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Blog entry by NewEnglandsWoodWorks posted 12-19-2011 04:29 AM 6113 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been intrigued by the Logosol chainsaw mill for quite a long time now. In particular the M7 Chainsaw Mill. But in the high two thousand dollar range, it is way out of my budget. I believe that the mill is not nearly worth that price. I So, I think I’m going to start making my own chainsaw mill out of wood! I plan to make a wooden platform for the log bed with steps so I can move the log up one at a time. To control the depth of cut I am going to build a sled that will slide a long a rail. The rails height can be adjusted with pegs in the rail at different heights. The chainsaw itself will hookup to the sled the the bar bolts the the sled. The chainsaw is probably going to be the stihl ms 290 (The Farm Boss).

If any of you out there have made your own chainsaw mill or have any experience with sawmills please chime in!

Thanks!

Brett

-- Brett



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Wayne

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#1 posted 12-19-2011 05:10 AM

I gave milling a go with my 029 stihl (older model, same size I believe). I burned my clutch up the first go round. I didn’t give as much thought as I should have to the process. The only suggestion I could offer is read up (if you havent already) on “ripping chains”, more so the sharpening process.
I can’t wait to see what you come up with!!

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#2 posted 12-19-2011 06:11 AM

Cr1, any choiance you have video of you performing this technique? I’ve been close a couple of times of buying an Alaskan chainsaw mill and have watched a zillion demonstration videos. I’m rigging my 14” bandsaw for milling duty but it’s not going to be able to handle the large white oak logs I had to cut download on my land so I’m going to also need to go with some sort of klchainsaw system. I am most likely going to also end up with the Stihl ms 290 so I don’t know if I’m biting off more than it can chew.

-- If it ain't broke, take it apart and find out why

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#3 posted 12-19-2011 01:15 PM

Hi everybody.

I don’t have experience with this but you can find an example at

http://lescopeaux.free.fr/rea-pas-a-pas/docs/Fabrication_prennobette.pdf

It is in French, but I think the numerous pictures are quite explicit.

have a nice day.

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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helluvawreck

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#4 posted 12-19-2011 02:16 PM

Well, it would be a very interesting blog if you document your progress on it as you build it. So I do hope that you will do that, Brett.

helluvawreck

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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 12-19-2011 02:47 PM

If you google the term “diy alaskan chainsaw mill” you’ll find pictures showing a lot of different homemade chainsaw mills. The simplest are two T vertical supports bolted to the saw bar, with a sliding base to slide along the log after the first cut is made with a 2X4 or ladder support. Here’s one:

http://i774.photobucket.com/albums/yy26/mikeb1079/IMG_1963-1.jpg

Some of the more elaborate ones incorporate tracks and a 4 post head to support the saw bar and engine. Like this one:

http://www.tjswoodshop.com/building_a_homebuilt_portable_sawmill

The key to successful chainsaw milling is as big a saw as you can afford and a ripping chain. When I can afford it, I’m going to buy a big saw, a huge bar, and build a mill so I can split big logs into chunks small enough to put on my Timberking 1220.

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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NewEnglandsWoodWorks

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#6 posted 12-19-2011 02:59 PM

Thanks everybody for the advice! If I do make the sawmill, I will definitely make videos of the process.

-- Brett

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#7 posted 12-19-2011 03:03 PM

Woodmizer just came out with a small mill for around $3000. I’m intrigued.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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NewEnglandsWoodWorks

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#8 posted 12-19-2011 03:09 PM

Ya, $3000 is pretty high for me.

-- Brett

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#9 posted 12-19-2011 03:27 PM

I have heard of people using the frame from an old mobile home for a base for a sawmill. Just 2 steel I beam rails, held parallel by the cross members. Sounded like a good idea to me if you can find one.

-- I still have all my fingers

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#10 posted 12-19-2011 03:34 PM

Hi
I do have the M7 with 5kw electric motor. Set up properly with my 20” chain it works great. I have used this system for more then 30 years and I say go for it. If you need to cut bigger trees get the Big Mill and the biggest saw you can get. Stihl is a great saw to buy. The chain has to be 5-10 degrees and a good angle is 60. This is good for any kind of set up.
Logosol do also have other saw system – if you can afford it. They are all great and low prices compare to others.

Halling51
NORWAY

-- Steinar, Norway - - Nothing is impossible! Just the impossible takes longer time! Hegner SE

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#11 posted 12-19-2011 03:45 PM

$3000 is high for me, too. It’s better than $6000+ for the LT10, lol. You know who you should ask is Don. There are a couple of guys in the Handplanes of your Dreams thread that have chainsaw mills, one of which looks to work exceptionally well. They don’t stay on topic over there, so no one would mind you asking. Good luck!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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NewEnglandsWoodWorks

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#12 posted 12-19-2011 04:17 PM

Thanks Everybody!

-- Brett

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#13 posted 12-19-2011 05:54 PM

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#14 posted 12-19-2011 05:55 PM

^There he is!!!!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#15 posted 12-19-2011 06:03 PM

I bought an alaskan chainsaw mill attachment last summer and it works great. I would definitely suggest a larger saw than the 029, I milled my first logs with an 046 and was in need of much more power. Ripping logs takes a lot of work for the saw. I am now using a Stihl 066 and it works great. I did not opt to buy the ripping chain, I just modify the cutting angle on the tooth of a standard chain by sharpening it perpendicular to the bar. You will have the smoothest cut if you sharpen between 0 and 10degrees, I tend to go close to 0 and the chips come out looking like saw dust rather than big chips you are used to seeing out of a saw. The more angle that is on the tooth, the faster you can cut, (if you have the power), but you trade in speed for a much rougher cut and much more load on the saw.

-- Juniper Canyon Design

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