Milling Lumber from Arizona Residental Trees #2: Started on my 50 log project. Not the best production but still some good boards.

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Blog entry by azwoodworker posted 03-09-2021 09:56 AM 489 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Afghan Pine or Aleppo Pine thoughts on milling and use. Part 2 of Milling Lumber from Arizona Residental Trees series Part 3: Russian Olive and Mesquite have similar bark »

After three days of starting the milling of the 50 logs this week got some good boards but pretty low production. Switched off the ladder system to using plates at the end of the logs and 2 1/2 1/8 inch square tube for the first cut. I then do a second cut to make a partial cant.

I produced about 12 11 inch average 1 in ruff boards of chinse elm and 5 boards of Indian Rosewood.

Nice colors on the Indian Rosewood.

Had to do clean up trim out a large root ball for later use. I got waylayed getting an off-brand Small log mill for milling the 1 1/4 inch boards so I don’t have to lose time fiddling with the resetting. However, this wasted time the bolts that clamp to the chain saw just was cheap and the whole system did not tighten well. One broke immediately but managed to get it out and get some no China bolts, but After switching out a saw the thread on the welded piece just failed. I used it with a couple of my McCoulloghs testing the ripping chain angles but either the bar is pinching the chain or the RPM was just not high enough as it was very slow. It produced ok boards but 10 times as long as my Stilth 076. Going to get another bar and try one last time. Maybe. Messing with the old McCollloughs wasted time also. Finally had a friend come over and we found the one saw although marked as the right pitch on the sprocket was not correct. In addition to the diminishing return on the small log mill, My 3 logs a day did not get met. I am waiting on the Fed-ex to mail back the whole thing. It biggest waste I purchased.

Two of the McColloughs are 80 CC and the other that I was trying to use but had the wrong gearing is an 87 CC’s. They are from the 60’s but the CC’s should be plenty. I know it runs slower than the saws of today. Got clean up and finish off a project tomorrow, but will be running crews building the Stages for Barrett Jackson. So be a week or so to I get back to it. Going to order the small log mill from Alaskan or the Logosol mill without the supporting system. Any ideas let me know if anyone reads this. I will be converting one of my 076’s to a 3/8 inch pitch so I can get a 20 or 25-inch bar for it. Could not find a reasonable 404.063 smaller than 30 inches. The one I found was close to 200 dollars. crazy. The 3/8 inch pitch.063 I can get 50 dollars. On with the obsession. If anyone reads this and uses McColloughs let me know what you think.

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