movie on cutting a ipe hardwood log in a Bolivian mill with a 7" wide bandsaw

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Blog entry by Harry Montana posted 12-21-2012 10:22 PM 6558 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

the principle is a wagon (brand Schiffer) which goes up and down on a rail and the bandsaw (brand Langer) is in a fixed position. For entire mill to operate like this you need 26 employees. Fully automatic mills are available but not recommendable because they get damaged and who is going to repair difficult electronics in the middle of the jungle in a country like Bolivia where there is no spare parts…

operating bandsaw cutting ipe boards – 1

operating bandsaw cutting ipe boards – 2

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#1 posted 12-21-2012 10:59 PM

Cool. I want some Massaranduba! That stuff looks awesome.

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#2 posted 12-21-2012 11:28 PM

awesome means good or bad, I don’t know, but that is why that from a m3 of log only 120BFT good quality boards comes off, so now you know why an entire IPE tree costs USD 12 while a container ipe decking costs nowadays USD 5,40 per BFT..

maybe you prefer this one (massaranduba), looks good but much less stable wood then ipe:

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#3 posted 12-22-2012 01:37 AM

Awesome means good.

That is nice looking timber!

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#4 posted 12-22-2012 10:38 AM

Automation is nice, but there is still something to be said for keeping people employed. Love your setup!

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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