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Re: Buick-Powered Sawmills
« Reply #20 on: December 04, 2017, 05:38:40 pm »
wow all that would be a real barn find.

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« Reply #21 on: December 04, 2017, 11:48:59 pm »
I remember riding in a Pontiac as a vary young boy and my mother complaining that it burned too much gas. It was probably about the same age as the Buick pictured by kbietz. I don't know for sure that it had the straight 8 but I'm guessing that it did.
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« Reply #22 on: December 05, 2017, 08:39:05 am »
If you really want gasoline engine torque find an old Walkeshaw (sp) 6 cylinder they were common in fire apparatus and some in old cranes and shovels. They are torky but will eat you out of house and home. Frank C.
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« Reply #23 on: December 05, 2017, 07:46:12 pm »
My dads first saw mill was a circle mill powered by a straight 8 Buick.  Had a 3 speed transmission behind it that was wired to stay in first gear. Shaft off the transmission had a flat belt pulley on it.  Had a governor on it which we could not get to work so dad ran a cable from the engine to a pedal below the stick.  Sawed many a load of ties and pallet lumber on the old mill, all with the straight 8 powering it.  Only problem I remember was when an ant clogged the carb.  Shame we didn't have a video camera to record it at work.

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« Reply #24 on: December 05, 2017, 08:10:56 pm »
Spelled Waukesha, not Walkeshaw. Named after the city in Wisconsin. (Sorry, had to correct that bandmiller, I'm a cheesehead).  :)
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« Reply #25 on: December 05, 2017, 08:59:46 pm »
No offence taken mate, I was just too lazy to look it up. Today there are really no big gasoline engines today. I had a 1959 White dump truck with a flathead gas engine that would have done yeomen duty on a mill but I was too cheap to feed it. Frank C.
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« Reply #26 on: December 05, 2017, 10:15:58 pm »
Ran my 54" circle mill with an inline 292 Chevy engine for a year or so. Found a 2 stroke turbo charged 471 Detroit and never regretted the change.
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« Reply #27 on: December 06, 2017, 05:08:29 am »
In the little podunk town of Harrod Ohio I grew up in the local hardwood mill originally used a big Allis-Chalmers in line 4 cylinder power unit .It was not a tractor engine ,much larger .That thing would really roar  going through a big oak log .It was later replaced with a 75 HP three phase electric motor .
Chevy 292 and Ford 300's were hardy engines used in a lot of power applications also Ford 429 V8's .

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« Reply #28 on: December 06, 2017, 05:13:24 am »
The most odd mill I ever saw was in Roundhead Ohio .It used a D2 Caterpillar belted up .That crawler had never left that mill until the mill was  scrapped out,never pulled a plow just used for power .The tracks etc looked brand new .Sadly the guy who  bought the crawler let it sit in a woods to rust up .Might still be there as far as I know .

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« Reply #29 on: December 06, 2017, 07:46:24 am »
I have a couple straight 6's out of jeeps that I bet would make great sawmill power plants. I think they are both 258's but they are torque monsters. If I was going to setup a stationary setup it may be worth using. Right now they are just sitting. anyone want them? :)
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« Reply #30 on: December 06, 2017, 01:07:44 pm »
Any body run a v6 gmc  [gas] from the sixties ?

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« Reply #31 on: December 06, 2017, 03:04:46 pm »
GMC in the '60s had a V-12 as well. All were truck engines so probably were torque monsters.

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« Reply #32 on: December 06, 2017, 04:24:36 pm »
They called that V12 gasser a twin 6 .That monster was 702 cubic inches .Must have had pistons the size of a coffee can . :D

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« Reply #33 on: December 06, 2017, 04:30:47 pm »
GMC also had a 503 in line 6 .It was used on fire trucks among other things .It was claimed to have more low end torque than a 427 V8 .Those huge gasoline engines fell out of grace with diesels .You couldn't afford to run those big gassers today .

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« Reply #34 on: December 06, 2017, 05:03:50 pm »
This rod had TWO 12 cylinders engines in it...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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« Reply #35 on: December 06, 2017, 05:25:47 pm »
I do not recall ever seeing the v 12 gas rigs in a truck, I have seen them on wells. The logger I haul for still has a buzzin dozen in a log truck. The thing is hard to feed though.
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« Reply #36 on: December 06, 2017, 09:38:42 pm »
My 1971 Jeep CJ5 has a v6 made my GM.  225 CI odd fire.  That thing has a 32 lb. flywheel and tons of low end torque.  It would make a lousy sawmill engine though because by time you get the rpm up to where the horse power is, the torque drops way off.
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« Reply #37 on: December 06, 2017, 10:31:35 pm »
The V6 GMC's came out early 60's under the idea they had the low end torque of an inline 6 with the RPMs of a V8 .They didn't .They had big bearings and lots of torque but not like an inline .They certainly liked gasoline though .You have to remember the time period .

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« Reply #38 on: December 06, 2017, 11:02:50 pm »
I have a 401 magnum with just over 500 miles on a complete overhaul . it is in a cabover jimmy with a sandblasting rig on the back .  And a half tank of ga...varnish now .

Kb I like your old Buick , I bought a 37Pontiac that was black . One day I took it to the carwash droped in my quarter and started spraying . all of a sudden something big and black flew through the air .  About 20 quarters later I drove away with a tan Pontiac.
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« Reply #39 on: December 08, 2017, 05:36:10 pm »
D.P.  An820 diesel on the sawmill; I'm jealous.