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Author Topic: The most overlooked maintenance issue around the mill yard.  (Read 2424 times)

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Offline DARRELL1972

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For me it is my edger blades. I just spent 2hrs cleaning the pitch off both blades. Still need to sharpen. But boy did I let them go to long...
What's your most overlooked maintenance issue?
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Re: The most overlooked maintenance issue around the mill yard.
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2019, 09:36:28 PM »
   Probably organizing my tool box rates up near the top right now.
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Re: The most overlooked maintenance issue around the mill yard.
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2019, 09:46:57 PM »
Use WD 40 to remove pitch, I buy it by the gallon and put it in a garden pump sprayer. Once a week I squirt the blades and feed rolls, the pitch melts off. 
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Re: The most overlooked maintenance issue around the mill yard.
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2019, 09:49:38 PM »
Cleaning the yard and around the mill of all the scraps of wood.
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Re: The most overlooked maintenance issue around the mill yard.
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2019, 10:07:14 PM »
Cleaning the yard and around the mill of all the scraps of wood.
I am with Peter, keeping the area clean and organizing it is an ongoing thing. After every little jobs I do, I spend at least half a day, if not more, cleaning up slabs and filches, cutting it into firewood, or whatever. Making it cleaner and easier for the next job. If you don't do it, it just gets worse. It's too easy to focus on the work at hand and let things build up.
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Re: The most overlooked maintenance issue around the mill yard.
« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2019, 11:50:13 PM »
Yup clean-up is an everyday thing for us as is greasing the machinery and checking oil. I just had not checked those blades for pitch build-up in awhile.
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Re: The most overlooked maintenance issue around the mill yard.
« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2019, 07:02:02 AM »
   Since I am mobile I am pretty good about cleaning up the scraps of wood from my sawing at home every time I move my mill to get ready to go on a new job elsewhere. I also move my sawdust pile and slab wood at the same time.

   Happy birthday@Southside .
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Re: The most overlooked maintenance issue around the mill yard.
« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2019, 08:09:04 AM »
I am sure you guys are all 100% right. But I think there is 1 more item that your all forgetting.

YOU!

We neglect ourselves more than any piece of equipment. It is never a bad idea to just say, "I am taking today off!" 

Then enjoy a nice relaxing day and get back at it hard the next day. you really will not lose as much production as you think.

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Re: The most overlooked maintenance issue around the mill yard.
« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2019, 08:16:58 AM »
The weather takes care of giving me days off! :) :) :)
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Re: The most overlooked maintenance issue around the mill yard.
« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2019, 05:31:12 PM »
Dull edger blades in a old sawmill tradition, not a good one.

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Re: The most overlooked maintenance issue around the mill yard.
« Reply #10 on: June 25, 2019, 05:55:59 PM »
Preemptive spraying for wasps.  I never have time to hunt down all the nests until Iíve been stung.  
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Re: The most overlooked maintenance issue around the mill yard.
« Reply #11 on: June 25, 2019, 07:04:44 PM »
How about letting too many blades get dull.
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Re: The most overlooked maintenance issue around the mill yard.
« Reply #12 on: June 25, 2019, 11:20:59 PM »
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Re: The most overlooked maintenance issue around the mill yard.
« Reply #13 on: June 25, 2019, 11:25:15 PM »
Keeping potential fire hazards away.  Biggest culprit is the smokers, seems 99% of em just dont listen.
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Re: The most overlooked maintenance issue around the mill yard.
« Reply #14 on: June 25, 2019, 11:28:41 PM »
clean up for me also, i need to have a burning party!
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Re: The most overlooked maintenance issue around the mill yard.
« Reply #15 on: June 26, 2019, 12:08:57 AM »
As first kid has pretty much stopped my ability to cut, and initiated many cleanup activities...my biggest overlook is turning those ??? Cuts into firewood and sever the sentimental tie to a ďpossibleĒ project or sale.  Nicely cut firewood is also enjoyable as a final product, but brings a secret tear to my eye.
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Re: The most overlooked maintenance issue around the mill yard.
« Reply #16 on: June 26, 2019, 07:11:05 PM »
everything you guys said , i have day job and our mill is 8 miles down road ,  alot of stuff gets overlooked ,, and neglected ,,  ill catch up soon,,,,  i say that every year though,
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Re: The most overlooked maintenance issue around the mill yard.
« Reply #17 on: June 27, 2019, 02:39:57 PM »
come on, y'all  know keeping the fridge full of beer is the hardest and most important. :) 


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Re: The most overlooked maintenance issue around the mill yard.
« Reply #18 on: June 27, 2019, 06:55:01 PM »
Preemptive spraying for wasps.  I never have time to hunt down all the nests until Iíve been stung.  
Got stung today.  !!!****!!!!  
Right in the throat.  DanG!  That hurt.  


So two cans of wasp spray and 5 wasp nests later, I believe this particular maintenance issue has been resolved for a while. I had time to buy the cans of spray a month ago, had time to write that post on the 25th but didnít take the time to actually do it.  Smart.  
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Re: The most overlooked maintenance issue around the mill yard.
« Reply #19 on: June 27, 2019, 09:55:59 PM »
   I had to get hay today and put the tailgate back on my utility trailer to stack against and I kicked an old tire waiting for the recycle truck and yellowjackets came out. I thought they were in the tire but turns out they were in the ground under it. I grabbed a nearby can of Sevin dust and sprinkled the ground around the hole and the flying yellowjackets passing by and hopefully that will reach the queen and put them out of commission. I will check in the morning. At least i fared better than you and saw them in time to avoid them. Sorry to hear you got dinged. Get well soon.
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