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Re: Useful sawmill mods
« Reply #1440 on: April 18, 2019, 10:05:11 PM »
Well at least we now know what his occupation is or was.  :D
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Re: Useful sawmill mods
« Reply #1441 on: April 21, 2019, 07:40:04 AM »
Going to try this for a while and see how it goes.


 

 

 
When I get it the way I want I will fix the pading.
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Re: Useful sawmill mods
« Reply #1442 on: April 21, 2019, 07:50:06 AM »
I like your mod, Peter!

The one thing I always disliked about the Operator Seat was the lack of "easy on and off", and it looks like yours will be basically just turn and step off!  I like it!
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Re: Useful sawmill mods
« Reply #1443 on: April 21, 2019, 08:45:48 AM »
No cup holder. :D  Looks good.
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« Reply #1444 on: April 21, 2019, 05:02:34 PM »
I have been getting a rubbing sound when raising and lowering the head, only for a portion of the travel.
I lube with ATF religiously.
Checked the pad adjustment and all was OK.
Manual says be sure to check with the head at the top and bottom of the mast only as there may be a variation in the mast itself.
I suspect this is the case, but dont know why it has just started making the noise.
I am thinking of replacing the pads with a material called nylatron.
It is nylon impregnated with a lubricating substance.
It is used for some pretty heavy duty industrial applications and is available in 2x2 sheets of varying thickness.
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« Reply #1445 on: April 21, 2019, 05:17:24 PM »
Check your sawmill leveling side to side and end to end.  You may be able to tweak it a bit one way or the other which would change the mast balance and could make a difference.
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« Reply #1446 on: April 21, 2019, 06:26:23 PM »
You could also have a wood chip in a place where it rubs at a certain point in it's travel!
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Re: Useful sawmill mods
« Reply #1447 on: April 21, 2019, 08:49:08 PM »
I had the same thing happen when the mill mast wasn't vertical or had changed angles.  The pads would drag on odd, unloaded portions of the mast and cause the dragging.  Nothing wrong, after awhile, the pads would polish the new surface and would would stop making the noise.  Or I would re-level the mill.




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« Reply #1448 on: April 21, 2019, 08:56:05 PM »
I've had the pads wear down until the bolts holding them on started to drag on the mast. That nylatron sounds good as long as it's not a lot softer than the pads supplied on the mill. I think they use derlin.
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Re: Useful sawmill mods
« Reply #1449 on: April 22, 2019, 02:19:52 PM »
Someone posted here on the forum, how they added some brushes to keep their belts clean.
I was walking through a store and saw a brush head that was wooden and bought it.
I cut it with my chop saw and have lots left to add more after these wear out.
drive wheel side:


 

Idle wheel side and left over brush:


 

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« Reply #1450 on: May 12, 2019, 08:24:06 AM »
I am stationary
2 options that I rarely use or dont use at all on my mill.
The so called lube mizer, cause I see no need when sawing Hemlock which is 98 percent of my sawing.
The high performance blade guides. I removed them about 8 years ago and see no difference in board quality and blade changing is easier, for me at least.
Other mods that I have done.
The fingers in the sawdust chute, these are long gone as they constantly plugged up due to bits and pieces of Hemlock bark jamming. I dont let ANYONE walk by the chute when the blade is running.
Use the tube on the chute only when wind is a factor.
I have swung the command control module in slightly so I can see down the log without craning my neck.
I built a deflector to prevent the boards from hitting me when using the board return.
Debarker alarm long gone now have a blinking light.
I understand this is standard on new mills.
I run tension well past the orange in the gauge.
Maybe all this has been posted before but my memory is faulty.
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« Reply #1451 on: May 12, 2019, 02:08:43 PM »
Pete;  It didn't take me very long to pull the HP blade guide rollers off of my mill and put the standard bg rollers on, the HP's created a few clearance issues.

Another FF member needed them more than I did, so that's where they went!
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« Reply #1452 on: May 13, 2019, 07:20:48 AM »
Yes Chuck
They seemed like a good idea at the time.
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« Reply #1453 on: May 14, 2019, 01:38:35 PM »
@petefrom bearswamp , I finally got a "round tuit" this morning and installed my Debarker strobe.


 
I cut a strip of aluminum, covered it with orange reflective tape, and bolted it to the Debarker guard.  The little strobe has 8 different flashing programs, some of which would be kinda harsh to the tailgunner's eyes so I chose one that simply flashes for now.


 
Alternating


 
from side to side.


 
It flashes when the Debarker is energized.  The yellow wire changes the flashing program.

The "horn" on my sawmill's Debarker was disconnected when I bought it. ::)
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« Reply #1454 on: May 15, 2019, 05:23:02 PM »
Nice install Lynn
I could barely hear the alarm.
Of course I am nowhere near the debarker when sawing.
The help is cautioned to stay a healthy distance from it too.
My help hated it.
The light I bought is smaller than I thought it would be but will suffice.
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« Reply #1455 on: May 15, 2019, 06:56:38 PM »
I spliced onto, secured, and extended that yellow wire this afternoon and added a nice tip so that I can easily change the flashing programs.  I really like this setup.  smiley_thumbsup
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« Reply #1456 on: May 15, 2019, 07:57:59 PM »
I spliced onto, secured, and extended that yellow wire this afternoon and added a nice tip so that I can easily change the flashing programs.  I really like this setup.  smiley_thumbsup
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Could you add a link to the flasher you added and also could you show or write a schematic of the wiring for us electrically challenged individuals.
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« Reply #1457 on: May 16, 2019, 07:48:42 AM »
These are the last ones that I ordered:  Strobe  It seems that every time I Google "strobe" I find ones that are slightly different.

The wiring was simple because there are only three wires; red to red, black to black, and the yellow wire changes the flashing sequence when you touch it to the sawmill (ground).
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« Reply #1458 on: May 25, 2019, 07:42:58 AM »
One of the first things my WM rep said when I bought new LT70 was "Its about time" and then "You won't have that dragback board carrier you invented for your old mill."  This kind of surprised me that the WM guys knew about the mod, and it did turn out to be one of the most aggravating things, not having the board carrier, and having a board come off the cant and just dropping onto the table and me having to hand push the board onto the pallet.  I really missed my board carrier.

The board carrier mod is speckled though those Forum topic, but here is an old video of it in action, notice how when the board comes off the cant it is held until I put the mill in forward, and the board drops off the ledge and onto the pallet.  It worked great.



With the new mill, this really got to be a problem when milling large live edge slabs, some weighing a hundred pounds or more, and having to reach and push and drag and grunt the board onto the pallet.  One or two wouldn't be so bad, but after doing pallet after pallet, hundreds of big slabs, I'd had enough.  It was time to do some "Step saving".  The problem was the LT70 had a completely different boards return design than my LT40.  I'd also learned a few things and wanted to incorporate them into the updated design.

So here is the pictures of the dragback arm mod, where I welded some 1" x 1/2" steel pads to the bottom of each finger.  This made them much stronger and able to withstand the rigors impact with major hunks of wood.  The design has simplified and that's the best kind.  





Thats all it took, they work like a charm and will grab and carry the biggest slabs I've sawn yet.

Here is a picture from underneath a big slab, with the fingers holding it up, on its way back to the pallet.







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Re: Useful sawmill mods
« Reply #1459 on: May 25, 2019, 08:16:56 PM »
So, you don't sticker right off the mill?
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