The spring of 2008 we bought a Frick Sawmill. It
is a combination of two models of Frick mills, the husk is from a 0 and
the carriage is from a 00.
We acquired new main beams, they are from an old bridge and stand
The old carriage was made of wood and not in good shape, so
we built a new one of steel. 3"x5" 1/4" wall box iron.
With the mill came a bunch of extra parts, and several axels were in
there, so we added two more axels to the carriage for a total of five
axels, which is what I think it should have.
Here is the reassembled carriage with the 3"x5"
1/4" wall box iron frame and 5 axels. The right picture is the
mandral. We replaced the bushings on the mandral with the bearings you see
Here is the husk. We had to modify it for the new main beams
and the new bearings for the mandral that we bought from FrickCo. On the right we have the husk
setting in place.
We attached the husk to the main beams and set
the mandral in place.
We have the outfeed roller assembly attached.
The sawdust chute and the splitter have been
made. We purchased a used guide from FrickCo
We are starting on a log turner. We used double
120 pitch chain, and cut teeth that we welded onto the chain to grab the
Here is the log turner after we have moved the
sawmill down to the Sawmill building. A hydraulic ram raises the turner
arm up into the log and the chain is driven by a hydraulic motor to turn
the log. We also use the turner arm to push logs onto the carriage.
We are working on hooking up the
hydraulics for the new sawmill. There are 5 different hydraulic circuits
on this mill. The carriage drive, two for the log turner, and two for the
live deck. We purchased all the hydraulic parts from Burden's
Here is the log turner surrounded by the live
deck after we have used it a bunch. What a back saver!
We built a live deck for the sawmill as well.
Chains bring the logs across the live deck and push them onto the fingers
that are lowered to reach the carriage.
We built a guard to keep us out of the drive
belts. We also installed some plexiglass in front of the sawyer to protect
him from things thrown from the blade.