Log Wizard Debarking Tool, Model# LogW-4000
Purchased this product to peel logs and notch sill plates for building turnpikes and bridges on Forest Service dirt bike trails. It is many times faster than hand peeling logs. Recommend using a small saw and at least a 16" bar. Buy a separate bar and punch holes in it to attach the head. The head is adjustable so I wouldn't get too carried away with sizing. The tool is extremely efficient. We used to hand peel with draw knives - never again. We peeled two 40 ft logs, two 10 footers and 4 six footers in about 3 hours. Never going back to draw knife and never building trails without the log wizzard. Caution is advised as you focus on the head and may lose track of the fact it is still a chain saw. We are moving to a chain with no teeth as when we fell trees, we swap to a conventional bar and chain. Consider purchasing spare knives while you sharpen others. Overall, a great tool, efficient, effective and a massive time saver.
August 21, 2014
Great tool - custom handle makes it better
Used one of these at a sawmill to remove bark from the edge of large planks of lumber, and loved it.
I also purchased one for home use. Overall, it's a great tool, but there are a couple things to note.
1) No handle. It is much easier to control if you weld or bolt a handle sticking off the left side. Be careful though, this puts you closer to the chain. A shroud might be a good idea.
2) Needs more detail on chain selection. It recommends a 16" bar and one size up chain. There are actually different length chains for the same length bar, depending on how tall the bar is, brand, model etc. You have to look at # of links too (also pay attention to thickness of chain). Instead of guessing, take the whole saw into a farm supply store and see if they will let you fit it there.
Be careful not to get too long of one, or it will come off easily. The drive sprocket should be just in front of the end of the bar.
3) I prefer a small chainsaw for use with this. It's easier to control than a large one.
4) I recommend getting a 2nd bar (or saw), so it's easier to change. It gets in the way for some tasks.
I haven't tried it on a full log yet, so I can't speak to that.
February 6, 2014
Great tool - beats a draw knife
I peeled seven huge cedar logs to use in my home. This tool was the ticket! Others have said that a drawknife is faster - I wonder if they had the chainsaw running? Really, this makes a fine planed finish and short work of peeling a big log. I left the finish as-is, only used a sander in some tight spots. Drawknife left a worse finish, so I tossed it back in the toolbox.
December 30, 2012
I had wanted a log wizard for quite a while. I have used them to peel porch rails and half log stairs. I always finish up with a draw knife for a more hand done look, but the wizard gets me there faster. It sure saves on the old elbows.
October 9, 2012
The ability to debark wood as fast as it does.It is very versatile.I use it for debarking logs for the sawmill or debarking rustic furniture logs and for name logs.It is very easy to use.Especially on an average sized chainsaw.I would recommend it to anyone.My brother saw me using one and he liked it so well he also bought one.
March 21, 2011
This thing works sort of. I can do more quicker with my draw knife. I have worked on a log cabin in the past
the owner would have not allowed me to use this but I though I would give it a try I don't think it is worth the
October 23, 2009
I had one this log wizards but it got stolen. I bought another one to replace the older one. This new one is a little more dangerous to operate than the previous model, yet still very usefull and efficient.
I have used it for many different jobs including simulating the irregular edge of a plank of wood that has been mill only on two sides. this leaves the edges with the outline shape of the tree trunck that it came from.
The new model is more versatile since it has less protecting cover over the cutting blades, which also makes it more subject ot kick-bak.
January 16, 2008