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The Keck Gonnerman Association is installing a Keck sawmill for our show Aug 6-8. The sawmill was...

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The Keck Gonnerman Association is installing a Keck sawmill for our show Aug 6-8. The sawmill was donated to us by a club member and is in pretty good shape except for one important part. Most of the drive mechanism for the carriage is missing and has been replaced by a truck transmission. I can make the trans work for the mean time but we really want to restore the drive to original. I don't know what the original drive is supposed to look like though. Does anyone have info to share on K-G sawmills.
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Here are a couple of pics of a Keck mill with friction drum drive. I don't think that this is what our mill originally had though. This mill belongs to a friend and neighbor of mine. Does it look like the club's mill had a drive like this one?
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Here are a couple of catalog cuts from the "Keck Gonnerman Q&A" thread. They both appear to be friction drive. BUT what is the stepped pulley on the club's mill for?

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Maybe somebody has some more catalog pictures that they can share!
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gotta a nice 52" blade to make a keck bark!!!!
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My guess is that is a variable speed drive to change carriage feed rate. Should be a mate on the driven shaft. Faster feed for small log/softwood, slowew for large log/harder wood. Saves on "feathering the stick" and wearing the friction wheels. Move the drive belt to the neccessary feed rate and hold the stick hard on the drives. Would like something like this on our museum's mill. Maybe someday.
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gotta a nice 52" blade to make a keck bark!!!!
We have a 56" saw with 60 teeth. Do you think that will get the job done?
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Yep that'l get the job done. Would like to be there in person to hear the engine sing its toon. Nothing barks like a Keck bark!!!!!!
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Our mill is pieced together from several different brands, but I believe I was told the majority of the husk is Garr Scott on ours. It uses that same 3 step pulley too for the carriage feed with the mating pulley/shaft having the cable drum for the carriage.

Good luck with it. There's a lot to learn in running one of them, but two of the more important concerns are getting the lead adjusted right, and keeping the blade sharp.
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BUMP!! It's time for me to get back to wok on this project. We are leaning toward the two belt system. I need some good pictures/diagrams and measurements of a the feedworks so that I can fabricate one for the K-G mill. Can anyone help me?
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