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Forum topic by sirweldalot posted 01-06-2014 03:45 PM 1284 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-06-2014 03:45 PM

Hello everyone. I am new on here. From Plant City Fl. I am wanting to make a homemade sawmill. I have a 17.5 vertical shaft engine. Is it ok to use this in some fashion? And any tips / tricks for the sawmill ’’in general’’ would be great. Thanks so much.

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#1 posted 01-06-2014 04:06 PM

sirweldalot welcome to Lumberjocks
I saw a lot of posts on home made sawmills on YouTube

-- Bert

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#2 posted 01-06-2014 04:20 PM

Look on

That’s where the experts on sawmills hang out.

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#3 posted 01-07-2014 12:19 AM

I think making a saw mill is a major undertaking. I have considered it many times. Youtube has tons of clips that you can reference. I also wondered about this one from HF??

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#4 posted 01-07-2014 12:32 AM

Did you see this one?

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#5 posted 01-07-2014 12:43 AM

Youtube has a bizzilion videos on the subject, most of which I have watched. Vertical shaft engines are definitely more readily available, but you have to be able to turn the power axis 90 degrees either through a twisted belt & pulleys or right angle gear box. Personally, I don’t care for the belt route as such practices cut the belt life down to a fraction of the life they would otherwise have. Bandwheels are the other problem I’ve run into, getting decent ones appears to be pricey, 14” wheels aren’t big enough to not destroy a 1 1/4” blade and I haven’t seen any home built mills using trailer tires that just don’t look like something I want to try. The steel work for me is actually the easy part. In the mean time, I’m keeping my eyes peeled for a good used mill that doesn’t cost a fortune.

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