Homemade Band sawmill #7: Updates and some improvements

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Blog entry by geekwoodworker posted 07-22-2015 12:16 AM 5894 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After using the sawmill for awhile I have found a few issues needing some slight improvements.

The v-belt would loosen up after some use and then the belt would squeal. I added a belt tensioner to the motor mount and now it only squeals when starting.

The bearings I used for the blade guides worked great except they would seize up after a while and changing them was a pain. I decided to try wooden guides using iron wood. I changed the bolt out to a threaded rod for easy changing of the guides for when they wear out. The guides have a slot in them for some adjusting. The first set lasted for 1000 bdft. The current set has 300 bdft and showing no signs of wear.

I kept having to sweep out the rails after each pass and that was just a pain. So I decided to add some sweeps made from and old broken stable broom. So far I haven’t had to do any sweeping.

The log holders were also a pain as I always had to use a wrench to tighten and loosen them. I wanted something I could just drop in and pull out quickly and came up with this. There are two tall, two medium and two short log stops. The other side of the log still uses the old ones in the T-slot.

So far all is working great and I have cut approx. 3000 bdft with lots more to come. My dads bush has some large white ash that have the Emarld Ash Borer in them and the trees are dying so lots to cut.

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#1 posted 07-22-2015 12:26 AM

Looks like fun

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#2 posted 07-22-2015 06:20 PM

Sean, maybe you told us what hp. motor you where using but I didn’t remember what is was. I really need to build one of these. Thanks for paving the way.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#3 posted 07-23-2015 07:25 PM

Great job on this Sean with lots of smart details including the fixes.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 07-24-2015 12:59 AM

Thanks guys.
Lee the motor is a 2 hp running at 3450 rpm and on 220V.

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#5 posted 07-24-2017 07:16 PM

Love the sawmill would love to buy the blueprints to build it.

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#6 posted 03-04-2020 01:46 PM

Thanks for this great build
Have you made the blueprints available for sale?

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