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    The Old Sawmill, In Action Video.

    I was doing some work at the local sawmill today and thought you guys might like a video. This is an old 52" mill powered by a Murphy Diesel, all belts and levers, no modern conveniences, or safety's for that matter. The man running the mill is Pete the mechanic. They were sawing some 18"x14" stuff for a custom order.
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    Re: The Old Sawmill, In Action Video.

    Quote Originally Posted by TozziWelding View Post
    I was doing some work at the local sawmill today and thought you guys might like a video. This is an old 52" mill powered by a Murphy Diesel, all belts and levers, no modern conveniences, or safety's for that matter. The man running the mill is Pete the mechanic. They were sawing some 18"x14" stuff for a custom order.


    Hey Tozzi....The guy running it wasn't 'armless Pete', by any chance ????

    Watching that makes my skin crawl.
    I knew a guy that worked in a mill like that......he was sawn in half.....No joke.
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    Am I the only one watching this thinking.... Hey, I want to rid the log...? not over the Saw though.
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    Re: The Old Sawmill, In Action Video.

    Quote Originally Posted by TozziWelding View Post
    I was doing some work at the local sawmill today and thought you guys might like a video. This is an old 52" mill powered by a Murphy Diesel, all belts and levers, no modern conveniences, or safety's for that matter. The man running the mill is Pete the mechanic. They were sawing some 18"x14" stuff for a custom order.
    Hey, where is that??... I've been looking for wood slabs all over the place on Craigslist. Would be nice to find a place close by.

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    Whatever you need they have or will cut, give them a call.
    http://www.jbsawmill.com/
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    That thing is crazy.
    The way it slices through that log makes you think how well it would cut through a person, and/or limbs.

    It reminds me of the old saw bench my dad has for cutting fire wood to size. No where near as much power as that thing would have, just a little single cylinder engine on it, with a 3 or so foot blade on it. That thing looks pretty scary, but the mill above is waaay crazy. I'm amazed my dad has made it so far, mostly intact actually.

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    Thanks for posting! .

    That reminds me of having some pine logs sawn on an early 1900's Lane mill in northern NH some years back - about 1990 if I recall correctly. Slightly different setup but same idea. I rather like the old machinery.

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    Re: The Old Sawmill, In Action Video.

    Quote Originally Posted by ThorsHammer View Post
    Am I the only one watching this thinking.... Hey, I want to rid the log...? not over the Saw though.
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    Re: The Old Sawmill, In Action Video.

    I used to have a workshop next door to an old guy that had saws like that, I used to live watching him set it up and cutting logs, Probably the reason i didn't get a lot of work done, Sadly the old boy passed away, Not sure what happened to all his saws


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    Anybody know how I can see the vid using a Mac?
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    Re: The Old Sawmill, In Action Video.

    Quote Originally Posted by Stick-man View Post
    Anybody know how I can see the vid using a Mac?
    Update to the latest Flash Player? (Works fine on my Mac.)

    Thanks for posting up. I know a guy who has a similar setup with 20hp Diesel motor (his is a 60" saw though).

    OSHA would have a field day in that sawmill...

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    Re: The Old Sawmill, In Action Video.

    There is a guy across the street from Marc's house with the same type set up but it's powered by a 1 lunger..
    Really funny sounding but cool...

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    Re: The Old Sawmill, In Action Video.

    Actually, that mill is quite safe campared to a Hargan Saw.
    A mate of mine had a museum in Captains Flat (maybe still has.....Stiffy, go check the old Hospital there will ya???) and, had a Hargan Saw powered by a BSA B31 500 single engine.
    NOT for the faint of heart.......

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    You know what, My old man used to have the frame of one of those. Not sure if he ever had an engine / saw blade on it. Not that i can remember, but I'm sure he used it in the past.
    I think he was going to turn it into a stump remover, but eventually modified a walk behind slasher/mower to do the job.
    They look pretty crazy. I could picture one of those things digging in and taking off across the field
    I'll have to look into it Mick, sound interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stiffman View Post
    You know what, My old man used to have the frame of one of those. Not sure if he ever had an engine / saw blade on it. Not that i can remember, but I'm sure he used it in the past.
    I think he was going to turn it into a stump remover, but eventually modified a walk behind slasher/mower to do the job.
    They look pretty crazy. I could picture one of those things digging in and taking off across the field
    I'll have to look into it Mick, sound interesting.

    He had the old Hospital set up as a weird and wonderful museum, an American, damned if I can remember his name. (some mate eh....???)
    I went there when I was working as a journo for a biker mag in Sydney.
    Lots of WW2 and Harley stuff, including a Japanese take on the Harley, called a Rikuo.....oversize HD copy made in the 40's.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rikuo_Motorcycle

    If he's still there, tell him Crankcase said G'day.

    Just did a search.....looks like it's closed.....pity.

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    Re: The Old Sawmill, In Action Video.

    Those saws are incredible! Incredibly dangerous.

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    I've put a many of hour on both circular and band saws. There is no way to make a circular one safe, especially on smaller mills without loosing production efficiency at an affordable price. IF a tooth comes out of that saw while it is spinning, it will tear through any thing it comes in. Fortunately most of them come out and sling straight up. In almost any old sawmill shed, you'll see a hole or two in the roof from a stray tooth.
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    Re: The Old Sawmill, In Action Video.

    Ol' Pete was way closer to that blade than I would be. But the guy leaning completely over the log while it was on the trolley was as stupid as stupid gets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lugweld View Post
    I've put a many of hour on both circular and band saws. There is no way to make a circular one safe, especially on smaller mills without loosing production efficiency at an affordable price. IF a tooth comes out of that saw while it is spinning, it will tear through any thing it comes in. Fortunately most of them come out and sling straight up. In almost any old sawmill shed, you'll see a hole or two in the roof from a stray tooth.
    Legend has it that the previous owner was sawing some old growth trees, and all of a sudden the blade hit something, sheared the main shaft and the blade went out the door and in to the swamp never to be seen again They hacked the tree open and found a valve from an engine grown in to the tree. I believe it, I have seen some of the crap that has grown in to trees,
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    Quote Originally Posted by TozziWelding View Post
    Legend has it that the previous owner was sawing some old growth trees, and all of a sudden the blade hit something, sheared the main shaft and the blade went out the door and in to the swamp never to be seen again They hacked the tree open and found a valve from an engine grown in to the tree. I believe it, I have seen some of the crap that has grown in to trees,
    I remember as a kid, seeing a tree with a sewing machine grown into the trunk....a result of the Tarawera volcanic eruption in New Zealand many years before.

    Edit: Speak of the devil, here's a pic of the thing.
    They cut the tree down and it's now in the buried village museum.

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    Re: The Old Sawmill, In Action Video.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mick120 View Post
    Actually, that mill is quite safe campared to a Hargan Saw.
    A mate of mine had a museum in Captains Flat (maybe still has.....Stiffy, go check the old Hospital there will ya???) and, had a Hargan Saw powered by a BSA B31 500 single engine.
    NOT for the faint of heart.......

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    I have one of these too

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    I've had about 4 of those old gravelys. The most dangerous attachment was the rotary plow when it hit a rock or a root. Never stand BETWEEN the handle bars and hold on with everything you got. That and the two wheel sulky on the older convertables would jack knife on you and pinch you between the handle bars if you tried to back up with the least bit of turn.
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    The rotary plow is the best soil prep tool ever, my buddy dubbed it the whopper chopper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mick120 View Post
    He had the old Hospital set up as a weird and wonderful museum, an American, damned if I can remember his name. (some mate eh....???)
    I went there when I was working as a journo for a biker mag in Sydney.
    Lots of WW2 and Harley stuff, including a Japanese take on the Harley, called a Rikuo.....oversize HD copy made in the 40's.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rikuo_Motorcycle

    If he's still there, tell him Crankcase said G'day.

    Just did a search.....looks like it's closed.....pity.

    http://www.captainsflat.org/attractions.htm
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    Thats a shame, it sounds like an intersting place to check out

    Quote Originally Posted by TozziWelding View Post
    I have one of these too
    That thing looks so crazy, its almost homicidal.

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