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Posted: 04 October 2008 at 8:31pm | IP Logged Quote oztules

I thought some may be interested in some more chainsaw fun.

The AWP decided the high winds were a bit too much, and decided to shed it's blades... they shattered into fiberglass shards.. it must be the last thing to replace in this mill and it's electronics I think.

The blades broke off, and we decided to do a Grolly.... make some decent wooden blades and be done with it. We were pretty leisurely about it, as he had a twin lister diesel to supplement the power for the duration the mill was out of commission, and a KW of solar......but Murphy was to have none of that.

After a few days of diesel power and sunlight, the Lister's sump filled up with diesel, and the sun stopped shining.... suddenly all three power sources were down for the count... something had to be done... and sooner rather than later.

So we selected a decent sized Macracarpa log which looks like this:




We hacked into it with Jamies 28" chainsaw and fashioned some very very rough planks,and lots of offcuts too:



You can see an offcut slab left behind as well as these offcuts:



Unfortunately I didn't take pics of the manufacture of the 10X2 planks we cut from the slabs using the chainsaw jig method to make square planks, that method can be found here: making chainsaw blades and then the same jig method with a few angles to cut the blades out. As it turned out we were in a hurry to get some power flowing at his place, so the camera was nowhere to be found....Usually he has too much power, ...but suddenly everything was out and we didn't want the Batteries to suffer too much

But here they are flying again, I went back up there today to take pics of them, So now we have fixed the injector pump on the Lister, and built , balanced and installed the blades...... of course the sun is shining brilliantly and the solar is putting out 1KW instead of a few hundered watts, the mill steadily putting out another KW. or more..... and the dump load working overtime again...... sigh.... it never rains but it pours.










(and more happy neighbours too)

...............oztules


Edited by oztules on 04 October 2008 at 8:43pm


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Posted: 05 October 2008 at 1:22am | IP Logged Quote Dinges

"...He's a lumberjack and he's ok, he sleeps all night and he works all day...", Peter sang, as he was reading Oztules' story.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zey8567bcg

"...He cuts down trees. He eats his lunch. He goes to the lavatory...."
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Posted: 05 October 2008 at 4:17am | IP Logged Quote vawtman

Lol Peter and nice work once again Oz Thank god for the good ole crappy U.S you have that tree.
http://www.cypress-sawmill.co.nz/macrocarpa_specs.htm
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Posted: 05 October 2008 at 5:34am | IP Logged Quote oztules

That looks like the critter Vawtman. Seems pretty good stuff for blades. Talked to Ron about it a long time ago, and always wanted to try it.... here was the opportunity
Thanks for the link Peter, it is one of Jacqui's favourite skits



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