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01-07-2013 05:08 AM

So, my 20” PM bandsaw has sat taking up real estate and doing nothing since I purchased it at a school auction. It was 3 phase and had no blade, but we needed some mesquite lumber and I decided spending 1000.00 on 200 bf of mesquite was not wise since dead dry logs are almost everywhere. I spent 450.00 on a brand new Dayton single phase motor, bought 2 blades that are 3/4” with 3 TPI for 50.00. I went out and obtained 2 trailers full of smaller to medium sized logs. I did end up with some larger logs but not sure when or how I will ever saw the few larger logs we ended up with. Believe it or not, we have resawn 250 bf of mesquite this past Friday and Saturday and we still have several logs left. We have also straight lined and surfaced two sides of the mesquite so far. At 5.00 per BF that has a street value of 1250.00. I think we are ahead of the game financially.

By the way, my only experience with a bandsaw was with a 9” Hitatchi that was junk, I once owned a 9” craftsman but never used it. So certainly I had never had any experience with resawing but the internet gives a lot of knowledge.

Here are some pics:

using a come along to pull log straight through blade. We built an 8’ long table that fits around the bandsaw providing ample infeed and outfeed space to resaw 4’ long logs.

installing new motor in bandsaw

small portion of our resawn mesquite

straight lining lumber

surfacing lumber

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#1 posted 01-07-2013 05:21 AM

Of course the photographs do not really do the lumber justice, lighting can sometimes make things look off colored and such. Tomorrow I want to add a few photographs of some more of the lumber as we really got some really nice looking lumber out of our resaw experience.

The resawing has been relatively straight forward with very little issue, we did have one blade break but that is why I bought 2 blades from the start.

OK, so now the juices are really flowing and this first taste has my wheels spinning. On this job alone, I have 5000.00 spent on mesquite acquisition. So I am going to purchase a portable mill, probably in the 6,000.00 range and 2 mesquite jobs will pay for itself. My plan would be to mill 1200 bf of mesquite ahead of time, so that whenever I sold a job the lumber will be ready to work. Plus we could sell mesquite for around 5.00 bf delivered with minimum bf purchase. We can do some SEO marketing for mesquite lumber /custom cabinetry.

I want a trailer mounted portable mill. So now I am off to dream land!!!! :)

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#2 posted 01-08-2013 01:23 AM

Well, I have looked at some portable mills on trailers, now I can just keep dreaming until I sell another mesquite job.

I am considering getting a new blade with 2 tpi. Does anyone have any experience with using just 2 TPI. I think it would work better since we are resawing between 9 and 11” deep on most of our logs.

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#3 posted 01-08-2013 04:15 AM

Jerry, I use a 1 TPI, 1” blade to resaw big stuff on my 17” Grizz. It cuts unbelievably fast! I think part of the secret is the REALLY deep gullets which clear sawdust much better than shallow gullets. I got my blade from Timberwolf for $69. I have cut hedge and mesquite (both very hard and both are silica accumulators). I envy you your access to mesquite as it won’t grow here. That ‘come along’ idea interests mebut I’m concernedwith the lack of “feel”. I push my logs on a shop made sled (a lot of work but I like the fact that I can feel how hard I’m pushing). Any thoughts?

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#4 posted 01-08-2013 03:23 PM

Jerry….Let me see if I understand this correctly. You say you spent $450 on a single phase motor as a replacement because the original motor was 3 phase? Ouch!! A much cheaper and in mu opinion better option, would have been to by a VFD to run the 3 phase motor. Even with replacing the motor bearings you would have come out at about 1/2 the cost of the new motor. I am only guessing here but if the original 3ph motor was 3hp, most likely 2hp, the VFD would have cost about $150. Plus you could have wired it up to run with the original switching already on the saw.

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