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Re: Home built slabber
« Reply #40 on: June 24, 2007, 09:31:43 AM »

 Steven;
   I also have the procut mill and like it very well. I have been thinking of putting a 4 stroke motor on it the way you did. I run 3/8 chain most of the time and I cannot find a drive sprocket to adapt the chain to the shaft. What did you use to get it  to work. I have some pictures in my albums.  Thank you,  Jim
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Re: Home built slabber
« Reply #41 on: June 24, 2007, 03:42:53 PM »
Yes, "sag can be an issue if you get over 72". Captains got that right.

 As for the frame, I would opt to "come from above". This gives you unlimited options for cutting. Remember some of these logs can weigh 20,000-40,000 lbs. The frame in the picture is 40' long, yes, forty feet. That is a LOOOOONG log. These pictures were taken in 1998. I will be powering this soon with an electric motor. The legs of the frame are "fully compressed" it can extend to 12' or so above the ground. Anyone need a 5"x 38" x 40' piece of lumber? I will also be building a "deck" which will hydraulically raise and lower at the four corners to true up a log, it will have hold downs as well.


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Re: Home built slabber
« Reply #42 on: June 26, 2007, 07:46:39 PM »
Reid nice set up.  Did you design and build that yourself, if so great achievement. 

Likewise Jim, I bet you noticed the relative ease of operating your Procut mill compared to the Alaskan mill.  For the drive sprocket I used a 404 harvester 12 tooth sprocket with a bore dia of 25mm.  There is a lot of power being transferred to the chain and I was a little hesitant in running a 3/8 chain so I didn't really look into it. 

There are at least a couple of 4 stroke mills around and recently there was a few good photos on the diybandmill.com website ('tims tree saw' gallery) of his work in progress.  I think he will be running a 3/8 chain?

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Re: Home built slabber
« Reply #43 on: June 26, 2007, 07:51:39 PM »
Stevensam,

 Thanks, IT was a group effort with myselfand a freind's fab shop. I used to work there in college. He is an old family friend and is a great guy to know!!

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Re: Home built slabber
« Reply #44 on: June 26, 2007, 08:23:37 PM »
SS, that is a good looking machine you built. I saw it in the gallery as you loaded the pics. Reids setup is awesome eh. I am gonna duplicate his somewhat. I have these two 18 foot long, 18" x 1/2" thick I beams that I will weld together end to end and will serve as the overhead, monorail frame. I haven't worked out the details but they will come. I don't know if I am going to mount the 36' long beam on top of hydraulic cylinders or use a gear and chain to get syncronized vertical adjustment like a planer uses.
Lots of things to think about but it will be next year most likely before I start.

Nice work on your machine. Keep us updated on mods if you don't mind.

 

i have always thought this overhead monorail design would be ideal for a bandsaw. Nothing in the way.
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Re: Home built slabber
« Reply #45 on: June 27, 2007, 12:28:16 AM »
I have been wanting to make a slabber as well. I want it to run on the same tracks as my swingmill.
I picked up these screw lift assemblies from a junk pile. Not sure what they are from.  ???

 
 
 
Looks like they would make a nice lift frame for a slabber. Any ideas?
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« Reply #46 on: June 27, 2007, 07:03:20 AM »

Those screw jacks may have been used to lift a pickup camper and then sit it on the ground after the truck was pulled out from under it.
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« Reply #47 on: June 27, 2007, 12:54:57 PM »
Having a scale like that on it makes me think it was not used to lift a picjup camper. I don't know what though.
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Re: Home built slabber
« Reply #48 on: September 22, 2008, 01:41:40 PM »
Ok, I'm going to bring this back up to the top.  After some wrestling, fighting, cussing, blade breaking and such not I'm going to have to do something soon.  So, if you were going to build a slabber would you build it so it rides on stationary rails and the carriage raises and lowers or would you build it so the frame raises.  I want to make it semi-portable so it can be stored in the barn when not needed and move out when we get a biggin'.  More ideas please.

If any of you guys have pics of your slabbers installed (particularly of the bar mounts) I would appreciate them.

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Re: Home built slabber
« Reply #49 on: September 23, 2008, 08:59:45 PM »
Awesome slabber Reid.  I've got to subscribe to this thread../  8)
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Re: Home built slabber
« Reply #50 on: September 24, 2008, 05:04:01 AM »
JPgreen, Thanks, it is still a work in progress. I am now powering with a JD bulldozer engine, and coupling it to both a 9' bar and a 72 throat bandmill (one on each side, so cutting direction will vary depending on which I am using). I am thinking there will be a docking station at each end to detatch whichever is not in use at the time. The stations will consume some track length, but I rarely need all 40' anyhow. The engine, 9' bar and bandwheels are here and most other misc. parts I just need to get the time to get to work. I tend to dream big, which can make things a LITTLE drawn out. ;D ;D I'll keep you posted.

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« Reply #51 on: September 24, 2008, 09:11:32 AM »
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Re: Home built slabber
« Reply #52 on: September 24, 2008, 09:17:12 AM »
I remember seeing pics of you slabber before. I've got a Husky 3120 that I've kept for building one. 

Be good to see a close up of your carriage and bar up/down sections sometime.

I know you're into crotch woods.  I was at my sis and bro inlaw's farm last week, and there are trees from the 1800's- oak, ginkco, and more with huge diameters and crotches. House was built in 1873.

Probably not a big deal for you guys back east, but is a big deal for a california boy.
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Re: Home built slabber
« Reply #53 on: September 25, 2008, 09:11:33 PM »
Having a scale like that on it makes me think it was not used to lift a picjup camper. I don't know what though.
  agree--ive had camper jacks---aint nothing like that--those are fine quality--wonder what they did come off of ??????????

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« Reply #54 on: October 12, 2018, 09:52:54 PM »
Stevensam, if you're still out there can you please tell me how many teeth are on the sprockets you used? Also what series of roller chain you used?


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