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Offline hackberry jake

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New mill in the planning stage
« on: January 26, 2020, 09:05:58 PM »
My brother helped me out quite a bit when i had my mill. We both thoroughly enjoyed sawing our own lumber/beams from locally harvested trees. Recently i bought an old robot with a 25' long linear axis for $500. We are planning on using the existing linear guides, rack and pinion drive, and support steel as a start for a sawmill build. The two linear guides are only 20" or so apart, so we are either going to cut them apart and widen them or make a woodmizer style uni-rail kind of design. I'll keep everybody updated on our progress with this thread.

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Re: New mill in the planning stage
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2020, 09:08:18 PM »
Will this be an automated mill? 
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Re: New mill in the planning stage
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2020, 09:50:41 PM »
Well, thats something you dont see everyday.  This will be cool.

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Re: New mill in the planning stage
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2020, 09:54:21 PM »
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Re: New mill in the planning stage
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2020, 10:14:05 PM »
From your previous post about the weight of this thing, I'm assuming not mobile milling?
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Re: New mill in the planning stage
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2020, 10:38:09 PM »
Great score, but remember that those robots are installed typically in climate controlled buildings. The lower linear rails don't like moisture and condensation and will quickly rust. Once rust sets in, those $80k rails are junk. I've installed several automated end tagging robots in sawmills, a few installations use 30' linear rails. With continual use and drip lubrication of tranny fluid, they seem to be holding up. At mills that shut down for weeks on end, they are having issues. 

I'm curious to see how this will progress.
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Re: New mill in the planning stage
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2020, 12:16:21 AM »
Mount a saw blade on the end of that robotic arm and get at'er. Run it from your lap top :D
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Re: New mill in the planning stage
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2020, 05:55:20 AM »
Stuart,I run a robot like that and worked on them for about 20 years. That building was not climate controlled. And there was water jets too. We cut out interior trunk parts with them. We only had 1 robot that was on a gantry. There was a lot of moisture kicking around. We did have another gantry that 3 robots moved across it. But that did not work out and we kept the robots in one place.
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