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Cutting slabs on a modified LT40
« on: March 18, 2012, 06:04:04 PM »
So I had a local sawyer come down and slab some big logs and Walnut crotches on his mill.  It is an old LT40 modified to cut 52"wide :o  He also has a chainsaw mill powered by 2 Stihl 880s, with which he can cut up to 68" :o  Here are some pictures, enjoy :)
 

  

  

  

  

 
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Re: Cutting slabs on a modified LT40
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2012, 06:07:39 PM »
Now, I've seen it all! GREAT PICS!  :)
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Re: Cutting slabs on a modified LT40
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2012, 06:12:48 PM »
I think you need to get him to join the forum. Great pics. That thing hangs so far past the tire I think mail boxes should be scared. ;D
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Re: Cutting slabs on a modified LT40
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2012, 06:15:14 PM »
CS he has actually angled the axle more so the mill trailers farther over. 
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Re: Cutting slabs on a modified LT40
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2012, 06:17:58 PM »
I think you need to get him to join the forum. Great pics. That thing hangs so far past the tire I think mail boxes should be scared. ;D

He could probably drive down a country road and trim right-of-ways.  :D
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Re: Cutting slabs on a modified LT40
« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2012, 06:20:49 PM »
I didn't think it would be much of a problem. When I used to do lots of tree planting I would haul the tractor with duals on it and it stuck out both sides. ;D I think that is awesome the way he was able to extend it. I have thought of doing it several times but was always to scared to put the portaband into the mill.
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Re: Cutting slabs on a modified LT40
« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2012, 06:23:38 PM »
Nas....what HP is the engine?
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Re: Cutting slabs on a modified LT40
« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2012, 06:32:25 PM »
It is just a 24hp Onan.  He just takes it slow.  It beats the chainsaw mill in speed and less work :D  CS this mill is old and the frame is ready to fall apart, so he tried it on a lark.  It works a lot better than he thought it would.  Every time someone puts a big log on he half hopes it breaks the mill so he has reason to buy a new one.  He also has an old super hydraulic that he will modify when that happens.  I would love to get him to join the forum, as he would have a lot to add.  There is not too much he doesn't know about woodmizers.
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Re: Cutting slabs on a modified LT40
« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2012, 06:41:20 PM »
nas, do you know what kind of blade or what he did to the blade to make that cross cut? I'ed like to try that.   .J
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Re: Cutting slabs on a modified LT40
« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2012, 06:43:02 PM »
IT's time for me to eat a little crow. I've made the statement several times that just about anything that could be done to an LT40, Ive done it. WRONG. Never even thought about that. Anything mine won't saw with a little fiddling, is just too big (read heavy) for me to handle anyway  ;D The sneaky part would be the guide roller arm.
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Re: Cutting slabs on a modified LT40
« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2012, 06:48:47 PM »
I don't think the slide arm would be that hard to change. It is just a piece of solid square metal. I would just go to the metal shop and get another piece that was longer, cut the bracket that holds the roller off and weld it back on to the new piece. Remember this is just thinking in my chair and not looking at the mill so it might take a bit more than this. ;D
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Re: Cutting slabs on a modified LT40
« Reply #11 on: March 18, 2012, 06:51:41 PM »
Jrock it is a stock WM resaw blade that is 4' longer than the regular blade.  I think it is just a 10 blade.  The 10 blades will crosscut no problem.  I do it all the time on my LT40.  CS you are exactly right.  The only problem is that now you really have to watch your head when you walk around the mill when the blade guide is all the way out ;D
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« Reply #12 on: March 18, 2012, 07:14:44 PM »
Jake, I had to re-do a guide roller arm. Not as easy as it sounds. Mine broke off (rust) and I welded it back. the trick is getting the angle right. Mine works, but it still ain't quite right. I admire the guy and his fine work...
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Re: Cutting slabs on a modified LT40
« Reply #13 on: March 18, 2012, 07:17:32 PM »
I had no illusions about it being easy. It just sounds that way in the recliner. ;D
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Re: Cutting slabs on a modified LT40
« Reply #14 on: March 18, 2012, 07:48:31 PM »
There is an older LT40 about 20 minutes from here that has had that same modification for a long time. The mill used to belong to Dave Scott of Hannibal WM, before he became a WoodMizer guy. Technically, it is a straightforward fab job, you just have to fixture everything well before you start stitching it all back together.
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Re: Cutting slabs on a modified LT40
« Reply #15 on: March 18, 2012, 08:35:09 PM »
Wow!!!!!

What an awsome looking machine!

He could probably get all the custom cut jobs he wants.
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Re: Cutting slabs on a modified LT40
« Reply #16 on: March 18, 2012, 09:22:48 PM »
That setup is putting a capital "I" in Imagination.  :o
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Re: Cutting slabs on a modified LT40
« Reply #17 on: March 18, 2012, 10:01:11 PM »
Did he extend the pin the head rest on for travel? How did he do that? Nice pictures
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Re: Cutting slabs on a modified LT40
« Reply #18 on: March 18, 2012, 10:08:32 PM »
How is the quality of the cut, much waviness at all?
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Re: Cutting slabs on a modified LT40
« Reply #19 on: March 18, 2012, 10:13:46 PM »
That's just awesome. He's obviously very creative. I'd like to see more pictures from his sawing history. See if he'll join the Forum and post.


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