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introduction and pics of my slabber build
« on: April 25, 2017, 10:06:16 PM »
Hello Forestry Forum! 
I'm Dave.   I've been reading this forum for a while now and figured it's high time I post something.  I have a woodland mills HM 126 which I love.  A friend gave me a 72" chainsaw bar that he had collecting dust and I made an attachment for my bandsaw mill.  Its completely bolt on with no modifications at all to the original mill. 

It's powered by a 12.5 hp lawnmower engine and run with a torque converter cvt setup like on a go-cart.  I didn't quite get the chain speed I wanted so I picked up a 10 tooth sprocket and that did the trick.  it took some tweaking to get the right blade alignment but its cutting straight and true now.  The level you see in the pictures is just there to hold the tip up till the cut starts.  I can't cut the full 72 inches. but can clear 53 inches now.
I cut a maple that was dead for a while and a big cherry crotch.  The cherry has black stain from metal I guess.  I still haven't decided if that's a feature or a defect. 














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Re: introduction and pics of my slabber build
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2017, 10:17:24 PM »
Welcome!

Nice work and ingenious!

Loving the Maple, but every defect is a feature if you accent it right.   ;D
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Re: introduction and pics of my slabber build
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2017, 10:26:49 PM »
Wow Sir, Congratulations, you have a very innovative setup!  I see that you have been here for a year and a half, but anyway, Welcome to the Forestry Forum.
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« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2017, 10:32:36 PM »
         Great idea!! Saved alot of work too.
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« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2017, 11:44:15 PM »
Interesting set up. I have an HM 130 and am thinking about buying a granberg mill to make bigger slabs. With the saw it will be close to 3 grand to do 48". I would be interested in learning more about how you did yours. How long does it take to attach and un attach the slab mill if you wanted to cut with the band mill? Where did you bolt the slab motor, etc to the WM.

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« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2017, 11:47:56 PM »
I was also looking at your set up closer. It looks like cables that support the add on are attached to your log bunks. This would keep you from rolling the mill down the track. Do you move the slab and let the mill head remain stationary?

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Re: introduction and pics of my slabber build
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2017, 06:04:15 AM »
 smiley_clapping That's a good setup for slabs, Very good job.and welcome.
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« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2017, 07:51:49 AM »
Pretty cool.  But with the bar hanging so far out there, how it is to push? Surprised you don't have a helper handle on there and a helper to even out the loading on the log?  I guess if it works it works.  If you're able to post a video milling, go for it!
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« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2017, 08:21:20 AM »
Hi guys, thanks for the interest.  The cables aren't attached to the bunks, though it looks that way in one of the pictures.  its a welded up framework that bolts to the front.  I used the original mounting holes for the mill, just used longer bolts. It takes about 10 minutes to remove the attachment.  Really helps to have a second set of hands to lift it off though. 

I use a hand crank winch to move the carriage down the track and its no trouble at all.  I'm nervous having anyone around the mill.  I'm always afraid someone might trip into the thing.  I stand on the opposite side of the carriage to run it.  I'm using .404 ripping chain and found that having the full complement of cutters was too much.  it would really jerk the carriage around.  I ground off two thirds of the cutters and it made a huge difference. 

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Re: introduction and pics of my slabber build
« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2017, 08:34:26 AM »
I say awesome job!
I'm guessing that besides the bar, chain and sprocket/clutch assembly, everything else could be found out behind the shed.
For my situation, the only downfall would be that I'd have to bring the logs to it or set the entire rig up at every log due to where they are at and a lack of support equipment.
All in all, I'd say for the right situation it's an affordable addition to what we do.

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Re: introduction and pics of my slabber build
« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2017, 08:38:55 AM »
You have the ability to edit and turn the sideways pictures which will eliminate some confusion. 

Also, I find it better to always hold my phone horizontal and with the "start" button to the right when taking pictures and they will always be oriented correctly.   ;)
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« Reply #11 on: April 26, 2017, 08:43:03 AM »
Good going. That is truly innovative.

I think your cherry log has what is called mineral stain.  Could be caused by metal lower in the log or just by the ground it grew in. I have seen that a few times and never hit any metal. It just doesn't look like blueing from metal in the tree. Could be something else too as I learn new stuff all the time.
I had a log come in yesterday from out in the middle of the woods that has a blue spot in the butt of it. Looks like steel in it but the funny thing is the blue was coming out of it and was just like ink if you got it on you. I had never seen that before. I guess it could be from the time of year.

I also hit blue in a 20' white oak log once. It would have been over 16' off the ground and about 100 rings in. It was lead or at least I never hit steel. Probably some poor shot trying to get a squirrel for supper. Then again I cant be too sure he missed?

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« Reply #12 on: April 26, 2017, 08:53:39 AM »
thanks allen, pretty much everything is easy to find stuff.  the torque coverters are all over ebay.  I got the sprocket on ebay too.  I do find it easier to move the mill to the log since I also don't have any support equipment.  One note on the torque converters.  they're belt driven so you have to be careful where you have the bar lube drip.  I burned up a belt early on when my lube line drained out and soaked the belt. 

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« Reply #13 on: April 26, 2017, 09:39:51 AM »
hmm, I rotated the pictures but now the ones I turned are showing up stretched.   will have to look into that when I have more time. 

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« Reply #14 on: April 26, 2017, 09:48:41 AM »
Yup anytime that you change a picture things can/will happen, but even then it's better to have them oriented correctly.   smiley_dizzy  Thank you.

Keeping the camera/phone horizontal eliminates editing problems.  I would love to see a video of it sawing.   ;D
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« Reply #15 on: April 26, 2017, 10:28:39 AM »
hmm, I rotated the pictures but now the ones I turned are showing up stretched.   will have to look into that when I have more time.
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The pictures in your Gallery look fineGreat!  What you need to do is go back and edit your post.  Delete the lines with the pictures info and re-insert the picture from your gallery.  What has happened is the first time you inserted  your picture, the software made the frame size fixed for the picture in the original orientation.  Now that you rotated the picture, it is being squished and stretched to fit that old "frame".
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« Reply #16 on: April 26, 2017, 12:46:03 PM »
ok,  I think I have the pictures straightened out.  there's a little bit of a learning curve to that I see.  Thanks for everyone's help.  I don't have a video of it running yet but I'll get one soon hopefully.  I have some big basswood logs coming that I might slab with it. 


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