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Building my mill...
« on: April 17, 2015, 07:04:07 pm »
Learning as I go. I worked at Grizzly Tools in Muncy Pa. and I did some welding for them for my two bandsaw blade wheels. I pretty much had all the steel I needed execpt for a small chunk of 30mm round rod I needed for the bandsaw wheels. I'm not sure what engine I'm useing yet. I got my eye on one thats listed at an auction tommorow. My carrage is going to be motor driven. I got room for a 30" log 18 feet long on the mill. I have my own machine and weld shop. I also have a woodwork shop and thats why I want a mill. Right now I'm tired of welding... I think I'll take a few days off.

 

 

  
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Re: Building my mill...
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2015, 08:39:37 pm »
Thanks for posting and I am hoping for more pictures as you go.
Good luck
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« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2015, 06:13:54 am »
Working on it every day...

  

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« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2015, 06:16:14 am »
Adjustment...

 
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« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2015, 06:17:30 am »
What sawmill? I'm too busy looking at the wall with the wheels on it and as my wife would say,all the other junk.  :D Looks like my place.  ;D
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« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2015, 09:03:05 am »
That's a lot of progress for someone who was going to "take a few days off".  Too bad you had to ruin it with all that new steel  :laugh:.

It appears that your sawhead is suspended by the winch cable through the pulleys at the top of the masts.  I think you may have trouble keeping the sawhead perfectly parallel to the bunks as you crank it up/down.  But then again, I've never built a bandmill so what do I know. :)
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« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2015, 06:44:23 pm »
All the steel was used... I just cleaned it up....
I got real lucky today at an auction.
I got the 13 hp Honda engine that I wanted for the mill for $150.00
Then  bid on what looked like a real of bandsaw blade band...
I was going to try to make my own blades but cutting the lenght I need and silversolder it together.
I won that bid for $15.00.
After I got it home and opened it up I found it was already made in to 153" blades.There was 7 of them and they fit my saw. Now whats the chances of that...
On Wednesday when I checked everything out the bandsaw blades had no rust.
So they are a whole lot better than they look.


 

 

 

 
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« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2015, 06:52:23 pm »
Posting pictures here sure is tough...
For the best of me I could not get it to show two pictures..

And then 2 min later it shows up... Hummm...
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« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2015, 07:13:05 pm »
With all the weight on the cables I dont think it's going to move.
I bet there is around 200 lbs at least on the masts.
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« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2015, 08:16:53 pm »
Were the band wheels from a Grizzly saw? If so what model? Are you using 1 1/4 width blades? Looking good on the build.
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Re: Building my mill...
« Reply #10 on: April 18, 2015, 09:58:59 pm »
Kbeitz, Keep up the great work. Looks like you're having a lot of fun. It gives a person a feeling of satisfaction to build something rather than buying it ready made. I'm just finishing up my band mill that I've built mostly out of repurposed steel.
Seeing as you have built a lot of things, you know what I'm talking about.  Good luck on all your foraging.
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« Reply #11 on: April 18, 2015, 11:40:11 pm »
Were the band wheels from a Grizzly saw? If so what model? Are you using 1 1/4 width blades? Looking good on the build.

Yep off the model  #G0701 5 hp Industral bandsaw. Im useing both 1-1/2 and the 1-1/4" blades.

 

 
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Re: Building my mill...
« Reply #12 on: April 19, 2015, 12:12:24 am »
Looks good! 
All those bands need is a few squirts of wd40 or ATF and they are good to go. Good luck and keep us posted

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« Reply #13 on: April 19, 2015, 01:02:13 am »
Much better than I could ever do.  I'm curious about your log loading plans.  If you use ramps, it looks like those fenders would get in the way.

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« Reply #14 on: April 19, 2015, 05:59:39 am »
Much better than I could ever do.  I'm curious about your log loading plans.  If you use ramps, it looks like those fenders would get in the way.

I'm hoping to make my ramp curved.
Or I see some builders make there fenders removable.
They kinda slide on place using square tubbing.
I also thought about making a log lifter...
All this will take another dream night to process.
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« Reply #15 on: April 19, 2015, 07:37:39 am »
I should have asked in the previous post. What is the diameter and width of the wheels?
Any idea what the cost is from Grizzly on the wheels?
Thanks
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« Reply #16 on: April 19, 2015, 10:05:52 am »
I should have asked in the previous post. What is the diameter and width of the wheels?
Any idea what the cost is from Grizzly on the wheels?
Thanks
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« Reply #17 on: April 19, 2015, 04:23:06 pm »
I made a bandsaw blade clamp and repaired my first blade today.
I'm happy with the way it turned out...
I need to take a better picture of the weld job.
This picture makes it look bad...
Repaired with silversolder.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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« Reply #18 on: April 19, 2015, 04:34:41 pm »
Made the engine plate today and I got it welded to the carrage and the engine bolted fast... Break time....


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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« Reply #19 on: April 19, 2015, 04:41:48 pm »
Well yes you did, and in fine style!!   :o   :)
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