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Post Oakie
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Yep, never too young for that.  Same tractor that his dad learned on when he was that age, & same tractor I learned on when I that age!  Four generations on that old 8N, and all I know of that anyone has done to it was putting in new spark plugs.  I bet it even had the original engine oil in it when it got passed down to me!  Right now, the kids enjoy playing in the sawdust.

rrozier
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Hello All,

 

First post ever, been a ML26 owner for about 9 months. Bought the mill for personal use, hobby per say. I have a 4'x4' CNC machine and found it's difficult to find thick stock to make stuff with so I decided to make my own. 

I noticed this was a modification thread so I will throw my hat in the ring. I was at tractor supply and noticed a 24''x12'' piece of sheet metal and figured I could make me a dust chute because I hate when I saw and that stuff flied right back in my face. Tested it this weekend and it actually turned out to work pretty well. First time I have ever worked with sheet metal.....

My second mod was building my own trailer from some old Metal building I beams, did this right after I assembled the mill.

 

few pics.

 

 

Post Oakie
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Rrozier, beautiful work  That sawdust chute should really help. It seems that no matter how I have the mill turned, the wind always blows sawdust in my face.  Outstanding work on the trailer, too.  Looks like it gives the mill plenty of support.  Do you make signs with your router?

rrozier
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Yes I make all sorts of things with my CNC machine. Right now my biggest selling item is the three letter monograms that my wife sells and I must say that I have probably have cut 100 in the last few months. the Ladies love these things, I cannot make then fast enough.  I make signs, wooden monograms, picture frames, 3d wooden carved items......the list goes on. I will post a few links to some of my work here in a few minutes.

 

Another mod that I made which cannot be seen from the current pictures and a 5,000lb wench attachment for rolling logs onto my mill.  I have two steel 7' legs that let down and on the other side of my mill I have a 3 foot swing arm that swings out and locks allowinf me to streatch the winch cable out to the log and parbuckle the log right up my legs onto the bed. I mounted this to the I beams that are part of the trailer. When not in use this arm swings inward and locks to the I beam frame while I travel down the road.  this modification is very convienent and fast loading logs onto the mill for processing.

rrozier
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here is a link to a few things I have created on my CNC machine. I have hundreds of pictures but I just grabbed the first 10-12 pics and put them into an album until I can all of them uploaded.

 

http://s1105.photobucket.com/user/msdeltaguy/slideshow/cnc-woodworking%20album

 

 

Post Oakie
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Nice work!  Enjoyed looking at the signs & carvings.  I'd love to get a CNC carver-- looks like a it would be a great tool and a potential money maker!

rrozier
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here are a few other mods I did yesterday and have a couple im going to finish today.  I moved my toolbox to the back of my homemade trailer because I an planning on adding a detachable 4' extension to the from of the trailer when stationary.

 

The other Mod I did was mount a 15 gallon tank to the back of the frame below the tracks, complete with a garden hose nozzel sh I can fill a bucket up the fill my wanter tank up on the mill.   Hope all enjot the modes and I appreciate comments and suggestions. I'm always trying to make my mill better and accessorized as much as possible

here are the pics:

 

Greenthumb
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Dido wow papow you have some welding talent great ideas with your chain hoist  also .That sure does get the wheels turning . Thanks Greenthumb 

Post Oakie
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Norwood Facebook page shows a solar battery charger.  I've had one on my riding mower for years, but it never occured to put one on the sawmill.  If it saves one battery, it pays for itself.

Greenthumb
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rrozier.  Greenthumb  here  what do you think of your ML26  I'm still undecided  which mill I should go with I would like to mill my own lumber to make table stock 16 to 20 inches wide and about 10 feet long  . 

 

 

rrozier
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I have the 13hp honda on my ML26 and I sliced some 20'' x2'' red oak the other day and it worked out just fine. I did have to go slow being that I was cutting a slap that large byt my mill handled it just fine. I had to be real carefull and get everything lined up just right because a slap that size is pushing the limits of my machine

Bill
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Greenthumb if your going to be sawing trees large enough for 20" slabs go big a 20" cut takes power and the larger mill will handle it.

Greenthumb
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Thanks bill the more I think about it the more I lean towards the LM 2000 that should do just fine thanks . 

Post Oakie
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Looks like the #1 modification is sawdust management.  I'm always aggrivated by sawdust blowing in my face, but never think to do anything about it when I'm not sawing.  I bent a piece of 1/8" aluminum plate and attached it to the sawdust chute, then put a jeans leg over it to direct the sawdust down.  Looks like it will work just fine, so next step is more permanent attachments.

Bill
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Dave looks like you taken a few pointers from Red Green smiley and it looks like it will do the job. Not thinking of something you'd like done untill your busy doing something else sounds like my story.

Bill

Post Oakie
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Yep, Red Green is my hero.  Some day I hope to build a log splitter like his-- it would probably work better than the one I've got!

eddiemac
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Here's pics of some minor modifications to a LM2000:

Not really a mod, here's a chart I refer to when cutting structural lumber (3/8" under thickness and 1/4" under width) attached to the blade shroud:

Here's a modification to the optional depth-of-cut ruler (drilled on backside and red to indicate 1" and 1 3/4" scale):

Bill
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TY for posting Eddie I installed rubber bumpers and marked my scale with a permanent marker as well but never thought to post for others good thinking smiley.

  Bill

papow22
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Hope this helpful for "DEEPWOODS" on the forestry forum and the other idea from I fergot who, But the fire extinquister mounted close at  hand on the mill helps also.But PLEASE REMEMBER I only copied these ideas to help you guys out here.For I found them else to only copy here.

http://s1088.photobucket.com/user/papow22/story/12433

 

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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Papow22, a good idea is a good idea, even if someone else thought of it.   Need to get one for the sawmill & for the truck both.  Could probably do with a first aid kit of some sort, as well.  Thanks for posting!

papow22
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SAWMILL INSURANCE    laugh Love this on the gate smiley.

SAWDUST CHUTE idea that's a guy called "Happy Camper",Just another idea that I just copied off the net.Well if it works use it,Don't abuse it.

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,

swampbuggy
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Did a little "upgrade" to make starting a little easier. Dan
http://youtu.be/6G6UBMa7t3I

Bill
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TY for posting that Dan always nice to see new innovative ideas.

Bill

Post Oakie
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Dan, I like it, but will look into moving the entire ignition switch to the frame. It looks like you have an hour-meter attached to the sawmill. That's a good idea, too. I replaced the hand winch with an electric winch and deep cycle battery. It makes life a LOT easier.

swampbuggy
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Danve, I thought about and look into moving the switch to the frame but I opted for the easier method. I saw your posting on the winch and I do know that it makes it a lot easier. I have a new toy so the winch is not so needed when at my shop, just for road trips.
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swampbuggy
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This is my latest "mod". I had to repair all the hydraulic cylinders before it would lift a thing but boy, does it lift now!

Post Oakie
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Now that's what I call a hydraulic option! Do you use it to pull logs out of the woods, too?

swampbuggy
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Dave, I could, its a four-wheel-drive machine. But I don't cut down logs in the woods everything gets delivered to me so it works out well. You are correct. The ultimate hydraulic option

Bill
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That's a beauty Dan 4wd is a big plus with fork lifts. Looks like you'll be able to stack your lumber 20' high.

Bill

Post Oakie
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Looks like a dandy pile of cherry on those forks. It'll also come in handy for picking up one end of that shed behind it so you can slip a few block under the low side :}.

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