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6' wide cut bandmill start #131 02/07/2019 07:56 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 02/07/2019 08:09 PM
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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 03/14/2019 08:47 AM
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Is there a plan out line?

Re: 6' wide cut bandmill start [Re: chma] #833 07/19/2019 09:44 PM
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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 07/29/2019 07:26 AM
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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 07/29/2019 09:55 AM
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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 08/07/2019 08:31 AM
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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 09:03 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 08/08/2019 10:19 PM
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The boards will be dried very slow for 10-12 months.

Re: 6' wide cut bandmill start [Re: chma] #881 09/11/2019 01:16 PM
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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 09/12/2019 09:03 PM
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That looks like its going to be a real beast! ---keep up the good work!


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Re: 6' wide cut bandmill start [Re: chma] #958 01/02/2020 06:31 AM
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chma - What are you going to use for wheels - Also the blade tensioner?

Re: 6' wide cut bandmill start [Re: mike van] #959 01/02/2020 07:55 AM
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Originally Posted by mike van
chma - What are you going to use for wheels - Also the blade tensioner?

The wheels will be 26" steel.
Shafts, bearings, wheels, guides and some other parts are from Cook.
The blade tensioner will be a 1 1/4" thread rod.
I have got behind on building it, have went back to just working by myself.

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Good size on the wheels, I used 24" on mine, 1 1/4 blades are long sharpened away before fatigue takes them out. I haven't had a blade break in a long time. Your tensioner though, I think you should research more. I used a bolt & nut, kind of the same as your threaded rod. Problem is, there's no give, or take anywhere. As the blade heats up, it'll slack some, it just can't help it, all that length of steel. I went to a large die spring, I can't remember what size or how many pounds to compress it, but its a lot. Like I said, have not broken a blade in years. If I can find a pic of i'll post it.

Re: 6' wide cut bandmill start [Re: chma] #961 01/03/2020 11:37 AM
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Attached a pic of the tensioner, I can get a closeup sometime later. The thick yellow spring gets almost collapsed to give me good flat cuts. [Linked Image]

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Re: 6' wide cut bandmill start [Re: chma] #962 01/03/2020 05:08 PM
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I think my Timber-Tuff has some sort of spring in it too! ---That would be a must to help control the tension I would think. Lookin good guys!


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