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Title: Cooks products modifications
Post by: bushhog920 on October 27, 2019, 06:10:18 PM
I would like to start a post for all cooks owners to show modifications they have made to all cooks products. I have made several changes would love to see what everyone else has done.
Title: Re: Cooks products modifications
Post by: bushhog920 on October 30, 2019, 09:52:32 PM



Cooks sawmill sharpener tooth counter - YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o91P9em-kQc)

So here it is for about $70 I made a tooth counter with auto shutoff for my cooks. Works great good modification all you need is a micro switch, 110vac relay(omron L2Y ), digital counter(omron DH48J), push button sw. and toggle sw. no more marking the blade or watching the weld go around. Just adjust the grind and hit the reset and forget. wonder why the manufacturers don't make this as an option.


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Title: Re: Cooks products modifications
Post by: nativewolf on October 30, 2019, 10:05:56 PM
@bushhog920 (http://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=profile;u=10928) Awesome hack.  I don't sharpen blades (yet) so i can't comment but it looks to be a time saver.
Title: Re: Cooks products modifications
Post by: bushhog920 on October 30, 2019, 10:20:43 PM
 
the lowest the blade would go before hitting the hard stops was 1" and I cut my boards 1" minus kerf so always had that one full 1" board and the rest .910". .090 shim under the bunk caps fixed this.(http://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/20928/IMG_20191030_201801962.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1572487386)
 
noticed I could vary the height of the pointer on the scale as much as 1/8" when i moved my head up and down so I put a level mark on the rear post and round magnet to use as a rear sight to keep the same sight picture everytime.(http://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/20928/IMG_20191030_201843615.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1572487381)
 
Title: Re: Cooks products modifications
Post by: bushhog920 on October 30, 2019, 10:30:51 PM
When trying to fine tune the debarker hydraulic advance and return speed I could tell something wasn't right I'd adjust one flow control and it would change the speed for the other direction. Slowed the return down then the advance would not advance. I found parker N600 needle valves on each end of the cylinder this will not work there needs to be a check valve to bypass the restrictor so adjustment can be made in both directions. I replaced them with Parker F600 ( 600 for 3/8npt ) flow control valves and now i have full control in both directions. These would also work great on a grapple the opens/closes too fast. Hope this helps someone out 
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Title: Re: Cooks products modifications
Post by: bushhog920 on November 10, 2019, 04:45:49 AM
Problem- have to rezero the setworks everytime you shut the engine off and start it back up. I didn't like have to go through the rezero procure everytime I shut it down to change a blade, breaks, get logs, etc. Thought it would be easy as just put the power wire on a separate switch that would always be hot but when I start the engine battery voltage would drop to 9.5vdc and that was low enough to make the setworks power off and reboot.  
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I used a second battery to power the setworks and a diode ( correction diode is backwards in the drawing cathode needs to be on the PLC side) to block voltage from going back into the system. Get your constant hot from the 3/8 spade terminal on the back of the key SW. Then run it to the diode then split it to the battery and power for the on/off SW. Ground the 2nd battery I used the back of the ammeter on the ground side. From the on/off SW I ran a wire to the junction box at the bottom left corner of the main battery. there is a bundle of spare wires in there that run to the junction box by the hitch. Use one to hook to the hot wire you just ran to the box ( I picked #24 ).
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(http://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/20928/IMG_20191107_215222025.jpg?easyrotate_cache=1573378023)<bNow go to the hitch junction box and remove #6 ( this wire sends power to the setworks from the remote controller ) and cap it off. Put the spare wire #24 into that spot. The white wire on the bottom goes to the setworks  
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Now I have a toggle sw by the key SW that will turn the setworks on/off and the key has no effect on it. Zero when you first start sawing and it's good till you turn the toggle sw off.Q
Title: Re: Cooks products modifications
Post by: kelLOGg on November 11, 2019, 08:41:14 PM
I've had my MP32 for 17 years and over that time I have added labor saving mods to make handling easier and satisfy my desire to build things. 

I added a 2-sided sawhead drive powerd by a 24 VDC wheelchair motor with forward/reverse PWM speed controller to drive #40 chains.

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The sawhead carriage engages the drive chains via 4-fingered clutches on both sides.


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I wanted a log loader/turner that was integral to the mill that has power-in (for travel) and power-out (for sawing). It is heavy duty - it can lift the one side of the mill if a log gets stuck on the rollway. 


(http://forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/13036/swinging_boom_loader.JPG?easyrotate_cache=1573520823)




Sometimes when logs are rolled onto the mill they need to be slid laterally to center them for turning so I made these rollers onto which the log is rolled for easy sliding.


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I motorized the sawhead up/(gravity down) with 12 VDC motor.


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The mill is very rugged and has held up well. The only thing I wish I had done differently is to get a more powerful engine - not too late but I just haven't done it.





 
Title: Re: Cooks products modifications
Post by: farmfromkansas on May 10, 2020, 11:42:04 AM
Kellogg, you have done a lot to  your MP32.  I have the power up-down motor that Cooks puts on their package, and it is nice.  Usually just lower it by hand because I can't seem to get it right using power, but going up it is great!  I use a winch to turn big logs, mine came with a tiny winch, and I put a huge HF winch on mine, and bent the bottom tubing on the winch add-on.  Found the way to use it is, park my truck in line with the winch, and put a chain between the bumper and the back side of the assembly.  mine has a place where you can go around it where it won't slide down.  Then when you put too big a load on the turner, it does not bend it, the chain transfers part of the load to the truck.