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home made sawmill blade tracking adjustment
« on: February 05, 2012, 10:10:17 AM »
howdy all
 like to here some good ideas for making the blade tracking adjuster
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Re: home made sawmill blade tracking adjustment
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2012, 10:13:59 AM »
is this a circle mill or band, or chain bar mill ?          technically, i have 2 of the 3  types here :)

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Re: home made sawmill blade tracking adjustment
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2012, 10:36:06 AM »
this is on a band saw  sorry
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Re: home made sawmill blade tracking adjustment
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2012, 08:28:02 PM »
Steve,look to the left and bring up the woodland site they show the adjusters and how to use them. Frank C.
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Re: home made sawmill blade tracking adjustment
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2012, 09:25:28 PM »
 

 

The screw to the left tensions the band, the screw facing out tracks the band, it is in a nut welded to the plate, the plate is hinged to the left and has another plate on the other side of the hinge that the screw presses on the band wheel axle is welded to the 2nd plate, you can see the end of the axel partly above that plate.
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Re: home made sawmill blade tracking adjustment
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2012, 08:19:59 PM »
By looking at the photos you posted, you are going to use dual pillow blocks on both the drive and tension side probably mounted on parallel horizontal square tubing, correct? Since the pillow blocks are slotted for adjustment, all you need to do is weld small threaded blocks on each side of them. Install an adjuster bolt on each side- loosen one, tighten the other. This will adjust your toe in/out. Your camber will be adjusted by shimming the front or back pillow block. Here's a very crude (and not to scale) drawing of what I described above, the 'blocks' are denoted in black:
 

 

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Re: home made sawmill blade tracking adjustment
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2012, 08:31:38 PM »
howdy eastberk
you are correct , and i was thinking the same . just wanted someone to check behind me lol
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Re: home made sawmill blade tracking adjustment
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2012, 08:05:40 AM »
Steve,what Berky says will work fine as once its adjusted you will seldom have to readjust.On my bandmill I made like a double hinge with locks kinda a waste of time as I adjusted it once and haven't touched it since. Frank C.
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Re: home made sawmill blade tracking adjustment
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2012, 05:30:06 PM »
 

 

Here is a picture of the stearing for my new mill I am building, it's like what eastberkshirecustoms posted earlier, I still need to add locknuts to it, but it does work well. This is on the right side of the two pillow blocks, there are another two on the left side, and another set of 4 on the pillow blocks for the other bandwheel.
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Re: home made sawmill blade tracking adjustment
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2012, 09:55:47 PM »
on the drive wheel i used the same as barshaw nut bolt  ..on the idle wheel i made the assembely fully adjustable  slideing square tubing ,and jack screws from a few sissor jacks and put the blade tenision spring in one side of the assembely ,the ability to adjust the tracking 6 ways worked for me i have a few photos in my gallery if you want any better pics id be glad to post them
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Re: home made sawmill blade tracking adjustment
« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2012, 09:14:21 AM »
howdy build this
would like to see the pic if you have time     thanks
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