Sunday I finally lined up some downed trees to mill, normally around here everything gets bucked to length before I get to it. In this case it was a 22" diameter yellow (tulip) poplar that I wanted to turn into siding for the fort I'm building the kids. Tree was at this cool house in the woods just outside the beltway, I've been there before for firewood. Initial plan was to use the small log mill with my "new" used Makita with the stock 64cc top end, a new 24" bar, and my one and only 24" loop of Woodland Pro ripping chain. I've used and filed this chain many times without any problems, but this time it just won't cut. So I sharpen it, it seems better for about half a board, and again it won't cut. I sharpen again, same thing. I'm sharpening with the Pferd unit that also takes down the rakers. At this point I wonder if the problem is somehow the cheapo bar on the Makita, so I switch to the 455 which has a better quality bar and which I've used to mill before. Nothing. So finally I give up and switch to the new 30" bar and chain I got for the makita to use when my new Panthermill (double-clamp Alaskan style mill) arrives. After that, the makita cut through that poplar like butter. I can't wait to see how it goes after I upgrade to 84cc. I would have thought 30" was way to much for the small log mill to handle without a ton of droop, but it really wasn't any worse than the 24". Good to know. I think the moral of the story is that I apparently still can't hand file worth a damn, although I've been hand-filing this chain up to now without issue. I don't know if the problem is uneven left-right filing, or maybe the Pferd unit isn't getting the rakers down enough. I'm going to check the rakers and put it on the grinder before I head back next weekend. I'm afraid I didn't think to bring my own camera, these two small photos were snapped by the homeowner. I don't actually mill bent over like that, it was right at the end of the cut and I was pulling the saw out. (I had been kneeling, which doesn't bother me.) The other pic he wanted me to pose with my "trophy". I got 14 slabs around 66" x 18-22" x 3/4", some ring shake but nothing I can't cut around.