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Re: Useful sawmill mods
« Reply #1400 on: March 15, 2019, 07:23:03 PM »
That looks good! thumbs-up

I consider the power anywhere mod one of the best, most useful things that can be done.  As you say, using the power strip in tandem with the hydraulic anywhere mod gives you the best of both worlds.

It also has the added benefit off solving the power strip arcing issue, which is caused by working the hydros when the head is traveling.  So its of multiple benefit, and it allows and operator to make movements on the fly, at any time, even when the head is moving.  It allows simultaneous movements, instead of sequential, which really speeds things up.

One one my favorite techniques is to raise the backstops as soon as the head passes, when edging.  The backstops will keep the edgings from falling off the left side of the mill, assuming they are tall enough relative to the boards being edged.  Then I clear the edgings, and drop the backstops about halfway down the height of the edged boards with the mill head still on the far end, non power strip side, and then drag back all the edged boards to the roller table.  No more pulling edged boards back by hand.  
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Re: Useful sawmill mods
« Reply #1401 on: March 15, 2019, 09:28:30 PM »
@terrifictimbersllc I had trouble with my cables wearing through the coating so I had to put them in tubing to protect them.


 

 
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Re: Useful sawmill mods
« Reply #1402 on: March 15, 2019, 09:54:22 PM »
MM where did you find the led tail lights to replace the originals on the mill?
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Re: Useful sawmill mods
« Reply #1403 on: March 16, 2019, 04:28:00 AM »
@terrifictimbersllc I had trouble with my cables wearing through the coating so I had to put them in tubing to protect them.

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There was a similar gouge in one of my three wires, maybe 8 ft back from the head-you can see where I taped it in one of the photos-I believe this happened with it catching a piece of wood falling into the tracks-but no wear elsewhere.  I do like the idea of putting the wires in a casing though. I'll keep this in mind if something else happens, thanks.
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Re: Useful sawmill mods
« Reply #1404 on: March 16, 2019, 08:13:49 AM »
MM where did you find the led tail lights to replace the originals on the mill?
Here is what I used:  LINK
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« Reply #1405 on: March 21, 2019, 03:07:19 PM »
Even before I bought my new LT40 Super-Wide I knew I was going to hate the gas tank arrangement.   I had seen the new EPA mandated tanks on the Woodmizers at a few shows and did not like the idea of having to fill up the tank, not only on the machine, but while on site milling for a customer.   I had an 2nd tank for my old LT40 that that could easily be swapped out when needed.    It didn't take more than once or twice spilling gas while trying to refill this new arrangement that I was serious about finding a solution.     First I ordered a new tank from Woodmizer.  Then I spent some time  trying to figure out the best way to mount a handle on it for lifting and carrying it similar to any regular gas can/tank.   Drilling holes to mount a handle was out of the question. So I had to find a better solution.  

I ended up buying a $5 barn door handle at the local farm store and mounting it on a strip of gray UV safe 1/4" thick PVC with counter-sunk machine screws.  The PVC strip was then attached on top of the tank with 4 extra long heavy duty (170 lb) UV safe tie-wraps.  ( the tie wraps did not work.   I mod'd the mod.  Jump to here for the update --  Updated MOD  )  In addition to countersinking the screw holes I filed notches in the PVC strip where the tie-wraps crossed to keep the handle from sliding end-to-end.

Then I added a set of quick-connect fitting to the fuel and air return lines so the tank can be pulled and swapped quickly.   The fittings came from US Plastics.   I could have gone with plastic to save a few bucks, but went for the better quality brass fittings.   I put the male fittings on the tank and the more expensive female fittings on the sawmill end of the lines.  That way I only needed to buy one set of the more costly ones.   You'll need one set of male fittings for each tank you do.  The fittings I chose are also "shut-off" when disconnected.  That way no fuel will spill or drip.   Below are links for each of the fittings I used.  

I suppose you could do this mod for a single tank and just remove it from the mill and fill it at ground level if you want to.  I'd rather have the 2nd tank ready to go.

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1/8" In-Line Hose Barb MC Series Chrome Plated Brass Insert - Shutoff | U.S. Plastic Corp.
1/4" In-Line Hose Barb MC Series Chrome Plated Brass Insert - Shutoff | U.S. Plastic Corp.
1/8" In-Line Hose Barb MC Series Chrome Plated Brass Body - Shutoff | U.S. Plastic Corp.
1/4" In-Line Hose Barb MC Series Chrome Plated Brass Body - Shutoff | U.S. Plastic Corp.


I haven't installed them yet because of the rain and mud but the metal box around the gas tank is removed and the modified tank will be held in place like on the older mills using the black EDPM tie-downs.  This will make swap out quick and painless.



 



 



 



 



 



 
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Re: Useful sawmill mods
« Reply #1406 on: March 21, 2019, 10:30:32 PM »
be careful, zip ties break.

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Re: Useful sawmill mods
« Reply #1407 on: March 22, 2019, 09:28:54 AM »
The jugs and detachable concept looks good.

I would consider fabricating steel straps or use something like this:  STRAPS

Also a good bead of Goop underneath before tightening won't hurt anything. 
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Re: Useful sawmill mods
« Reply #1408 on: March 22, 2019, 11:22:51 AM »
One of those would last on the mill till got home from the dealer.
I like the rubber bunjies that hold my approved gerry tank on my mill BUT you do need to pay attention and change them when they show deterioration.
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« Reply #1409 on: March 22, 2019, 08:34:04 PM »
Good job  8) 8)
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« Reply #1410 on: March 22, 2019, 09:14:32 PM »

I would consider fabricating steel straps or use something like this:  STRAPS
I've considered something like this but I was thinking 1 to 2 inches wide.  If metal it probably should have a rubber sleeve under/around it as well  to prevent cutting into the plastic container.
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« Reply #1411 on: March 24, 2019, 08:30:23 AM »

I added an hour meter to my LT-28 yesterday. Sourced a meter from Amazon for less than $15. I used the yellow wire behind the ignition plate for my 12VDC source and grounded it to the engine.

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« Reply #1412 on: March 27, 2019, 05:33:35 PM »
The jugs and detachable concept looks good.

I would consider fabricating steel straps or use something like this:  STRAPS

Also a good bead of Goop underneath before tightening won't hurt anything.

Ok, so based on Magicman's recommendation I ditched the tie-wrap configuration.   I found 1 1/2 inch wide 1/16th inch thick aluminum at the box store.    Took about an hour to make and install them on both gas tanks.  Still avoided anything that would require putting holes in the gas tanks.  
Here are the "new" finished results.







I added a couple 3/16 inch eye-bolts to hook the EDPM straps to.  They just went through the existing holes with fender washers on each side.







The straps I bought were 21" and are to long without crossing them.  I'll need to get a couple shorter ones on my next trip out.  Maybe 15 inch length then I can go straight over the tank.





Even without adding a 2nd gas tank, this mod lets you take the tank off the mill and sit it on the ground when it needs to be filled.    So much better than spilling gas everywhere.
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« Reply #1413 on: March 27, 2019, 06:27:37 PM »
Now 100% approved!!!  smiley_thumbsup smiley_thumbsup

To me the tank looks more captured with the straps crossed.
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« Reply #1414 on: March 27, 2019, 10:14:51 PM »
Looks professional.  
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« Reply #1415 on: March 28, 2019, 06:15:56 AM »
Very nice job you did.  smiley_thumbsup
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« Reply #1416 on: March 28, 2019, 09:57:06 AM »
VERY well done!!

I will have a price on an aluminum tank today. Also found a small electric fuel transfer pump that fits a regular gerry can or those 20 Gal fuel totes, that pumps 4 gal per minute.  :P  
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« Reply #1417 on: April 14, 2019, 10:05:14 AM »
 

 

 

 

 

 
Once the customers stop I can get back to it . :D
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« Reply #1418 on: April 14, 2019, 01:53:03 PM »

Once the customers stop I can get back to it . :D
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« Reply #1419 on: April 14, 2019, 03:05:25 PM »

Once the customers stop I can get back to it . :D
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