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6' wide cut bandmill start #131
02/07/2019 06:56 PM
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Pickup about 1/2 the steel today.
4"x6"x3/16" tubing, 4"x3"x3/16" tubing , 2 1/2" x 2/12" x 1/4" tubing , 3" x 3" x 1/4" angle, 1" x 1" x 1/4" angle.
That and the rest I got was right at 8,000 lbs of steel.

Re: 6' wide cut bandmill start [Re: chma] #133
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That sounds like the right steel to start with. Make it stout as you go and never be sorry! A little extra iron is good investment . Mills take a lot of strain, and need to be strong.
sounds like you might be starting to cut and weld soon! Take pix. as you go! thanks; sonny


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Re: 6' wide cut bandmill start [Re: chma] #528
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Is there a plan out line?

Re: 6' wide cut bandmill start [Re: chma] #833
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Have the base/log frame welded up and have been working on the head the last week or so.
The main beam for the head is a 6x6x5/8x103" long.
The shafts and bearings cost just under $2000 and the wheels/etc. will be another $2000.
The rush job at this time is getting 4 apple cannons ready by next weekend, finishing 2 bale sweeps and a short bed livestock carrier.

Re: 6' wide cut bandmill start [Re: chma] #838
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Sounds like you've been busy.


I know a lot about a lot of things BUT I still have a lot to learn.
Life is what you make of it. So, why not make a working machine to make it easier.
Re: 6' wide cut bandmill start [Re: chma] #839
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The materials will be expensive! ----Do you have any particular blade in mind? ---- My little one only has a 1-3/4" wide one on it, and I can see a much wider one would be better.
Given the wide cut plans you are going for the wider the blade, the better. Just my observation from what I see with my little jobber.
Keep up on it and if you get a chance get some pix. as you go.


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Re: 6' wide cut bandmill start [Re: chma] #847
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Going to put a 2" blade on this one.
This type of mill is not about speed or bf. It's all about that 1-2 boards from the log, that will make a $5000-$10000 table.
This is the largest bandmill I have built, but over the years, I have built 10+ smaller ones.
I have also built close to 75 small log scrag saws. Most were setup to run off tractor pto.

Re: 6' wide cut bandmill start [Re: chma] #850
08/08/2019 08:03 PM
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I guess the hot thing now is wide boards, but I always found them to warp too bad, so I just do narrow ones and make glue-ups to get width.


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Re: 6' wide cut bandmill start [Re: chma] #853
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The boards will be dried very slow for 10-12 months.

Re: 6' wide cut bandmill start [Re: chma] #881
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Been welding the head together the last few days.

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Re: 6' wide cut bandmill start [Re: chma] #883
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That looks like its going to be a real beast! ---keep up the good work!


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