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Re: Learning Curve and Limited Real Estate: VB-Milling Small Suburban HM126
« Reply #20 on: August 19, 2021, 02:38:58 PM »
Still waiting on the hardware, no shipping update unfortunately.

In the meantime, I had the opportunity to get some yard trees (cedar and cherry).  Tree company had a nice loader onsite so I couldn't pass it up.  Cedar is for my growing collection of logs for my pergola build.  Cherry was a bonus.  Straight as an arrow through about 9ft and then a slight bow.  Around 15ft overall.  Cedar is about the same except for the 6 footer on top.


 

 

Got some great logs and made another local tree service contact, which is always good.

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« Reply #21 on: August 20, 2021, 09:45:35 AM »
 

 

Offloaded and waiting on a fresh cut end and sealing.  I think I'm going to mill them right in the driveway.  Give the neighbors some entertainment....

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« Reply #22 on: August 26, 2021, 09:56:54 AM »

Small, but wonderful update.

My missing hardware has shipped. Exactly one month after taking delivery of my mill. This weekend is out of the question, but perhaps I'll have it by next weekend.

Check your inventory immediately upon delivery! Cannot stress it enough. I was missing 72 pieces in total.
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« Reply #23 on: August 26, 2021, 10:21:44 AM »
Glad you got your parts.  Hopefully the extra time has given you an opportunity to collect some logs, study the operator's manual, read up on how to saw etc.  

I paid for my mill and promptly had to have surgery on my foot (a pre sawmill existing condition).  I was supposed to be on crutches for 6 weeks, ended up being 8 weeks.  So I did a ton of reading on sawmilling, read the owner's manual half a dozen times and was able to pick some logs out of my firewood logs to practice on.  In the end the delay was healthy for a lot of reasons.  

Looking forward to seeing those cedars opened up!
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« Reply #24 on: September 04, 2021, 11:15:28 AM »
Oh boy! In time for the long weekend. 

 

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« Reply #25 on: September 04, 2021, 12:02:59 PM »
Good for you! Now it can really start. :)

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« Reply #26 on: September 05, 2021, 10:58:10 AM »
It's all here! Let's get to work! Jeep project put on hold for now. 

 

 
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« Reply #27 on: September 05, 2021, 11:19:13 AM »
Good deal. The jeep can wait when theres sawdust to be made. Glad you finally got all your hardware. Good luck with the assembly. Youll be sawing in short order.  8)

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« Reply #28 on: September 05, 2021, 06:02:58 PM »
Spent part of the morning getting the intake back on the Jeep so I can let the gasket maker set up for a day or two.

Spent the rest of the day on the sawmill!

After all the inventorying and waiting, I was still short a 12mm spacer. Luckily I have the means and materials to make one.  Everything else went pretty well.  There is a missing hinge latch block that was supposed to be riveted and threaded at the factory to accept the hinge latch. I'll figure that out at a later time.

As noted time and again, taking the time to dial everything in now is the name of the game. Tracks are perfect, carriage rolls with a light finger push. Blade is withing 1/32" of parallel to the bunks over the entire travel length. I need to address tracking and blade guide alignment tomorrow.

Moved it out of the garage finally and into the side yard. My wife helped me put on the new cover.

Oil and fuel and I'll making sawdust!

 

 

 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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« Reply #29 on: September 05, 2021, 09:09:46 PM »
Congratulations !!!  Looking mighty mighty fine.  8)
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Be sure to save your first board :)




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« Reply #31 on: September 06, 2021, 03:06:24 PM »
And we're off!



 

 

 

Cut up some elm (I think) and maple to start. Short pieces to get the hang of things!
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« Reply #32 on: September 06, 2021, 03:16:53 PM »
Started the day with oil and fuel. Verified the engine would run.  Also took the time to switch the recoil to the operators side of the mill head.  Went the extra mile and rotated the decal as well. Got the 6 levelers down and adjusted. Trailer is nice and stable and well balanced. Lucked out there.

Then getting the guides dialed in as well as checking blade tracking. I rechecked blade to bunk distance across the length and adjusted a little bit.  Also adjusted the guide arm to be parallel to the blade. 

Needed to tinker with the access door latches. Found some hardware that would work. Also had to tweak the sheet metal a little. Probably banged around in shipping.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Got some observations to add to the thread, but Labor day picnic time is calling me to my in-laws.

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« Reply #33 on: September 06, 2021, 06:22:06 PM »
Some observations...

Glad I got the extension track. I'm going to install it at the front end of the trailer to make it a parking area for the mill head for easy access for maintenance and blade changing.

Reversing the recoil is genius. I can't remember who had the original idea to give them credit. Should come from the factory like that.

Mill trailer height is really good. Happy with the trailer overall.  Need to figure out how to attach the rail system to the trailer. Currently it's just clamped.

After I set the mill head height with the crank, as soon as I throttle up, the mill head drops a little bit. Will have to investigate.

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« Reply #34 on: September 06, 2021, 07:44:32 PM »
Glad youre up and running. You made quick work of that after you finally got your hardware. 

Theyve made a lot of improvements to that mill since i got mine. Looks good.

There should be a cam clamp on each side to clamp the head to the post after setting the height. Cant see that side in your pictures, but they have to be there otherwise the heads just hanging on the cables. 

Congrats on getting up and running!  The fun begins!

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« Reply #35 on: September 06, 2021, 09:02:15 PM »
Looking good, VB. Glad you're up and running. The fun and learning won't stop, so keep on letting the sawdust fly.

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« Reply #36 on: September 06, 2021, 09:16:42 PM »
There should be a cam clamp on each side to clamp the head to the post after setting the height. Cant see that side in your pictures, but they have to be there otherwise the heads just hanging on the cables.
I haven't seen anything and haven't seen anything in the manual. I'll take a look tomorrow and see what I see.
Feels good to be up and running, thank you
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Be sure to save your first board :)
It's already set aside in a safe place!
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« Reply #38 on: September 06, 2021, 09:27:13 PM »
Looking good, VB. Glad you're up and running. The fun and learning won't stop, so keep on letting the sawdust fly.
It feels really good to finally have logs on the mill and making sawdust. Lots of learning just today. Looking forward to much more sawdust and much more learning.
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« Reply #39 on: September 06, 2021, 09:31:54 PM »
Looks like you are doing very well. As far as the head locking thing goes: My manual mill is a cable lift and has no locks of any kind. When you set for a board size you want to drop below the target point and crank the head up to the mark you want. Lowering the head only to the next mark will always give you problems. Even the higher end hydraulic mills with computer setworks will do this same thing. Everything has some slop or backlash so you always set against the load of gravity.
 I notice you are real close to that wall and I get that you are tight for space and this is what you need to do, but pretty soon you are going to have to think about sawdust management to get that stuff out. Perhaps hanging a tarp on the garage wall and running it under the mill will allow you to drag out the tarp with most of the sawdust on it at the end of the day. Also, you don't want that sawdust getting beat into that wall, certain species will attract ants or other insects and having a pile that close to your sills may not be such a good thing. I only say this to save you some trouble down the road because I hope it is a long road for you with a lot of fun in there. ;D
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