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Re: What did you do at your saw mill today?
« Reply #200 on: March 11, 2019, 08:04:14 AM »
right there with you A.O.

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Re: What did you do at your saw mill today?
« Reply #201 on: March 11, 2019, 12:40:53 PM »
Alrighty then, I lowered the stops and moved the log over, AND I cut me some wedges and used them till I had room to use the dogs, AND used my little top handle chainsaw to relieve where needed. So I used ALL your ideas, thanks guys... I'm learning!

A couple times I had to shift that log left or right while I was in the middle of a cut, blade in log! But I got it done and got a pretty nice little pallet of wood I think. And I know that's not much of a log to some of you guys, but it was a whopper to me, had a little fun rolling it by hand!

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Re: What did you do at your saw mill today?
« Reply #202 on: March 11, 2019, 01:57:24 PM »
What do you have to do the banding straps?
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Re: What did you do at your saw mill today?
« Reply #203 on: March 11, 2019, 02:36:31 PM »
Good job.  Big is always relative to the machinery, so yeah - that was a big log but you whittled it down until it was manageable and made it happen.  That learning curve is priceless. 

Ever think of using your loader to turn large logs?  Just need some chain/cable and a skidding hook/half a skidding tong.
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Re: What did you do at your saw mill today?
« Reply #204 on: March 11, 2019, 02:40:05 PM »
What do you have to do the banding straps?


Just el cheapo ratchet straps, Harbor freight had them on sale for $6.99 a four pack, northern hydraulics about the same so I bought some of each to try out. If you band wet wood, when it dries the bands will get loose, with these I figure I can just give them another couple cranks.

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Re: What did you do at your saw mill today?
« Reply #205 on: March 11, 2019, 02:44:35 PM »
Good job.  Big is always relative to the machinery, so yeah - that was a big log but you whittled it down until it was manageable and made it happen.  That learning curve is priceless. 

Ever think of using your loader to turn large logs?  Just need some chain/cable and a skidding hook/half a skidding tong.


Actually I have thought of that, I have plenty of chain here ,and I bought a hook from a cant hook a while back to try out. Just haven't tried it yet. Thought I might today but got it done without, thanks. I see some use an engine hoist with a hook too. To hard to position I think though unless its sitting on concrete..

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Re: What did you do at your saw mill today?
« Reply #206 on: March 11, 2019, 02:47:21 PM »
I prefer to use a nylon strap. wrap 1.5 times then just lift.

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Re: What did you do at your saw mill today?
« Reply #207 on: March 11, 2019, 02:50:32 PM »
I prefer to use a nylon strap. wrap 1.5 times then just lift.

Splain that better please.. Does you strap have a hook on the end or.... ?

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Re: What did you do at your saw mill today?
« Reply #208 on: March 11, 2019, 03:02:26 PM »
I started out rolling my logs with this modified bumper jack...
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« Reply #209 on: March 11, 2019, 03:03:45 PM »
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Re: What did you do at your saw mill today?
« Reply #210 on: March 11, 2019, 03:05:00 PM »
Then I built this...

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Re: What did you do at your saw mill today?
« Reply #211 on: March 11, 2019, 03:05:56 PM »
I started out rolling my logs with this modified bumper jack...

I like it.. you make some neat stuff

And if you started out using that what do you use now?

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« Reply #212 on: March 11, 2019, 03:06:46 PM »
Then I built this....

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Re: What did you do at your saw mill today?
« Reply #213 on: March 11, 2019, 03:07:08 PM »
Then I built this...

Too much of a pain to position on my set up I think. Those are all over craigs list..

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Re: What did you do at your saw mill today?
« Reply #214 on: March 11, 2019, 03:09:30 PM »
Then I built this....

Now this one is nice. But I load on one side of my mill , and unload on the other, it would get in the way..

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Re: What did you do at your saw mill today?
« Reply #215 on: March 11, 2019, 03:32:30 PM »
no hooks. two ways you can do it.

1. wrap the strap around the log then over itself for at least 1/2 more wrap usually more if you are going to just use friction. Then use your tractor engine hoist high lift jack whatever to lift the end of the strap. Make sure you wrap it so us you pull and the log rolls out from the wrap it is rolling towards the backstops. This can get ugly fast if done backwards :)

2. with a loop on the end of the strap you can run the strap through itself then around the log. wrap however many turns you want and same lifting technique as above.

both these techniques work very well and are very controllable. In fact instead of lifting the strap you could pull it to the side or pull it straight down. I find lifting is usually quite a bit easier than trying to pull it. But it also depends on what you have to lift with. I guess in the end this technique is not much different that using a cant hook. But it is a ton easier on the body. and less likely to roll on you as you are setting the clamps.

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Re: What did you do at your saw mill today?
« Reply #216 on: March 11, 2019, 05:15:44 PM »
A.O. 
Good job on getting that big log converted into boards.  There are a lot of little workarounds that you will learn as you go.  The bad news is... now you know it was within the limits of your mill and you'll have to find something bigger.   ;D
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Re: What did you do at your saw mill today?
« Reply #217 on: March 11, 2019, 05:52:04 PM »
A.O. 
Good job on getting that big log converted into boards.  There are a lot of little workarounds that you will learn as you go.  The bad news is... now you know it was within the limits of your mill and you'll have to find something bigger.   ;D

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I've done bigger longer, not bigger around though. And not really sure I want to. 18 inchers are a good size for me.. but if I stumble on one...

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Re: What did you do at your saw mill today?
« Reply #218 on: March 12, 2019, 06:21:23 AM »
I built my sawmill bed 24' long thinking thats plenty. Now I am thinking 6' extension so I can cut the roof joists for my shop. I need 22'.

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« Reply #219 on: March 12, 2019, 06:29:56 AM »
I built my sawmill bed 24' long thinking thats plenty. Now I am thinking 6' extension so I can cut the roof joists for my shop. I need 22'.

My bed is 19'2"which lets me cut 16'6".. not sure if I'll ever need longer or not.

And those longer logs are pretty unwieldly...

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Re: What did you do at your saw mill today?
« Reply #220 on: March 12, 2019, 06:39:00 AM »
especially with my manual mill. Loading them will be a challenge but rolling them will also be. this is when I think I need to get the winch, and ramps built. at least then I can load and flip without killing myself.

Definitely should be doing toe boards to.

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« Reply #221 on: March 12, 2019, 07:12:32 AM »
especially with my manual mill. Loading them will be a challenge but rolling them will also be. this is when I think I need to get the winch, and ramps built. at least then I can load and flip without killing myself.

Definitely should be doing toe boards to.

I use a little floor jack for my toe board, would like to figure out something better..

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Re: What did you do at your saw mill today?
« Reply #222 on: March 12, 2019, 07:39:11 AM »
I have been looking at using threaded rod and a ladder type frame that when you crank the threaded rod lifts the bottom. that way I can have a crank on both sides of the mill so I can raise and lower from sawdust side or load side. It seems I spend alot of time on both sides of the mill so I want to minimize my need to keep going around it.

I should probably just buy another battery for the bed and run everything off electric motors. with wireless remotes. but thats a future possible project. Maybe V2.0 :)

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Re: What did you do at your saw mill today?
« Reply #223 on: March 12, 2019, 08:36:14 AM »
I put a scissor jack under my toe board lifter and extended the handle.
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Re: What did you do at your saw mill today?
« Reply #224 on: March 12, 2019, 08:39:41 AM »
My total cut length is now 26 feet 6 inches and I'm thinking of making my third extension.

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