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Paperwork Maintenance: It’s Also as Stupid as It Sounds

Wow. The virtual ink had not yet dried on my last blog post about piecemeal maintenance when I started getting an influx of emails from readers. Clearly, many people identified with the issue about maintenance not being performed the way it should be. Mos…
Wow. The virtual ink had not yet dried on my last blog post about piecemeal maintenance when I started getting an influx of emails from readers. Clearly, many people identified wit… http://sawguidesdirect.com/blog/2016/08/paperwork-maintenance-its-also-stupid-it-sounds/

Piecemeal Maintenance is As Stupid As It Sounds

I was talking with an old friend recently who also works in the manufacturing industry, and has been in it almost as long as I have. Both of us remember when dirt was first invented and mass manufactured. As usual, sitting in my living room, we bantered a…
I was talking with an old friend recently who also works in the manufacturing industry, and has been in it almost as long as I have. Both of us remember when dirt was first invente… http://sawguidesdirect.com/blog/2016/07/piecemeal-maintenance-stupid-it-sounds/

Babbitt Pad Hell 2: The Saga Continues

It was Sunday morning after a busy week when I finally sat down to write this blog article. All last week I was thinking about how to write it. Thank goodness we are in an electronic age, otherwise I would’ve had pieces of paper with half written articles…
It was Sunday morning after a busy week when I finally sat down to write this blog article. All last week I was thinking about how to write it. Thank goodness we are in an electron… http://sawguidesdirect.com/blog/2016/02/babbitt-pad-hell-2-saga-continues/

My Saws Are Turning Into a Flamethrower

I recently received a call from a friend of mine about one of his customers. I knew the news couldn’t be good. Turns out, this customer had been burning up saws for a long time. The customer’s edger had an untreated problem for many years. When I use the …
I recently received a call from a friend of mine about one of his customers. I knew the news couldn’t be good. Turns out, this customer had been burning up saws for a long time. Th… http://sawguidesdirect.com/blog/2016/01/my-saws-are-turning-flamethrower/

Babbitt Pad Hell

I just received an email from a friend who recently visited a troubled sawmill. This sawmill has unfortunately been experiencing a lot of problems with their saws getting very hot and underperforming. Underperforming is not an accurate description of what…
I just received an email from a friend who recently visited a troubled sawmill. This sawmill has unfortunately been experiencing a lot of problems with their saws getting very hot … http://sawguidesdirect.com/blog/2015/12/babbitt-pad-hell/

My Oil is Stopping My Water. What?!

We ran into a very interesting situation this week that I bet most of you would never have thought could happen. One of our sawguide systems, that has been running for several months, has had ongoing issues with fluctuating water volumes. It got to the po…
We ran into a very interesting situation this week that I bet most of you would never have thought could happen. One of our sawguide systems, that has been running for several mont… http://sawguidesdirect.com/blog/2015/11/my-oil-stopping-my-water-what/

Stop Blaming Your Saw Blade Manufacturer!

The title of this article might be a bit strong, but there are times when sawmills immediately jump to blaming the saw blade manufacturer first. Don’t get me wrong, there are saw blade manufacturers out there who do not manufacture a good product and even…
The title of this article might be a bit strong, but there are times when sawmills immediately jump to blaming the saw blade manufacturer first. Don’t get me wrong, there are saw b… http://sawguidesdirect.com/blog/2015/06/stop-blaming-your-saw-blade-manufacturer/

When You Should Shut Up and Let the Experts Handle It

Is it enough to simply provide solutions in today’s business environment? Finding a quick solution to a problem is one thing, but a complete and functional solution involves many complex components. You may be scratching your head right now wondering, “Wh…
Is it enough to simply provide solutions in today’s business environment? Finding a quick solution to a problem is one thing, but a complete and functional solution involves many … http://sawguidesdirect.com/blog/2015/04/when-you-should-shut-and-let-experts-handle-it/

Why Are Your Saws Being Cooled by a Swimming Pool? Let Me Show You How We Solved a Problem

The following is a case study on why it’s not just the quality and design of your sawguide that you need to look out for, but the quality and design of your Babbitt pad and pocket as well.
The following is a case study on why it’s not just the quality and design of your sawguide that you need to look out for, but the quality and design of your Babbitt pad and pocket … http://sawguidesdirect.com/blog/2015/03/why-are-your-saws-being-cooled-swimming-pool-let-me-show-you-how-we-solved-problem/

How to Utilize a Flow Meter with your Saw Guide [VIDEO]

Saw Guides require precise control of water and oil. Here's a VIDEO showing how a Weyco Raymond Guide Lube system can be used to provide this precision control.
Saw Guides require precise control of water and oil. Here's a VIDEO showing how a Weyco Raymond Guide Lube system can be used to provide this precision control. The basic conce… http://sawguidesdirect.com/blog/2014/12/how-utilize-flow-meter-your-saw-guide-video/

How Thick is Your Oil? I Want Your Opinion

Remember Opa, my Grandpa? The reason I ask is because I remember him telling me the same thing I wrote about in my last article—“the day you quit learning, is the day you die.” So in this article I’m looking for some audience participation; what viscosity…
Remember Opa, my Grandpa? The reason I ask is because I remember him telling me the same thing I wrote about in my last article—“the day you quit learning, is the day you die.” So … http://sawguidesdirect.com/blog/2014/12/how-thick-your-oil-i-want-your-opinion/

Is 'Common Sense' Still Common?

Have you ever asked a really stupid question? Is there such a thing? I was brought up with the knowledge there are no stupid questions, only stupid answers. If you think about that for a while, you’ll understand that the person who was teaching me was do…
Have you ever asked a really stupid question? Is there such a thing? I was brought up with the knowledge there are no stupid questions, only stupid answers. If you think about tha… http://sawguidesdirect.com/blog/2014/10/common-sense-still-common/

Are Your Customers Progressive or Conservative?

Have you ever wondered why some things work great in certain places and fail in others? I have come to understand that when designing any type of lubrication system, the biggest obstacle we encounter isn’t always the machinery, but sometimes the customer …
Have you ever wondered why some things work great in certain places and fail in others? I have come to understand that when designing any type of lubrication system, the biggest ob… http://sawguidesdirect.com/blog/2014/09/are-your-customers-progressive-or-conservative/

The More Of A Gap The More Coolant You’ll Use

I’m hearing a lot of people talk about reducing the amount of coolant they use to cool their saws, it’s a real concern since the wetter the wood, the longer it takes to dry. These days it’s all about how quickly you ship the wood to the market. To get it …
I’m hearing a lot of people talk about reducing the amount of coolant they use to cool their saws, it’s a real concern since the wetter the wood, the longer it takes to dry. These… http://sawguidesdirect.com/blog/2014/09/more-gap-more-coolant-youll-use/

Gap Control Revisited

I was having lunch with a business acquaintance. We were talking about various issues that he saw in sawmills and during that conversation he said, “Did you know that many sawmills that I've visited have had to open up the gap between the sawguide and the…
I was having lunch with a business acquaintance. We were talking about various issues that he saw in sawmills and during that conversation he said, “Did you know that many sawmill… http://sawguidesdirect.com/blog/2014/08/gap-control-revisited/

Can Little Tweaks Make A Big Difference?

Remember the old days of carburetors? Did you ever get the notion to start making small adjustments to see if you could make it run better? Lube systems are the same way and if set-up correctly, they can save all kinds of money, downtime, grief and machin…
Remember the old days of carburetors? Did you ever get the notion to start making small adjustments to see if you could make it run better? Lube systems are the same way and if se… http://sawguidesdirect.com/blog/2014/07/can-little-tweaks-make-big-difference/

A Lubrication System That Works

Have you ever given thought to what goes on behind the scenes when you see a new product? The saw guide lubrication system we build is one of those products that’s almost an application or machine specific that people think is a “one size fits all” type o…
Have you ever given thought to what goes on behind the scenes when you see a new product? The saw guide lubrication system we build is one of those products that’s almost an applic… http://sawguidesdirect.com/blog/2014/07/lubrication-system-works/

Chain Lubrication and Canola Oil?

Whenever we are asked what we use to lube chains, we say, “oil.” It’s not a sarcastic answer it’s the truth. Some customers have used grease to lubricate chains and the results weren’t the best. Grease is a thixotropic medium; it has to be worked, in orde…
Whenever we are asked what we use to lube chains, we say, “oil.” It’s not a sarcastic answer it’s the truth. Some customers have used grease to lubricate chains and the results we… http://sawguidesdirect.com/blog/2014/06/chain-lubrication-and-canola-oil/

The Relationship Between Oil And Water

We recently commissioned a saw guide system for a customer and ran into some old school thinking.... The main reasons mills are trying to reduce water consumption in the saw guide systems are: To reduce the moisture content of the sawdust being supplied a…
We recently commissioned a saw guide system for a customer and ran into some old school thinking.... The main reasons mills are trying to reduce water consumption in the saw guide … http://sawguidesdirect.com/blog/2014/05/relationship-between-oil-and-water/

The Lubrication System Sweet Spot

I’m often asked how we reduce the water and oil that is needed to cool saws and lubricate guides with our saw guide systems, where others can’t. It’s a simple matter of physics.
I’m often asked how we reduce the water and oil that is needed to cool saws and lubricate guides with our saw guide systems, where others can’t. It’s a simple matter of physics. … http://sawguidesdirect.com/blog/2014/05/lubrication-system-sweet-spot/

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