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Woodmizer - collecting sawdust with a 5 gallon pail
« on: May 20, 2016, 07:38:06 PM »
I'm sure that at some point there was a post on mounting a 5 gallon bucket on the sawdust chute of a woodmizer to collect sawdust. I've searched the forum and all the sawmill mods pages and can't seem to find it. Could somebody please point me to the correct location.

I've got my mill set up semi permanent but now take the boards and scrap off the backside of the mill. I'm looking at other options before I bolt this machine down permanently.

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Re: Woodmizer - collecting sawdust with a 5 gallon pail
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2016, 08:44:51 PM »
Jim Roger did some posts on it. Might be in this thread

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Re: Woodmizer - collecting sawdust with a 5 gallon pail
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2016, 08:54:52 PM »
What do you need to know?

 

 

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Re: Woodmizer - collecting sawdust with a 5 gallon pail
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2016, 09:02:52 PM »
I tried that with my little mill. Sawing up a small SYP, I filled two 5 gallon buckets.

To me, you would be spending a lot of time dumping out buckets. You might look into a dust collection system.

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Re: Woodmizer - collecting sawdust with a 5 gallon pail
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2016, 09:19:12 PM »
You could always lay down a tarp and drag the sawdust off like a pile of leaves in the fall.  :laugh:
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Re: Woodmizer - collecting sawdust with a 5 gallon pail
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2016, 09:52:13 PM »
I just started using the 5 gallon bucket method a few weeks ago.  The chute on the LT15 has two bolts that hold the dust director bracket on the end.  I simply cut a short piece of angle iron and drilled two holes in it and put those two bolts through with the bracket in place.  The bracket will hold the bucket bail.  I've found that this method keeps your walk area a lot cleaner.   We have a 55 gallon brute tough garbage can we dump the dust into and carry it out to the burn barrel.  I just made a Vortex burn barrel(youtube link below) and if you keep adding scoops of saw dust throughout the day, it will burn down.  Even semi-wet dust, if you don't overload it, will be dried out and burned by the hot ash underneath.  I also burn any bark that comes off the logs.  I saw 6  logs in a day, 3 days a week.  So I can keep up with that.  If you're cutting more than that, you might need another solution, or multiple burn barrels.   


 

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Re: Woodmizer - collecting sawdust with a 5 gallon pail
« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2016, 10:01:43 PM »
You could always lay down a tarp and drag the sawdust off like a pile of leaves in the fall.  :laugh:

Yep, thats what I do. I have 2 / 5 foot wide conveyor belts I use. When they get full, i just hook up the backhoe to it, drag it out to the pile and never have to get off the backhoe. Dump it and drag to back again.
 

  

  

 
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Re: Woodmizer - collecting sawdust with a 5 gallon pail
« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2016, 10:08:52 PM »
I found that using buckets helps with housekeeping around the mill.  I first used buckets when I had a job milling creosote poles to collect the sawdust. 
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Re: Woodmizer - collecting sawdust with a 5 gallon pail
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2016, 06:13:28 PM »
Perfect, just what I was looking for, thanks. I figured I try the bucket trick. Even if I have to empty it every pass or so, it will definitely keep the sawdust down. On windy days it should make life a bit less dusty as well.
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Re: Woodmizer - collecting sawdust with a 5 gallon pail
« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2016, 09:08:04 AM »
I just started using the 5 gallon bucket method a few weeks ago.  The chute on the LT15 has two bolts that hold the dust director bracket on the end.  I simply cut a short piece of angle iron and drilled two holes in it and put those two bolts through with the bracket in place.  The bracket will hold the bucket bail.  I've found that this method keeps your walk area a lot cleaner.   We have a 55 gallon brute tough garbage can we dump the dust into and carry it out to the burn barrel.  I just made a Vortex burn barrel(youtube link below) and if you keep adding scoops of saw dust throughout the day, it will burn down.  Even semi-wet dust, if you don't overload it, will be dried out and burned by the hot ash underneath.  I also burn any bark that comes off the logs.  I saw 6  logs in a day, 3 days a week.  So I can keep up with that.  If you're cutting more than that, you might need another solution, or multiple burn barrels.   


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Perfect! I read this post last night and this morning first thing I started hunting for a piece of angle iron. I spotted the little gem in the pic below right away. It already had a hole drilled. I also found a smaller pail for smaller logs..

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Re: Woodmizer - collecting sawdust with a 5 gallon pail
« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2016, 09:18:39 AM »
You have to plan your pail size for your sawmill to be a the lowest point of travel so that the pail doesn't drag on the ground and tip over and spill out the contents.

When a helper is present it is his duty to empty the pail/bucket. I have two so he can just swap them and he does that at the end of the pass. When I'm powering down and lifting up to gig back.

When I'm working alone, I can swap the pails as the sawmill is traveling and I have nothing else to do other than watch the cut.

But you have to be careful and to not get your hand(s) in the area where the blade could hit you if it should break unexpectedly:

 

 

And when the blade does come out it can do this to your elbow:

 

  

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Re: Woodmizer - collecting sawdust with a 5 gallon pail
« Reply #11 on: May 22, 2016, 09:37:54 AM »
Just an idea... If you could make a hanging bucket that would dump automatically
every time the carriage returns into a small wagon might save some work.
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Re: Woodmizer - collecting sawdust with a 5 gallon pail
« Reply #12 on: May 22, 2016, 09:46:25 AM »
Sawdust is to be Blown once and over with . . My 2 cents
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Re: Woodmizer - collecting sawdust with a 5 gallon pail
« Reply #13 on: June 07, 2016, 04:47:06 PM »
Sawdust is to be Blown once and over with . . My 2 cents

Yup. My Redmax moves it nicely. A friend wants the sawdust for her hay burner though, so I will make an effort to save (some of) it..
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Re: Woodmizer - collecting sawdust with a 5 gallon pail
« Reply #14 on: June 07, 2016, 10:14:11 PM »
Just an idea... If you could make a hanging bucket that would dump automatically
every time the carriage returns into a small wagon might save some work.
I saw a video of one of these, can't remember where.  It was a bucket with a trip bottom and when the saw head went to the end of the carriage, a mechanical stop tripped the bucket open and the sawdust came out onto a conveyor. 
I use old Smokey, my grain truck, to catch and dump my sawdust.


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« Reply #15 on: June 08, 2016, 12:28:45 AM »
I use old Smokey, my grain truck, to catch and dump my sawdust.
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Re: Woodmizer - collecting sawdust with a 5 gallon pail
« Reply #16 on: June 08, 2016, 02:53:12 AM »
first, is there a roof over the mill? if so then a dust collector hose suspended from a rafter.
if no roof then look for the idea mentioned by YellowHammer
at lease then most of the sawdust will be in one area.
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« Reply #17 on: August 24, 2016, 11:25:32 PM »
I'm very happy with the 5 gallon bucket method, and I have two vortex burn barrels that we keep going while milling or planing.  We've been able to keep up throughout the day.
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Re: Woodmizer - collecting sawdust with a 5 gallon pail
« Reply #18 on: August 25, 2016, 06:14:52 AM »
I tried the bucket thing and my supper blue the dust right out of the bucket.  :D :D :D :D
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Re: Woodmizer - collecting sawdust with a 5 gallon pail
« Reply #19 on: August 25, 2016, 07:09:58 AM »
I saw by myself 95% of the time. It got to be way to much trouble/time to deal with the buckets. Good thing is, my mill is on a trailer, so I just move the mill and come back with my backhoe to clean things up later.


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