill, proper routine maintenance must be put in place irrespective of the model.
When you maintain your portable sawmill according to the manufacturer’s instructions, it will be able to produce quality lumber. Portable sawmills that are kept in excellent operating condition will last longer and remain productive.
Your mill can run for an indefinite period because almost every part of the sawmill is designed to be replaced; even the engine.
To maintain your portable sawmill, below are some useful guides that should be followed.
1. Before you start the mill
Before you start the engine, ensure that you check the oil. Do not depend on the oil switch. Make sure that the oil is inspected every morning, before running the mill.
Also, the air filter should be cleaned on a daily basis, because the sawmill works in a dusty environment.
To prevent a scenario whereby you will run out of fuel while working, it is ideal to fill the carburetor with fuel before cutting. Ethanol comes out of the carburetor and causes all kinds of problems. Premium gas is of better quality, however, it costs more.
Each blade bolt should be coated with grease prior to fitment so it doesn’t fall off while the machine is running.
2. Keep the tools of the sawmill in a bag.
You should know that your tools exist when you decide to run the sawmill. Keeping the tools in a safe place will prevent them from getting missing or damaged.
3. Changing the blade
After getting the cover off, note that there will be a lot of things to look out for. Check the mill tension to see if there is any crack on it. Also, place your hands on the bearing to ascertain the temperature. A warm feeling may be an indication of a problem developing in the bearing. Putting on leather gloves when changing the blades will protect your hands.
Slip the blades right off after pulling it out and return to the mill. Give the blade a twirl and make sure that it is spinning freely. Also, ensure that it is riding on the right pace on the band wheel.
Follow your manufacturer’s specifications and take note of any scraping sound.
Also, take a look at the tracking and make sure it’s riding on the same place on the blade wheel. When you say you’re tracking, you want to make your blade up to full tension.
4. Engine Maintenance
Changing the oil is not a sawyer’s favorite task because it stains the surrounding (the sawmill, the body of the sawyer and the environment). However, it is very essential for the engine.
After changing the oil, ensure that you follow the manufacturer’s recommendation. It will be the cheapest insurance that your engine will ever have.
When changing your plug, make sure the engine is turned off. The engine should be cold when this activity is being carried out.
5. Keep equipment sharp
One of the most time-consuming maintenance activities on the portable sawmill is maintaining a sharp blade. Irrespective of the mill you run (be it swing blade, band saw or chain saw), a major maintenance issue is ensuring that the blade is sharp and cutting.
Sawyers often send out their blades to a sharpening service or purchase the equipment to sharpen them. When a blade does not cut properly, it is ideal to replace or sharpen it.
Blades need to be sharpened after every cut. This will, however, depend on the type of mill and what is being milled. For example, a chain sawmill blades require sharpening after every cut. The blade will need to the sharpened or replaced when a metal is used or the mill had encountered a lot of grit.
It is very essential to align the blade properly. The blade alignment should be inspected after every session. Checking the blade tension is also essential. A band sawmill that produces a wavy cut indicates that there has been improper tension. A misalignment in a swing blade can cause the blade to wobble, as a result of heat on one side of the blade.
6. Addressing the day-to-day wear and tear
The oil, filters and spark plugs should be changed at designated intervals. Daily inspection of the oil is essential. Routine maintenance assists you in doing repairs at a scheduled time, to prevent repairing the mill when the belt finally breaks in the middle of a job.
Lubricating chains and checking the oil level in the gearbox are other routine procedures that should be made. A portable sawmill with hydraulics will require that the oil and filters are changed according to the manufacturer’s schedule.
Asides the daily routine procedures and maintenance checks according to the manufacturer’s recommendation, make it a duty to check various parts for wear and tear on a regular basis. For example, the clutch should be assessed on a routine basis, to ensure that it operates smoothly without slipping while cutting.
To make sure that the gauge is working perfectly, the blade height should be inspected every ten hours. To keep the air filter out of the dust, replace every ten hours. The track should be monitored with a chalk line or straight edge, to be sure that it remains true and the rails are not bent. Also, inspect the bearings for excessive heat, verify any stretching on belts or cables, and grease all fittings.
The hydraulics system, which requires filter and oil changes, should be inspected regularly for leaks or abrasion. Hydraulics ease the workload but its repairs can require special knowledge and can be complex, bearing the sawyer a huge cost.
7. Environmental conditions
It is very necessary that you take precautions when operating in adverse conditions. The air filter will require frequent change when working in an extremely dusty condition. If the weather is cold, efforts must be made to ensure that the battery remains charged.
When the sawmill is not in use, shielding it from elements will increase the life span by four to five years. A great way to preserve your battery is to remove it and keep it in a warm place after usage. If the sawmill will not be put into use for a period, add a fuel stabilizer.
Keep your surroundings free of debris and avoid working in low light or in the rain.
8. Safety gear
The safety gear of your sawmill also needs maintenance and should not be overlooked. Before purchasing a sawmill, spend time with a sawyer who runs a similar mill. With this, find out about the sawmill’s features and ascertain if it is comfortable for you.
A sawmill that is well-designed will automatically stop the blade when the engine is not in use. It can be tempting to clear debris or make an adjustment on the blade when it is still moving, and this is at a risk to the user of the mill.
Taking proper care of your portable sawmill will ensure that it remains in operating condition. When this is done, your sawmill will not only produce high-quality lumber, it will also produce the lumber safely and productively.
Sawmill operations can be one of the most dangerous jobs to embark on. To ensure that your portable sawmill lasts long and that you are also safe and protected, maintain your equipment and make use of safety gear.
Purchasing the right portable sawmill will produce the perfect lumber, and keep you and your equipment safe. Your mill will maintain a healthy lifespan and produce the required output. Lucas Mill is the solution to having a long-lasting sawmill that produces the perfect lumber.
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