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Author Topic: LT40 Mods...Phase I complete (pics)  (Read 3605 times)

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Offline Ga Mtn Man

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Re: LT40 Mods...Phase I complete (pics)
« Reply #60 on: July 13, 2017, 05:58:23 pm »
You do some first-class fab word D6c.  What are you using to cut out the parts?
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Re: LT40 Mods...Phase I complete (pics)
« Reply #61 on: July 13, 2017, 11:16:06 pm »
Looking good!

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Re: LT40 Mods...Phase I complete (pics)
« Reply #62 on: July 14, 2017, 08:57:48 am »
You do some first-class fab word D6c.  What are you using to cut out the parts?

I have a some equipment in the corner of my shop...lathe, bridgeport, drill press, vertical saw, & surface grinder.  It's been king of nice to do a little machine work on this project.  I don't get a chance to keep my skills up like I used to and it's amazing how rusty you get after a while.

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Re: LT40 Mods...Phase I complete (pics)
« Reply #63 on: July 17, 2017, 06:51:02 am »
Heads up thinking there on the roller placement.I've been sawing a lot of 8' logs and the front toe roller doesn't catch the log.
D6c has that covered by mounting both of his toe boards on the inside.  The rest of us have to remember to always load short (8') logs "butt to the front".   ;D
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Re: LT40 Mods...Phase I complete (pics)
« Reply #64 on: July 17, 2017, 05:13:49 pm »
I'm down to figuring out how I want to modify the side supports....lengthening the arms and adding rollers.
With raising the bed 2" the supports are a little short at about 7 1/4" above the rails.

How tall is WM building them these days?  Any thoughts on how tall I should make them?
I made a couple of slip-in extensions a while back that added 6" so if I use them they'd be around 12 1/4"

 

 


Since the supports are square tubing, I was thinking of adding a single roller on the top instead of the 2-roller arrangement I seen WM using.  Any reason why one roller won't work?

Here's what I had in mind.....
 

 


I've got all the linkage for the side supports and toe boards put together.
 

 
In case it looks like everything has gone exactly to plan...it didn't.  I made a error in measuring the center to center length of the side support cylinder.  Had it about an inch shorter than it actually is, which made the mounting bracket too long.
Not a disaster.....just had to cut an inch or so out of the middle of the bracket and weld it back together.
 

  

  

 
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Re: LT40 Mods...Phase I complete (pics)
« Reply #65 on: July 17, 2017, 06:57:41 pm »
They are 11" above the bed to the tip.  Longer would be better but I'm sure you're aware that the ones on your mill aren't built as stout as newer mills, so that should be a consideration when going long.
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Re: LT40 Mods...Phase I complete (pics)
« Reply #66 on: July 17, 2017, 07:54:40 pm »
They are 11" above the bed to the tip.  Longer would be better but I'm sure you're aware that the ones on your mill aren't built as stout as newer mills, so that should be a consideration when going long.

Thanks....I'll probably stick to about that height.  The adjustment brackets aren't real strong and I may end up having to build heavier ones if I can't keep it in adjustment.
Spent half the afternoon adjusting the side supports.  Kind of a tedious job getting them all straight & square.  Had to weld up the end of one of the pipes to get it to line up with the others.  It had been cut a little short on the end that mounts to the main frame tube.

The pipes that the side supports pivot on look to be just sch. 40 pipe and aren't very round.  It always caused a problem with getting the tension set right.  Too loose in one spot & too tight in another.
I put the supports in the mill and "bored" the outside of the pipe to make them truly round on the end.  MUCH better now....nice even tension all the way up & down.   :)

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Re: LT40 Mods...Phase I complete (pics)
« Reply #67 on: July 17, 2017, 08:33:33 pm »
On my mill, with the sawhead height scale set on 11" the blade will "just" clear the uprights
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