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Offline WoodenHead

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Cutting large diameter logs down to size
« on: August 01, 2012, 04:06:58 pm »
I'm looking for some white pine to fill some orders, but the only logs available to me right now are 36" to 48" in diameter.  That's certainly more than my mill can handle (LT28).  I was wondering if there is an economical way to quarter the logs into more manageable pieces.

Most of the loggers around here are telling me it isn't worth it to cut pine right now.  Pine prices are low so without the pulp market (most softwood pulp mills are closed or closing) they are finding it better to leave the trees standing. 

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Re: Cutting large diameter logs down to size
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2012, 04:18:10 pm »
Most people will just take a good chainsaw and quarter the log.

It's a lot of extra work, but you gain a lot of produce too.
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Re: Cutting large diameter logs down to size
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2012, 04:30:40 pm »
You might consider bringing in someone with a swing mill, they can cut large logs.

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Re: Cutting large diameter logs down to size
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2012, 06:45:01 pm »
This is the way I do it. If you don't want the trouble bring them down to me. I love the biguns.

 
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Re: Cutting large diameter logs down to size
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2012, 08:51:06 pm »
Myself I don't mess with those big-uns but if I did I'd take a chainsaw and take off four slabs to a size that would fit on the mill.All your really loosing is the slab,but their a bear to roll. Frank C.
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Re: Cutting large diameter logs down to size
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2012, 10:21:02 pm »
Here's one way to attack it. Of course you will need lots of room around it.

If you see a steam in the background you already know you'r dealing with people like me... There's no telling what is going on.

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Re: Cutting large diameter logs down to size
« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2012, 01:19:08 am »
You done that in Left Oregon and homeland Suc would have y in prison before you had next bowel movement
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Re: Cutting large diameter logs down to size
« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2012, 01:43:56 am »
 :D Guess that's a good reason to stay right of left! JK but my mind was saying how this could have gone wrong mabey I should get out more! wonderful job over all did notice tamp a few times must be the key word  8)
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Re: Cutting large diameter logs down to size
« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2012, 02:46:18 am »
Y'all need to spend more time on youtube... :D There are a number of videos of log splitting with black powder... Do a search on "anvil shooting." the Myth Busters crew did a TV show about that...... Fun with energetic materials. ;D
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Re: Cutting large diameter logs down to size
« Reply #9 on: August 02, 2012, 06:49:05 am »
This is something I do all the time.  I take a large bar and cut the length of the log either to the pith or very close to the pith.  Then pick it up with a forklift or back hoe or something and drop it.  If possible, try to drop it on the side that hasnt been cut through.  You might have to drop 2-3 times but it will split and then be manageable.  You will still get wide boards and its the easiest method for splitting and the safest.

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Re: Cutting large diameter logs down to size
« Reply #10 on: August 02, 2012, 08:05:30 am »
For each bandmill there is a" largest practical size"wile you may excede it slightly it will cost you massive amounts of time.Myself 30" big end is it,I loose money going larger.There is always the great white whale,but he comes at a price. Frank C.
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Re: Cutting large diameter logs down to size
« Reply #11 on: August 02, 2012, 04:01:38 pm »
There is always the great white whale,but he comes at a price. Frank C.

I think I'm going to post this quote in my shop where all potential customers can see it. 

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Re: Cutting large diameter logs down to size
« Reply #12 on: August 02, 2012, 08:52:45 pm »
Hound,have at it, no copyright.Here's anouther "fast,cheap,and easy are seductive sirens, its a rare man that does not court their pleasures" Frank C.
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