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The Sawguide Reformation: Why the Industry Needs to Change

“Fed up” doesn’t really begin to cover the depths of my annoyance at certain suppliers in the sawmill industry. The ones who endlessly pontificate about their products, while at the same time provide customers with incorrect information.
This year marks the 500th anniversary of an extremely annoyed monk who nailed a list onto a church door because he was fed up with the Roman Catholic church. That monk was Martin… http://sawguidesdirect.com/blog/2017/06/sawguide-reformation-why-industry-needs-change/

Disease Spreads Through the Sawmill Sector—Now Worldwide

The forestry sector is one of the oldest industries in existence. There are older occupations, but man has been using the forests for all sorts of things for thousands of years. Everything from homes and heat to décor and even cooking. Vast communities ha…
The forestry sector is one of the oldest industries in existence. There are older occupations, but man has been using the forests for all sorts of things for thousands of years. Ev… http://sawguidesdirect.com/blog/2017/02/disease-spreads-through-sawmill-sectornow-worldwide/

Another Nail in the Sawmill Coffin

Everyone has good days and bad days. Today was a bad day for me. No, I’m not ill, but I received some very bad news from a friend. He’s not ill either, but he told me there’s soon going to be a lot of upset people in local sawmill communities. There are r…
Everyone has good days and bad days. Today was a bad day for me. No, I’m not ill, but I received some very bad news from a friend. He’s not ill either, but he told me there’s soon … http://sawguidesdirect.com/blog/2017/01/another-nail-sawmill-coffin/

Sawmill Santa: What’s In Your Stocking?

I can’t believe it’s November already. The year has gone by so quickly, and it’s almost over. I caught my family hanging Christmas lights the other day. Seriously! I thought to myself, “What day is this? What month is this?” Someone out there knows just h…
I can’t believe it’s November already. The year has gone by so quickly, and it’s almost over. I caught my family hanging Christmas lights the other day. Seriously! I thought to my… http://sawguidesdirect.com/blog/2016/11/sawmill-santa-whats-your-stocking/

Red Sawguides Put Your Accounts in the Same Colour

Every fall there seems to be so much to do. There are conventions and trade shows in our business lives along with all the other activities in our personal lives that occur. You get so wrapped up in all these events, but then something happens that just m…
Every fall there seems to be so much to do. There are conventions and trade shows in our business lives along with all the other activities in our personal lives that occur. You g… http://sawguidesdirect.com/blog/2016/10/red-sawguides-put-your-accounts-same-colour/

Putting Lipstick on a Pig: Sawguide Repair 101

Spring and autumn are both busy times of year for conventions and tradeshows. It seems like something’s going on every week during these seasons. Over the years, I have been asked a lot of questions about sawguides at these types of events. I thought I wo…
Spring and autumn are both busy times of year for conventions and tradeshows. It seems like something’s going on every week during these seasons. Over the years, I have been asked … http://sawguidesdirect.com/blog/2016/09/putting-lipstick-pig-sawguide-repair-101/

On the Edge of Reason: Replace Your Steel Sawguides with Aluminum

I remember many years ago visiting the Pacific Northwest to meet with the Head Sawfiler at a local sawmill. The first thing we saw when arriving at the mill site was an ambulance. Safety is a huge concern in sawmills and seeing an ambulance is obviously n…
I remember many years ago visiting the Pacific Northwest to meet with the Head Sawfiler at a local sawmill. The first thing we saw when arriving at the mill site was an ambulance. … http://sawguidesdirect.com/blog/2016/06/edge-reason-replace-your-steel-sawguides-aluminum/

Beating a Beaten Sawguide to Death

Although sawguides are one of my favourite subjects, I occasionally develop writer’s block when asked to write another blog post about them. I have heard this happens to many professional writers. Since I’m not a professional, I guess the reasons behind m…
Although sawguides are one of my favourite subjects, I occasionally develop writer’s block when asked to write another blog post about them. I have heard this happens to many prof… http://sawguidesdirect.com/blog/2015/09/beating-beaten-sawguide-death/

What Do Race Cars and Sawguides Have In Common?

Since it’s racing season around the globe and many people love watching race cars go fast. Many dream they could get in a really nice race car and drive at high speed. I for one am not against that. It’s amazing on how many precision components go into a…
Since it’s racing season around the globe and many people love watching race cars go fast. Many dream they could get in a really nice race car and drive at high speed. I for one a… http://sawguidesdirect.com/blog/2014/08/what-do-race-cars-and-sawguides-have-common/

When it Comes to Sawguides, is Colour More Important than Accuracy and Durability?

I continue to see coloured Saw guides brightly lighting up the walls of Sawmills like decorative art. The last time I checked, Saw guides are used in a precision industrial application for the accurate cutting of lumber. They are also a major expense. I b…
I continue to see coloured Saw guides brightly lighting up the walls of Sawmills like decorative art. The last time I checked, Saw guides are used in a precision industrial applica… http://sawguidesdirect.com/blog/2014/05/when-it-comes-sawguides-colour-more-important-accuracy-and-durability/

What Is Anodizing?

As I talk to people in the Sawmill industry, I find that many have been told things about anodizing that are incorrect. I think it’s important to have a clear idea of what anodizing is, so let’s start with an overview of the process.
As I talk to people in the Sawmill industry, I find that many have been told things about anodizing that are incorrect. I think it’s important to have a clear idea of what anodizin… http://sawguidesdirect.com/blog/2013/11/what-anodizing/

How Important is the Accuracy of Your Sawguide?

I remember having a friendly conversation with a gentleman about saw guides and he said a few things that really bothered me. The first was that the people working in a sawmill couldn’t tell the difference between an accurate saw guide and one that’s less…
I remember having a friendly conversation with a gentleman about saw guides and he said a few things that really bothered me. The first was that the people working in a sawmill co… http://sawguidesdirect.com/blog/2013/10/how-important-accuracy-your-sawguide/

Should I Invest in Aluminum or Steel Sawguides?

One of the most common questions that I get asked about saw guides is, “Should I get Aluminum or Steel?” On the surface that’s a very simple question and you’d think there would be a simple answer. Well the answer isn’t that straight forward.
One of the most common questions that I get asked about saw guides is, “Should I get Aluminum or Steel?” On the surface that’s a very simple question and you’d think there would b… http://sawguidesdirect.com/blog/2013/10/should-i-invest-aluminum-or-steel-sawguides/

Why Does Modern Engineering Hone Aluminum Sawguides?

For many years saw guides were always made of steel. Steel was the material of choice because it was believed to be the strongest and most economical material.
For many years saw guides were always made of steel. Steel was the material of choice because it was believed to be the strongest and most economical material. Since steel is m… http://sawguidesdirect.com/blog/2013/09/why-does-modern-engineering-hone-aluminum-sawguides/

Do Sawguides Come in Color?

Many years back I was at a Filers Convention and someone got up to give a presentation. He was speaking about Saw guides and how they were manufactured. I thought it was going to be interesting to hear someone else’s perspective until the gentlemen stated…
Many years back I was at a Filers Convention and someone got up to give a presentation. He was speaking about Saw guides and how they were manufactured. I thought it was going to … http://sawguidesdirect.com/blog/2013/08/do-sawguides-come-color/

Sawguides - Why Are They Needed?

Many years ago sawmills ran saws that are made from thick steel plate so that the saws which were held in place by a collar could remain right while they were sawing lumber. The circular saw spacing was achieved in many ways including the use of spacers o…
Many years ago sawmills ran saws that are made from thick steel plate so that the saws which were held in place by a collar could remain right while they were sawing lumber. The ci… http://sawguidesdirect.com/blog/2013/07/sawguides-why-are-they-needed/