Milling logs with my electric bandsaw mill

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Blog entry by JordsWoodShop posted 10-10-2013 01:38 PM 4941 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In this video I give you a quick insight into the milling process I use.

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Up until about 3 weeks ago this mill was equipped with a 2 stoke petrol engine that was mighty loud and full of vibration. Dont get me wrong, it was perfectly capable, but as I now have a bigger workshop I thought convert the mill to be electric so I could mill indoors.

This new video shows the mill being operated with its brand new 3 phase electric motor and gives you a insight into the milling process.

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-- Regards, Jordan Crawford,

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#1 posted 10-10-2013 05:38 PM

That’s a pretty nice mill. How loud is it when running with the electric motor? I’m definitely jealous of your mill and it’s great you have enough space to do it indoors.

Also I tried to watch the video from October 6 on, but it gave a 404 not found error.

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#2 posted 10-11-2013 12:41 AM

I just bought a used Wood-Mizer and will definitely look into the electric option if the gas engine ever dies. That makes good sense to me! But I’ll have to do 220 volt as I don’t have 3 phase.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 10-11-2013 01:22 AM

Hi tim, Its not bad at all, I am wearing basic earplugs and it is very comfortable, With my phone DB readout app it was reaching between 90 and 100 DB while cutting, with a dull blade.

Thats odd that the vid is giving you a 404, Here is a direct link to the video,

Gfadvm, It is a really good option, Im really happy I did it as it now means I can mill in all weather conditions, not worry about fuel going bad, burning my self of the muffler, and the noise is greatly reduced.

-- Regards, Jordan Crawford,

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#4 posted 10-11-2013 02:36 AM

This is the one that 404's Jordan. It’s the second one linked on your main page right now. It doesn’t show in your Youtube channel either.

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#5 posted 10-12-2013 05:11 PM

Very nice mill you got there, and cool music choice.

Have you ever tried quarter sawing the logs, instead of plain sawing? Something like this:

It would be more work turning the quarter logs every cut, but it might just be worth it for the higher grade lumber. Less twisting and bending, and youd get those beautiful medullary rays.


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