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Old 11-21-2015, 12:48 PM
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Old 11-21-2015, 01:26 PM
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Just up the road, quite a place, they milled the picnic tables at this park from one large tree.

https://www.co.benton.or.us/parks/pa...in-county-park
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Old 11-21-2015, 01:54 PM
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Interesting for sure,never knew that steam engines were being used to power any kkind of equipment.
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Old 11-21-2015, 02:40 PM
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When I worked at USS steel years ago they powered the rail mill with a steam engine. the crank shaft counter weight weighed 57 ton and could reverse in about 30 seconds Plus they made their own electricity with steam and sold the excess to the power co. The fly wheels on those engines were 20' in dia.
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Old 11-21-2015, 03:03 PM
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Awesome place! It reminds me of the tanneries that dominated my area 100 years ago.
I run a factory so I am always on the lookout for safety shit. I wonder how they keep OSHA at bay? Its hard/dangerous work so I am sure they have injuries/accidents. Looking over the pictures there is very little if anything that shows they have any correct guarding on pretty much anything?
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Old 11-21-2015, 10:53 PM
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Love it!
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Old 11-21-2015, 11:06 PM
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Got me looking at YT videos and watched a few on swing blade saws. Pretty interesting.
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Old 11-22-2015, 09:22 AM
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Never saw one of those. I see several rather bothersome problems. 1 The sawdust accumulates in a rather inconvenient location and 2 the ofbearer get a real workout. Not that the sawyer doesn't also. :-) That "climb milling" of the last cut worries me also. I do see a few advantages, so for certain kinds of lumber and in particular soft woods an interesting operation.
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Old 11-22-2015, 09:35 AM
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I had some of the same concerns. Looks to be focused on mainly 1x and 2x lumber. Since that is probably the most common lumber, it does seem to work very well. Looks more suited to a 2 man operation as well.
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Old 11-22-2015, 11:38 AM
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Steam powered sawmill here as well.

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