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Best Buy Sawmill And Sharpener
Sidney Stubbs, Beaver Lodge, Alta.: ďIíve used my Norwood bandsaw blade sharpener and tooth setter for more than 20 years. The sharpening stone on it is superior to other bandsaw blade sharpeners that Iíve seen. Itís much gentler.
  ďWhen I sharpen my blades, the stone barely touches the blade tooth, giving off a tiny spark. Thatís important, so it doesnít heat the blade. My blades last me 19 1/2 hrs. on average.
  ďI watch others being used, and they have big stones, and the sparks just fly. Itís no wonder they have to change blades so often. Theyíll tell me theirs last only a 1 1/2 to 2 hrs.
  ďMy Norwood sawmill is also a best buy. Itís one of the smaller ones with only a 20-in. throat. It uses a 140-in. blade. I can sharpen one side in about 3 min. and set the teeth in 15 min. Then I flip it inside out and do the other side.
  ďThe sharpener and tooth setter cost me around $1,100 in 2001 when I bought it. Itís paid for itself at least five times over. Itís easy on the blades and stone. I ordered half a dozen stones when I bought it, and I still have two or three left. They last a long time, and Iíve sawn a lot of lumber.
  ďThe company suggests the maximum size log it will saw out is 24 in. with its 20-in. throat. However, I figured out how to cut up a tree as big as 3 ft. in diameter with it.
  ďInstead of a square cant, I cut a hexagonal cant. I can cut 20-in. boards on each side, rotating the cant and reducing the diameter as I go. It takes a little wiggling, but it works.Ē


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