Logs for Milling

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by thewoodlands, Aug 17, 2013.

  1. thewoodlands

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    This came down in one of our earlier windstorms, I have two eight foot logs that we'll be milling tomorrow.

    I c & s some of the pine for shoulder season wood, I finally did get this section of the trail opened up instead of the small path I had.

    http://www.hearth.com/talk/conversations/storm-last-night.5990/

    The above link is what it looked like after the storm, pic 7782 is after today.
     

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    What project will these be used for?

    Oh, do we still call you zap?
     
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    I'm not sure what we'll use them for but I'll mill them 1.25 inches thick. We want to build a storage shed but since they raised county taxes 14 percent this year it will dry in the stack until it comes down, but living in NYS I doubt that will happen.

    Woody.
     
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    Nothing went according to the plan, the 660 flooded out after edging the first log with the mini mill. I popped the top on the second log so I can go back at it tomorrow.

    On the second log I'll edge the two sides with the mini mill then start milling some boards.
     

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    Is there a special reason for milling at 1 1/4" vs 1"?
     
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    No special reason, I've milled both an like the 1.25 better.
     
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    This was the first time with the mini mill, I used the 660 edging two sides of the first log then ran the 075 edging the rest.

    I thought the 660 did a much better job.
     
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    Glad to see you're milling again, brother.....
    I just saw you called earlier (I was buried in the engine compartment of my work car changing out an alternator, what a PITA that thing was!!) and I didn't have my phone on me......
     
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    I like the smallest saw I can use for the mini mill. Even a 192t works at times.
     
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    I called about 20 minutes after the 660 flooded, I called Sav too, nobody home!!!!
     
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    Sorry buddy....wish I could've helped...
    Did you figure out what did it?
     
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    Yea its hot and your milling. ;)
     
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    No, it started after sitting in the garage for a couple of hours. Both saws are ready for tomorrow.

    This year it flooded twice, never had it do that since I owned it.
     
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    Will hot weather do that?
     
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    Yes if your running a milling saw right it should be running fat! Long runs running lean will blow a saw up. I would rather run fat and take my chances of flooding....Bawhaha welcome to milling and keep the air filter clean and who cares if she floods. Great time for a break! ;)
     
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    Has anybody ever tried this for a flooded saw.

    Another suggestion loggers make is pulling the engine's cord through 8 times with all systems off. I don't know if this actually helps drain the liquid gas or gives a bit more drain time but I am assured it works. Do it 8 times! Then, without priming, try restarting with all systems on.
     
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    No real reason to going on other than your running fat. Anyone that tells you to lean the saw up can cost you your saw. Run wot and make small stops where your saw runs free this cools it down and will help not to flood it. In other words quite horsing it. Your over working and flooding is a good thing to keep you from doing that. ;) You either learn to listen to the saw or wait til its unflooded your choice.
     
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    Zap, when I flood one of my saws or string trimmers, blowers, etc...I pull the plug, pull the cord around twenty times in a fast fashion, reinstall plug and it usually fires up.....maybe try this the next time you have it flood.

    Oh and I agree with SmokinJ, run it a tad on the rich side, especially since you'll be at WOT milling those logs. Back the saw out of the cut every couple feet or so and keep on the throttle, that will let the fan pull some air through the saw and cool it down a little....
     
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    I did a quick run back in tonight so I could run the mini mill on the second log, both are all set for milling.

    I did take Smokinj's suggestion of giving the saw a few breaks (about 4) on this eight foot log, the 660 never flooded tonight.
     

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    Wow, some nice, clean looking cants there, Woody!

    Gonna make some nice boards.....I can smell that fresh evergreen from here!
     
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    I like the way the mini mill edges the log, can't believe this is the first year I used it. I've had it for two years.

    Tomorrow I'll sharpen some milling chains (didn't like the way they looked when I grabbed one tonight) then mill up one of the logs on Wednesday.
     
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    I saw this bench yesterday. I thought of your tenon cutter set. Have you used it yet?.

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    Very nice bench. I have not used the tenon cutters yet.
     
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    Up on deck for tomorrow.
     

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