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« Reply #40 on: April 19, 2011, 01:47:05 AM »
There are some interesting ideas with that mill.

I have always thought about a cross-cut saw that would never cut below the bottom of the band blade. It would be very useful for the extra-long (and overlength) timbers. I had never considered attaching one to the sawhead itself. Hmm ...

I also like the idea of a "dumping" sawdust container that travels with the head. Imagine having a small bin at the front of the mill with a conveyor or blower attached. Instead of having a long hose or pipe attached to the sawhead, you'd simply dump the traveling container each time it stopped over the stationary bin. I figured a 1 cubic foot capacity container would handle the biggest 32' log I'd ever have on the mill. Hmm ...

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« Reply #41 on: April 19, 2011, 09:19:11 AM »
I’ve looked at my Sears radial arm saw and thought about what it’d be like to mount the arm and saw in front or black of the sawhead.   But, besides the complications and being in the way most of the time,  you’d have to stop the sawing while you make the cross cut – like done in the video.   We have a Sears electric chainsaw that we use to trim flitches and boards.  Saw the flitch and drag it off onto the table where the offbearer can use the chainsaw to trim the end before or after edging.  Thus the mill keeps on sawing.

Now if it had two saws,  then it could edge both edges as it saws.  Many of the circle mills have this feature.

You get to the point of diminishing returns.   All the features and robotic folding and setup add greatly to the complexity and weight.  I noted that they pulled it to site with what I’d guess to be a 100 hp tractor.  I noted too that it had a pindle hitch setup that would tell me the unit weights too much for a half ton pickup or maybe even a heavy ton pickup to pull.

The blades sharpening looked like it used a swedged tooth.  I figure the kerf is something over 1/8” – maybe closer to 3/16”.  The blade looked to be a major investment - not the relatively “disposable” typical portable bandmill blade. 

The clamping system looks to be aggressive in order to clamp through the bark and such on a log.  But looks like it could really leave deep marks on the cant and in the finished boards.  What if you have a log with sweep, crook, rotten sap, or large knots?  Would you be able to find a clamping spot?

Anyone else watch the edger video?  That’s something different.  It don’t look nearly as productive as the mill.
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« Reply #42 on: April 19, 2011, 09:52:26 AM »
Bibby, I noticed they pulled it with a tractor also, but i was wondering if its more "thats the way we pull things". the more foreign countrys u see in videos, the more they do it, weather its sawmills or firewood processors, its most always hooked to a tractor to transport. I just dont think they use pickups or one tons or bigger trucks, the way we do over here. granted u still  would  never pull it with a pickup.

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« Reply #43 on: April 19, 2011, 10:33:29 AM »
Grande Prairie Alberta has produced a few geniuses when it comes to designing and building equipment for the forestry industry.  The most notable is Reg Isley who is the brains behind Risley equipment.  Another is Davco Machine just started by a couple of guys that like making stuff.  here is their youtube channel with their latest endeavor.
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« Reply #44 on: April 19, 2011, 12:55:30 PM »
that is neat, until i get to thinking how bad i dislike having to work on stuff. i would much rather work with it than work on it.
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« Reply #45 on: April 19, 2011, 10:53:16 PM »
That edger is plum cute! :D
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« Reply #46 on: April 20, 2011, 02:17:52 AM »
He seemed a bit gun shy of that saw coming at him. What happens with a bind up and nothing to hold the flitch in place.
I didn’t like the way the Cooks mill chewed up the wood and this mill seems to take chunks out as well. But if it was green and yellow I would still tow it to the bigger milling sites even if it meant getting a bigger truck.
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