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Offline Bandmill Bandit

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Re: Useful sawmill mods
« Reply #1280 on: September 20, 2016, 10:26:21 pm »
My last 2 FAOs getting done now.

 

 

No paint yet on this one. Will get a pic when painted and one of installed in place.
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Re: Useful sawmill mods
« Reply #1281 on: September 21, 2016, 12:15:42 pm »
Real easy to fix worn woodmizer brake bands. I just glued a piece of 2 inch wide leather belt on top of the worn lining. From one of my belts that had somehow shrunk in length  ::) Leather makes a nice friction surface...

They don't make leather like they used to.  My belts shrink a lot faster now than they did 30 years ago.   :o
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Re: Useful sawmill mods
« Reply #1282 on: September 21, 2016, 02:31:29 pm »
Real easy to fix worn woodmizer brake bands. I just glued a piece of 2 inch wide leather belt on top of the worn lining. From one of my belts that had somehow shrunk in length  ::) Leather makes a nice friction surface...

They don't make leather like they used to.  My belts shrink a lot faster now than they did 30 years ago.   :o

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Re: Useful sawmill mods
« Reply #1283 on: September 21, 2016, 07:46:43 pm »
These are the 2 middle FAO installs.



 
FAO pieces ready for paint.

 

 

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Re: Useful sawmill mods
« Reply #1284 on: September 21, 2016, 08:01:12 pm »
Very nice. 8) 8) 8)
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Re: Useful sawmill mods
« Reply #1285 on: November 13, 2016, 08:52:41 pm »
   

This afternoon I tinkered with adding a diesel drip to our LT-28.  Sometimes when sawing live oak or heart pine, the blade gets gummed up if we do not spray it with diesel.  A diesel drip should be a lot more efficient than using a spray bottle.  I have not tried it yet in a cut but the flow can be adjusted from nothing to a stream and anything in between.  The tubing deposits the fuel on the blade tips.  If it does not do adequately, I will make a mount to add a blade wipe.
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Re: Useful sawmill mods
« Reply #1286 on: November 13, 2016, 08:57:39 pm »
caveman,good idea. I have 2 shut offs on mine. One to turn it off and on and one to adjust the drip. And I do mean a SLOW DRIP.  ;)
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« Reply #1287 on: November 14, 2016, 05:25:33 am »
you can tell anyone who asks its for when your blade gets sick gotta give it medicine lol lol
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Re: Useful sawmill mods
« Reply #1288 on: November 14, 2016, 06:15:45 am »
Caveman,

   Thx for the timely posting. I just posted questions about blade cleaning and admit I have been resistant to using the diesel trick but my next job is sticky fresh cut WP so I may change my mind. My DIL is a nurse and my daughter works at a hospital so either or both should be able to get me an IV drip bag for such a set up. How do you fill the bag BTW? Do you have to inject it in there somehow?
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Re: Useful sawmill mods
« Reply #1289 on: November 14, 2016, 06:26:43 am »
These are the 2 middle FAO installs.



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FAO pieces ready for paint.

 

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Were did you buy those jacks at? Great improvement for the foot print. 8)

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Re: Useful sawmill mods
« Reply #1290 on: November 14, 2016, 10:13:30 am »
I got them from Iron works industries in Manitoba.

http://www.ironworksindustries.com/jacks-direct.html

I used the 5K ones. If I had to do it again I would order the inner jack parts and make my own exterior tube. The last 2 I did that as those 2 need some form factor mods that i couldnt do with the OEM tubes.

Those jacks work extremely well.   
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Re: Useful sawmill mods
« Reply #1291 on: November 14, 2016, 12:48:01 pm »
you can tell anyone who asks its for when your blade gets sick gotta give it medicine lol lol
Well, I considered taking a large syringe and a needle to withdraw some diesel from our squirt bottle and inject it into the iv bag but decided for the prototype that cutting a small hole in the top corner of the bag would be adequate to pour diesel into the bag from the spray bottle that normally hangs on the other side of the mill by the clutch handle.  I may add a clothes pin to keep the corner folded shut.  This thing is as simple as a rock but should do the job.  I may hang a bag from the left side of the mill with the diesel tube zip tied to the water lube tube just to make opening and closing the flow valve more convenient.

Last week when sawing live oak, the blade would get residue on it regardless of how much water/soap we used and the resulting boards were coated with powdery sawdust.  When cutting with no water and an occasional spray from the diesel bottle the blade stayed clean and the resulting boards were laser flat with very little sawdust adhering to them. 
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Re: Useful sawmill mods
« Reply #1292 on: November 27, 2016, 11:26:49 pm »
I've got a WM drag back table, and never liked the way boards slammed into the rollers on the return stroke.  I also don't like the open side on the operator side, so that I had no protection if a board started coming off the table toward my leg.  After studying it awhile, I decided to make a few changes.  ;D

First, I ground most of the welds off underside of the dragback table, to loosen up the table plates.  Then I hammered one side of them them down, so they would be at an angle, instead of flat, and would ramp up to meet the rollers.

This is a view from underneath. 


I then re-welded everything back together.  Here is a picture from the side showing how the table plates are now angled up to meet the rollers.  This lets the boards easily slide and no more thunk thunk thunk, from roller to roller, beating up my mill return motor.   


Finally, I added a side guard and flipper plate down the length of the inside of the table to make sure I never get a board retuned back into my thigh.  I cut the leading edge at a angle, so that it will force errant boards back to the table.  It works great now. 




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« Reply #1293 on: November 27, 2016, 11:29:49 pm »
Hey that's new, what happened to the wood table?  Looks good.
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« Reply #1294 on: December 30, 2016, 10:15:06 pm »
I'm sorry so slow to reply but just figuring out how to do this site.  I do love however.  To answer some questions now, I need to be able to cut irregular logs square every time.  Therefore I need a saw aligned with mill.  Since quality is everything then tearout from a chain saw blade is unacceptable.  Also, I plan big, if I am to manufacture many homes the process needs to be just that, a process that workers can perform with little training at a high professional level safely.  Lastly, I think fine tooth steel blades hand cranked up and down will work.  I hope.
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« Reply #1295 on: December 31, 2016, 10:36:06 am »
Welcome to the Forestry Forum, Scott!
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Re: Useful sawmill mods
« Reply #1296 on: March 20, 2017, 08:42:26 pm »
After losing the water jug vent cap more times than I can remember, I modified the jug with a thumb screw.

First, I went to the hardware store and picked up a 5/16-18 thumb screw.



Second, I used a 5/16-18 tap to make threads inside the existing vent hole.



Third, I drilled a 3/16 hole on the top of the threads next to the base of the jug.



Screw the thumb screw all the way in during transport or partially out when using the water lube. I haven't lost a thumb screw yet and they are easier to find than the caps.

I also added another valve inline to adjust the water flow. Now, after getting the proper flow rate that I want, I just turn the top valve on or off as needed.



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Re: Useful sawmill mods
« Reply #1297 on: March 20, 2017, 09:45:05 pm »
Did you get a plumbing permit?  :D

I like it....good idea.
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Re: Useful sawmill mods
« Reply #1298 on: April 05, 2017, 10:29:08 am »
 

 
First job with improved out feed table. The leg extensions come out and the leg pockets fold flat against the table. There is about 6 inches of adjustment for the legs at 1/2" increments. Table top in lowest setting is 26" and the highest is 32.5 inches

The short one on the mill is getting a re work at the moment. May put a powered roller on the short one. Will post more pics when done.
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