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2 hours ago, Rough Hewn said:

Got some Wych elm to mill for the next few days..
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Lucky you. Have had too much grass to mow over the growing season. Haven't had a chance to hit the mill for a while. But do have 4 large oaks that need milling up and transporting. So that will keep me busy.

 

 

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On 02/09/2021 at 17:36, Rough Hewn said:


I looked into the costs of manufacturing the components to build my own mill…
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Have you seen the price of extruded aluminium profile lengths…
Not to mention all the bespoke engineering…
Think I’ll stick to just using them…
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Hi, I searched the interweb some years ago for the same profile extrusion as the Alaskan and found nothing out of hundreds of designs to let me to do a cheap length extension... but I notice that the Panther uses a universal common easily available profile which as far as I can see would do for the Alaskan parts in which case technically as the bolt positions wear you could use any of the other 3 slotted sides to extend the life of the rails. Not only that but you could decide to have them any lengthy you like.

 

I agree with you that the ' good old USA ' engineering is a bit rough n ready and when one of my clamps recently snapped I was disappointed to see what looked like a quality alloy casting snapped like a biscuit, easy to fix with a weld and an extra welded brace... but I bought the ' improved ' clamps anyway, which I don't expect to be a problem but they do leave the top of the u bolt very near the oil tank and lose you 1/2" plus in clearance.

 

On putting my mill back together I did some careful measurements and found the increment markings to be pretty accurate but I'd be willing to believe that that may not always be the case.

 

As far as the skids are concerned I  remembered that when I bought my mill there was a wheels kit available to take the place of the skids to reduce interference and friction on knarly stuff, don't know if this or the concept of this would  help anyone with either mill, cheers.

 

 

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On 02/09/2021 at 18:36, Rough Hewn said:


I looked into the costs of manufacturing the components to build my own mill…
🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
Have you seen the price of extruded aluminium profile lengths…
Not to mention all the bespoke engineering…
Think I’ll stick to just using them…
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Thats like saying it would cost you £200,000 to build a Ford Fiesta buying all the parts retail. 

 

 

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