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Milling 2018

Discussion in 'Forestry Operations' started by Bumpsteer, Sep 12, 2018.

  1. Bumpsteer

    Bumpsteer Senior Member

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    Been 4-5 years since I milled, nobody else has used the mill either.

    Couple days getting it fired up (20 hp Honda), including a carb teardown and cleaning other than greasing, it's ready.

    Got my way overdoo to be milled logs on site and the mill shed cleaned out.

    Going to be extra waste, nobodys fault but mine.
    Hope to make sawdust tomorrow come hell or high water.

    Ed

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    The Amish nightmare....
     
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  2. Ronsii

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    Ahhh, fresh cut timber :) love that smell!!!

    It's been about the same time for me, just seems like I been too busy to clear my mill off and do some cutting. Can't wait to see some pics of the slabs, do you have an edger or just use the mill?
     
  3. Bumpsteer

    Bumpsteer Senior Member

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    I just use the mill, with the infrequent use an edger would be another headache.....

    That brings me to today's kick in the nuts.

    Had a carriage bearing to fix, made in the land of never quite right, zerk hole wasn't straight, couldn't get a gun on it. Remove bearing, clean, remove zerk, hog out counterbore with a carbide burr, clean, grease, reinstall.....grease everything else, load first log, dog it in and start to mill!

    Hit a thick spot in the log and......engine dies, no fuel. Bad pump.

    Things were progressing so good. At the mercy of the parts gods now.

    Wouldn't know what to do if things went smoothly.

    Ed
     
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  4. Bumpsteer

    Bumpsteer Senior Member

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    My parts guy found a briggs pump that'll work, cool!

    Got it installed, b*****d still wouldn't run.....

    Tracked it down to a cracked fuel filter, sucking air. Kick me in the balls again.

    Ed
     
  5. Ronsii

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    bad pump, cracked filter.... sounds like ethanol petrol at work ;)


    Haven't started mine in at least a year, I'm sure I'll have to rip the carb apart and de-gunk it among other things...
     
  6. Bumpsteer

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    Finally got the danm thing up and running tonight.....cut the first cant. Lumbers going to flow tomorrow!

    Ed
     
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  7. Bumpsteer

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    Milled 6 logs today, the last 4 White Ash I'll ever mill and 2 White Oak.
    A decent day other than some "set" issues with re-sharpened bands, as in not enough set, they were wandering all over the place and wouldn't clean the cut.
    Going with new tomorrow.

    My brother helped me today, showing off his profile, lol.
    last, the haul for the day.

    Ed

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  8. Ronsii

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    Do you run coolant on the blade and if so what do you run?
     
  9. Bumpsteer

    Bumpsteer Senior Member

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    We use a "Sure shot" air sprayer. 1 gallon of chainsaw bar oil to 1 1/2 gallon of diesel fuel.

    Just give it a few shots as you cut the log.

    Ed
     
  10. Ronsii

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    Hmmmm, haven't tried oil mixes.. always stuck to water mixes. 4:1 water pinesol or water and differing soaps. and to apply it I have a dripper tube just above my blade on the entry side of the log with a one gallon pump up sprayer mounted on the carriage with a little needle valve so I can tune the drips.

    but then again most of what I cut has been fir, cedar, hemlock, small amount of maple, ash and cottonwood... maybe a few odds and ends in there somewhere also ;)
     
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  11. Bumpsteer

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    Was told my "wandering" problem was the gullet, the set checked good at .065.
    Started the day stacking & stickering yesterdays limber.
    Got through the last White Oak and started on the Red Oak.
    It's a long day running manual mill alone. Only did 3 logs.

    Ed
     
  12. petepilot

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    wish you were closer have a look at this DSCN1200.JPG
     
  13. Bumpsteer

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    Black Walnut?
    Should be lots of figured lumber in it.

    Ed
     
  14. petepilot

    petepilot Well-Known Member

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    yes bw have`nt tried to figure board ft yet . no one around here seems to be interested in it as it is so i guess i`ll see what comes out b f wise and go from there, was a storm casualty