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Author Topic: This might be too big!  (Read 8443 times)

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Re: This might be too big!
« Reply #20 on: October 18, 2006, 04:56:28 pm »
With an ATS you could bolt a 6x4 'shelf' onto each end and sit the mill on that, no need to mod the mill or the log then.
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Re: This might be too big!
« Reply #21 on: October 18, 2006, 05:03:22 pm »


I made some cuts to put a 20 ton bottle jack in the butt end.



Cut the length of the log on one side.



Then the other side.




Pumped the jack a while. Made a couple good pops so we knew something was happening.



Opening up nicely.



A little help from the machine.




Now I can lift the pieces and move them onto the mill.
My mill can move side to side 48 inches + 7 inches depth of cut for the blade, so I can mill flat 55 inches wide. The log is wider so I may be trimming it up with a chainsaw once on the mill.
Don't worry I'll get you guys some pics when milling it up in the next few days.
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Re: This might be too big!
« Reply #22 on: October 18, 2006, 05:07:36 pm »
I can't wait ta see what's in there...... ;D ;D ;D
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Re: This might be too big!
« Reply #23 on: October 18, 2006, 05:55:03 pm »
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Re: This might be too big!
« Reply #24 on: October 18, 2006, 09:01:37 pm »



Hey Dangerous Dan, your location is given as Northeast, would that by any chance be Northeast MD. If so you are not to far from me. Lester
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Re: This might be too big!
« Reply #25 on: October 18, 2006, 09:45:53 pm »
If I didn't know he was from Jersey, I would swear he was a Swamp Yankee...

(don't worry Dan, it's a compliment)

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Re: This might be too big!
« Reply #26 on: October 18, 2006, 10:02:15 pm »
How could he take it any other way. :)
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Re: This might be too big!
« Reply #27 on: October 19, 2006, 09:40:29 am »
I was raised to believe at “Yankee” in any term was a 4 letter word. :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

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Re: This might be too big!
« Reply #28 on: October 19, 2006, 10:14:31 am »
where in jersey?
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Re: This might be too big!
« Reply #29 on: October 19, 2006, 11:41:04 am »
Nice to have some heavy equipment around. Excellent pictures :-)

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Re: This might be too big!
« Reply #30 on: October 19, 2006, 05:41:37 pm »
I'm in Northern Central Jersey.
I got a question for the Peterson and Lucas guys.
What is the widest log you can mill?
In other words how far does the saw carrage go left to right?
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Re: This might be too big!
« Reply #31 on: October 19, 2006, 06:25:09 pm »
Any size on my 827. as long as the log is shorter than 16 feet is what they say, but  I think if you move you're up-rights to the ends of the main rails, and extensions at each end you could get it to about 19 feet long, any width. If it is wider than 60" than you just block the mill up. The blade cuts down below the level of the rails, so you may need to move the whole mill side to side to cut a very large log. 61" is the largest I've milled, but I hope I get a chance for a really big one one day. Too bad I didn't have the mill a few years back when a friend of mine fell a 114" sugarpine.  ??? There is word that another guy  I know, may get to fall a Sugar pine that is about 130"

One more note,  If I were to mill that log into lumber only, and take no slabs, I would have trimmed the flair off. If the small end was 55", well that is all you're gonna get any way. The nice thing about splitting it as you did, is you'll get some live edge slabs.

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Re: This might be too big!
« Reply #32 on: October 19, 2006, 09:39:33 pm »
I've only helped mill up one big log.  I helped with a 62" diameter log with a peterson.  it was a hassle. Ga_Boy could give more specifics, I get a bit hazy in working the the swingblades. my brain doesn't work that way.

if you are too far on the left side, you can't edge the first boards, if you are too far to the right, you can't drop down for the next row after you start to get to the wider portion of the log.

A log that big, I'd suggest hacking it down with a chainsaw until you can saw up the chunks, be it quartered, or cut down into a big square.
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Re: This might be too big!
« Reply #33 on: October 19, 2006, 10:05:14 pm »
I belive what solodan was saying was that as you work your way across the log, you can slide the whole mill sideways as well.

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Re: This might be too big!
« Reply #34 on: October 20, 2006, 12:40:33 am »
Thanks for the interpretation Furby. :D ;)

Yes, that is what I meant. ;D

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Re: This might be too big!
« Reply #35 on: October 20, 2006, 05:42:24 am »
Dan, my WPF is a small frame, it truly has a 51" capacity from the hub of the blade when all the way left in horizontal, to the outside of the blade all the way right in vertical.  If I cut a 48" log, for example, I have to place it correctly in the mill and the boards off the left in the widest part of the log are unedged.

To saw larger (up to about 64" on my mill)  I setup on 2 long, parallel beams and block up from there to get to the top of the log, and slide the mill left and right as others have mentioned to get the whole log cut. 

I can't quote you the exact dimension capabilities of a large frame WPF or ATS (they would be the same) however.  Because of the hassle, I'm scheming a large frame to drop in the center unit on the big boys.

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Re: This might be too big!
« Reply #36 on: October 20, 2006, 06:29:01 am »
I'd say Mark's saw would saw a "little" bigger, but that's about it, without having to slide the saw sideways.

getting all of those bunks level so you can slide left or right would be a real hassle.

we had to block up Mark's saw to get it to do what it did, then we had to build a platform to stand on to get to the top of the log.



it's also a real feat to get the saw up on the frame for a log that big too.
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Re: This might be too big!
« Reply #37 on: October 20, 2006, 03:45:51 pm »
 :D You earned your pay for today D_Dan  :-X :o 8)

Pre-commercial thinning pays off. :)

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