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Re: Ray's Portable Manual Mill Mods & Additions
« 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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Re: Ray's Portable Manual Mill Mods & Additions
« 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.

Also brought the old Husky 61, now that's a saw that gets 'er done.
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Re: Ray's Portable Manual Mill Mods & Additions
« 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.
mobile manual mill (local build) (mods & additions on-going)
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2006 Ranger 4X2 w/cap, manual trans


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