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My simple homemade bandsaw mill
« on: July 06, 2013, 07:52:47 AM »
This is a few pictures of my bandmill I made for grand total of $960. Uses 7hp h.f. motor
For power. I have a 10hp briggs that will replace it over the winter. Uses 18.75" pulley sheaves for wheels and 5/8" v belts for tires. 1-1/4 " 304 stainless band wheel drive shafts.
It is totally portable with removable 2000lb axle, 4 bolts-10minutes. Centrifugal clutch for drive and a repurposed honda civic idler pulley for belt tension. Setworks(haha) is a machined inch increment aluminum bar I machined and a movable bracket with copper wire as a pointer. Head lifting is a series of 5 ball bearing pulleys I made with a 40-1 worm gear winch, lifting/lowering is done with my dewalt cordless impact. Frame/track is 4x4x3/8" angle iron. Pretty heavy duty.. I also angled my cut angle (like the boardwalks are)
. Gaurds are in process of being made by me. Blade tension is done by a simple threaded rod pushing against the movable side to "where it stops fluttering under load".
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Re: My simple homemade bandsaw mill
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2013, 07:55:48 AM »
Here is a YouTube video. Also check out my other videos, some interesting/funny stuff especially the splitting the red oak...
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Re: My simple homemade bandsaw mill
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2013, 08:02:28 AM »
By the looks of the fourth picture,it does a mighty fine job.
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Re: My simple homemade bandsaw mill
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2013, 08:22:35 AM »
I'd say pretty much the same thing as my Hudson, but larger and a third of the price. Great job.

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Re: My simple homemade bandsaw mill
« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2013, 08:32:59 AM »
Looks good! nice finish on the boards, any guards in the future?  david
only have a few chain saws I'm not suppose to use, but will at times, one dog Dolly, pretty good dog, just not sure what for yet,  working on getting the gardening back in order, and kinda thinking on maybe a small bbq bizz,  thinking about it,

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« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2013, 10:30:50 AM »
  Looks great, get your guards finished ;)
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Re: My simple homemade bandsaw mill
« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2013, 11:01:08 AM »
its always interesting when you get used to seeing this big expensive machines to see a simple one, it reminds you how simple a bandmill really can be.

it looks like it gets the job done... great work 8)

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Re: My simple homemade bandsaw mill
« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2013, 11:45:30 AM »
Well done!

Thanks for sharing.

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Re: My simple homemade bandsaw mill
« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2013, 01:46:22 PM »
Mikey, good job on the mill and lumber.  Keep on tinkering with the mill until you get it exactly how you want it.
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« Reply #9 on: July 06, 2013, 02:01:34 PM »
Great job on the mill. Let the chips fly 8)
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Re: My simple homemade bandsaw mill
« Reply #10 on: July 06, 2013, 02:16:40 PM »
Good looking mill!  Welcome to the FF.  Try to get some safety guards on pretty quick if you can.  A broken band can fling further than any rock you've ever seen when it comes flying off.  Better to have it wrapped up in a guard than around your neck!
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Re: My simple homemade bandsaw mill
« Reply #11 on: July 06, 2013, 06:43:13 PM »
Great job on the mill and lots of satisfaction doing it I'm sure.
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« Reply #12 on: July 06, 2013, 07:23:43 PM »
Seems like you have the power vs blade speed figured out well, some home built mills on youtube that have quite a bit more power than yours don't seem to cut any faster.

 (I do know that there can be a lot of variables)

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« Reply #13 on: July 06, 2013, 07:54:20 PM »
You've got a very functional mill there Mikey!

Great job!
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Re: My simple homemade bandsaw mill
« Reply #14 on: July 06, 2013, 11:45:49 PM »
Nice mill Mikey  smiley_thumbsup    Any plans on adding blade guides?
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Re: My simple homemade bandsaw mill
« Reply #15 on: July 07, 2013, 11:02:05 AM »
Nice mill Mikey  smiley_thumbsup    Any plans on adding blade guides?

Thanks! There is already blade guides installed. I made them from 2 ball bearings each
one on top of blade and one behind. Cant beleieve i forgot to take a pic of those...haha.
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Re: My simple homemade bandsaw mill
« Reply #16 on: July 07, 2013, 11:21:52 AM »
Sweet!

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Re: My simple homemade bandsaw mill
« Reply #17 on: July 07, 2013, 11:32:28 AM »
I am down at the bottom of the hill from you at Lowgap.  Am in the process of building me a mill and maybe I should come look at your's.

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« Reply #18 on: July 07, 2013, 12:32:11 PM »
I am down at the bottom of the hill from you at Lowgap.  Am in the process of building me a mill and maybe I should come look at your's.

Come on up anytime. I can at least show you what NOT to do. Haha

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Re: My simple homemade bandsaw mill
« Reply #19 on: July 07, 2013, 02:37:08 PM »
Great looking mill. Do you have plans to add any kind of a blade lube system?
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