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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.
Bandsaw Mills / Blade coming off the drive wheel
« Last post by furu on February 19, 2017, 10:12:50 PM »
I have a TK that I have had more than my share of issues with. 
It however has, for the last several months, actually had no real issues for the first time since I bought it. 
I finally have begun to not regret purchasing this particular mill.

I was sawing through a DF log that was about 26" at the butt end.  I had already turned it into a nice cant and was taking off boards that I am putting on as siding on my DH kiln.  Blade was pretty new, not yet dull in any way.
As I am making the cut, bang, and sparks fly down at the mill head.  Shut it down and another blade break I figure. (another story)
When I get to the mill head (halfway down the log) the blade is off the drive wheel.  No other real obvious thing wrong other than the blade is in a knot in the cant.

Put the blade back on after getting it out of the cut and try again. Bang, same thing, same place in the log.  Repeat, but this time as I get to the knot I go to about 1 inch every 15 seconds until I am through the knot.  I then saw for another hour or so with no issue.
Blade tension was on the high side of what TK now recommends for tension.  I found that I get better cuts after they bumped their tension recommendations up 200 psi or so about a year ago.

My belt on the drive side is a bit more worn than the idler side but the blade is not on the metal rim yet (close but not yet).  I know that I will sooner rather than later need to replace that belt but to be honest the videos of that are making me think that will be a bear so have put it off.  Other than the belt starting to get thin any other ideas as to why the blade might have jumped off the drive wheel?  The belt has a nice texture to it and is not shiny/slippery.
Mobile Dimension, Swing Mills and other Specialty Mills / Redwood - Tree to lumber
« Last post by Kirk Allen on February 10, 2017, 02:24:49 AM »
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General Discussion / Financial Update related to this site
« Last post by Kirk Allen on January 25, 2017, 03:34:05 PM »
I just wanted to let everyone know, our rates went up this year to a WHOPPING $86.00  :o

Yes, it ONLY costs us *86 dollars for this site to function so if you have been fed a line about how much a forum costs to operate in a ploy to get you to donate, now you know the truth.

Let 2017 be a great year
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