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    Default carpet mill (home-made)

    Well after a lot of trial and error, we finally got it finished! Spent maybe $100 on materials, but I am thinking less than that. If we hadn't screwed up so many times, it would have been a lot cheaper. But the mill works!!

    The video is of my 15 month old dog running the mill, and although it's 90% complete here we mainly used my dog to expose it's weaknesses. We realized we needed a lot more bracing, as you can see added in the pictures as the finished product. We also put up our panels and we are still tinkering with the carpet belt. Our thread and glue idea didn't hold up very good.










    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a199cWoipJY[/ame]

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    Looks good

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    that's awesome....did you takes pics as you built? I would love to see those.

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    awsome job man, pm me the details wouldnt mind trying to build one for myself

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    We are planing on saleing the plans on how to make it soon it's going to be step by step and alot of photos

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    good work, especially for the time frame. the second one will be even better

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    be carefull of the carpet sliding I"ve seen some bad accidents happen that way

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    Thanks gamebread, since the carpet kind of fell apart anyway because of the weak fusing we did, I'm going to tighten it up quite a bit to prevent that.

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    What did you have in mind to keep the carpet weaving from one side to the other? Not bad for the first one, I am sure with a little more time, and experience you will hav it down

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    @fblb dont quite know yet still trying to think of a safe way to prevent that happening thank you all for the kind words on it

    Aaron

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    Default Re: carpet mill (home-made)

    Use a rubber belt instead, it will still turn the same and shouldn't ware down as fast as the carpet belt. You will still achieve the same results, that's what I did anyway, when I built mine. JMO

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    Mind sharing where you purchased a rubber belt? Sounds interesting. We are open to suggestions, especially since this was the first mill so I'm probably gonna sell it anyway.

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    Better hope grand carpet mill don't see that lol

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    if you go with that type of carpet flip it witht he walking side on the sliding surface...it will be smoother and last longer...i have found on the ones i have made that they work better if the belt is tighter/less slack....looks good...looks good...US1

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    that lloks like runner carpet...it used to have a heavier backing and worked alot better that what they offer now...the easiest way to fix the sliding back and forth is a tighter belt/less slack and guides the length of the running surface....looks good...US1

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    Default Re: carpet mill (home-made)

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Moreau View Post
    Better hope grand carpet mill don't see that lol


    I fail to see any huge similarities? All carpet mills have pretty much the same design, and considering we didn't even use GCM as a guide, I'm sure we'll run into no problems lol

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    I took the rubber belt off a manual human treadmill and put it onto my carpet mill. I've had for 3 yrs now and I use it regularly. No issues what so ever.

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    Thank you for the Info

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    Default Re: carpet mill (home-made)

    pure pits looks different yours looks like a gcm/revolution hybrid watch out is right if people have patends on designs and you try to start selling them.you know what I'm sayin.

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    looks great congrats and keep up the hard work... any details on rollers & type of carpet would be appreciated...

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