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Gang Rip Saws8/18
My company is looking to bring our lumber ripping in house so we need to buy a new gang rip system. I got stuck with the job of researching and choosing which saw to buy for our company and could use some advice. After doing some research I have found a few companies that fit what we are looking for. Obviously we want the most bang for our buck but when it gets down to the nitty gritty details I’m trying to figure out things like, what machine is going to last the longest with the least amount of repairs, and what company is going to provide the best assistance when a problem arises? We will need to rip about 9,000 board feet of 4/4 surfaced lumber each day. Any advice would be very helpful, thanks!
In my opinion you have 2 choices. Either Mereen Johnson or Raimann by Weinig.
Anything else you look at will be made in China, at least new machines, and if you're spending this much money it's not the time to cheap out, at least that's the way I look at it.
I think you also need to consider an indeed system for the saw with a scanner that measures the board and sets the blades for ripping.
Now after having written that last paragraph, I am talking about a moving blade gang rip, not a fixed arbor.
After I did my research, I chose an MJ. It's been a solid machine and the factory has stood behind it. There is no doubt either that Weinig would stand behind their's also, they are legendary for their service.
One of the factors that led me choose the MJ was the cost of a chain rebuild. It's a fraction of the price because of the way their's is built. But I'm sure the Raimann would last plenty long.
At 9000' a day an MJ with the Tracker indeed would do you just fine.
This will at least get the conversation going and give you something to start to consider.
I also have experience with a Mereen Johnson dip chain gang rip. It is solid and dependable and will work at full tilt all day and never break a sweat. We had a motor bearing go bad at first start up, and had 2 replacements the next morning, with a tech cell number to help us get it replaced. We started it up a couple of hours later, and it ran for years with no problem.
It depends upon what you are ripping for. We ripped for molding blanks, and had 2-3 saw sleeves built up and stored on a cart to take up to the saw and exchange sleeves. We also had a pretty elaborate laser and cable system set up since we were pocket ripping for selective widths.
Dave and David,
The beauty of the moving blade gang rip is that you don't need to have saw sleeves built up to get your rips. You just put them into the cutlist at the saw and the scanners will read the board and the blades can move to the position they need to be in to obtain the rips.
I'm ripping for glue lines not moulder blanks, and we're coming right off the saw into an RF glue press with perfect results.
You should look at the scmi M3 gang rip, you can get it with a 60hp motor and it's made in Italy.
We ran a SCMI before getting our MJ. No comparison in saws. The MJ is a great saw and will run day and night. The inserts in the chain are easily replaced if the blades are lowered too far.