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Sawmills and Milling / Re: Broken sawblade guide

« Last post by Jeff on Today at 10:44:30 AM »
Stuff on mills break, and in the great white north, solid steel can snap when running below zero.

One time we had a cutter head pillow block bearings go out on the morbark debarker. Probably 2.5" arbor. It was -10.  Bearing wouldn't budge. The case was off because the ball bearings came right out of it. I got disgusted trying to get the puller on it and hauled off and hit it with the 4lb hammer and the race broke off the arbor like glass.

A year or so kater it hapoed again in the summer. I could hear pounding from the sawbooth. When I ran out of logs I went out and found the debarker operator beating on the race. He says how did you get that to bust last time?
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General Board / Re: Staying Busy and out of trouble, 2020-21?.

« Last post by Old Greenhorn on Today at 10:34:25 AM »
Yes exactly correct 2.50/BF. These carvers don't seem to have the machines and tools for cutting lumber and their usage is small. Most buy variety packs from Rockler, but they don't get to pick the sizes. Rockler gets about 30 bucks for a 20 pound box I think. Let's see how this develops. I have over 400 bucks worth of basswood drying right now. :D mine will just be air dried at best.
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Sawmills and Milling / Re: Woodmizer LX55 Electric motor

« Last post by crmorse on Today at 10:23:54 AM »
I think that's just weird perspective being caused by cellphone camera. The motor is normal sized, it's just about 3' further from the camera than the ammeter is.
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The Outdoor Board / Re: Trout fishing Maine

« Last post by firefighter ontheside on Today at 10:14:38 AM »
@firefighter ontheside  ...No it was U of Misouri -Columbia, I've got a nephew headed there and a neighbors daughter plays ball there. Trying to get my Senior in high school to be to take a look. Rolla is a good school for science and tech stuff. Fished Bennet Springs and Taneycomo as well. Got a Colorado atlas on the chair with me right now pondering a couple streams.
Gotcha.  I'm not a huge fan of Bennett, but have fished there numerous times.  We fish in Taneycomo at least once a year.  We've caught some big trout in there.  Brown and Rainbow.  The only trout fishing ive done in CO was around Durango and maybe around Estes Park when i was a kid.
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Health and Safety / Re: Just the Facts, the Crown virus.

« Last post by Claybraker on Today at 10:12:26 AM »
Thanks for the update. I've been on the Bitterroot when the stoneflies are hatching. Before "That Movie" came out. I've done some dumb things but I haven't done any lately. Not sure how accurate it is, but I found one source that ranked staying at a hotel is about the same risk as waiting in a Dr office. Figure by the time I finish my plans I'll know if this recent blip in Montana is noise, or significant. PPE mandates don't bother me. that's for the tin foil hat crowd that live in constant fear. 

With my poor casting skills most folks are going to keep pretty serious social distance. If needed I can always tie on a heavy weighted Clouser (barbless of course)
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Sawmills and Milling / Re: Woodmizer LX55 Electric motor

« Last post by muggs on Today at 10:08:54 AM »
For a 7.5 HP motor that is a tiny little frame size .
Yea, that looks like no 7.5 hp motor I have ever seen.
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Forestry and Logging / Re: Battery powered wedge

« Last post by mike_belben on Today at 10:01:56 AM »
I agree.  An arborist is hired to do the hardest tree.  Your average logger passes over it.
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Sawmills and Milling / Re: Finding it hard to get/buy logs in northern IL

« Last post by Jeff on Today at 09:50:39 AM »
So you know going forward, it is against the rules to direct someone to a forestry forum gallery. The sole purpose of the galleries are to house photos used in posts. Uploading unused photos will get you in trouble, deleting photos already used in a post  will get you banned.  Posting links to photos or galleries somewhere else is also taboo.
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Sawmills and Milling / Re: Broken sawblade guide

« Last post by luap on Today at 09:49:58 AM »
Cast steel is very weldable compared to cast iron. I have found that the few cast parts on mine that I have repaired are good quality cast. Back in the day they produced quality manufacturing and didn't settle for "good enough" The  different American models used a lot of common parts. The difference between the models was in the type of drives on the husk and the head block opening of the carriage to accommodate log size. They could be ordered with various options so the same model could have different features. You can look at their catalogs on  American Saw Mill Machinery Co. - Publication Reprints | VintageMachinery.org

I always cut so my last board is a 2x and I have a pin stop in the setworks so you can't stroke it too far in one pull.
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Tree, Plant and Wood I.D. / Is this Box Elder

« Last post by WV Sawmiller on Today at 09:49:11 AM »
 
 

 
 

   Sawed this a couple days ago. Is it Box Elder?
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Tree, Plant and Wood I.D. / Re: What are these?

« Last post by WV Sawmiller on Today at 09:45:37 AM »
   I can't see #1 being cedar with leaves instead of needles so unless that tree is wrapped up in vines it looks like a hardwood to me. Sorry Gully.  :( You can put your bib away and quit drooling. :D Better luck next time. ;)
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Chainsaws / Re: Battery saw workout.....

« Last post by upnut on Today at 09:42:49 AM »
Cfarm- I used a Swisher 42" rough cut trail chopper behind the Grizz for the final passes, stumps and stubs and many years of pine duff requires a more robust approach... :D...have also used push mowers as choppers on occasion!

Scott B.
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Sawmills and Milling / Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2020 ??

« Last post by WV Sawmiller on Today at 09:38:31 AM »
Lynn,

   I keep thinking about that and I remembered reading your write up where you did one. Its on the to-do but not urgent list right now.

   One of the biggest hassles with this walnut was it had been down long enough for the bark to keep slipping. It was late and I was tired and ruined/devalued one slab with bark on the rail even after I checked it by raising the toeboard and wiping the rails clean. When I lowered it a thick piece of bark I had not seen slid back under there. I recut that slab to a thinner piece.
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Drying and Processing / Re: sticker stain..

« Last post by Rob in NC on Today at 09:34:09 AM »
can you post a picture of a diagonally fluted sticker?
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General Board / Re: Staying Busy and out of trouble, 2020-21?.

« Last post by WV Sawmiller on Today at 09:31:28 AM »
OGH,

  That looks like about $2.50/bf on the basswood which seems decent on the surface if this is rough cut, air dried (drying?). Are you doing any planing or KD or other processing other than milling and cutting to length? How much labor is going into cutting them into short pieces? Why wouldn't the customers buy them in 8' lengths and cut them to length themselves? Can you bundle and sell them in groups? Maybe make a simple crate and sell an assortment/pack for $35/$40 or so? Good luck.
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Forestry and Logging / Re: Battery powered wedge

« Last post by upnut on Today at 09:26:23 AM »
A better market other than full scale logging might be arborists and tree removal companies that deal with extricating trees in tight quarters. HolmenTree on this site might chime in...

Scott B.
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General Board / Re: Staying Busy and out of trouble, 2020-21?.

« Last post by Old Greenhorn on Today at 09:09:51 AM »
These basswood logs I got are beautiful specimens. I don't think the wood carvers mind 'too' much if it is stained. A lot of them paint their finished work. 
 I forgot to mention, or maybe it started happening after I made my last post, but I got no less than 3 separate inquiries last night for pricing on material. 2 from the FB page and one from the Woodcarver I hooked up with 2 weeks ago. SO I am spending part of my morning working up prices and looking through my rack to see if I can fill the requests with what I have.
 I don't know how I will make money selling 3x3x8" basswood blocks for $1.25, but we will see how it goes. Nothing ventured.....
 I like your idea about hitting FL in February. My buddy has 3 guest rooms. I should broach that subject with the wife. It never occurred to me, thanks.
 Today is another day and it is cool enough to wear jeans, so I am headed out to do the aforementioned inventory, then weed whacking and clearing an area for the next lumber rack. Very overcast, humid, and damp cool. Feels like rain, but nothing on the radar or in the forecast. The rain is due to arrive around midnight.
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wow now that's a deal! 3 days of cutting and you get to take it all home, bet you were happy with that when the work was done! Walnut timber frame sounds amazing, do you have a build album going on here?? And would you be willing to mention the company name of who to watch out for? I understand if you don't want to bad mouth anyone, they might be on this very forum. Thanks for the advice again guys, I never would have guessed to use fb marketplace, but there's a plethora of logs on there compared to what I was finding! 
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The Outdoor Board / Re: Trout fishing Maine

« Last post by K-Guy on Today at 09:06:42 AM »
@YellowHammer
In BC where I was before Maine you can get rainbows over 20 lbs. My best would be around 5 lbs but even small ones can be fun.
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Sawmills and Milling / Re: 7* or 10* Blades

« Last post by Ed_K on Today at 09:04:48 AM »
 I'm running W.M. 4 double hard sawing hard maple. Only slabbing to a cant and I get 2 1/2 or 3 10' logs before I see that shiny flat on a tooth. I've been debarking the logs as some are 1 1/2 yrs an some I cut this last winter that seem to debark almost as easy. I also have some 10 blades I used for w/pine and they were getting me around 300' before change out. I think these numbers are ok but I never ran W.M. blades before always used Lennox.
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