|Project by Arthouse||posted 05-24-2014 01:52 AM||3487 views||2 times favorited||31 comments|
Here is a backwoods Texas sawmill I use for all my logs I get off Texas ranches in the Hill country. The saw is a n old feed mill engine with a hydraulic governor connected to a 52’’ bad ass circular blade with carbide teeth. The hydraulic governor is the keys for it never lets the saw bog down. It is a handmade saw about thirty years old and still cutting straight. I have used many types of cutting , chainsaw mill , bandsaw mill but to have this old guy named Lamar operate the trundle and control the feed is a thing of beauty . I have found that the bandsaw mills always leave a wavy surface on both sides and when dry milling requires at least a 1/2 joined surface before the planer can do it’s work. The circular blade cuts a wide girth but the lumber is always straight and requires little to joint it straight. The other advantage is cost. The circular blade will cut the log shown in one pass in about third seconds. The trundle pull the log back and adjusts for another cut. Eight logs were cut this day in little over three hours at a cost of 350.00 Whereas the the bandsaw mill would have taken over eight hours estimated at a cost of 75.00 and hour it would be around 600.00 dollars . This is my experience with cutting over thirty years of woodworking experience . The only advantage I have seen in a bandsaw mill is it is portable. These are the reasons I use my old buddy Lamar to cut all my Texas hardwoods of black walnut , pecan , elm,black cherry, post oak, and mesquite because I need lumber lumber and more lumber for my craft. All this and Heaven too.
-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart