Can Bandsaw Mills Handle Wide Logs?
From contributor A:
I've been thinking about the Hud-son mill, but likewise had concerns with regard to using a narrow blade for such wide cuts. Contacted Hud-son some time back but had no response. Has anybody seen these wider cutting mills in action?
From the original questioner:
I've been talking to Hud-Son as well. They suggested a 1.5" blade for the wide cuts (with appropriate guides). I'd like to know they work before making the purchase, though.
From contributor M:
Forget a bandsaw mill for wide cuts. The wood will come out very wavy and even worse if you get into a crotch or knots. Why would you want to get into a mill that is going to cause problems for you when you already have an ideal setup for your purpose? The only bandsaw mill that will mill your slabs in a correct manner is a huge commercial mill where the blade costs $700 and is about 6" wide.
From contributor T:
Contributor M is right. You will need a wider band and a greater thickness, which means more kerf. Thicker the band, larger the band wheel diameter (less bending and stress on the band). Getting back to more kerf probably close to your Lucas mill bar attachment.
I'm sure it's possible to make 40" cuts with a 1 1/2" band. But even if the guides hold the band perfect on the outside of the log, knots can deflect the band on the interior portion of the log. So you made a straight cut down the log, but lay a straight edge across (perpendicular) - you might have lower/ higher places.
From contributor D:
Look up Cutting Edge Sawmills in Langley, British Columbia.
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