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Post Oakie
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I generally use tongs on my front end loader to load the sawmill. They work fine, but don't always have a good hold of the log, and I have dropped a couple, so stay out from under the log. I tried Norwood's grapple tongs when I was up for their open house, and was impressed with the positive grip.

logbuilder
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I built four set of the Norwood style grapples and find them really strong.

eddiemac
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Wow, papow, some creative solutions there.  And thanks for the picture of a sawdust chute  -   one of these days I'm gonna get around to doing that.  The jack looks like it will work good but might be heavy.  I've had no problems simply using a two-ton bottle jack set on a block (as long as the log is well situated between the dogs and posts).

Bill
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Looks like your really having fun making mods. keep them coming always nice to see new ideas.

Bill

Post Oakie
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Nice mods on your sawmill.  The clamp looks like a great solution to getting that last 1" board, and linking the stops looks like it will save you a lot of work!  Thank you for posting them!  Some day, I'm going to have an overhead crane like yours.

papow22
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THESE COMENTED PIC'S ARE OTHER PEOPLES CONTENT THAT I GOTTEN OFF THE NET IN DIFFERENT PLACES,THESE ARE "NOT" MY 'IDEAS'.

THANKS AGAIN. 

Kids who hunt fish and trap,DON'T mug little old ladys.Plus this one also =I'M
PRO-CHOISE...I CHOOSE to hunt,fish,TRAP,eat meat & wear fur.Also work my lm2000,Also my L775 new holland skid steer,D65 Komatsu,Hough100,m5 tractor,

Bill
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Here's a couple things I've done. I quess I could mention Oakie when I'm cutting down to 1" boards once I get down to 5 or 6" I never dog them the weight of the boards on top holds them in place. Here's my toe board contraption.

This is my method of a moveable bunk for short logs.

I made a mill extension so I could cut to 21' so made this extra log post.

And here's some home made tongs.

Bill

 

 

eddiemac
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Bill, I intend to copy your moveable bunk one of these days.  Toe board is brilliant.

papow22
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THE CRANE IDEA WAS , NOT SURE BUT I THINK IT FROM B.C. OR SWEDEN NOT TO SURE SO MANY PLACE SO BUSY COPY CAT EVERYWHERE I GO .laugh

Kids who hunt fish and trap,DON'T mug little old ladys.Plus this one also =I'M
PRO-CHOISE...I CHOOSE to hunt,fish,TRAP,eat meat & wear fur.Also work my lm2000,Also my L775 new holland skid steer,D65 Komatsu,Hough100,m5 tractor,

papow22
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ONCE I MOVE TO WHERE I'M GOING TO STAY MY SHED WILL BE SOMEWHAT SIMILIAR  heart yes

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DIY ROLLER SOMEONE MADE AND I COPIED THE IDEA TO HERE  surprise

 

DIFFERENT IDEA 4 A LOG CLAMP IN NEXT 4 PICS  yes  enlightened    yes

 

 

 

 

 DIFERENT IDEAS FOR LEVELERS FOR SAWMILL cheeky

 

SAWMILL LEVELERS   cool

 

WELL FOLKS THAT ALL wink

TILL NEXT TIME  I FIND SOME MORE IDEAS  HOPE TO NOT OFFEND ANY ONE    laugh

Kids who hunt fish and trap,DON'T mug little old ladys.Plus this one also =I'M
PRO-CHOISE...I CHOOSE to hunt,fish,TRAP,eat meat & wear fur.Also work my lm2000,Also my L775 new holland skid steer,D65 Komatsu,Hough100,m5 tractor,

logbuilder
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I user rollers to act as blade guides and prevent the blade from jumping over the back stop

 

op.

Post Oakie
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I can't imagine anyone would be offended.  I'd love it if someone liked an idea of mine enough to share on the web.  Doesn't matter, as long as it helps out a fellow sawyer.  Nice ideas for movable clamps & the toe roller.

papow22
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I know but HOW FOLLOW suit ???????...

Kids who hunt fish and trap,DON'T mug little old ladys.Plus this one also =I'M
PRO-CHOISE...I CHOOSE to hunt,fish,TRAP,eat meat & wear fur.Also work my lm2000,Also my L775 new holland skid steer,D65 Komatsu,Hough100,m5 tractor,

Bill
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Good for you Eddie it came in handy today cutting 10' 1x6 . I put it at the end of the log so I had something to measure center from as theres no bunk at 10'.

  Bill

papow22
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Sorry about the pop rivits,with this Macbook Pro I enlarged this pic and it seems to be "metal screws" holding this side that is seen.     ????

Kids who hunt fish and trap,DON'T mug little old ladys.Plus this one also =I'M
PRO-CHOISE...I CHOOSE to hunt,fish,TRAP,eat meat & wear fur.Also work my lm2000,Also my L775 new holland skid steer,D65 Komatsu,Hough100,m5 tractor,

papow22
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e-e-e-w-w-w-!!!!,look below the chute on the floor beside the stick,looks like some D.N.A. or is paint.????.

Kids who hunt fish and trap,DON'T mug little old ladys.Plus this one also =I'M
PRO-CHOISE...I CHOOSE to hunt,fish,TRAP,eat meat & wear fur.Also work my lm2000,Also my L775 new holland skid steer,D65 Komatsu,Hough100,m5 tractor,

sawwood
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We have the Mark 4 mill and it will only cut a 16" wide cut. I watched a youtube of a 2000 mill and the the blade guide arm on the adjustment side was angled out

to the wheel. It looked like it may have added 2" more to the cut. Have any one seen this and is that some one mods ? I am going to check our mill next time i am

out there to see if i could make one. Would like to have a wider cut.

 

Sawwood

eddiemac
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The standard blade guide arm on my LM2000 is angled back approximately 10 degrees, giving an extra 1.25 inches to the throat opening.

Daffyd
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This is not exactly a mod, but I believe something like this is important as some people don't recognize the danger.  Once I had a fellow trying to pick off a board with his head in line with the sawdust shute.  This os manadtory for everyone who shows up while I am milling to see.

 

Dave

papow22
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If my printer would be working I'd put this @ the exit on each side of the sawdust chute to show the danger.

 

Kids who hunt fish and trap,DON'T mug little old ladys.Plus this one also =I'M
PRO-CHOISE...I CHOOSE to hunt,fish,TRAP,eat meat & wear fur.Also work my lm2000,Also my L775 new holland skid steer,D65 Komatsu,Hough100,m5 tractor,

papow22
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FUTURE SHIGLE MILL OPERATOR 

shingle1-1.jpg.html

DIY SHINGLE MILL

shingle2-1.jpg.html

 

shingle3-1.jpg.html

 

shingle4.jpg.html

 

shingle3.jpg.html

 

shingle2.jpg.html

HAVING TROUBLES WITH MY SERVER TODAY GOING IN TO TOWN AND GONNA GET A NEW SERVER TOMORROW.I COPIED THESE OFF THE FORESTRY FORMUM ALSO,ANOTHER HAD MADE A LOG TURNER BUT TO AVAIL ,NO PIC'S.

Kids who hunt fish and trap,DON'T mug little old ladys.Plus this one also =I'M
PRO-CHOISE...I CHOOSE to hunt,fish,TRAP,eat meat & wear fur.Also work my lm2000,Also my L775 new holland skid steer,D65 Komatsu,Hough100,m5 tractor,

papow22
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FUTURE SHIGLE MILL OPERATOR 

shingle1-1.jpg.html

DIY SHINGLE MILL

shingle2-1.jpg.html

 

shingle3-1.jpg.html

 

shingle4.jpg.html

 

shingle3.jpg.html

 

shingle2.jpg.html

HAVING TROUBLES WITH MY SERVER TODAY GOING IN TO TOWN AND GONNA GET A NEW SERVER TOMORROW.I COPIED THESE OFF THE FORESTRY FORMUM ALSO,ANOTHER HAD MADE A LOG TURNER BUT TO AVAIL ,NO PIC'S.ALSO I HAVE NO NEED FOR SHINGLES FOR A TIN WORKS BEST .TOO MUCH WIND HERE.

Kids who hunt fish and trap,DON'T mug little old ladys.Plus this one also =I'M
PRO-CHOISE...I CHOOSE to hunt,fish,TRAP,eat meat & wear fur.Also work my lm2000,Also my L775 new holland skid steer,D65 Komatsu,Hough100,m5 tractor,

Daffyd
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Here are a couple of mods I put on my MKIV to reduce the buildup of debris on the blade ande guide rollers.

I've used these for sometime and they do help keep the rollers clean.  I built the blade scraper to withstand a hit by a broken blade (not tested yet).  There is a tab on the back of the scraper that is not visible in the photo to prevent the blade teeth from contacting the scraper should they move past the flange on the roller Guide.

Dave

 

 

logbuilder
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I don't get hardly any dabrie on my roller guide ,but I seeit accuminlating on the upper part of the saw blade. Have to stop cutting and get my small paint scraper out to clean the harden saw dust off.

Bill
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Nice Mods David thank you for posting.

Bill

papow22
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Well evertime I pen up the Mac laptop there is another great bandsaw mod which is really great.   yes yes

Kids who hunt fish and trap,DON'T mug little old ladys.Plus this one also =I'M
PRO-CHOISE...I CHOOSE to hunt,fish,TRAP,eat meat & wear fur.Also work my lm2000,Also my L775 new holland skid steer,D65 Komatsu,Hough100,m5 tractor,

Post Oakie
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Papow, I can't think of a better addition to a mill than an enthusiastic young one.  It will spark his interest in the world around him and create lasting memories for both of you (and keep you young, to boot)!  The shingle maker is cool, too.  Any chance of posting a video to YouTube?

Dave, I've never had one break and try to come out the end, but that must be a real attention-getter.  People never cease to amaze me with their lack of common sense when it comes to working around machines.  You'd think that they would know to keep out of the line of cutting, but I have to keep reminding them.  It would be a good decal for Norwood to put on their mills.  I think making the sawdust deflector out of heavy gauge metal would reduce the risk somewhat.

The log stops on the MX34 sawmill don't go down far enough to cut a 1-1/8" board on the final cut, so I cut about 1/4" off the shoulder of the stop so it would drop down a little more.  So far, no problems, and once it is all the way down, I can cut with confidence that I won't cut into it (again).

papow22
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AS I SAID BE-4 AND SAY IT AGAIN (dboyt)=Post Oakie I ONLY COPIED THESE IDEAS FROM DIFFERENT PLACES AND THE KID HOLDING THE SCRAP WOOD IS FROM A PHOTO THAT YOU SEEN ON THE FORESTRY FORUM THANKS.

 

Kids who hunt fish and trap,DON'T mug little old ladys.Plus this one also =I'M
PRO-CHOISE...I CHOOSE to hunt,fish,TRAP,eat meat & wear fur.Also work my lm2000,Also my L775 new holland skid steer,D65 Komatsu,Hough100,m5 tractor,

Post Oakie
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Still, it serves as a good reminder to share the experience of running the sawmill with others, when possible.  I look forward to introducing my 4 year old grandson to the joys of milling and running a chain saw, but mamma thinks he's a bit young.

By the way, if you look closely at post #16, you'll see that the second track bolt (far left, under the carriage) is turned upside down from the instructions.  Except for the first bolt, I put them all in this way.  It gives a little more clearance between the wheels and the bolts, and sawdust doesn't accumulate around the rounded head as much.

Bill
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Oakie your grandson may be a little young for the chain saw and mill ( I'll bet he doesn't think so) but he can help operate the tractor laugh.

  Bill

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