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Re: homemade bandsaw mill, help
« Reply #900 on: December 05, 2017, 01:27:52 PM »
Oh man, that's not bad at all. Good job
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Re: homemade bandsaw mill, help
« Reply #901 on: December 05, 2017, 02:02:45 PM »
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If it looks ok, it is because the pictures don't show the flaws.  Over all it is good enough but took over 3 days so far.  It will work but I could do better maby the second time which will never happen after the first time.  Thank you very much for the good words and I hope you are doing well.
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Re: homemade bandsaw mill, help
« Reply #902 on: December 05, 2017, 02:11:36 PM »
Gww, glad you still doing stuff. I've cut some wood lately, but nothing worth posting.
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Re: homemade bandsaw mill, help
« Reply #903 on: January 22, 2018, 08:09:09 PM »
So, after cutting quite a bit of wood since last posting, I decided that my small 1" axle and trailer wheels aren't going to cut it (maybe some pun there)... I found some 16" pulley style band wheels on eBay with 1-1/2" mount sleeves that fit 1-1/2" shafts... I picked up a 1-1/2" cold rolled bar shaft at my local welding shop and it all seems to fit snugly... I'm heading out to Las Vegas for a few days, but when I get back, I plan to start the rebuild on the ole sawmill... Hopefully this will be the last time...






Also, just for the fun of it... My YouTube video of my sawmill walk around gets over 10,000 views a month and I have over 500 followers... Not sure how all that happened, but apparently I influenced a few people around the world to build similar to my mill... It's humbling and honestly couldn't have been done without the help from ya'll on here... Thanks, ya'll are a part of those numbers too...
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Re: homemade bandsaw mill, help
« Reply #904 on: January 23, 2018, 08:48:19 AM »
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I hope you keep posting your experiances and the changes that you make and your observations of what those changes do for you.  I had heard that smaller radious does make blades break faster but believe that in your case with the bigger shaft that the trade off will be worth it and won't add up to much.  I can't wait till you are done and cutting so you can give a report (if you feel like it).  I guess you are a movie star now.  Keep plugging away and keep sharing.
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Re: homemade bandsaw mill, help
« Reply #905 on: January 23, 2018, 08:28:42 PM »
So, after cutting quite a bit of wood since last posting, I decided that my small 1" axle and trailer wheels aren't going to cut it (maybe some pun there)... I found some 16" pulley style band wheels on eBay with 1-1/2" mount sleeves that fit 1-1/2" shafts... I picked up a 1-1/2" cold rolled bar shaft at my local welding shop and it all seems to fit snugly... I'm heading out to Las Vegas for a few days, but when I get back, I plan to start the rebuild on the ole sawmill... Hopefully this will be the last time...

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Also, just for the fun of it... My YouTube video of my sawmill walk around gets over 10,000 views a month and I have over 500 followers... Not sure how all that happened, but apparently I influenced a few people around the world to build similar to my mill... It's humbling and honestly couldn't have been done without the help from ya'll on here... Thanks, ya'll are a part of those numbers too...
do you have the link to your video? I've proilly watched it not knowing it was you.
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Re: homemade bandsaw mill, help
« Reply #906 on: January 23, 2018, 08:44:33 PM »
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About 5 pages back and post number 808 there is a vidio of josh's mill.
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Re: homemade bandsaw mill, help
« Reply #907 on: January 23, 2018, 08:51:16 PM »
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About 5 pages back and post number 808 there is a vidio of josh's mill.
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Re: homemade bandsaw mill, help
« Reply #908 on: January 24, 2018, 10:23:11 AM »
Thanks GWW, I plan to keep kicking it brother. I'm pretty excited about the future of my mill too, after the upgrades.


If it works, there's the video link. If this doesn't work, copy and paste it into a browser
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« Reply #909 on: January 24, 2018, 10:37:54 AM »
Yeah Josh I had actually already watched the walk around video not knowing it was your mill. I like the way you did your track. Nice and simple.
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« Reply #910 on: January 24, 2018, 10:54:25 AM »
I usually try to be efficient. Simple and easy but most effective.
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« Reply #911 on: February 25, 2018, 08:48:05 PM »
Hey guys, i'm still alive over here... Just been busy with the new mill and work stuff and life period, but all is well... Figured i'd share some progress i've been making on the new mill... 

The axles are 1-1/2" now, instead of 1"... The bearings are much closer to the wheel also, which reminds me, i'm using 16" pulleys with a "b" type rubber belt tight in the groove with a little sticking over the top... I have gained about 13 inches width with a [now] cutting width of 32 inches... I also raised my carriage frame to allow my mill to go higher for larger logs... I upgraded the lift/lower system with a rubber coated larger cable to handle the more weight... Most of my bolts have gone up 1.5 times the original size or twice in some cases... and I've tried to not cut corners this time around... So far, i'm happy with it and I think the improvements will be beneficial once i'm done and cutting wood... 

Now for some pictures, cause reading is boring... 


This is the overall mock-up of the mill and very close belt length, cut width, part placements, etc... 


This is the new drive pulley assembled. The 3 groove pulley was a freebie and weighs about 40 pounds. lol I figure if I ever add something that needs a belt, I can just add onto this.


I got all my electrical wires and distribution blocks ran and hooked up.


Blade guide system. This is unfinished in these pictures.  I'm still throwing around some ideas here, so I haven't finished these yet.


Final assembly of the alignment/idle axle system


The alignment system installed - separate  from the tension system, unlike before


Engine mount, I decided to weld 3/16" X 1-1/2" tubing as my engine mounts to eliminate engine movement and vibration


Taller carriage frame to be able to raise saw higher for larger logs
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Re: homemade bandsaw mill, help
« Reply #912 on: February 25, 2018, 08:52:22 PM »
Thats lookin good....
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Re: homemade bandsaw mill, help
« Reply #913 on: February 25, 2018, 08:52:39 PM »
Looking good Josh 
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« Reply #914 on: February 25, 2018, 09:00:26 PM »
Thanks, guys... I know a lot more now than I did on the first mill... I tried to not make the same mistakes again... I'm pleased so far...
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« Reply #915 on: February 25, 2018, 10:24:04 PM »
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Man, you did a lot of work.  I can't wait to see you cutting again and to hear your take on the improvement.
Cheers
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« Reply #916 on: February 25, 2018, 10:39:09 PM »
Yes, gww, I have basically started over. New design and all. It's all bigger and stronger than before. I'm anxious to cut with it. It can only do better than the first one. Haha
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« Reply #917 on: February 25, 2018, 10:44:09 PM »
Josh on your alignment idler piece when you tighten the all thread it swivels the pillow blocks and shaft? 
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« Reply #918 on: February 25, 2018, 11:19:50 PM »
Kwill, yes... It's harder to explain than draw, so here's a picture to explain how it "should" work.



The moving plate is 3/8" plate steel. The 5/8" pillow block connections are threaded rod welded to the plate.  That plate is completely removable when the axle and spring is removed.  The all thread that aligns the wheel (I call it that back side of this assembly) is 3/4" ATR with a coupling nut on the end. This assembly weighs about 40 pounds alone. The thin white plate between the moving plate and tension arm/plate is actually a 1/8" cheap cutting board from Walmart.  I bought 3 of them to use in movable areas to keep from having metal on metal binding... It's crazy how a less than $1 piece of plastic helps out.  I hope I explained this well enough.  My goal was to separate the alignment and tension on both axles.  I wanted to release tension and not affect the alignment.
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« Reply #919 on: February 26, 2018, 12:01:58 AM »
Josh,
That is a really nice setup there.  There will be a lot of stress on that pivot point/axle.  Is that at least a grade 8 bolt?  One other thing to consider is maybe drilling and tapping a hole in the threaded coupler that you welded on to the plate for a brass screw.  You would tighten that screw when the tracking is correct so it doesn't vibrate out of adjustment.  Or if you can fit a jamb nut under the spring...

The only problem I see is the Zerks are on opposite sides ;)
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