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home made buzz/circle saw mill
« on: February 03, 2015, 08:45:53 AM »
so i was pondering last night how i wanted to make my own homemade mill. i was thinking of several different ways, and then i got the genius idea. why not use a circular blade? ive seen people say there under powered sometimes, so i got the idea to power it from my tractor.

basically, im going to use a basic 3pt hitch set up, with the drive shaft, and the gear box off of a bush hog. the buzz saw blade, would be on the end of the gear box.

anyone ever see anything like this? opinions?
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Re: home made buzz saw
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2015, 08:56:28 AM »
Just make sure the blade you plan to use is or can be set up for ripping.  Buzz saws blades are designed for cross cutting and probably won't rip well.  That may be fixable by adjusting the set and filing the teeth to the proper angle.

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Re: home made buzz saw
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2015, 09:12:13 AM »
You can't make a sawmill blade from a buzz saw blade, not even by changing the teeth. It don't work that way. There is much more to a circular sawmill blade than just the teeth.  I'd recommend reading Lunstrum's book Circular Sawmills and their efficient operation to get an understanding of circular sawmill theory.
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Re: home made buzz saw
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2015, 09:21:36 AM »
In Norway people had small buzz saws attached to the PTO of their tractors. I guess about a 15" blade or so. They just used them to cross cut small logs into firewood about 1' long. They would cut 3"-6" diameter birch mostly and drag to a landing, run them on conveyer rollers, cut to length, stack on a pallet and shrink wrap. They would split a 3" birch log 4 ways. They used small wood stoves in multiple rooms in the houses. Was pretty efficient but the unguarded buzz saw blades sure looked dangerous to me.

I never saw anyone use one to try to cut lumber. Good luck and be real careful.
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Re: home made buzz saw
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2015, 09:26:01 AM »
i didnt know there was a difference in a buzz saw blade and a sawmill blade. i would of course be using a sawmill one. this idea came to me after reading that people were using electric and gas engines for these and that "they are underpowered"
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Re: home made buzz saw
« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2015, 09:48:18 AM »
Are you wanting a circle mill or a buzz saw?? Can definitely help with a circle mill. Have an M14 Bell-saw, PTO powered that I will post in the for sale section if you are interested..

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Re: home made buzz saw
« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2015, 09:52:25 AM »
I have the same question as Remie.

Trying to follow which tangent ktowne is on now..  ;D
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Re: home made buzz saw
« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2015, 10:00:04 AM »
If I were into making a mill, home version, I would do some you tube searching, bout anything is possible, I will say, I too thought a buzz blade was for cross cuts, so the topic title is a bit misleading to me, you did mention circular saw blade so I reckon this is what you are starting with,  I say grab some iron, torches, a welder and get ready for some head scratching ;D
only have a few chain saws I'm not suppose to use, but will at times, one dog Dolly, pretty good dog, just not sure what for yet,  working on getting the gardening back in order, and kinda thinking on maybe a small bbq bizz,  thinking about it,

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Re: home made buzz saw
« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2015, 10:29:35 AM »
The bush hog gear box idea works well. I rigged one simular but I don't use it to cut wood, use it to chew up stumps. The blade guard is a deck off an old riding lawn mower. The hydraulic cylinder swings the blade side to side. Gear box and blade swivel to horizontal for brush clearing. Wouldn't be much trouble to set the blade in a slot in a table and use it to buzz saw wood.
 

  

 

 

 

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Re: home made buzz/mill saw
« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2015, 10:34:21 AM »
didnt know there was a difference. i am on a circle mill tangent  ;D. thanks guys
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Re: home made buzz saw
« Reply #10 on: February 03, 2015, 02:54:15 PM »
Are you wanting a circle mill or a buzz saw?? Can definitely help with a circle mill. Have an M14 Bell-saw, PTO powered that I will post in the for sale section if you are interested..
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Re: home made buzz/circle saw mill
« Reply #11 on: February 04, 2015, 10:24:35 AM »
Remle, i found some videos on youtube. it looks as if it has a hydraulic cylinder on it that pushes the logs back and forth? or it is a gear box with reverse that runs off the pto?
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Re: home made buzz/circle saw mill
« Reply #12 on: February 04, 2015, 11:02:50 AM »
Remle, i found some videos on youtube. it looks as if it has a hydraulic cylinder on it that pushes the logs back and forth? or it is a gear box with reverse that runs off the pto?
No hydraulic cylinder or gear box, just a cable wraps around the drive and out to pulleys at each end of the saw platform. Drive turns either way depending on which way the pulleys run top or bottom of the belt system.  Better yet Google "Belsaw Machinery Co.- Publications Reprints - M-14 Sawmill "  down load the free PDF manual for the saw and check out pg 29 ( 10/16 ) titled " Feed For Light Sawmills ".

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Re: home made buzz/circle saw mill
« Reply #13 on: February 04, 2015, 01:31:38 PM »
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Re: home made buzz/circle saw mill
« Reply #14 on: February 04, 2015, 05:13:16 PM »
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