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Circle mill pics /diagram
« on: February 25, 2012, 08:49:03 AM »
Im  needing some pictures of circle mill set ups,     Im about to go look at one that the was in placed  in a shed and  dont know what Il lbe looking at.         Also what is the Husk.      I found an old mill with a 54 inch blade that was  undon and stackedi n a barn after the wood fell off.     
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Re: Circle mill pics /diagram
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2012, 11:11:00 AM »
If you nose around in the gallery under the archive section, you'll find an area with a bunch of circle mills.

Here's a picture of an old Frick:


It shows what the track will look like, the carriage, and the cable drum.  This one's in rough shape.  The husk is to the right.

Here's another mill:


It gives a better view of a husk.  The husk is what the saw arbor sites on.  The saw is hung onto the arbor.  Also on the husk you will find pulleys and belts that attach to the arbor that power the feedworks.  Newer mills use hydraulics, and older mills can be converted over to it.  The husk also holds the board splitter and the saw guides. 

You'll want to make sure all the parts are there for the carriage.  You'll need several headblocks, all the trucks (wheels), the setworks, the dogs, tapers and probably a few things I can't remember.  Dogs are usually the first to be taken off of old mills.  Don't offer too much, as there is a ton of work to be done with things in pieces.
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Re: Circle mill pics /diagram
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2012, 11:38:57 AM »
Might also look over this publication of Stan Lunstrum's
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Re: Circle mill pics /diagram
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2012, 12:49:15 PM »
I have an old Corley that I plan to rebuild at some point.  I contacted Corley and they were very helpful.  They sent me shop drawings that were very complete.  Most of these old mills were very similar in design so if you got info from Corley, Frick, Meadows, etc., you will get a great idea of layout.  If the mill is taken apart and stacked in a pile, you will only want to offer scrap price.  You won't have any wood to transfer measurements for hardware mountings, etc.  That being said, circle mills use a handful of big chunks of iron.  The carriage, for example, is usually all connected together with the headblocks, setworks and drive shaft.  You simply build a wood or steel carriage underneath and then place the ironworks on top and bolt down.  The husk is a little different because the feedworks shafts and pulleys need to be aligned precisely to work right unless you convert over to hydraulic (highly recommended).

Good luck and don't forget to post pics so we can follow your journey!

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Re: Circle mill pics /diagram
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2012, 09:51:00 PM »
Taylor,building up a mill from a pile of parts is tough,as stated old mills are very simular it would help if you could find one setup to look at. Frank C.
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Re: Circle mill pics /diagram
« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2012, 12:28:09 AM »



  Here are a couple pics of the last mill I re-did. I can get more pics of anything you need.

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