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Note the new style dogs, they are easier and quicker to set. The 1" by 1" by 1/4" angles used for raised bunks are removable, and allow for placing the bunks and dogs where one wishes. One of the benefits in this design, is being able to move the raised bunks close together on top of the 24" centered cross-members, for milling/dogging of smaller length logs, burl, and crotch sections. A person could dog down a smaller length crotch section, log, or small burl, and secure it really good with this design, if you have placed several cross-members closely in the forward section of the track frame. I have spaced my cross-members 24" along the full frame, but this is not necessary. I have placed the raised bunks every other cross-member, as I did not feel like making them for every bunk, and is not useful to me in my case. So for cutting of logs smaller than 4', I have to move one of the raised bunks over. Then for normal sized logs, the raised bunk is moved back to a 4' spacing, for sawing of 4' + logs. The trailer tongue is removable for ease of axle installation, and so it is not in the way when placed on the ground for milling.. I have a jack system (not yet shown), that is placed midway down the frame, and has a bracket that fastens to a cross-member in the middle of the frame, I jack up the track frame with the carriage placed at the opposite end, and move the axle sled under the front of the track frame. (tongue removed) Once the axle sled is aligned up under the front of the track frame, I let down the track frame onto the axle sled and remove the jack. Then a come-along is attached to the axle sled and to the opposite end of the track frame, and the axle sled is pulled into position where it lines up with holes in the track frame to be secured by bolts. Then the Carriage is pulled up into position with a come-along to be fasted to the track frame, via the brackets shown. Then the tongue is bolted on, as will as the tail light brackets, and she is ready for tow. The axle itself is from an earlier model Dodge Caravan. I used a 13 HP Industrial Kohler on this saw that weighed in excess of 100 lbs. Having the motor mounted all the way over to one side caused binding on the post when lowering or raising the saw-head. (saw-head assembly wanted to cock sideways slightly) So I had to add a mechanism to level the saw-head. It glides up and down nicely and is kept level via this mechanism. Will add a few more pictures later of the jack assembly, and show method of axle install when I have the time. Later, Kruppt.


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