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My DIY bandsaw mill
« on: January 18, 2018, 04:03:51 AM »
I'm new and would like to say thank you alot for a nice forum.

I am currently in the final stages of completing a mobile bandsaw mill. Basically, the saw is built according to drawings purchased from "Texas Ben" some changes have been made with ideas by me, the internet and this forum.

The mill is 6 meters with the possibility to extend by 1 meter. Can take logs up to 85-90 centimeters, block width is 75 centimeters. 3,2 centimeter band blade on 50 centimeter pulley, 15 HP petrol engine.

Thank you alot everyone!

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Re: I'm new and would like to say thank you alot for a nice forum.
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2018, 05:05:17 AM »
welcome to the forum long frame nice to have you here. a beautiful build, and hope to see more of it in use.

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Re: I'm new and would like to say thank you alot for a nice forum.
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2018, 05:19:49 AM »
Just wanted to mention that your youtube settings has disabled the video to be played on the forum.

But, in the meantime welcome to the forum.  :)
Move'n on.

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« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2018, 06:02:04 AM »
Welcome, nice looking mill you got there.  How many hours do you think you got in the build.  Banjo
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« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2018, 08:07:35 AM »
Welcome to the Forestry Forum and Congratulations on building a very professional sawmill.   8)
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« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2018, 08:59:29 AM »
Welcome to the Forum Longframe. Very nice looking build.

Sweden is a big country, what part do you live in? 

Looking forward to seeing your mill in action.

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« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2018, 09:29:18 AM »
Very nice build!  Great fabrication, welding and paint!   Do you plan on covers/shields/scrappers for the carriage wheels, to prevent sawdust buildup?
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« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2018, 09:45:01 AM »
Wow very nice. You have done a great job!

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Thank you everyone!

I live in Sundsvall, in the middle of Sweden.
So far, I have been working on the saw 2 months, around 7-8 hours 5 days a week.
All parts of the saw are finished and painted. I have just started assembling everything.
"Do you plan on covers / shields / scrappers for the carriage wheels, to prevent sawdust buildup?" I do not, the wheels are U shaped and the rails are square shaped, so the U is riding on the edges. But maybe I have to compliment with covers / shields / scrappers time will show.

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Re: My DIY bandsaw mill
« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2018, 06:41:13 PM »
Mounting continues, including bandsaw wheel adjustment.








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Re: My DIY bandsaw mill
« Reply #10 on: January 27, 2018, 11:19:15 AM »
The sawmill is ready and the saw test went very well after a small adjustment of the band guides. I will surely upload a movie later, but first it must be a bit less winter, I live in northern Sweden.











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Re: My DIY bandsaw mill
« Reply #11 on: January 27, 2018, 11:29:19 AM »
That looks really nice. Definitely stout. Do the jacks come out for transport? How wide did your bed end up?

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« Reply #12 on: January 27, 2018, 11:33:42 AM »
That sure is a purdy machine!  In the last picture above, is that section of track leaning against the wall meant to be installed over the hitch?  That's a great idea!

A few posts back you responded to questions about wipers for your track.  I have a similar setup (with no wipers) and noticed that a little sawdust can sit on the top edge of the metal and it gets squished into the wheel.  After a few thousand board feet milled, I had to dig some out so it would push just a little bit easier.
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Re: My DIY bandsaw mill
« Reply #13 on: January 27, 2018, 01:23:08 PM »
Lookin good.
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Re: My DIY bandsaw mill
« Reply #14 on: January 27, 2018, 02:08:48 PM »
Thank you!

Yes stout it is :)
The jacks can easily be changed to horizontal position.
90cm wide is the bed.
After the test run today I see that wipers will be needed.
"In the last picture above, is that section of track leaning against the wall meant to be installed over the hitch?" Yes, that's right, thought it was good and simple like that.
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Re: My DIY bandsaw mill
« Reply #15 on: January 27, 2018, 05:48:08 PM »
thats a good idea. I thought about a hinged section that fold onto the bed during transport then unfolds for carriage parking.

Then I thought I have 24' how much more do I really need?

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« Reply #16 on: January 27, 2018, 06:29:41 PM »
Nice job, very professional looking

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« Reply #17 on: January 27, 2018, 07:30:06 PM »
Building a nice mill like that has to be a very satisfying experience.  You may find you have more fun building the mill than sawing logs
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« Reply #18 on: January 28, 2018, 04:12:01 AM »
Thank you!

The trailer / bed is 19.6 feet and I need 24 feet, so this was the easiest solution.

Yes, it has been very fun and satisfying to build the saw, also very fun and satisfying when testing the saw :)
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« Reply #19 on: February 04, 2018, 10:46:49 AM »
I'm building a sharpening machine for my band saw blade.
Now I wonder if anyone can help me find the right shape on the cam wheel? Perhaps a template on the cam wheel shape. The machine should be able to be adjusted to different tooth profiles.
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