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Saw mill
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Lazy Al    Posted 08-29-2003 at 06:37:54       [Reply]  [No Email]

Met this guy a year or so ago and was talking to him about his saw mill he built . He told me I could take some measurments and pictures of it.
so I did and I have been putting it together for the last three weeks off and on . I had that old Wisconsin motor so you'd have to figure that in but I have less than $500 in it . Can cut logs up to 16 feet and Boards as thin as 1/4 inch anyway.
The band runs on those junk spare tires .and I cut the beads off a third one and welded it on the one on the right to make a pulley to drive it . Set it up so I can take the bucket of the tractor and lift it up and bring it back and forth to the barn .

Hal/WA    Posted 08-29-2003 at 14:21:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Pretty neat! My brother has a bandsaw mill that he bought last year that has much in common with your design. His uses a fairly large Honda engine, a track system about 2 feet off the ground, variable automatic feed with a carriage that will cut both directions and electricly operated log dogs that will also turn the log. It is really fast and will handle 16 foot logs with ease. It is also the quietest sawmill I have ever been around. My brother extended the tracks so he can run the carriage into a small building at the end he built to store it out of the weather.

Of course my brother has a LOT more money in his mill than you do. I applaude your ingenuity. How do you adjust depth of cut? His mill has an electric adjustment. It, like most of the mechanics of the saw is controlled with electric screw jacks and the Honda engine provides the electricity. The saw will produce very accurate rough lumber and wastes little of the log as sawdust, as the saw kerf is very thin.

I don't know how well a bandsaw mill would work without blade lubrication. My brother's mill uses the cheapest hand dishwashing soap he can find, diluted about 25 to 1. The liquid cools and lubricates the blade and probably makes blades last a lot longer. The blades themselves are common bandsaw mill blades that he can get locally at a reasonable price. He has broken a couple of blades learning how to use the saw (one when he tried to cut with the smooth side of the blade! Hopefully never again...). Maybe the broken blades can be welded.

My brother lives on a mountain in North Idaho and has lots of mature fir and pine trees, as well as some cedar. He has retired from his desk job and is in the process of building a house and barns on his land. He always wanted to live and work in the woods and where he is the taxes are low. When he started the house, he had someone else come in with a mill to do much of the framing lumber and beams, but it was quite expensive. He decided that he could buy the new mill and come out pretty well. He hopes to eventually be able to sell some boards, but for now is using all he makes.

Good luck with your mill. Making lumber from logs will always be hard work, but having a good tool sure makes it a lot easier.

Lazy Al    Posted 08-29-2003 at 16:19:44       [Reply]  [No Email]

Thanks for all the nice coments I had fun putting it together I can't take all credit ,because I had one to copy .
To answer Dale's Question I'll have to see if I need lubrication and Would probably use soap and water . You kow that PB blaster cuts the pitch on saw blades pretty good .
This is a basic mill and has no fancy stuff on it
you push it through the log and drag it back . You raise and lower the deck with two acme rods that are hooked together with a chain , Since I took this picture I removed the little steering wheel and made two cranks , one for each side that is used to turn the rod . Welded a 7/16 nut to the acme nut and bolted it the the deck . Six turns of the crank moves it up or down one inch .
I have 30 acres of woods with lots of pine ,maple and ash in it so I can be as busy as I want.
I was thinking of putting the track on an old house trailer frame but went this way for now .
I can bring the logs to this spot with the tractor . I think my first project will be cut some pine and sticker it till spring then run it thru a planer and tongue & groove it. Then line the cieling in my shop . I'm sure I'll have some neighbors comming around wanting to cut some boards for hay wagon racks .
I can get blades for $16 so I got seven of them for starters , I 'll see how they last

Les...fortunate    Posted 08-29-2003 at 12:21:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's pretty ingenious! I worked in a band sawmill from 1975 to 1983.

toolman    Posted 08-29-2003 at 11:28:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
nice job al , im sure it will come in handy many times over.

Dale    Posted 08-29-2003 at 06:45:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
You running oil or dish soap to lubricate the blade?

Les    Posted 08-29-2003 at 12:23:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Shouldn't be no need to "lubricate" the blade (as you call it). If there is, it might need a little more swage and probly ain't runnin that good anyway.

Dale    Posted 08-30-2003 at 02:25:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
You run a bandsaw like that all day, it'll heat up fast if you don't keep some oil on it once in a while, then you'll go through a lot of bands. That's why they put oilers on them, but if you use dish soap instead, it works just as well, cheaper, and it doesn't stain the wood.

Les    Posted 08-30-2003 at 05:04:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Must be something to do with it being horizontal. I worked for many years in a band mill (see above post) and there was never any need to put anything on them.

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