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patrick m

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01-14-2008 06:39 PM

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Cutting Slabs of apple pear 2 big burls of I don’t know what, and an interesting trunk of Maple-that i’m dying to see what’s inside. nice of wrinkles, crotch wood, Looking for someone versed in proper quartering, w portable chain saw jig…....Not sure how it’ll all come out, BUT, It’ll all be free if ya help or even hang out and advise.
Near mystic conn… I’m in brooklyn. So if you’re up for it write me.

.. It bolts on to your chain-saw and guides you thru the log to create slab . boards, etc… My question is does any one own one or seen one in action? And do you think it’s a tools worth buying / does it work? If yes any advice on a good band?
Going to google them now and link what I find… As always Thanks for all your comments / advice / and help, It’s highly respected and appreciated-!! Patrick

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#1 posted 01-14-2008 07:15 PM

Look in the videos. Dorje did a series with one.

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#2 posted 01-14-2008 07:33 PM

O, cool Riker thanks I’ll check it out now…

-- PJM.`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸ ><((((º> ""BY HAMMER AND HAND ALL ARTS DO STAND""1785-1974 nyc Semper Fi, Patrick M

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#3 posted 01-14-2008 08:26 PM

I thought about one until I saw how big of a chain saw you need to do this.

-- making sawdust....

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#4 posted 01-15-2008 01:11 AM

I have one of the simple ones (i.e. not an alaskan mill) and yes it works. If you only have a little to do I think it’s interesting enough to have one. A ripping chain makes a big difference. A cross-cut chain just doesn’t cut as well when ripping. I have an 18” poulan.

I have three or four trees I could slab up. I just don’t know if it’s worth having a mill come in…even at $0.50 a foot. I can do it when I want.

I do have a rather large hickory that I’d really love to have slabbed up….bigger than my 18” could handle. But of course hickory is more because it’s harder and dulls the blades quicker.

It’s always 6 to 1, half a dozen to the other, time vs. money, etc. I do get some satisfaction in knowing I cut the wood up myself from my own trees.

-- arborial reconfiguration specialist

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#5 posted 01-15-2008 03:44 AM

You do need a big saw and a decent attachment – the Alaskan seems to do the trick. Rikkor mentioned the blog series I did; if you haven’t looked at it yet – check it out! It was fun…I think it’s worth buying a set-up like this if you see yourself milling periodically over the long haul. And they do work – well! Do they waste more wood than a band mill, sure, but they can go where band mills can’t. It’s the perfect solution for me. I live in the city for crying out loud!

And, once you get the equipment, you start getting calls, so you’ll never run out of wood. I was just offered two cherry logs this weekend…it’s kinda like having a truck.

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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Mike Lingenfelter

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#6 posted 01-15-2008 04:53 AM

Cherry, do I need to come over and help you cut some logs? :)

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#7 posted 01-15-2008 02:14 PM

i would like to make my own.any one have plans

-- hap, gunbarrel city tx.

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#8 posted 01-15-2008 07:13 PM

I started out with a small Granberg and you can make some nice material. Good for the small projects and the part timer.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#9 posted 01-17-2008 07:58 PM

I have one that I got from Northern Tool. I think I paid $24 for it. Uses stock 2×4as guide/runner. I also use 18” Poulan. Works pretty good actually, but as was said before, if you only have small amounts to cut. It is a lot of work.
Catspaw- where did you get ripping chain for 18” Poulan? I can’tfind one

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#10 posted 01-17-2008 11:46 PM

I’ve seen some metalworking type bandsaws that run horizontally. Would something like this work for milling lumber?

I wonder how tough it would be to create your own horizontal bandsaw to use for lumber milling. A motor, two wheels, pullys, bandsaw blade, something to house the wheels and blade and a trolly system to move the lumber or the bandsaw. Anyone ever thought of building your own?

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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#11 posted 01-18-2008 01:30 AM

I got my ripping chain from Granberg.

Those milwaukee hand-held bandsaws don’t have the width to be useful. They only go to about 10” or 12” and probably don’t offer a wood blade? Between the bark and variations in the trunk, that’s kinda alot of work for some not very wide wood.

Also Hud-son (sometimes I go to the site just to watch the video of their $2600 bandsaw mill) sells a wheel kit for about $800.

uh….over and out.

-- arborial reconfiguration specialist

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#12 posted 01-18-2008 02:41 AM

IWC, to answer your question about a bandsaw running horizontally, it seems Grizzly already has one. And it’s only $8500. It must work really well…

Grizzly Horizontal Band Saw

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#13 posted 01-18-2008 05:09 AM

Not quite what I had in mind. Besides, WAY too much money. I’ve never checked on the price of a portable saw mill but I can’t imagine them costing that much money.

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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#14 posted 01-18-2008 06:03 AM

There are several people that I know in SC that have woodmizers. I tried the sawmill resaw route years ago boy what a dangerous lot of hard work! I since have discovered that I do not have to personally have to do everything. I bring the wood to one of them that needs to be re sawn and in no time flat it is accomplished cheaply without risking life and limb or too tired to do woodwork after the rough stuff is accomplished. If it is large enough a woodmizer, small stuff a rodgers re saw that has belt feed and almost no waste and I did not have to spend 10,000.00 to get one. These process wood accurately and fast, and you do not have to add on to the shop to make room for it. These guys resaw heart pine from timbers and ect. so to place our small stuff and saw it is nothing to them. Let these guys have some work for their investment as far as I am concerned after my experience I am more then glad to bring it to them. It is hard nasty work. A chainsaw is dangerous and a lot of things can go wrong in the process. The log can roll, chain can break( and wrap around your hand while spinning, and sharpening takes a lot of time too. So research and make the best choice.If you have enough wood they can bring the process to you for less then you can think.

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#15 posted 01-19-2008 03:00 AM

I have used an alaskan mill on a 088 Stihl. It does a fantastic job on splitting logs too large for my mill. Or reducing a logs size to haul it (with the 4 wheelers help) to the trailer. I have used a six foot bar and ripping chain on it. The down side is huge, lots of backbreaking work and not as fast as I like. The chainsaw exhaust gets a bit old, and the sawdust is directed to my eyes with any sort of breeze. The plus side is larger slabs than I can cut on a sawmill. I will continue to use my alaska mill when I cannot fit the log on the mill, or need large slabs from a large log. My mill can cut up to a 31” dia log and a final cut of 24”. The bandsaw is alot faster. But some logs just won’t fit. Good luck.

Kevin Davis
Ruff Cutts

-- To those who fight for it, life has a flavor the protected never know. Unknown, on an empty C-ration box. Khe Sahn 1968

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