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Bandsaw Mills / Band rolling
« Last post by bandmiller2 on September 19, 2017, 11:53:30 PM »
Are any of you sawmilling studs using a Cooks band roller to flatten the bands. Some claim its valuable others claim its unnecessary. I built my bandmill in the mid eighties and lived happily never worrying about rolling bands to flatten them. I'am running 19" belted wheels with 1 1/2" bands. I sharpen the bands on my Cats Claw about a dozen times. When the bands reach 1 1/4" they start to dive. They have ether started to curve or I've ground down the hardened section of the tooth. Just wondering if I could squeeze a few more board feet out by rolling them. Jeeze  guys Kirk has given us a forum where we can "live free" we should be using it more. Frank C.
Safety Is #1 / Insect stings to neck
« Last post by HarryVanderpool on September 10, 2017, 11:45:11 AM »
Liz and I were cutting firewood and a very small insect was bopping her around the neck area.
Next day she had itchy bumps on the left side of her neck.
Seemed weird to me.
Then, The same thing happened to me!!!
Now I have itchy bumps on left side of neck.!!?????
This is NOT mosquito.
More like a tiny wasp.
Anyone have this experience in the woods?
What is it?
Bandsaw Mills / Log pile getting smaller
« Last post by Kirk Allen on August 26, 2017, 01:11:52 PM »
I will work on getting some pics up this week, I hope, as I know it didn't happen if you dont have pics. 

Over the last several months I have been banging out about 3-400 BF a day on the mill, as time permits, and getting the log piles cleaned up. 

I had some piles that had sat for years as they were of no real value to me.  Turns out, one of those piles was filled with several walnuts I forgot about and a couple whopper white oaks.  The Walnut was dry as could be.  I have never seen sawdust so dry, and dusty!  LOL

I got some nice 20ft white oak boards that I now have to figure out where to stack them.  See what happens when you clean up a log pile?  Fix one mess and create another! 

Anyway, the goal is to get the telephone pole pile relocated and onto railroad rails that sit on concrete supports I got from the utility company.  Now that one main area is clear of logs, I can set up the rails and move the pole pile and get it organized.  Have to do this before the next ice storm buries me in poles again. 
Off the Topic! / Off topic to politics, but....
« Last post by joasis on June 21, 2017, 10:48:42 AM »
I could not resist.

Chris O'Donnell last night for a few minutes. Looked like he literally ate sh!t...or a can of rotten prunes. All he could talk about was how the White House was silent on all the foreign issues, like the drone and the close provocative fly by the Russians pulled off. He did not seem to inclined to talk elections for the 10 minutes I watched him rant and rave.

Morning Joe.....the victory by Republicans "barely" holding on to the Republican seat. Wow....and there must have been some prunes left in the can when O'Donnell was done last night. Sucking them looks like a flavor of the day at MSNBC. Maybe Ben and Jerry's can come up with a new flavor....Dem Election loss Prune.
Bandsaw Mills / TK B20 owners
« Last post by mountainlake on June 04, 2017, 04:30:21 PM »

 I should have done this years ago, this morning I converted the tensioner to acme treads ,  Works great counting 1/2 turns now it takes 5- 1/2 compared to 18 with the fine threads and it turns easier as I put longer handles on it like the TK2000 has.  Steve
Bandsaw Mills / Steaming saw blades
« Last post by Stevem on April 15, 2017, 04:50:33 AM »
I was sawing yew wood today with my band mill and as the blade entered the log, water running, steam was coming out with the saw dust. Yes, yew is a very hard conifer.  Didn't seem to matter how wide the cut, from entry to widest point, I was getting steam.  It seemed that the faster I cut the less steam I'd get.  Tried a different blade and then tried a new blade with little or no difference.  I did notice that there was quite a bit of packed wet sawdust being left in the cut!  Cutting maple was better but still had steam coming out.
Anybody got an explanation?
General Discussion / JD 240 skid steer
« Last post by bandmiller2 on April 08, 2017, 12:45:04 AM »
Just picked up a very clean JD skid steer to use around the mill. Used mostly for snow removal 1071 hours. My current log loader is a Deere 60 2 cyl. with forks I'am debating whether to put the forks on the skid. The old 60 has good reach and will lift anything this old phart wants to mess with. Time being I will probably leave the bucket on the skid for snow and sawdust. Frank C.
General Discussion / Log Loading Made Easy
« Last post by Kirk Allen on March 27, 2017, 01:34:18 PM »
Went and picked up some logs yesterday that a neighbor couldn't load with his tractor.  He asked how I am going to load them and I told him I would just roll them up on the trailer. His response was, This I have to see! 

Log Loading made easy!

For Sale / 2015 Nissan Leaf Car battery modules
« Last post by HaroldCR on March 10, 2017, 01:49:40 PM »

 Just purchased a complete Leaf battery (48 modules) with under 10K miles. Will be delivered to Florida on Sat. the 11th of March. Whatever is inside ( cables, connectors, etc.) will probably also be available. I need some for myself, but, probably 30 modules will be available. Great for home backup or off grid-semi off grid, or e- vehicles, golf cars, etc. Each module measures approx. 9" X 11.5" X 1.25" . Weight per module approx 8 pounds. Voltage nominal 15.2. 16.6 @ 4.20 full charge 66A per module.

$115.00 per module + S&H through Fed-Ex. Max. 3 modules per pkg-cardboard box. Also, larger purchase can be shipped freight + S&H
Off the Topic! / Anyone into Off Grid or semi off grid ? Batteries
« Last post by HaroldCR on March 10, 2017, 01:47:22 PM »
 I'm putting an ad in the For Sale section for selling electric car battery modules. I am using a few now, and, will be wiring up more real soon. Electric rates here are going crazy. I say screw the companies.

 I have some of this type I use for winching logs to my mill area on the farm, and they were previously used in my home built electric motorcycle. I have Chevy Volt modules in the moto now, and, am building a 3 wheeler with another set of Chevy Volt batteries.

 I also am planning to hook up an electric battery drive system on my sawmill. No need for expensive ($6.00/gallon) gasoline or diesel, listen to all the noise smell the fumes, etc. Use a small generator away from the mill to charge as I saw.

 With a little checking and maintenance, these type batteries last a very long (10 years +) in cars, so, could work well into 15 years or more at slightly reduced capacity. They don't crap out after a few years like Lead Acid.
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