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Saw Filing 101 profile: WFP’s centralized filing room

What is a company to do when skilled sawfilers are hard to come by, but the demand for them has increased? Western Forest Products has developed a central filing room at their Saltair division in Ladysmith, B.C., to combat this problem. CFI gets an inside look.

A training curriculum for sawfilers by sawfilers

Simonds International (now Wood Fiber Group) has developed a training program for sawfilers, focused on working with cross-functional teams at the mill and integrating some elements of lean manufacturing.

Saw Filing 101 profile: Weyerhaeuser Drayton Valley

Keeping Weyerhaeuser’s Drayton Valley, Alta., mill supplied with saws that can handle whatever nature throws at them and still produce a perfect board is what head filer Serge Lacoste and his crew excel at. Their skill is not surprising, with a staggering 140 years of saw filing experience divided between five certified filers.
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Closing the gender gap: one-on-one with saw filing apprentice Sara Davies

Saw filing is “just not a very recognized trade,” says Sara Davies, a ticketed circular saw filer with Spray Lake Sawmills in Cochrane, Alta. But she wants to change that by raising more awareness about the trade, encouraging more women to get involved in saw filing, and advocating for increased support for underrepresented groups. » Learn more...
Saw Filing 101

Saw Filing 101: Saws and steel

With the current shortage of steel and workers, along with supply chain issues, many mills are finding the current lead time for new saws quite the challenge. As a result, many mills are turning to seasoned, well-trained filers to keep the mills running with their existing saws. » Learn more...

Saw Filing 101: It’s all about the tooth

“To have the best running circle saws, a near perfect tooth is required. And today, a perfect tooth is attainable in every way – perfectly square on the face and top (unless alternate beveled) and perfect side clearance to the thousandths from top to bottom and front to back of the tooth,” writes CFI’s Saw Filing 101 columnist Paul Smith. » Read more...

Tips and tricks to achieve saw filing success

In a column from 2020, experienced saw filer Josh Penner discusses teaching someone how to read the tire position, tension and back length of a band saw. » Read more...

An in-depth look at the development and benefits of arbor splines

When it comes to saw filing, understanding the benefits of arbor splines is critical. Promac Group's Vito Vallese provides an overview. » Read more...

BC Saw Filers Association Convention

Date: May 26-28, 2022
Location: Kamloops, B.C.
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Elmia Wood 2022

Date: June 2-4, 2022
Location: Jonkoping, Sweden
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DEMO International 2022

Date: Sept. 22-24, 2022
Location: Ottawa/Gatineau
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