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Re: Useful sawmill mods
« Reply #1320 on: January 02, 2018, 07:54:31 PM »
In the process right now. Changing the bottom pipe bungs on the tanks to 1.5 inch black pipe and will connect the tanks with 1.5 inch tube with a 1.5 Black T at center to allow for a good drain for the tanks.

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« Reply #1321 on: January 03, 2018, 12:43:26 PM »
In the process right now. Changing the bottom pipe bungs on the tanks to 1.5 inch black pipe and will connect the tanks with 1.5 inch tube with a 1.5 Black T at center to allow for a good drain for the tanks.

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Ended up with 1 1/8" ID silicon rubber tube across the bottom and it works well. have not had an issue since it is back up and running.
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« Reply #1322 on: January 03, 2018, 09:48:33 PM »
Good to know. Thanks BB
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Re: Useful sawmill mods
« Reply #1323 on: February 02, 2018, 03:01:39 AM »
 

 
 the jugs that DEF comes in for the diesel truck are starting to pile up,
Hate tossing them because they fill so nice. Thought I would try them out on the saws.
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Re: Useful sawmill mods
« Reply #1324 on: March 16, 2018, 01:06:40 PM »
I made this jig to use while edging 1" fiitches on the woodmizer. I can now use the hydraulic clamp to stand up a flitch and clamp it simultaneously. I like straight ling one edge of each flitch at a time so I know I can get the widest board possible. Once one edge is straight I lay it in it's respective pile that will make the target width. I tried a block between the clamp and flitch but didn't like using it. Pics and videos coming soon.

 

 

 
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« Reply #1325 on: March 16, 2018, 01:48:43 PM »
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« Reply #1326 on: March 16, 2018, 01:49:21 PM »
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« Reply #1327 on: March 16, 2018, 02:20:37 PM »
My TK has a similar clamp head.  I welded little dot's on the top.  This way after edging one side I can pull the board out from the stops, flip it, and re-clamp to do the second edge.  Never have to move from the console.  Does take practice to get it right.
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Re: Useful sawmill mods
« Reply #1328 on: March 16, 2018, 06:28:32 PM »
   When I want to edge a single board I lay a 1X4 down flat across the rails and clamp against that. This gives the extra width and and keeps pressure the length of the flitch being edged. If both edges are live you might have to put a shim in there to square the edge. Actually a 2X4 would work well for both directions assuming you are not edging less than 2". This is a trick Marty Parsons showed me when I complained about the clamping system and 1-2 4/4 flitches being edged.
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Re: Useful sawmill mods
« Reply #1329 on: March 16, 2018, 07:04:06 PM »

Why are you edging 1 board at a time?    I do stacks, sometimes a dozen or more.
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« Reply #1330 on: March 16, 2018, 07:13:14 PM »
I tried "gang" edging but found that I ended up wasting a lot more material and would waste a lot of time chasing little pieces of edging that would fall down in between the bed rails and off the back. This is just the way I like to do it. Idealy I would like a edger but until that happens I'll keep doing it this way.
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« Reply #1331 on: March 16, 2018, 07:30:14 PM »
WV 
I tried the 1x trick but found it didn't work the way I wanted it to. I had trouble getting the flitch behind the spacer. I like stacking piles on the mill bed also so I don't have to handle them again. With the jig I can also flip a flitch up and clamp it simultaneously. It works well for those flitches that don't want to stand up  on their own. I've got into a rhythm and this seems to be the most productive for my mill and setup for the time being. 

Did I mention that I'm a little height challenged? :D long flitches (over 12 foot) I sometimes have trouble flipping them up against the backstops if they are wide.
Then it would fall down just as I got back to the command control and I'd have to walk back around the mill and stand it back up. Now I just hit the levers and watch it go up!
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Re: Useful sawmill mods
« Reply #1332 on: March 21, 2018, 10:24:55 AM »
I saw my 4/4 (softwood) so it comes off the mill at full inch.
I find that my clamp wont clamp 1 board tightly.
This is not a problem with hardwoods as I saw it to get full 1-1/8"
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Re: Useful sawmill mods
« Reply #1333 on: April 03, 2018, 04:18:29 PM »
The brake band adjustment mod:

 

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I got carried away with the simplicity of the mod and didn't take another pic and didn't think of it till it was all bottoned up. IT works great.

On the lift motor change over, I discovered today while doing a operational test with the engine running and the generator hooked up, my actual lift speed is 9 seconds for 12 inches of lift and 6.5 secs for 12 inches of drop. Also in the simple set speed settings, set #5 works best. Takes about 22 inches of drop to gain a 1/16th regardless of scale.  

This brake band mod is getting a total re work. Pics will appear as the mod progresses. 

The slotted channel piece will be replaced by a piece of 1/2 or 5/8s ready rod. No more guessing when the adjustment is made AND the adjustment will be a simple 3/4 box end ratchet and/or a 3/4 wrench. 

Putting Mill in the shop tomorrow for the spring once over. 
   
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Re: Useful sawmill mods
« Reply #1334 on: April 09, 2018, 12:59:07 PM »
Well, at least I think it's kind of a mod... 

My old eyes ain't as good as they used to be. I can see far real well but it's the near stuff that makes me use 'cheaters' to see close up.  Anyway, came across these safety glasses from SSP Eyewear that has the magnifier part at the TOP of the lens. (I think they are designed for shooters.)

My 95 LT40HD doesn't have Accuset but just the pointer on the scale. Before the new safety glasses, I would have to tip my head way back to visualize the pointer. After a full days work, the neck was a bit sore. I've tried these new safety glasses a few times now and they work well.

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« Reply #1335 on: May 02, 2018, 10:09:23 AM »
Not sure I'd call this a mod as much as an addition. It is not in final form but now that i know it works very well it will get the finall treatment after the next sawing job. 



It need a second jack/stabilizer leg ither wise works great!
If you ain't livin on the edge you are takin up way to much room. Of course at my age if I get too close to that edge any more theres a good chance I may fall off.
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Re: Useful sawmill mods
« Reply #1336 on: May 02, 2018, 12:57:05 PM »
   Okay BB, I'll bite. What am I looking at? I see you attached a swinging lift to your mill with a stabilizer jack which looks pretty good but what are you lifting on the mill? I first thought maybe it was a lap siding attachment or such but I honestly don't know. Looks like maybe you are getting ready to load more equipment on top of the mill for a mobile job or such. Is it an edger or something you plan to transport along with the mill? Inquiring minds want to know. ;D
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« Reply #1337 on: May 02, 2018, 11:39:26 PM »
LOL WV 

What I shoulda done was put up a "whats it" post.

Heres a pic of the table all set up.

I the above pic it is upside down with the legs in transport position being loaded on the mill. sure saves the back and i can do it by my self. But i do need a triangular stabilizing leg set.

   
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« Reply #1338 on: May 12, 2018, 04:16:32 PM »
Like a lot of you I have lost the plastic caps for the jacks, in my case 4 of the 6
Tried Duct tape but didnt last so did this today while the mill was in my shop for the pan gasket replacement. pieces of scrap ash I had around the shop screwed on opposite sides.



 

Also while cleaning under the mill I saw that the grounding wire from the battery to the bottom rail was hanging pretty low and upon inspection discovered two worn thru spots on the insulation. I put a piece of rubber tubing over the wire and also


 shortened it by about 2 inches so it doesnt hang so low.
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« Reply #1339 on: May 21, 2018, 06:07:41 PM »
Hey  safdcheif2........thanks for the info on the top bi-focal safety glasses by SSD Eyewear. I didn't know they made those. I have the safety glasses with the bi-focal on the bottom and it makes it real hard to see anything around your feet without tucking your chin into your chest. Of course then I head-butt everything around the mill. ::) 
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