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Author Topic: Log Peeler for Cabin "D" Logs  (Read 2809 times)

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Offline dgrover13

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Re: Log Peeler for Cabin "D" Logs
« Reply #20 on: January 06, 2018, 11:47:07 PM »
Any updates on this log peeler?  I'm about to find myself in the same predicament.  Except I've never peeled any logs, by hand or other wise.  I really don't want to think about peeling logs for a 3000 sq ft log home.

I have peeled half the logs for my 2000 sqft cabin and I myself researched for a log peeler before going with the drawknife/ice scraper. 

From various forums it became apparent that the log wizards would be much slower for bulk peeling.  It seems the log wizards are for those that are milling.  If logs are dirty with mud- the log wizard can strip it easily and keep other blades from dulling. 

I think if you can physically handle the drawknife, thats probably what's most efficient.
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Re: Log Peeler for Cabin "D" Logs
« Reply #21 on: January 07, 2018, 08:15:22 AM »
I keep a double bit axe hanging behind me at my sawmill for blade paths, actually pretty fast to use in a narrow pathway on a locked down log.
Actually there are videos of various peelers showing them as effective for uses aside from milled logs.
I spent my money given I made an earlier decision to use oak which is not drawknife friendly to peel!
I do believe my tools design is better overall as not hanging out there at bar tip and closer to the powerhead plus a much heavier tool overall.
I use the outer bark on slick bark hickorys for chair bottoms. That involves carefully removing the outer bark leaving whats just below for use. It's even harder than an oak trees bark!
After a serious tally I find I have enough pine for my cabin project, all to be peeled with a knife not power peeled, so once the temps warm up, I'm taking some pics and selling it new & unused.
 See the classifieds soon! 
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Re: Log Peeler for Cabin "D" Logs
« Reply #22 on: January 08, 2018, 02:52:59 PM »
I'm gonna throw this out there:



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Re: Log Peeler for Cabin "D" Logs
« Reply #23 on: January 08, 2018, 03:11:02 PM »
I used winter cut logs with tight bark on my home and will do the same this time too! Way less bug issues when weather warms up. That cambium mostly all comes off along with a smooth surface on the branch bases. It's more work but wouldn't work with a bark spud on winter cut in my experience.
I'm going to sit the "logs", actually "D" log cants in my case up on a set of stands so peeling is easier on my worn out back. FEL with pallet forks maybe couple at a time, then over to a pile on sticks to avoid mildew & mold and probably spray them too.
I wish I had those pine trees to work with!
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Re: Log Peeler for Cabin "D" Logs
« Reply #24 on: January 08, 2018, 06:31:32 PM »
The logger that retired was the only one in the area that would supply the quality of logs the custom builders wanted. His were all winter cut and if didn't sell before spring would have them peeled during the window of time the bark slips fairly easy and before the bugs became a concern. His log racks hold the logs close to waist high, which helps too.

Since he retired, we have been getting calls lately from some builders that think that they are interested in some cut last year and not peeled. I am not sure how well this will work out. The ones that have expressed a desire has to have them delivered with a self load truck, so, so far it has not been a doable deal.
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Re: Log Peeler for Cabin "D" Logs
« Reply #25 on: January 09, 2018, 10:10:35 AM »
Kantuckid, What tool did you order (from russia)?  Was it the Lahzit tool that goes on an Angle grinder?  I need a better way of peeling a strip of bark for my sawmill that doesn't have a debarker.  For Ash especially that is dried on the log.  Looking at this angle grinder mounted tool, they demo it on thin bark trees only, Not heavily furrowed bark like Ash or oak or walnut.  So I wonder how it would work?  I wonder when you hit small stones how quickly it chips up the blades?
Anything someone can design, I can sure figure out how to fix!
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Re: Log Peeler for Cabin "D" Logs
« Reply #26 on: January 09, 2018, 04:33:43 PM »
No, I've seen those and price point turned me away. I did watch some you tube videos of that one and they appear to be an effective design and also safe to operate.
Mine is easily seen on ebay under either bark peelers or log peelers. One ebay ad is from Russia, the one I bought is a motorcycle dealer in Ukraine. It is not Chinese built! The cutter head is very well made and everything about the tool is top notch. The blades are much heavier than an industrial jointer blade as an e.g.. Similar blade head to a log wizard but heavier blades and blade holder too. Easily removed for sharpening with a hex wrench. It would continue to cut for your purpose even after a rock nick. Any edged tool would have that result if you hit a rock.
 If you go back and read my post you'll see the ebay item numbers which could have changed. I can easily find them if you don't find them right off. The tool comes with a list of various name brand saws it fits onto. That list is longer than the list seen in the ebay ad and also different between the two sellers ads. In reality they are the same tool exactly and The pulley will fit onto lots of chain saws. It replaces the saws bar and chain and is mounted in place of the bar. The V-belt runs out to the cutter head. On a small saw like a Stihl 170-250, etc. it would be a lightweight set-up.
Mine is for sale at a price to recover my $$$. PM me if you have interest? I'm an honest guy, retired tech education, etc..
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Re: Log Peeler for Cabin "D" Logs
« Reply #27 on: January 10, 2018, 11:23:29 AM »
I've had good response from these guys:

http://www.rotoclipinc.com/.

Made in the USA. Originally designed for trimming sheep hooves, then someone figured it was good for shaping logs. I have 2 of them, and they do a good job and they are super fast. Need a full face shield to use, though. Seriously.

I don't use them on my logs for my home because I don't want to damage the cambrium layer under the bark, but every building style is different, and they work great on logs for everything else.

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Re: Log Peeler for Cabin "D" Logs
« Reply #28 on: January 10, 2018, 11:28:44 AM »
The bark peeler r.e above has 100mm straight, HSS blades not carbide inserts as above that are for gouging into wood. That tool is similar to the modern, carbide insert wood lather tools except it's a rotary tool.
Arbortech (NZ made) is another wood "hogging" tool used by woodworkers to hollow out bowls and pricey just like that one you show.
Cambrium is what the bugs like for desert :D
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Re: Log Peeler for Cabin "D" Logs
« Reply #29 on: January 10, 2018, 11:39:25 AM »
The bark peeler r.e above has 100mm straight, HSS blades not carbide inserts as above that are for gouging into wood. That tool is similar to the modern, carbide insert wood lather tools except it's a rotary tool.
Arbortech (NZ made) is another wood "hogging" tool used by woodworkers to hollow out bowls and pricey just like that one you show.
Cambrium is what the bugs like for desert :D

Well, I used the $25 blades. They need to be precisely sharpened, but I was able to peel a 10' cedar log in about 40 min. I've heard Arbortech is a great product, too.

Using my "spud" on pine logs in the video above: takes about an hour to do a 50' log, if the stars and the bugs are aligned right. :) On the winter-cut logs I just felled a month ago, it took me 3 hours to do a log....


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