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Forum topic by giser3546 posted 03-19-2015 02:38 PM 785 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-19-2015 02:38 PM

I am about to start milling some cherry logs and need to come up with something to hold/catch the logs before and after they pass through my saw. I have looked at store bought roller stands and they either seem to be lacking in their weight capacity or they get to be too pricey since I’ll have to get several of them. I do have several roller bearings that didn’t work out for another project but that leaves me trying to design and build 38” tall roller stands that can support several hundred pounds and won’t take up all remaining space in my small garage shop. Anyone had any experience putting together roller stands that might fit this need, or suggestions for a cost effective alternate method to do this?

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#1 posted 03-19-2015 02:43 PM

Sometimes on craig’s list I have seen sections of roller-conveyer for sale reasonably. You might find a 6 or 8’ section for not much more than several stands – and with higher weight capacity.

-Paul

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#2 posted 03-19-2015 03:46 PM

The simplest off the shelf solution would be a couple of roller tables like these:

http://www.grizzly.com/products/Roller-Table/D2271

Not exactly cheap but work great for the application and useful for may other applications.

BTW how long are the logs, if I remember from the other post they are 10-14” in diameter. I assume you will be making some sort of log sled.

A cheap and dirty solution would be to build two 2×4 frames with MDF tops and laminate them with Formica or maybe some runners made from UHMW like Peachtree et al sell:

http://www.ptreeusa.com/uhmwproducts.htm

Then just clamp the end of each table to the bandsaw table. You will need to use some adjustable feet or make them to fit exactly.

The one thing I would not suggest is the roller stands with one to three rollers on top they are just too tippy for this work unless the logs are really short. If they are short you can just build your own stand with 2×4s and top them with a piece of ply or MDF with UHMW on top and build the base to allow a bag of Quickcrete to weigh them down.

As mentioned you may get lucky with used gravity conveyors etc but there are decently inexpensive options and you can continue to use them for infeed/outfeed tables for all manner of machines.

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#3 posted 03-19-2015 03:50 PM

http://bham.craigslist.org/bfs/4873771458.html

12FT CONVEYER ROLLER TABLE – $200

12 FOOT STEEL BENCH ADJUSTABLE HEIGHT WITH STEEL ROLLERS GOOD CONDITION.

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#4 posted 03-19-2015 03:52 PM

The logs are between 4 and 5 feet long.

Looking at craigs list the price seems to be right for these guys…

http://bham.craigslist.org/for/4923276287.html

But I’m wondering how much weight I can expect them to hold, even if I add some 2×4s to sturdy them up some.

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#5 posted 03-19-2015 03:59 PM

I’m not sure if the roller-table I posted is strong enough. Probably not.

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#6 posted 03-19-2015 04:04 PM

I would personally jump on those $25 ones, all you need is one, cut it in half and build two stands. The lightest duty roller conveyors I have seen are rated about 30 pounds per foot and this is working load for long term continuous use like in a sort facility. I don’t think you will have ANY issues with these as longs as they are in decent condition. If it was close to me I would be headed to buy a few right now, $25 is DIRT cheap.

BTW I should have mentioned the 30 pounds a foot is not the really about the rollers themselves it is about the support over the span of the table which is usually just supported on the ends, shorter span or more support and the weight limit goes up.

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