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Traverse city area homemade mill ?
« on: September 15, 2013, 10:22:32 AM »
Looking to build a medium size Band saw mill. would like to stop over and get some closeup ideas.
like width of track and size of carriage. Between wheels,  thanks from Frankfort.
Ken

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Re: Traverse city area homemade mill ?
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2013, 10:30:51 AM »
Welcome to the FF CoyoteBait

I highly recommend these folks for parts and help unless your goal is to build it from scratch.
http://www.linnlumber.com/

Best
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Re: Traverse city area homemade mill ?
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2013, 07:13:23 PM »
I bought Fla._Deadheader's Woodmizer clone.  I'm in the process of getting trucking arranged to get it from Fla to N. Mi.  The trucker is busy wrapping up his haying season and isn't getting it hauled  :)  I'm North of Gaylord in Wolverine about 90 miles from TC.  When I get it here, whenever that might be, you're more than welcome to come check it out.
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Re: Traverse city area homemade mill ?
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2013, 08:23:10 PM »
I built mine off the Linn Lumber design. It'll handle a 30" log  x 16.5' long on 20' of track. If you get down Saginaw way, you can take a look. I think you'd do well to take a look at Corley5's too.
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Re: Traverse city area homemade mill ?
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2013, 07:40:44 AM »
Yote, best to copy a commercially built mill rather than copy others mistakes.You get out what you put in if you take the time and care you can build a mill that will serve your needs well and give you alot  of satisfaction.Their is scads of information on this forum. Frank C.
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Re: Traverse city area homemade mill ?
« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2013, 08:40:18 AM »
I'm in Frankfort as well, I have a tk1600. If you want to see it, let me know.
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Re: Traverse city area homemade mill ?
« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2013, 10:23:36 AM »
coyotebait,I always say build it longer. I brought a mill to cut 20 foot. Never have,yet. But what I did not know was that gave me more room to put a log on,I have 4 feet to play with instead of a few inches with a 16 foot log. No need to be real careful about where a 16 foot log goes on. Also allows me to get the head out of my way to remove lumber. Good luck with your build.
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Re: Traverse city area homemade mill ?
« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2013, 01:02:17 AM »
Good idea

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« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2013, 08:26:13 AM »
I agree with thecfarm 100%. When I bought my mill to get the 10 foot it would cut you had about 2 inches before and after the cut. When I built the new track I went with 20 foot of track. What ever method that you move a log you simply need the room for error, plus it saves bunches of time. I figure any time that the log isn't secured is a chance to get hurt.

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