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« on: June 13, 2019, 03:02:36 AM »
Installed a log loading winch set-up this past afternoon. Can be used from either side. Still need to weld a short section of tubing to the top center of the slide tube for the cable hook for winching. Also still have to construct the loading ramps.






 



 




 



 
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« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2019, 03:15:19 AM »
Made two trays, the larger, heavier guage one goes under the carriage, which is over the axle, when in the travel position to hold the lube and fuel containers.








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« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2019, 03:17:54 AM »
Remarked and painted the log backstops.



 
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« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2019, 07:32:03 AM »
That looks nice. have you used the winch yet? I would think your going to want some triangulation to support that tall post. Sure looks like its going to want to bend with a large log.

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« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2019, 08:26:53 AM »
Nice looking build, very clean.  What did you use for wheels(source?)

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« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2019, 03:59:20 PM »
Nice looking build, very clean.  What did you use for wheels(source?)
I bought it last July, already built several years ago. I've since made several improvements on it. The band wheels are spoked cast 18-3/4" V-belt pulley type. (I hope this is what you are asking about)
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« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2019, 04:04:03 PM »
That looks nice. have you used the winch yet? I would think your going to want some triangulation to support that tall post. Sure looks like its going to want to bend with a large log.
Not used yet, just installed yesterday. The post is not really that tall and it's quite rugged, actually. It's sporting a 2500 lb winch with 50 ft of 3/16" cable.
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« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2019, 08:45:46 PM »
Nice work and set up RAY.....i see you got a overhead door spring installed for raising the head assembly.... did you put the biggest spring available for the jackshaft??... im planning on doing this also so any information would be appreciated..TKS 
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« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2019, 01:23:42 PM »
Nice work and set up RAY.....i see you got a overhead door spring installed for raising the head assembly.... did you put the biggest spring available for the jackshaft??... im planning on doing this also so any information would be appreciated..TKS

Hi Vautour, I did not build this mill, but suppose to have been built by someone in this area likely around 2005-2006. My mill is not large compared to your mill. Your mill would need a good sized set-up. Just thinking... maybe two jackshafts linked in tandem together by chain and sprocket would be something to think about, but would still need large springs. ???
 
I'm thinking if I had a larger diameter spring, it would reduce the lightness at the bottom and lighten the weight when cranked up as there wouldn't be as much change in tension as the smaller spring is getting.

Manually operated, one thing about this set-up is it gets harder to turn the height adjustment wheel as you get nearer to the top, as the spring tension is being reduced. If I adjust it anymore, the saw head will start to float as it reaches the bottom of its' travel. It's not like an overhead door that slides horizontally overhead where the vertical weight of the door is being reduced as the spring is being unwound as it goes up. The extension spring type would have the same issues. Chains, sprockets and counter weights would keep the weight equal in its' travel, but you'd have to add a fair bit of weight, so not the way to go for a portable mill.

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« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2019, 01:30:47 AM »
Used my winch set-up this afternoon (Sunday). Worked every bit as good as I expected, even winching logs from a distance, then rolling them up onto the mill.

Anchor point for winch cable when rolling logs up onto mill bed (short square tube in center)





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« Reply #10 on: June 17, 2019, 08:49:29 AM »
Um yes there are several to choose from... :-[
I was wondering about the wheels the saw head travels on.

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« Reply #11 on: June 17, 2019, 12:31:01 PM »
I was wondering about the wheels the saw head travels on.
Doing a little research, they are U-groove track rolllers. Mine are measuring 3" diameter by 1" thick with a 3/8" wide groove. They are rolling on the edge of 1/4" angle. There is a spacer between the bearing and the carriage frame.





 
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« Reply #12 on: June 19, 2019, 03:05:42 PM »
A better view of how my winching set-up works.

This pic shows the travel position, horizontal slide tube centered with pins, cable hooked under a log bunk and snugged up. This keeps the system from rattling and moving while traveling.






This pic shows the horizontal tube slid in against the slide tube in working position.






This pic shows the anchor for the cable hook when rolling the log up the ramps.



 


This pic shows the 4 ft tube slid out to clear the saw head.






When using winch on operator side, the winch can be lifted out and set aside and the tube is left slid in to easily get by it. (operator side opposite side in this pic)







In this pic, it shows where I welded an old bolt under the edge of the tube to keep the winch tube from sliding through making it a drop in set-up  and to keep it open so sawdust doesn't accumulate in it. Hole for a pin not needed in this case.






I don't think I need to worry about 2500 lb humans :D



 

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« Reply #13 on: June 19, 2019, 04:28:00 PM »
i have a similar set up but use 3x3x 1/4 wall and have a 3000# atv winch on it have loaded and then turned  some 30" x 12' SYP and RO so for have not destroyed anything or bent yet but time will tell ;D
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« Reply #14 on: June 19, 2019, 08:39:51 PM »
i have a similar set up but use 3x3x 1/4 wall and have a 3000# atv winch on it have loaded and then turned  some 30" x 12' SYP and RO so for have not destroyed anything or bent yet but time will tell ;D

I used 2" X 2" X 3/16" and the vertical piece the winch is on is made up of two pieces I spliced together, about 29" long. The slide tube is 2-1/2" X 2-1/2" X 3/16"  and 34" long. I also reinforced the ends with additional 3/16" pieces. It's what I had available. The mills' frame is 30" wide.

I set up on the side of a dirt road and done a few single line pulls from the edge of the woods to the mill before doing the roll winching thing up the ramps (just a couple old birch sticks). The heaviest one was a Poplar about 14" on small end. It was cut last summer for a power line clearing and was still in full length. They were just cut down and dozed aside. I cut a 9 ft section out of it after having to cut a few sections off the butt until I got to solid wood. (ants) The winch is a two speed and used in high range of 4:1 ratio. It winched that over with no effort at all. That log was still quite wet when I milled it.

Very impressed with the performance of my winch set-up so far. Worked every bit as good as I expected and then some.

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« Reply #15 on: June 20, 2019, 10:26:30 AM »
yes sir should not have any problems with your set up and you have a nice looking mill
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« Reply #16 on: June 26, 2019, 02:59:19 AM »
Stopped in at my former work place this evening and started to put together two more cam dawgs like the one shown that I built last year. It works quite well and I don't feel I need to modify it so I'm copying it. Forgot to take another pic of what I accomplished this evening. The only thing left to weld is the loop handles and I'm ready to drill the holes. Also have a little shaping left to do with a disc grinder on a few pieces, mainly rounding some corners. The beak on them is armour plate, so would not want to run a band blade into it. Also need to pick up the hardware to put them together with.



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« Reply #17 on: June 26, 2019, 09:30:41 AM »
I would consider enclosing those mast rollers and adding a rail wiper fore & aft.
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« Reply #18 on: June 26, 2019, 11:50:19 AM »

Hi MM, I don't seem to have a good pic of the area where the sawdust exits but in the lower right corner of this pic you can see the carriage roller has a cover and directly behind it there is a plate that extends over the rail to help with keeping sawdust from gathering on the rail. There is some sawdust getting compressed on the rail and rollers and  do have plans on installing rail and roller wipers.

Another place I need to add a deflector/wiper is on that yellow guard in this pic. Too much sawdust gets by here and can cake onto the band support bearings and drive wheel belt. I have already added a back stop guard to this yellow deflector as seen in second pic.




 


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« Reply #19 on: June 26, 2019, 09:03:31 PM »
There is some sawdust getting compressed on the rail and rollers and do have plans on installing rail and roller wipers
  That was my concern.  smiley_thumbsup
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« Reply #20 on: June 27, 2019, 03:50:46 AM »
A better pic of the carriage wheel cover and rail sawdust deflector



 
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« Reply #21 on: June 27, 2019, 03:54:25 AM »
Finished building the log cam dawgs, ready for paint. Still need to make the holders and cross frame supports for these.



 
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« Reply #22 on: June 28, 2019, 05:26:26 PM »
Getting the dawg pieces painted.

On these dawg pieces, I originally drilled the holes towards the opposite side. Last night, I plug welded them and relocated them to where they are now, drilled and fitted to each individual dawg assembly. I didn't have the original one when I marked and drilled them.



 


The cams with the dawgs in the background.



 



The original dawg and the new ones painted and drying. The slides, the smaller pieces, I still need to find the right size tube to weld to the side for it to slide on the bar between the frame rails. Still need to get and mount the cross bars for these two new dawgs.



 
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« Reply #23 on: June 28, 2019, 08:18:07 PM »
All painted and assembled, even touched up my original one.

Some glare that seems to be giving a colour shift. The bright red is the proper colour. Even gave my pulp hook a few shots of yellow so it stands out better if it gets laid down somewhere.



 
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« Reply #24 on: July 05, 2019, 01:12:05 PM »
Finished up some more parts last night, painted them this afternoon.


The two small pieces of tubing are for one end of the threaded rod slide bars. Still need to fabricate the 'U' shaped pieces to hold the other end so it's removable.



 


One additional backstop I'm adding for short logs and the log dawg slides now have the slide tube welded onto them.



 
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« Reply #25 on: July 09, 2019, 09:45:09 PM »
Did you make that screw jack so you can slide it back and forth to center under your log?  Would be great to have a jack instead of a piece of 2x4.  And can't wait to see how you install your log dogs.

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« Reply #26 on: July 10, 2019, 03:29:38 AM »
Did you make that screw jack so you can slide it back and forth to center under your log?  Would be great to have a jack instead of a piece of 2x4.  And can't wait to see how you install your log dogs.
The screw jacks (2) are fixed in place. They are closer to the back stops. These were already installed on my mill when I bought it last summer. I plan on installing rollers on top of those scissor jacks, but will have to lower their mounts. They have a piece of 1/4" flat bar welded across the top, should really have been a piece of angle, but so far, they've been OK.

Was going to try to explain how the log dawgs are installed. I think I'll wait and get a better pic of the installation of the current one. The two new ones will be similar. Just made the 'J' or 'U' brackets tonight. Now have all the parts for installation.

Also have a forth back stop ready to install also. This will allow me to mill logs as short as about 27" with no special set-up required.
My mill is currently set up in town. It's not close enough to the shop to reach it with the welder, will have to mobilize it to move it closer. Still have a few logs to mill first.
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« Reply #27 on: July 11, 2019, 02:57:43 AM »
I have a new engine set aside for my mill. Will pick it up in the next day or two. It's a Pro Point (Ducar) 420cc 15HP with electric start and has a cast iron cylinder sleeve (My current one is a 2006 Lifan 389cc 13HP manual start). Both are the Honda style engines. The little extra power and electric start will be a nice convenience. According to the manual, the alternator output is only 1 amp. Would be nice if the alternator would have a little more output. Will eventually add a few LED lights for when finishing sawing at dusk.
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I scored an older but low usage Echo PB1000 leaf blower a few days ago. Will make mill clean up a breeze or a blast. 8)
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« Reply #29 on: July 11, 2019, 07:09:38 AM »
rayar, you know for $700 you can get a 22hp predator from harbor freight. With electric start. If you are going to take the time to change an engine you might as well just go big. You will not regret it. That is what I have on my mill and I am very pleased with it.

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« Reply #30 on: July 12, 2019, 01:55:48 AM »
rayar, you know for $700 you can get a 22hp predator from harbor freight. With electric start. If you are going to take the time to change an engine you might as well just go big. You will not regret it. That is what I have on my mill and I am very pleased with it.
That Pro Point 420cc 15HP (with cast iron cyl sleeve = 2X+ engine life) is currently on sale for $350 at PAL in Canada and I have a gift card from my retirement that will more than cover it. The 2006 13HP I currently have actually is not too bad, so the 15HP will just notch it up a bit. That $700 US will likely be in the $900+ CAD. range. If I wanted to wait a while, not sure how long, I could get one about the same size or a little more HP, I think 18HP, for around $300, but I have that gift card for PAL. I believe the Harbour Freight Predator engines would be similar to PALs Powerfist brand engines, a lesser engine life than the Pro Point brand I'm currently getting. The Pro Point is also suppose to have better cooling capacity.

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« Reply #31 on: July 13, 2019, 01:50:25 PM »
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« Reply #32 on: July 19, 2019, 02:16:42 AM »
Finally finished milling the few logs that were left at the shop. Had some Jack Pine and some Maple. Now I need to mobilize the mill to move it nearer to the welder. Have two dawging stations and one back stop to add on hopefully Friday or Saturday. Making my mill better equipped a bit at a time.

The old and new engines appear to have identical mounting and crank shaft measurements, so should be a simple swap. Also need to make a simple drawing with measurements for the battery box fabrication and mounting.

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« Reply #33 on: July 19, 2019, 12:55:10 PM »
I had the same issue with the 1 amp also but I have a lot more that draws form the battires, I have power feed and power for blade adjustment. I added a double pulley and a 100 amp single wire alternator, but that may be more than you want or need.
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« Reply #34 on: July 19, 2019, 10:32:41 PM »
I had the same issue with the 1 amp also but I have a lot more that draws form the battires, I have power feed and power for blade adjustment. I added a double pulley and a 100 amp single wire alternator, but that may be more than you want or need.
I was doing some research earlier and came up with some permanent magnet alternators in 12V with outputs in the 12 to 20 amp range. They are belt driven and actually quite small.
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« Reply #35 on: July 19, 2019, 10:47:06 PM »
Installed the two additional dawging stations and one additional log back stop this evening.

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« Reply #36 on: August 14, 2019, 01:55:04 PM »
 
These Kasco WoodmaxX 7 degree blades look great.

My new blades just came in yesterday, August 13th. Originally ordered these blades on June 4th (they seem to have lost my order). Picked them up last evening. Looked at the shipping papers and the label on the box and they got the wrong size. I ordered 12'-7" (173 teeth = 151-3/8") They sent me 12'-8" (174 teeth = 152-1/2") @7/8" pitch. My mills' ideal size is set for 12'-7".

 Will have to call Kasco and find out what's going on.

Tried one on for fit, it will work, but should add a shim, at least 3/8" thickness for a better set-up. I have a Cooks hinged tension set-up, not a slide, and the 12'-8" is near its' limit, and on its' up swing creating more deflection at the blade guide. It's very noticeable around a 2" bearing, 1" radius.

This will be a few hours work in changing things over and setting things back up.

174 teeth is an ideal size as it keeps its' groups of three teeth instead of missing one at the splice.




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« Reply #37 on: August 14, 2019, 02:04:15 PM »
Can you put the shim under the hinge so you can still use the old blades?

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« Reply #38 on: August 14, 2019, 02:22:23 PM »
Can you put the shim under the hinge so you can still use the old blades?
Can shim either side, but looking it over again, think I will do the hinge side with two pieces of flat bar.
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« Reply #39 on: August 14, 2019, 02:48:13 PM »

These Kasco WoodmaxX 7 degree blades look great.

My new blades just came in yesterday, August 13th. Originally ordered these blades on June 4th (they seem to have lost my order). Picked them up last evening. Looked at the shipping papers and the label on the box and they got the wrong size. I ordered 12'-7" (173 teeth = 151-3/8") They sent me 12'-8" (174 teeth = 152-1/2") @7/8" pitch. My mills' ideal size is set for 12'-7".

 Will have to call Kasco and find out what's going on.

Called Kasco to speak with Eric, but he's on vacation this week. Will have to call him next week.
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« Reply #40 on: August 14, 2019, 07:35:12 PM »
I see your log stops go straight up and down,as mine do. I put marks on the stops.,4 inches is really 3. So if I set the head at 4 inches,I know I have a to spare. Really comes in handy to saw the flitches. I made marks at 4-6-8-10 inches. No more guessing and wondering if I will hit a stop.
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« Reply #41 on: August 15, 2019, 01:33:13 AM »
I see your log stops go straight up and down,as mine do. I put marks on the stops.,4 inches is really 3. So if I set the head at 4 inches,I know I have a to spare. Really comes in handy to saw the flitches. I made marks at 4-6-8-10 inches. No more guessing and wondering if I will hit a stop.
Mine are marked what they are above the bunks. I also have a blade guard that will contact the back stops if I'm less than 1/4" above them. Marking the back stops was a great idea. If I have to set one higher than the others, as long as I'm more than 1/4" above it, I'm clear.
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« Reply #42 on: August 15, 2019, 05:36:56 AM »
Good idea on the blade guard.
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« Reply #43 on: August 15, 2019, 11:03:33 AM »
Good idea on the blade guard.

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« Reply #44 on: August 19, 2019, 10:02:28 PM »

These Kasco WoodmaxX 7 degree blades look great.

My new blades just came in yesterday, August 13th. Originally ordered these blades on June 4th (they seem to have lost my order). Picked them up last evening. Looked at the shipping papers and the label on the box and they got the wrong size. I ordered 12'-7" (173 teeth = 151-3/8") They sent me 12'-8" (174 teeth = 152-1/2") @7/8" pitch. My mills' ideal size is set for 12'-7".

 Will have to call Kasco and find out what's going on.

Tried one on for fit, it will work, but should add a shim, at least 3/8" thickness for a better set-up. I have a Cooks hinged tension set-up, not a slide, and the 12'-8" is near its' limit, and on its' up swing creating more deflection at the blade guide. It's very noticeable around a 2" bearing, 1" radius.

This will be a few hours work in changing things over and setting things back up.

174 teeth is an ideal size as it keeps its' groups of three teeth instead of missing one at the splice.



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Called Kasco Canada today and spoke with Eric. Apparently 12'-7" is not a size they deal with or make up, but 12'-6" or 12'-8" is. Hmmmm....
Today I added shims to the hinged tensioner made up of 1/4" flat bar and 10 guage metal since I couldn't find some 3/8" flat bar. It would be about 13/32", maybe 25/64", just shy of half the 7/8" pitch. Took me a few hours as it was a tight spot to get my hand in for one of the bolts with-out taking the band wheel off. Turned out I had to run to the hardware store near by to get a few 1/4" longer bolts. Things are looking good and my mill is now set up for the ideal 12'-8" long bands. I also checked the band bearing guide alignment and was surprised by how much it had gotten out. It is now re-aligned. Tracking is also looking good, didn't have to re-adjust it.

Now to make up a wood box for my blades. Not sure when I'm going to get out next and do some more milling.

At least I'm done with the Sussex Flea Market for this year, that was a hectic week-end. Picked up a slide hammer type nail puller for mill equipment. Took it apart and wire brushed it by hand and painted it, then put it back together again.


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« Reply #45 on: August 26, 2019, 12:14:29 AM »
Had the mill out this afternoon (Sunday), a bit over an hours drive from home. Liking the new back stop and dawging stations I added. Milled some poplar using the new Kasco 7 degree blades. I kinda like those.

Throttle cable was a little stiff and gave me some issues so I ended up unhooking it from the engine and worked some tranny fluid into it, then re-installed it. Worked great after that.

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« Reply #46 on: August 26, 2019, 08:35:27 AM »
Ray..thats a nice flea market find. How did the mill run with those new blades?  notice any differences in the cut/
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« Reply #47 on: August 26, 2019, 03:04:29 PM »
Ray..thats a nice flea market find. How did the mill run with those new blades?  notice any differences in the cut/

I'm liking the new 7 degree blades from Kasco. Cut very nicely too. It was all Poplar I milled so far with it. I did notice a slight diagonal ripple effect on the surfaces, but I only used one blade so far. I noticed the drive belt flopping quite a bit while cutting so I kept adjusting the tension on the idler until it settled down. I think the ripple effect pretty much dis-appeared after that. I had to repair the idler pulley cable before I towed the mill out, it was frayed and ready to let go.
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« Reply #48 on: October 25, 2019, 10:55:03 PM »
Been a while since I added to this thread. That 1/8" cable for the idler pulley tensioning is becoming a PITA!  It runs about a 90 degree bend around a smallish pulley, maybe 1-1/4" diameter. That's where I'm having the most issues with it. It frays and breaks and is ready to let go again. I'm going to do away with the pulley and possibly also the cable, will gear up something different.

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« Reply #49 on: October 26, 2019, 09:26:18 AM »
whats wrong with switching to a larger jacketed cable? That really doesn't look that extreme. The only reason I can see the cable fraying is rubbing on the sides of the pulley is that the correct size pulley? 

It is fraying at the pulley? right?

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« Reply #50 on: October 26, 2019, 11:29:27 AM »
whats wrong with switching to a larger jacketed cable? That really doesn't look that extreme. The only reason I can see the cable fraying is rubbing on the sides of the pulley is that the correct size pulley?

It is fraying at the pulley? right?
The cable is not rubbing on the pulley housing. I believe it's a rope pulley actually, it's what was there when I bought this mill. The cable has also frayed at the ends. I'd say the vibrations from the drive belt and idler pulley on a tight radius on the cable fatigues it and starts breaking strands. I could install a larger pulley, but was thinking of re-engineering the system, likely without the cable.
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« Reply #51 on: October 27, 2019, 12:03:59 PM »
 Any chance in finding a larger number of strands as in 6-19 to a 8-19 same size only the wire size is smaller but stronger?
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« Reply #52 on: October 28, 2019, 09:23:35 AM »
Could you change the cable and pulley for rods and a pivot point, I believe it is called a "bell crank linkage" used to change direction of pull.

Perhaps a turnbuckle added to one of the rods to make it adjustable. 

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« Reply #53 on: October 28, 2019, 01:19:22 PM »
Could you change the cable and pulley for rods and a pivot point, I believe it is called a "bell crank linkage" used to change direction of pull.

Perhaps a turnbuckle added to one of the rods to make it adjustable.

That's what I sort of had in mind.

Since I had a few more pieces of cable from my lawn tractors steering cable set-up, I ended up picking up a larger similar pulley and re-assembled it with that for now, and see how this holds up. It was a quick fix for now. I do plan on re-engineering this at some time since the current set-up does take up a little bit of throat depth.
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