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Author Topic: My next question in my quest to buy a mill - need input from Wood Mizer owners  (Read 3982 times)

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Barbender, the encoder on your accuset I is a magnetic pickup driven off a sproken that rides the up-down chain. Simpleset is completely different. It's encoder is a slotted disk that fastens to the v belt pulley on the input shaft for the up-down gearbox. The pickup is optical, enclosed to keep sawdust out.

If my mill had the old flap type clamp, I would retire the clamp mechanism to the spare parts box, then replace the big springs on the turner with a hydraulic cylinder. Then you can jam the claw into the side of the log/clamp and use that for a clamp. I designed the pineywoods turner/clamp to work that way. Not quite as nice as the wm 2 plane clamp, but close. Pics, videos and drawings here

https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php/topic,39860.0.html
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Thanks for the info, Piney- I haven't gotten a chance to look at the simple set on the newer mills.
Too many irons in the fire

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@pineywoods do you have any photos of the spring and clamp assembly you built? What is different about the single plane system?
 

Here's a link to the post about the spring assist for head up....
https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php/topic,27272.msg391022.html#msg391022
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Not sure if you are married, but I am, so I thought I would share the one thing my wife has been right about....well that's up for debate. I am on my 3rd mill in 5 years, now with a lt-40 super. "I don't wan't you buying something that isn't what you need, or something you need to fix to make work the way you want it, just buy the right thing the first time" My wife has never been more right with that statement, at least that's what I have found! My problem is that I love to tinker, and make things work so to speak. I always love a challenge to fabricate, and see my idea work; this is the way I am. But..... just because it's how I am, doesn't make it the best decision. A 98+ mill would make your life a lot easier, for not much more $. Just my thoughts
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Here are a couple of pics of the Pineywoods lift assist I put together.



 
 



 
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Thanks for the info Chuck and Pineywoods, those are some pretty impressive mods you have done there.  I don't think this 40 is the one for me, its a nice machine and has not been abused, lightly used it will probably be fine for a while, but I think it will need a little TLC if a guy put it into regular service.  Pushing a pencil I am not sure I am getting the most out of my investment there, so the search, and education, continue.

What can anybody tell me about the performance and service life differences between say an older 40 and a newer 35?   Is it like today's 1/2 ton pickups that are more like the 3/4 tons of the past? 
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What can anybody tell me about the performance and service life differences between say an older 40 and a newer 35?   Is it like today's 1/2 ton pickups that are more like the 3/4 tons of the past?
No.  I'd say the comparison of any LT40 vs newer 35 (there aren't old 35's), is more like the comparison of an F250/350 vs 150, from the same year.  The LT40 mast and head are more heavily built than the 35. 
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