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Blog entry by SirFatty posted 08-12-2012 02:07 AM 837 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Today I visited the annual Threshing Bee hosted by the Northern Illinois Steam Power Club. Lots of steam powered tractors, gas tractors, gas engines, flea market, military display and a saw mill.

Since this is Lumber Jocks, I thought I would share some pics of the saw mill. They will saw your logs (you have to pre-arrange this) and use just steam power to do so! Using belts connected to the PTO of these massive tractors, logs are reduced to boards in no time.

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 08-12-2012 03:53 AM

That’s quite an EVENT!

I think you had a wonderful time!

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#2 posted 08-18-2012 11:52 AM

Here’s some video of the event.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GKDoIQrGcA&feature=youtu.be

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#3 posted 08-18-2012 11:59 AM

Ohh hell yea … i dont need no stinkin riving knife! You would have found me camped out in front of that tent all day watching boards comin off that steam mill. Thanks for the vid.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#4 posted 08-18-2012 03:20 PM

That’s really a COOL operation!

I was thinking of how accurate the alignment between the steam engine and the saw had to be to keep those long belts track perfectly all the time without any waiver at all…

Looked like a nice red cedar tree… the smell would have been SO NICE during that operation… Yes?

And, that sawdust control system using Zero Micron filters was a SUPER achievement also! LOL

Were you able to get a piece of that wood? small piece?

Thank you… very nice!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#5 posted 08-19-2012 01:31 AM

Hi Joe,

At the beginning of the video, you can see the saw operator signalling to one of the tractors to adjust their alignment a little… I’ve watched the whole process of the tractor getting connected and it does take a while, they are huge!

The only thing you can smell there is the smoke from the coal and the hay from the thresher!

The wood is from logs that someone brought to have cut (that has to be arranged ahead of the show). So if I took a piece, someone would not be too happy with me!

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