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Turning larger logs
« on: February 08, 2019, 09:07:23 PM »
I'm looking for advice on turning larger logs by hand on the mill. I have a HM126 and have had a tough time with 24-26" x12' logs with just my peavey. I need more leverage and can't buy a longer cant hook right now. I did buy two antique hooks so I can make a longer cant hook. The hooks are 8-1/2 and 9-1/2". I was going to make a 5'-6" steel handle for one and a 4'-6" for the other. Until I get that set up I was thinking a strap with a 2x4 or long pipe. Just not sure of the best set up for that. Just need it for the log I'm doing tomorrow. I will have the cants set up next week when the hooks come in.

I just need it for the first two or three 90* turns. I hope to build a trailer for my mill, and set up my winch for loading and turning assist of larger logs.
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Re: Turning larger logs
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2019, 11:21:06 PM »
You could slide some PVC pipes over your squaring arms makes it a little easier too roll the bigger logs.
A 60" Logrite cant hook will be $ well spent, your back will thank you Everytime you use it.
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Re: Turning larger logs
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2019, 11:36:14 PM »
i posted a similar question about this, and was inquiring turning 48-60" logs, and getting them onto the bunks. some recommended using a something, if not, a tow strap, loop it through 1 of the eyes, wrapping the strap around the log a few time, then hooking on the other end with a winch, tractor, come-a-long, just something to pull with, and start yarding on it.
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Re: Turning larger logs
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2019, 11:38:06 PM »
I have a 60" Logrite cant hook.  I also wax the cross bars of the mill with Johnson's paste wax.  This only works in warm weather though(I mill inside a warm shop).  Don't put it on a cold mill or it will get stickier.  I don't have the uprights on my LT15 that have the bearings on them.  If the logs are too big to roll by hand I lift them off with forklift and set some bunks on the ground and roll the log on the bunks, pick it back up and set it back on the mill.  Sorry if these don't apply.  You need to reduce rolling friction or use equipment.
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Re: Turning larger logs
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2019, 03:10:18 AM »
Check this video on youtube called " Sawmilling Tips and Tricks : Turning Logs Without Machinery the Easy Way " and it just might help...

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Re: Turning larger logs
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2019, 05:42:58 AM »
You could slide some PVC pipes over your squaring arms makes it a little easier too roll the bigger logs.
How long does your PVC last? I would think they would be crushed in short order. I use 3/16" square steel tube over my sq arms.
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Re: Turning larger logs
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2019, 06:31:23 AM »
My 60" Logrite cant hook was the best money expenditure I made in 2018. Bar none.

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Re: Turning larger logs
« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2019, 07:29:07 AM »
When I was sawing on the LT15, I found the Logrite 78" mega-hook to be a life saver. 
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Re: Turning larger logs
« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2019, 08:45:11 AM »
If you have a farm jack around, wrap a choker chain or sling around the log and use the jack placed on a 2x10 on one of the bunks. It has turned everything I needed thus far and itís much more controlled. I assume you donít have a tractor available, which I do have and still use the farm jack as nothing gets moved really fast. 
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Re: Turning larger logs
« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2019, 01:54:46 PM »
Kellogg I see your point how they would break if squaring arms are shorter than log height. Steel pipe would be better.
PVC is nice if it's difficult to get them out after you turn the log and easy on blade if you cut them.
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Re: Turning larger logs
« Reply #10 on: February 09, 2019, 03:15:07 PM »
Dana, save your back mate, suspend a small electric winch overhead take a wrap around the log and roll it with ease. Even better solution build a roof over your mill to hook the winch to. Frank C.
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Re: Turning larger logs
« Reply #11 on: February 09, 2019, 03:26:00 PM »
A friend of mine, who also has a mill (manual), found a 2 ton chainfall for $50 off craigslist.  He rigged it over the mill with a beam-made gantry, and attached a hook to the chain.  He wraps it around the log, and taps it in.  He turns very wide, very heavy logs with it.  

Same setup could easily be achieved with your winch and an overhead pulley.
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Re: Turning larger logs
« Reply #12 on: February 09, 2019, 03:44:04 PM »
Something I have been thinking about for my back stops is using roller blade skate wheels. roller skates are cheap at thrift stores. I would detach the rollers from the shoes and bolt them on a plate  and weld on 2-3 bolts that would go through the backstop. matching holes drilled through the back stop to easily mount dismount the roller plate. That wound produce a cheap easily mounted set of backstop rollers.

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Re: Turning larger logs
« Reply #13 on: February 09, 2019, 07:12:49 PM »
Dana, save your back mate, suspend a small electric winch overhead take a wrap around the log and roll it with ease. Even better solution build a roof over your mill to hook the winch to. Frank C.
Exactly.
Norwood sells an accessory like this, but with a manual winch.   I rigged up a similar unit on my mill.  It works a treat and I've rolled stuff up to 30" with it.
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Re: Turning larger logs
« Reply #14 on: February 09, 2019, 07:41:56 PM »
The skate wheel turners go way back. On the log deck, just before the carriage wedges in hinges could be flipped up. These wedges had 'skate wheels attached. With a cant hook you turned the log down and when it hit the wheels it slipped back on 1/4 turned. Don't know how this would go with w.m. type mill.

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Re: Turning larger logs
« Reply #15 on: February 09, 2019, 09:01:15 PM »
So for now I made a 60" canthook 1-1/4" pipe and 1/4" t-1 steel hook. I'm going to use one of the hooks I bought on my peavey, the hood I had was working ok but couldn't take the last log. The cant hook I made seems ok. I do plan on having a winch set up when I make a trailer. The area I have my mill in was always dry enough, but with all the rain we had this year its a mud pit. So I figure a trailer will be a big help.
 

 

 

 

 

 
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« Reply #16 on: February 10, 2019, 07:13:02 AM »
Dana,This summer build a shed for your mill with plenty of room for your next sawmill.Once it is under cover you will be much happier.You will be able to rig an overhead turning system (chain fall or electric winch).After you have done all that you will come across a nice used hydraulic mill that you can't pass up and log turning by hand will be a faint memory.
I started with a manual mill,Kasco IIB, then moved up to a WM LT30 standard which Ive added a lot of hyd. functions to.This sawmill thing is an evolutionary process and addictive.Take pictures to look back on.If you enjoy the work things will change.
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Re: Turning larger logs
« Reply #17 on: February 10, 2019, 08:17:09 AM »
My overhead turner is on a swinging boom that slides in/out on mill. "Out" for sawing, "In" for travel. 

Redbeard, Got it. My sq arms are about 12" high and much less than log dia. 



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Re: Turning larger logs
« Reply #18 on: February 10, 2019, 02:42:15 PM »
My overhead turner is on a swinging boom that slides in/out on mill. "Out" for sawing, "In" for travel.

Redbeard, Got it. My sq arms are about 12" high and much less than log dia.


If you look at the staging deck I made you can see the removable steel post I made for a winch to turnbuckle logs onto the deck. I plan to incorporate that into the trailer, for loading and turning logs and into a log hauling trailer.
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Re: Turning larger logs
« Reply #19 on: February 11, 2019, 07:25:56 PM »
 the farm jack works. I've done it many times.


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