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Mill Your Own Lumber
"If a farmer plans to build several buildings and has a stand of straight trees, he can save plenty building himself a sawmill," says Jacob Dykstra of Cotton-wood, Calif., whose home-built, one-man mill will cut about 2,500 ft. per day of up to 30-in. logs.
Jacob says he incorporated several of the best features of other mills into his design. It's powered by a Ford industrial 223 cu. in. engine that turns at 2,300 rpm, powering a 40-in. blade that's water-cooled by a stream of water at 1,000 rpm. No piece of wood, he says, can stop his engine and blade combination.
"Tracking must be accurate. I laid the saw table out with a transit and 48-in. caliper. With the variable hydraulic feed, the saw is accurate to within 1/16 of an inch," Jacob told FARM SHOW. The saw handles logs up to 14-ft. long and, except for finished lumber, he says planing is not necessary.
The complete sawmill costs about $2,000 to build and Jacob says it burns about 1 gal. of gasoline to cut 350 to 450 ft., depending on the wood. Jacob has nothing to sell but will answer inquiries accompanied by stamped, return envelopes.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Jacob Dykstra, P.O. Box 29, Cottonwood, Calif. 96022.

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1981 - Volume #5, Issue #6