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Building an edger on a bandsaw mill7/13
So I came up with and idea of building an edger on my bandsaw mill because I figure it would save me time of doing two things at once. I've seen edgers on circle mills,just never on a band mill. Now all I need is where do you get parts for edgers at? I can not seem to find any parts!
TimberKing, Baker, WoodMizer, & Cook all build sawmills and edgers. TimberKing folks are good to deal with. I have seen an interesting system that has a circle blade that goes ahead of the band blade, but I don't remember where I saw it. Problem is, you'd have to line up the log perfectly.
Plus the height of the edger blade would have to be perfect with a thin kerf bandsaw. Steve
Ok, so this is an interesting question.
If there are Hydraulics on your mill, you could tap 2 lines and use remote cylinders to solve the 2 most pressing problems - moving the saw to line up the trim cut, and setting the height/cut depth for the saw (and a limiting switch that so as not to run the trim saw into the bed :-).
Tapping a 3rd line run to a hydraulic motor, with another slave cylinder control to run a small circular blade mounted on a movable set of rails. A sealed bearing, on a 1/4" angle could hold the vertical cylinder, which could parallel a vertical track for the motor head to ride on.
To move in and out of position the hydraulics extend the saw on the rail that moves parallel to the main blade, and runs in front of it. Use a Horizontal mount hyd. cylinder mounted to the main saw frame to move that left to right, Use another with a long throw (20" or more) to raise and lower on a vertical bar mount.
That;s a lot of expensive hydraulics though. Motor plus 2 pistons, Slave cylinders, remote controls, taps, 200' of hydraulic lines, fluids...Thousands! Plus labor.
And you have to keep that saw sharp too.
I wonder if Cooks Saw has the parts?