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Re: My simple homemade bandsaw mill
« Reply #20 on: July 07, 2013, 06:29:04 PM »
Great looking mill. Do you have plans to add any kind of a blade lube system?

I have that as well. Its the oil jug hanging from up top, has a inline valve for adjusting flow
... kinda crude hut it was cheap and effective. I just run water, but thinking bout adding cascade like magic man suggests in other posts.
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« Reply #21 on: July 07, 2013, 07:55:11 PM »
Good job Mikey.When you build your guards I'd make the pieces in front of the wheels out of plywood.Its just a matter of time before you catch the back of the band giging back and pull it off the wheels.The wood will stop the band quick unharmed. Frank C.
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« Reply #22 on: July 07, 2013, 09:46:22 PM »
I have a gravity lube with 2 shut offs. One to adjust the flow and one to turn off and on. This way when i get the flow just right,I don't have to touch it again.
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Re: My simple homemade bandsaw mill
« Reply #23 on: July 07, 2013, 10:02:30 PM »
Hello mrector, and Welcome to the Forestry Forum.   :)

It looks like you are well on the way to making a very usable sawmill for producing personal lumber.   smiley_thumbsup
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« Reply #24 on: October 14, 2013, 05:23:15 PM »
Nice job, looked at your video, runs real smooth.

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Re: My simple homemade bandsaw mill
« Reply #25 on: December 29, 2014, 07:59:03 PM »
Just Ran across your Mill.Very nice! can you explain how you did your tracking and blade tension ?
 

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Re: My simple homemade bandsaw mill
« Reply #26 on: December 30, 2014, 09:48:51 PM »
I too also just came across this thread, I am in the beginning stages of designing a home made mill and was thinking of using the same set up for the band wheels and was wondering how well the belts floating on the pulley worked and if the single groove pulley was ample enough to hold the blade on?? nice looking rig.

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« Reply #27 on: January 01, 2015, 07:36:09 AM »
I just saw this, too.  Nice job,  Mikey. I like the pillow block support - no overhung load. How do you adjust tracking? How wide does it cut?
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« Reply #28 on: January 06, 2015, 01:33:13 PM »
I have sold this mill about a year and half ago. But I will answer any questions you guys have. I adjusted tension with a threaded rod on the opposed side of the engine. The pillow blocks I mounted on a plate with two 1" round rods that acted as sliding guides for adjustment. The drive side is hinged with a bolt as the locking device to keep track. I used a simple go kart clutch and 7hp chinese honda knock off engine. Worked fairly well. The belts in the pulley grooves are just exactly like the way my Norwood and woodmizer are. I had 36" in between guides. Had no where near the stability or power to cut that wide tho haha.
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« Reply #29 on: January 06, 2015, 01:45:24 PM »
Just looked at the view count on this thread I made and WOW, 14000+ views! I really hope this thread has helped some guys along thier way. Kind of somewhat a success story in the making.. as I now own a full hydraulic woodmizer and have many sustained customers.  I saw roughly about 2-3k feet of walnut, cherry and erc per month and sell most of it before blade hits the log! I could bot have done all this without the help and knowledge of great guys here at the FF!
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 And ps, I am getting larger as I now have a 60x60 shed and drying shed and a forklift now. Wow 2.5 years and this is all coming together!
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Re: My simple homemade bandsaw mill
« Reply #30 on: April 13, 2021, 01:56:09 PM »
hi, sorry this is an old thread but i'm interested in this design and also wonder about the V belts used as tires which seem to be barely hanging on. is this OK? looks like it is working but wouldn't it be better to find a V belt that fits snuggly into the 18.75" pulley sheaves? thx

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Re: My simple homemade bandsaw mill
« Reply #31 on: April 13, 2021, 02:35:05 PM »
If you look at the commercial units that us v belts as tires you will see the same thing. the belt is held tightly in place by the blade on one side of the wheel and is a little loose on the inside because I can't imagine trying to stretch a perfect fit belt over a pulley.

Also, I am glad you revived this thread. I am in the process of designing my own bandmill and it is always helpful to see other peoples designs. 

Just looked at the view count on this thread I made and WOW, 14000+ views! I really hope this thread has helped some guys along thier way. Kind of somewhat a success story in the making.. as I now own a full hydraulic woodmizer and have many sustained customers.  I saw roughly about 2-3k feet of walnut, cherry and erc per month and sell most of it before blade hits the log! I could bot have done all this without the help and knowledge of great guys here at the FF!
Thanks
Mikey
 And ps, I am getting larger as I now have a 60x60 shed and drying shed and a forklift now. Wow 2.5 years and this is all coming together!


Congrats on the success. That is amazing.

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Re: My simple homemade bandsaw mill
« Reply #32 on: April 13, 2021, 03:01:32 PM »
ok, thanks, so a 18.75" OD pulley wheel like this https://www.surpluscenter.com/Power-Transmission/Pulleys/Finished-Bore-Pulleys/18-75-OD-1-1-4-Bore-1-Groove-Pulley-1-BK190-H.axd would have a 58.9" circumference. I'd be inclined to go with a sung fitting belt like this
58" B V-Belt Type B55 5L580 Classic Bestorq | Bestorq | Brands | Surplus Center

would you go bigger?

also, i read that blade speed should be between 5000 and 5500 ft/min, with a 18.75" wheel (18.4" datum diameter) that's 57.8" or 4.82 ft per revolution. so i calculate i'd need 1037rpm on the main wheel.

i have a kohler 6.5HP motor from my wood chipper RH265 | RH Series | KOHLER i plan to repurpose to save $$$$, its rated at 3600rpm, so that makes a 3.47:1 reduction ratio on the pulley. anyone care to double check my math please?

i was thinking 132" blade like this Wood-Mizer Online Store - Blades
that would give about 3' between the wheels

not sure about blade guides, i did see this Standard roller guide retrofit system by Cooks Saw
price is a bit high but i guess its pro level where you need it.

what you all think?

FYI, i found this very interesting about the wheels

i wonder if the V belts flopping around like the OPs machine causes vibration in the blade?


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