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Re: Useful sawmill mods
« Reply #1620 on: March 31, 2021, 11:16:17 AM »
 

Great ideas on this thread. Got sick of trying to get a wood block level and in the right place for the scissor jack. Welded up a bar and put some flanges on the jack. Slides to wherever I need it. Kubota blue(had no orange) but at least it matches the jack. Cordless impact driver works great. 

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« Reply #1621 on: April 02, 2021, 03:40:37 PM »
Guys, i found the swing arm for the winch, and the height control portal to be quite clever. 

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« Reply #1622 on: April 03, 2021, 09:34:42 AM »
Boy that French guy moves quick! :D
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Re: Useful sawmill mods
« Reply #1623 on: April 20, 2021, 04:58:45 PM »
I recently added a horn/buzzer to my tractor so that I could get the attention of someone on the ground and this got me to thinking, what about the sawmill?  Often there are times when I need to get the attention of my tailgunner and my only option was to yell which was/is not very professional.  So what about a horn on the sawmill?


 
This $25 kit contained everything necessary to add the horn.


 
The horn is mounted below the control box.


 
And the horn button is mounted in the board dragback switch position.  I removed all of the board dragback before I completed my first year of sawing and I will not reinstall it so the position was available.

Can you hear me now??  ;D
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« Reply #1624 on: April 20, 2021, 05:48:33 PM »
 @lazyflee where did you put that?  Starting end of the mill.  That could be a time save, especially when I'm working by myself trying to level a log.  I'm always using a lever to raise the log.  My arms aren't long enough to push down on a long lever and place a shim at the same time.
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Re: Useful sawmill mods
« Reply #1625 on: April 20, 2021, 07:27:55 PM »
I would put it on both ends of the mill. Use automotive scissor jacks they are all over the place in junk cars everytime we would cut a car apart during drills I would scavenge the scissor jacks out of them. They are very handy when you need to hold something in place and you only have 3 hands :)

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« Reply #1626 on: April 20, 2021, 08:07:41 PM »
 
 @firefighter ontheside I put it up front. Bought a cheap scissor jack from napa, think it was like $25. Used thick steel square tubing and get no flex. Use it a lot. First jack I had was a through pin handle, this one has a bolt type head so a socket fits right on it, first one I had to weld a head on.

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« Reply #1627 on: May 09, 2021, 06:17:15 PM »
A couple of mods that may come in handy.  Recently, I made  something that should enable us to saw a few inches wider.  I could have used this yesterday on the cedar.  It is 1" square tube that fits over the stop on the mill and on the bunks that will let you cheat the cant a couple of inches towards the drive side of the mill.

Also, There is another jig that allows for cutting cookies out of short logs or cutting short boards out of firewood sized logs.

 

 

 

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« Reply #1628 on: May 09, 2021, 07:42:16 PM »
@caveman I like that. You need to be able to move it over to take full advantage of your cut width. I need to make me a couple of them. Thanks for the pictures.

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Re: Useful sawmill mods
« Reply #1629 on: May 09, 2021, 07:55:32 PM »
It is 1" square tube that fits over the stop on the mill and on the bunks that will let you cheat the cant a couple of inches towards the drive side of the mill.
Most excellent!  I generally use a couple of 2X4's etc. but the cant is not secure.  I like that.....a lot.  smiley_thumbsup
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Re: Useful sawmill mods
« Reply #1630 on: May 09, 2021, 08:44:21 PM »
Yes, thatís perfect very useful to get the most out of your sawmill.
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« Reply #1631 on: May 09, 2021, 08:52:29 PM »
but the cant is not secure.
I made these a few months ago but never checked to see if they would fit over the bunk stops.  They were close but did not sit down flat on the bunks.  They would have been handy yesterday when we were sawing big cedar but today I cut the holes a little bigger and now they fit.  Also, I should post in "Did something Dumb today".  I never put on shoes today as I was planning to kind of take it easy.  Well, I was using a grinder with a cutoff wheel to make the doodads that go on the bunks fit a little better and evidently discharged a 1"x 1/8" piece of molten steel on the floor.  I promptly stepped on it with my left foot.  It does smart a bit but I'll suck it up and walk it off.
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Re: Useful sawmill mods
« Reply #1632 on: July 16, 2021, 12:59:38 PM »
My LT30 has a manual log clamp.At 74 that thing is starting to get heavy.Today I fabbed a stubby clamp that is 1/2 the weight of the factory clamp.
For $34.00 in parts and my welding,cutting and grinding time I think it will do the job,at least on most of what I saw.



 

 
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« Reply #1633 on: August 25, 2021, 01:24:34 PM »
This is not a high tech mod but it will hopefully save me from picking my tape measure or chalk up off the ground a few times during the course of the day.  I glued a couple of strong magnets to a box which rides on top of the controls.


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« Reply #1634 on: September 09, 2021, 04:41:15 PM »
I recently added a horn/buzzer to my tractor so that I could get the attention of someone on the ground and this got me to thinking, what about the sawmill?  Often there are times when I need to get the attention of my tailgunner and my only option was to yell which was/is not very professional.  So what about a horn on the sawmill?

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This $25 kit contained everything necessary to add the horn.

(Image hidden from quote, click to view.)
 
The horn is mounted below the control box.

(Image hidden from quote, click to view.)
 
And the horn button is mounted in the board dragback switch position.  I removed all of the board dragback before I completed my first year of sawing and I will not reinstall it so the position was available.

Can you hear me now??  ;D
Nice! Magicman. I did the same on my sawmill. Very usefull. No more yelling to get attention.


 


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Re: Useful sawmill mods
« Reply #1635 on: September 09, 2021, 05:53:05 PM »
Depending on log and height of the head, the key switch on my mill isnt always easy to get to so for that reason last week I added E-Stop switches to each corner post of the frame. I have not needed to use them yet, but I know there will be instances where I will.  
 

 
I also added an hour meter at the same time....
Change is hard....
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« Reply #1636 on: September 19, 2021, 05:52:01 PM »
Not an original idea, but works for me. Itís moveable, adjustable and is powered by a cordless drill. Makes leveling a log much easier than prying and trying to push the wedge under the log! Also, upgraded the clamps. Good move!



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