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Winch for Bandsaw Lumbermill Sled

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Project by mdzehr posted 10-09-2018 11:26 AM 1401 views 2 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This manual winch provides the ability to slowly and carefully feed the log on the bandsaw lumbermill sled into the blade. Each revolution of the winch moves the sled approximately 3”. The winch, when combined with a 4 pulley block and tackle setup cuts the workload by a factor of about 12, which allows the operator to move a 250lb log with an exertion of about 20lbs.

The “stationary” anchor is designed to slide on the end of the outfeed table to ensure that the block and tackle rig is pulling parallel with the direction of travel of the sled, rather than at an angle which would put undue strain on the system. I used a 100’ polyester 5/16” braided rope.

Refer to my previous post for pictures and details on the sled and ramps.

The block and tackle is also used in conjunction with a set of ramps to easily load the log onto the sled. Of course, it also helps to have a willing friend to help an old man stay in the game!

-- Mike, Lancaster PA





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Steve

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#1 posted 10-09-2018 12:57 PM

Wow, that’s pretty damn cool.

Are those led puck lights underneath there? Another brilliant idea

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#2 posted 10-09-2018 01:08 PM

nice ingenuity mike your shop is turning into a real sawmill operation,so can we expect a post of you out logging next-LOL.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#3 posted 10-09-2018 01:19 PM

great idea

the sled is one i need to make too
got a couple 8’ black walnut logs to mill
and have pulleys too

thanks for this help

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 10-09-2018 01:19 PM

Nice addition to your sled. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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mdzehr

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#5 posted 10-09-2018 01:20 PM

Thanks Steve. They are puck lights, but I was disappointed in their low output. My eyesight isn’t what it once was and I need a lot of light to see what I’m doing.


Wow, that s pretty damn cool.

Are those led puck lights underneath there? Another brilliant idea

- Steve


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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mdzehr

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#6 posted 10-09-2018 01:27 PM

Thanks Larry. I’m afraid my lumberman days are over as much as I loved it. Parkinson’s Disease and a chainsaw are not a healthy combination!


nice ingenuity mike your shop is turning into a real sawmill operation,so can we expect a post of you out logging next-LOL.

- pottz


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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mdzehr

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#7 posted 10-09-2018 01:30 PM

Thanks David. It works pretty well. I was too tight to spring for rollers so this was the next best idea I could come up with.


great idea

the sled is one i need to make too
got a couple 8 black walnut logs to mill
and have pulleys too

thanks for this help

- patron


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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mdzehr

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#8 posted 10-09-2018 01:32 PM

Thanks but it is nowhere in the league of your operation which I admire as I see your setup!


Nice addition to your sled. Well done.

- swirt


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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Jeff_in_LSMO

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#9 posted 10-09-2018 01:32 PM

Mike, I’ve tried a similar setup with the same saw, and have had issues with the blade either bowing in the cut when tension is too low, or snapping when tension is too high.

What have you found to be the best method to tension your blade for this setup?
What blade are you using?

Thanks.

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GR8HUNTER

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#10 posted 10-09-2018 01:35 PM

WOW Mike you just took a great idea and made it superb GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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mdzehr

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#11 posted 10-09-2018 01:41 PM

Jeff,
I’m really impressed with the quality of the cut. It is a 3/4” blade with 3 TPI made by Martin’s Sharpening in Ephrata PA. Their prices are amazing and they make the blades on the spot. I needed to make sure that the track was parallel with the blade.


Mike, I ve tried a similar setup with the same saw, and have had issues with the blade either bowing in the cut when tension is too low, or snapping when tension is too high.

What have you found to be the best method to tension your blade for this setup?
What blade are you using?

Thanks.

- JeffinLSMO


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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mdzehr

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#12 posted 10-09-2018 01:42 PM

Thanks Tony! Another sleepless night idea.

WOW Mike you just took a great idea and made it superb GREAT JOB :<))

- GR8HUNTER


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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GR8HUNTER

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#13 posted 10-09-2018 02:11 PM

Martins is where I take my saw blades to be sharpened and my chisels I love their work and cheap prices fast service :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#14 posted 10-09-2018 05:59 PM

This is nicely done and very practical.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#15 posted 10-09-2018 06:08 PM

Smart! Congrats on a great idea and a great build.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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