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My Linn Mill
« on: November 03, 2013, 08:58:49 PM »
Way back in 05 I bought a head parts kit from Linn Lumber and got the head frame welded up and the drive wheels mounted before I had to put it on the back burner while a built a shop, log home, and garage and then retired. We went to Canada and Alaska this summer and when we got back I decided it was finally time to finish the mill. The motor is a 17hp Kohler. Band wheels are 19". Vertical lift is via 1" acme screws linked together with 40 chain. Power drive is via wheelchair motors. Longitudinal drive is also 40 chain. For the vertical control, I just used a drum switch, as I did not feel it needed to be variable. I bought a 50 amp PWM motor controller for the longitudinal drive. As noted in the pictures, wheels can be removed so you don't have to stumble over them while walking back and forth. I am using manual clamping for now. Down the road it would not be much of a chore to convert everything to hydraulic. I suspect that I may have to belt up an automotive alternator to the engine to keep the battery charged. We will see. Have not cut a stick of wood with it yet but trial run is next week. Wanted to get pictures before it got all dirty.
Frame was going to be 5" channel, but I found some 3 x 5 x 3/16 new tubing in a salvage yard. It was in 16 to 17 ft lengths, so cut one piece in two and welded them on to the other two pieces and ended up with a bed that gives me over 22' of travel. I very much doubt there is a tree in Kansas that is straight for 22'.  :D
 

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 

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Re: My Linn Mill
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2013, 09:03:12 PM »
Looks great!  8)
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Re: My Linn Mill
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2013, 09:05:35 PM »
Nice work. Look forward to some pics of it covered in sawdust.
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« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2013, 01:06:13 AM »
Good job on the mill! Will be great to see it "dusted"up!
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« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2013, 06:01:47 AM »
     I like it! ;D
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« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2013, 06:23:57 AM »
Iffy, one of the better homebuilts I've seen.Enjoy your retirement mate things will start to get busy.If your not used to heavy lifting,get busy on the hydraulics. Frank C.
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« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2013, 06:48:25 AM »
The only thing missing from that sawmill is a big ole log.   ;D
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« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2013, 07:49:42 AM »
Oops. Just noticed I forgot to paint the bracket for the blade lube can. Probably one of many things I will find that need to be tweaked. A question for you experienced sawmillers: the package from Linn included one blade. I need to order a box of blades. I have a pile of ponderosa pine, oak, cedar, walnut, elm, ash, & hackberry to cut up. What blade configuration should I order?

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« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2013, 07:51:08 AM »
Good feeling for sure!  nice job!   david
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Re: My Linn Mill
« Reply #9 on: November 04, 2013, 09:27:57 AM »
Iffy, nice job on the mill. I built a Linn and have sawn 4 of the 6 types you listed. I tried Cook's and then Woodmizer's. I like the Woodmizer's much better. I'm using 10 degree, .042 x 1 1/4 with 7/8 tooth spacing. I've cut oak, ash (lots of ash), walnut, pine, basswood, cherry and maple with the same blades. my engine is 16 hp with 19" wheels.  Have fun.   ;)

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« Reply #10 on: November 04, 2013, 11:29:05 AM »
Nice job!!! I have a Linn with 16hp motor, all manual. I have pretty much settled on Lennox C-Sharp 7* blades for just about everything I cut, which is 90% hardwoods. One mod I plan to make is adding an extra bunk about 12-15" away from the second from back, so I can do short logs & burls. These mills are versatile & easily modded, easily maintained, and easy to operate.
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« Reply #11 on: November 04, 2013, 11:43:23 AM »
Already added an extra bunk @ 33". My bunks are bolted in so all I have to do is drill & tap 4 holes to add a bunk or move a bunk.

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« Reply #12 on: November 06, 2013, 09:42:54 PM »
Great job on the mill.

Thats a nice looking log home also.  Did you build it also?
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« Reply #13 on: November 06, 2013, 11:10:46 PM »
Yes. That is why the mill build got delayed. We sold our mini farm during the housing peak in 2006. We purchased 52 acres about 15 mi away and moved into a camper while we built the log home. It is 9" Swedish cope. I built it myself for two reasons: one, I had enough money to buy materials but not labor and two, try to find someone in Kansas that knows how to build a log home. My wife claims there was only one reason, and that I'm too anal to allow someone else to build my house. Thanks for the compliment.

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« Reply #14 on: November 07, 2013, 12:21:33 AM »
I like it, Iffy! Good work. I think I'm running 7 blades on my LT40-- whatever it is, it is the fairly standard one Woodmizer recommends for a mix of hardwoods and softwoods. It's either 7 or 9 with 7/8" spacing. I cut everything from white pine to black locust with it, no real problems I can see. Oak and pecan tire the blade quicker than I like, but locust strangely cuts well.
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« Reply #15 on: November 07, 2013, 02:59:21 AM »
Iffy,  the mill turned out great!  I really like the removable hub/tires.  Do you still have the big ole John Deere 4020 with the loader?  It should be good for log handling. 8)
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« Reply #16 on: November 07, 2013, 08:03:30 AM »
Yeh but I also have an old hydramac skid loader. I modified a set of forks to fit both the skid loader & the 4020. Anxious to cut my first log but this week am preparing for my elk hunt in Co next wk.

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« Reply #17 on: November 07, 2013, 08:17:45 AM »
First things first.  I wish you the best with the Elk Hunt.   smiley_thumbsup
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« Reply #18 on: November 07, 2013, 08:35:56 AM »
Thanks. We haven't been seeing many elk the last few years. The locals where we hunt feel the  numbers are way down and tag numbers have been seriously in our unit. We used to be able to draw a cow tag on second choice. Now it takes 1 - 2 points. Talked 2 of my grandsons into drawing for youth tags in late season and they got tags. So I'm going on my regular hunt 4th season and again with the grandsons the week after Christmas. Going to do the whole tent/dutch oven thing to give them an authentic elk camp experience. My wife is frustrated by that universal wifey thing that says I am having too much fun but she can't say anything because it is our grandsons. 8)


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