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Adding a laser
« on: November 25, 2017, 02:12:51 pm »
Has anyone added a laser to their sawmill and if so can you share your experience and pictures?
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Re: Adding a laser
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2017, 02:31:46 pm »
I have added the factory Woodmizer laser kit way back in 05. The stock laser is pretty much useless as it donít  have enough hormones to light up the blade path unless itís dark. I snagged a more powerful one ant itís much better. Some say the green ones are better. They are a time saver extraordinaire especially when cutting smaller logs.
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Re: Adding a laser
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2017, 04:59:31 pm »
I tried it...It's so hard to find a place to mount it out of the way
and after you do mount it one little bump and it will need relined.
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Re: Adding a laser
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2017, 05:13:17 pm »
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Re: Adding a laser
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2017, 05:19:27 pm »
In my construction experience with single and multi plane style lasers I would have to agree with what Percy said. The green lasers seem to show up better in most lighting conditions but when working in full daylight both the red or green ones I've been around have very limited working distances.

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Re: Adding a laser
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2017, 07:02:47 pm »
Save your $$$ and train your eye to see where to cut, Your eye will work in all light. :)
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Re: Adding a laser
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2017, 07:37:58 pm »
Have two, both burned out and I won't buy anymore unless they get real cheap. I do have a shadow lite over the fixed blade on the edger. This is dependable and you turn it off when your done. The draw back is you can't have any sun lite in the mill building. Some times I make a crayon mark at the end of the plank at the shadow line before I let it go in [the edger] and hand guide it to make sure I get a straight cut. [ I edge 2, 2  1/2  and  3 inch hard wood often that will be used rough  not resawn .

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Re: Adding a laser
« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2017, 09:15:20 am »
I added lasers to the edger and mill. On the edger I would never run with out them, on the mill my success has been so so. I purchased red for the mill and wish I would have gotten the green. Mounted the laser under the dust shoot and powered the laser with a series of 9 volt batteries. Everything works well early or late in the day, not so well in bright light.
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Re: Adding a laser
« Reply #8 on: November 27, 2017, 05:26:55 pm »
I have tested laser on my bandsaw mill. First I have to remind all about the risk for your eyes. In most mills the laser beam is in the same level as childrens eyes. For that reason it can be good to just light up the laser for each moment you need it.
A way to use an auto leveling laser at the mill is like this: Set up the laser on a tripod on the right side of the mill, with a posibillty to eysy raise and lower the laser. When a log is loaded on the mill, use the laser to adjust the log to the best position for the first cut. With a mark/line outside the saw, in the same level as the blade, you can then move the saw up or down so the mark will hit the the laser beam and then make the first cut.
That way is kind to the laser. No vibrations from the saw will destroy the laser. In my opinion the laser is very good, just to assist you to make the first cut right.

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Re: Adding a laser
« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2017, 11:06:35 pm »
You might want to look at the apinex 50 mw line generator laser in green, I mounted one on my mill in 2016, still going strong, a few points needed addressing when adapting it to the mill, but it works great. Be careful though, at 50 mw it is visible in all but direct sunlight but will do damage to eyes. Probably the most useful mod I made to my old Timber Harvester mill.

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Re: Adding a laser
« Reply #10 on: November 27, 2017, 11:50:20 pm »
I have a red laser that I have never attempted to mount because I only use my mill outside during daylight hours doing mostly portable milling. If I ever get a saw shed built then maybe, however by that time my eye should be pretty well trained and the laser might just stay on the shelf.
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Re: Adding a laser
« Reply #11 on: November 28, 2017, 01:31:09 am »
At the risk of sounding dumber than a smoldering stump, what exactly do you use a laser mounted on a mill for?
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Re: Adding a laser
« Reply #12 on: November 28, 2017, 06:16:18 am »
At the risk of sounding dumber than a smoldering stump, what exactly do you use a laser mounted on a mill for?

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Re: Adding a laser
« Reply #13 on: November 28, 2017, 07:06:02 am »
If a laser is mounted on the mill and properly aligned, and bright enough, it will show the path that the band will travel!

Speeds things up a little, especially leveling the log and watching out for sawmill parts!
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Re: Adding a laser
« Reply #14 on: November 28, 2017, 07:30:26 am »
If a laser is mounted on the mill and properly aligned, and bright enough, it will show the path that the band will travel!

Speeds things up a little, especially leveling the log and watching out for sawmill parts!


Thanks for that I was wondering myself. So the laser is aligned with the blade to show a line on the log where the blade will cut. I can see how that could be useful on the first cut. I am a fair weather miller probably won't work for me, I have a Harbor freight free with any purchase tape measure that gets me by.
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Re: Adding a laser
« Reply #15 on: November 28, 2017, 07:44:15 am »
Lasers seem to work best if you are in a building, sunlight will wash them out. I have a good one mounted overhead for my circular saw. Pointing down it poses little threat to eyes. If a fella does a lot of milling your eye is just as good and faster. For the occasional sawyer they help. Po boy laser get a cheap laser level that will pivot with the dot lined up with the band. I can't see them being a great advantage on a band mill. Frank C.
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Re: Adding a laser
« Reply #16 on: November 28, 2017, 08:48:58 am »
I find it's most useful when leveling the pith, I try to always set the log with small end towards the head, raise the head to match the pith of the far end and use the toe board to raise the small end to the laser line to match it. Secondly, it's great to determine the opening cut to assure it will yield a board of your target width, and lastly it will reflect off the stops, to make sure they are low enough to prevent a strike.

It just gives someone anal like me who always questions if "it's right on" a visual cue to confirm the blades path, someday I'll have my eye calibrated well enough not to need the crutch, but I'm not there yet.

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Re: Adding a laser
« Reply #17 on: November 28, 2017, 09:12:21 am »
Ive had mine forever and when it did die, I went without for a couple years. I missed it. Where I found the laser especially helpful was with smaller logs where a difference of 1/4 inch blade height could make the difference between getting 3 pieces of 2x6 x16 instead of just 2. Also, I have a remote LT70 with 26 foot capacity.  Alot of walking to determine wether the blade is going to stay in the log on at that slight kink at the 18 foot mark.....unless you are using the laser.

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Re: Adding a laser
« Reply #18 on: November 28, 2017, 08:06:35 pm »
I have a laser on my mill. IMO it has no down side. It definitely helps in log leveling. I don't do any measuring unless I have logs that I am centering the pitch on. I still edge on my mill and that is where the laser really speeds things up.
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Re: Adding a laser
« Reply #19 on: November 30, 2017, 03:16:53 am »
You might want to look at the apinex 50 mw line generator laser in green...
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