Rudolf Baumueller's bandsaw with sawmill sledRudolf Baumueller writes:
I want to thank you again for the plans for the Band Saw 2, and am happy to tell you, that after more than 5 months, I have finished building it. It works perfectly, am very happy with it. It has a 2 hp 3450 rpm motor. I am using a 3 TPI 1/2" blade. There is no sideways wandering of the blade, it works very smoothly. A great design you made! I made the foot of the frame a little wider, and also built a cabinet. It has a very good moving dolly incorporated in it and it is very easy to move the saw around the shop.
After all that I built another table for it, 5 feet wide, sort of like your log cutting rails, with a 2 foot long carriage on the famous roller skate bearings. Then I added an automatic feeder system, and now I am cutting Mesquite logs into boards very nicely.
The Mesquite is very very hard wood, but this saw thinks nothing of it.
I made a video of it cutting a Mesquite board (further down on the page).
Note vacuum port on bottom.
The lifting system consists of two 3/4 x 1 1/2" inch beams on hinges they lift the cabinet about 5/8". I had to replace the small hinge with more hefty ones, and put some sheet metal plates under the cabinet with a lot of car polish to lubricate them, now it works easy.
Bandsaw sawmill sled
The track length is 5 feet, and the width is 1 foot.
That is the way you set it up to get the rails perfectly 90 deg. to the blade. To store it away, I just undo the table adjust knobs and fold up the legs.
The springy roller board mounts to the small center piece under the sled. Straight rollers on far side, 45 degree rollers on near side.
The weight also has a pulley on it so the carriage moves twice as far as the weight.
Mesquite is extremely hard.
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