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Alsayyed's picture
Log dog mx 34 sawmill

Hello fellows. I love my Norwood pro mx34, but one thing I do not like about this machine is the  log dog during cutting log or slabs with vibration it falls down so I go and repeat the same thing trying to make it secure as tight as possible but not luck. My question dose this happen to you when using the Norwood pro mx 34 or just me.

r.garrison1's picture

I've had that happen with my LM29 too. There are a couple things that may help.


Have the stops closer to the ends, about 2/3 way down or so. Make certain the dog is between the two, Closer to the middle helps.

Have the dog and the stops pushing against the log at close to the same height. Otherwise, it is possible to have the log roll a little from uneven pressure.

I'm sure other people have other suggestions; I'll stop at these two.

wayne busse
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 Ahmed, I went back and watched your videos you posted. It  looks like you made your own rest and screw type dog so you could support and clamp shorter logs.  On  norwoods factory dog there is a pin that goes through the dog that keeps the dog 1/2" above the bunk.  I removed the pin so the dog would drop below the bunk, but found the pin was the pivot that made the cam work properly. I had trouble with the dog until I replaced the pin in the proper hole. This is the only thing I can think of that would cause the dog to drop off during the cut. I've never had  the dog drop off  when the pin was in the top hole.

Post Oakie
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I've had that happen many times, even with the pin in the hole (though I've forgotten to put it in many times, too).  Even had the log roll & destroy the blade a few times.  That's why it is so impotant to use both clamps when you don't have a flat side down on the crossbunks.  If one lets go, the other will hopefully hold the log adequately until you finish the cut.  Try to set the clamp in a furrow in the bark so that it goes into solid wood as much as possible.  Sometimes it takes a couple of pumps on the handle to push the log securely against the stop so that the clamp can bite in.  As a last resort, you drive the clamp in with a hammer or piece of wood.  Here's an idea that might be worth a try... sharpen the clamp so that it bites into the wood better.  You could even sharpen it to a point instead of an edge.