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« on: January 29, 2006, 10:11:00 PM »
So pleased to read these posts. 
I've been so fortunate to aquire this mill recently and am on quite a high.

I've been eating up as much info as I can find. I visit old saw sites in the area, some still working . I look for as many photos as I can find. and when I go back to my mill it always surprises me  how much thought went into it. its always been a small mill run by the same family as a farm saw.
Being on a hill gives it space for a sawdust elevator and lineshaft under the building. the last 15 or so years it has seen very little matanence but has been sawing ocasionally. I sawed 2000 bf this fall while learning. mostly pine but some cherry and poplar.

I'm using #3 x 9x 9/32 thooth.
I find myself adding 11/32 when working back to my dogged board. Is this amount of kerf uncommon?

 

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Re: new mill owner
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2006, 10:27:12 PM »
Welcome to the Forum!

Just be careful around that old log eater.  Don't let it eat you! 

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Re: new mill owner
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2006, 10:57:59 PM »
With everything running you cant help but be impressed. I believe I have a healthy fear.  I go slow and spend alot of time observing. also I speak with the former owner often and have him come by alot. Unbelievable how much time is saved just having him around. the learning curve would be so different without him.











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Re: new mill owner
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2006, 11:16:40 PM »
what kind of saw is it?
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Re: new mill owner
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2006, 11:25:53 PM »
 After a few years I still saw alone and I just dont like anyone around as it knocks me out of rythym .  I am going to run all dimensional lumber this spring through my old edger so I dont have to figure nothing out and just keep pulling the lever and saw logs !  I got 3 blades and two have 1/4 inch kerf  . It is fun to see everything working like you describe and how simple it all is and yet exact .  What kind of mill ?
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Re: new mill owner
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2006, 11:34:45 PM »
I'm not sure what kind of mill it is.
Any hints on how to Identify it?

The blade is 48" and I have another that is 54" but has never been on the saw. also no idea if th 54" has ever been tensioned for the 650 rpm that the saw runs at.

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Re: new mill owner
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2006, 11:45:46 PM »
sawguyver, 
   we need pics to help with the identifying purpose.  There is most definately someone that is a member here that'll tell you whaty it is...

Question:   Is the mill a right hand mill or left hand.Meaning which way does the log enter the blade.  On a right hand mill  you will saw from the right hand side of the blade and the opposite for left handed.  Left handed mills are not nearly as popular as the right.

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Re: new mill owner
« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2006, 12:02:24 AM »
Welcome to the forum sawguyver. ;D

Here is an interesting site to do a "sawmill manufacturers"search

http://www.owwm.com/

What part of Ontario you all from(she's a big place....and I'm nosey) :D
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Re: new mill owner
« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2006, 12:05:03 AM »
There's a cross cut saw we call a "butt saw " to cut up the slabs at the far end of the mill. It was often run with three men and I find with two of us it goes pretty smoothly. But your right unclebuck, I've run it with people around watching and there is just too much going on when you have to include knowing where everybody is. Luckly all thats happened is that I've screwed up some cuts. But its enough to understand its not a casual enviroment and it demands all your attention. I prefer being a 2 person crew though. If a spectator passes by I shut it down.

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Re: new mill owner
« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2006, 12:15:06 AM »

I am near perth ont. about one hour from Ottawa.
OWWM is one of my favorite sites but it hasn't been alot of help. Its funny I never came across this site wile there.
When sawing the log is on my right.
I have a few pictures uploaded but haven't figured out how to put them on a thread.
They don't show the husk very well but the carrage is driven by friction belts.

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Re: new mill owner
« Reply #10 on: January 30, 2006, 12:16:23 AM »
 I like the sound of that slab cutter .  Watch the video feed of Jeff B in action sawing as it will make you dizzy .  Blade questions I guess are getting fairly simple as everything changes with rpm so dont be afraid to ask because there are many here who figure out any little quirks to help you . Corley has a video too with his circle mill and I am going to add a 30 second video this spring . Kind of fun to watch mills working
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Re: new mill owner
« Reply #11 on: January 30, 2006, 12:25:50 AM »
sawguyver
Go to your loaded pics on your gallery, and click on the line below the pic "click to copy photo insertion code" and then just hit 'ctrl-v' to paste it in your reply.



nice pics
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Re: new mill owner
« Reply #12 on: January 30, 2006, 12:50:51 AM »

awsom Thanks !!
This is so much fun.
I will take more pictures of the husk tomorrow.

Three days ago I felt all alone (Special but all alone) :D. Saw mills are so cool and unique . Not really every day stuff for most people :-\.  My saw has never been run in the winter but I want to change that. I'm going crazy I need my fix. ;D

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Re: new mill owner
« Reply #13 on: January 30, 2006, 09:10:40 AM »
sawguyver,welcome to the forum.Looks like quite the mill.I can't heip you,I only have a band saw mill.I can see why people would like to see that saw lumber. More pictures,please.
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Re: new mill owner
« Reply #14 on: January 30, 2006, 10:33:44 AM »
sawguyver
Do you have the circle sawmill book by Stan Lunstrum?  It has been mentioned before and wondered if it crossed your path.
Can be read here at  Stan's book

Also, the 'butt' saw probably is the 'buck' saw with a local twist to the way it's pronounced  :D

Anxious to see more pics. Not easy to get good pics in a sawmill. But you're doin well.
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Re: new mill owner
« Reply #15 on: January 30, 2006, 01:01:59 PM »

Heres a photo that has an answer and a question.
I'm looking for the tooth that is with the shank?
I can get this blade but apperantly there are no teeth available.
Are they disston teeth.

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Re: new mill owner
« Reply #16 on: January 30, 2006, 01:13:43 PM »
That sure looks like a common B/F tooth ??? ???

....many different styles will fit in that type gullet if thats what youhave there..........and all are commonly available....the type of tooth you choose depends on weather your sawing frozen wood, hardwoods, softwoods....economy, and personal preference....Several of the fellas here prefere plain steel bits, i like the chrome, and get more cut for the sharpening, . :)
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Re: new mill owner
« Reply #17 on: January 30, 2006, 09:16:52 PM »
sorry no posts of husk tonight.  I seem to have erased my camera shots accidentally.
still trying to identify the mill. does this photo of the guides help?


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Re: new mill owner
« Reply #18 on: January 30, 2006, 09:55:47 PM »

This larger size from your gallery is easier to see.  :)

Below is one of the husk.  You may have just lost the location of your pics in your gallery. But I think they are there.


That looks like a fun mill to work.
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Re: new mill owner
« Reply #19 on: January 30, 2006, 10:11:10 PM »
Thank you beenthere. You've been a great help.

I took some pictures with the husk cover off today. I was hoping to post them tonight. They showed how the belts were placed and I hoped it would help some one recognize the make.

I've been looking at other gallery photos and other mills seem to have simular set ups. It might be harder to identify than I thought. 


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