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Offline ayerwood

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Gonna build a concrete slab for my Lucas...
« on: April 10, 2013, 01:11:18 pm »
 I am going to put in a reinforced concrete slab for my Lucas as it mostly mills at home rather than being mobile too often.  I still have a few issues to straighten out like anchoring/bracing to prevent movement. I am thinking of making the slab twice as wide as the mill setup so I am able to move the sawdust easily with my FEL into a bin.  It will also have extra length on the offload end for room to stack and sticker.  I am thinking around 20x50 ft. 

Anybody done something similar or have a concern about this setup?  Will the long term vibration on concrete put extra wear on the mill or the "feet"?  Maybe I would get some kind of heavy duty rubber matting to put under the end pieces.  Thanks.


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Re: Gonna build a concrete slab for my Lucas...
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2013, 06:52:37 pm »
I just set my mill under a roof last year. I notice a large accumulation of saw dust that I wish I could push over an edge  into a loader to get rid of.  i like the idea of a concrete floor.  Maybe a few, lots, of anchors set in the concrete in many locations so you can fasten the legs and supports to . Or you can drill them in after you pour the concrete.   20 x 50 is a good size to start with. ;D ;D
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Re: Gonna build a concrete slab for my Lucas...
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2013, 10:11:09 am »
Ayerwood, how did the concrete slab turn out?
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Re: Gonna build a concrete slab for my Lucas...
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2014, 08:37:46 pm »
Ayerwood, I also am curious how your concrete pour went and wether you anchored your mill or not. Im currently building my dream barn with a dedicated area for my mill. I would be interested in how things are working out for you.

Would also be interested in other Lucas mill operators and your setups on concrete etc. thanks in advance.
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Re: Gonna build a concrete slab for my Lucas...
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2014, 03:01:38 am »
Hello ET and Seaman,

Unfortunately I have too many irons in the fire.  Since starting the build of my new shop, and putting a lot of my time into that, the mill shed project has been pushed back.  I currently have my mill running in the warehouse.  Although I'm loving it, this is only temporary.  The mill shed probably won't be started until spring.  I have thought of some anchoring ideas though.  Even on the warehouse pad, I get movement on the concrete from all the vibration.  Not a lot, but it does move. I am thinking of using pieces of u channel anchored in the concrete pad at different spacings for the Lucas' "feet" to slide into.  I am thinking two sets, maybe 3, so I will be able to put on my extensions and stretch when needed.  And I will definitely have plenty of extra space on the sawdust side so it can be easily loaded and moved.  I may even elevate to push sawdust into nearby bin(s) with my FEL.  ET...Hope all is going well with your new shop.  Also, I may have missed it, but do you have a thread started for your barn build?

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Re: Gonna build a concrete slab for my Lucas...
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2014, 08:27:59 am »
No I have not started one yet. Im too busy watching the crew. Ive been taking lots of pics and would need to take an entire day to organize. Their is a problem with the trusses (poor wood used) cracked webs and chords lengthwise, boards with worm holes, and maybe 30% chords and webs are slab boards with rounded corners the entire length of the board. Plus lots of large knots. The manufacturer rep coming today at noon. I would welcome anyones advise on thos type wood pcs being used in a truss. By the way they are 60 feet long each. Ernie
Lucas 1030, Slabber attachment, Husky 550XP, Ford 555B hoe, Blaze King Ultra, Vermeer chipper, 70 acres with 40 acres Woods.