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Idaho Sawer
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Big logs old MK 2 mill

I have the chance to get a big maple but log from atree being cut done at a church in Salmon Id. It is 6 foot on the butt. I have a 440 with a 28 in bar. I will try a rip. any sugjestions on the best aproach. I bought mthe mill new seaveral years ago but this will be my first hard wood log

r.garrison1
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When you plan where to rip, think of the log you will be leaving. Cut the most uneven side or sides, not the easy ones.

Try and follow the grain of the log you are leaving, if you can. That way, when you have it on the mill, it will be easier and make better lumber.

I don't use a guide to rip, but I sometimes make a chalk line or something before I cut. Then I make a scoring cut, only an inch or so deep the full length. Then, when I am cutting, I have something to follow. A board would probably be easier.

Always keep in mind the angle of the chain saw handle. If you don't, the tip will wander and the cut will be all over the place.

Don't worry too much if you get a little off track, something that can be cleaned up in a single board cut. Spend your energy on avoiding the big issues.

Post Oakie
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I've done a few 4' diameter sycamore logs, but a 6' maple would be a real challenge.  The 044 should be up to the task, but I'd recommend a longer bar-- at least 36".  More expense, I know, but trust me, it will give you straighter cuts, save time, and you will use it again on other logs.  I quarter the logs lengthwise, then quarter saw each piece on the sawmill.  Pretty much like the fellow in this video, though on the big ones, I have to turn the log half way around and finish the cut from the other side.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pDtvHsw1z0

r.garrison1
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I've been ripping off the edges, once the log is on the mill. I like it to be round, because I'm doing it all manually, and I like things that roll.

Idaho Sawer
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Thanks for all the help. Turned out the old tree was pretty rotten. There was not much left to saw after she came down. I'm on to aneww deal now I hope works out. Sawing mine timbers out of fir. Hope the old MKII is up for it