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What sawmill to buy
« on: January 30, 2018, 09:59:32 PM »
Hello Iím new here Iím having a tuff time deciding on what mill to purchase I have it somewhat narrowed down between the woodland mills hm-126, Norwoodís frontier os27, and WoodMaxx sm-26. Iam wondering if anyone here has any of these mills and what they think of them. Watched numerous videos of the hm 126 and they look like a solid mill. Havenít found very many on the frontier or the WoodMaxx but they both look like a good mill. I like features on all of them. I donít know which one to buy

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Re: What sawmill to buy
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2018, 11:12:46 PM »
I have a hm126 & am sorry to say I regret buying it. I have had it for 2 years & have had nothing but problems since day 1. Save yourself the stress & spend a little extra money now & get a better mill. It could actually save you money in the long run. If not you may end up like me & spending time & money fixing something that may never work as it should. I'm not familiar with the other mills, but the woodmizer lt10 is only a $1000 more than the 126 & is a much better mill. My neighbor has 1 & has no problems in the couple of years he has had it. I'm selling my 126 to get a woodmizer. Hope this helps.

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« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2018, 12:59:24 AM »
Something to think about. if the woodmizer indeed is only a thousand bucks more, 2,3 or 5 years down the road when you decide to upgrade, move on, whatever be the case, that grand may be the best bucks you have ever spent.
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Re: What sawmill to buy
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2018, 02:02:18 AM »
I've got an HM130 and I couldn't be happier.  The Woodmizer was an option too, but I didn't want to wait a month for delivery.  Southwood's experience with Woodland Mills isn't typical compared to most HM126 owners that post on the forum.  But if you're concerned about having a mill that will work out of the gate then the Woodmizer might be the better option if you don't mind the premium for the Woodmizer brand of support.
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« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2018, 02:40:01 AM »
If I was to get a wood mizer it would have to be the lt 15 and that starts out at 7 grand which I don't have that much to spend on a mill. Does anyone here have the frontier os-27?

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« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2018, 03:54:58 AM »
I have a 126 for almost three years. Very little to no trouble with it at all. It is a good buy. I saw just for myself and it has never let me down. Is it a production mill? I would say not really due to being a manual mill. Would I buy another knowing what I know now? Yes.

I sawed enough lumber to build a guest house that I am still working on. Also built a new shop/mill shack that is 16'x 36'. For the amount of lumber I sawed, it has paid for itself. ;D

Woodland does have a good support team too.

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« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2018, 05:49:17 AM »
I have had my hm126 for 3 years and have had no issues with it. They are a well built mill that performs very well . I have had 4 of my friends buy them and all are very happy with them.

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Re: What sawmill to buy
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2018, 08:08:56 AM »
Can't comment on either mill other than the Norwood Frontier is fairly recently released offering from Norwood.  Probably why you aren't finding as much on it.  Norwood itself has been around a while though.  This model is a smaller offering compared to their larger mills.

There are quite a few people that like Woodland Mills and Norwood.
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« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2018, 08:25:58 AM »
The os27 is made in China.
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« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2018, 08:44:45 AM »
I have the HM130--- no problems, and mills everything I set on it, and I don't do many small logs. Ran the LT10 and the HM130 gets more points from me-------and I didn't pay more for the orange paint and fancy name.

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« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2018, 09:13:54 AM »
Go lay your eyes and hands on the machines you want to compare.  Go to the farm/machinery shows, dealers location or find owners near you and get a demo.  Purchases like a sawmill deserve the time and effort no matter what your budget.

I just went through the purchase process. My fear was that I would buy an economy model and find it lacked capacity, durability or production rate.  Then I would lose interest.  That would be bad.
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« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2018, 09:20:01 AM »
I bought my HM126 4 years agao I've had little to no problems with it just small things that ware out over time.

Idont knoe how much lumber i have cut with it at least 5 semi loads of logs just wish spring would get here its tough looking at the mill when its this cold out and not being able to run it
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if you find your self in a deep hole stop digging
saw logs all day what do you get lots of lumber and a day older
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« Reply #12 on: January 31, 2018, 09:24:13 AM »
Dirtymaxx what part of Mn you from? if you are not to far from me when it warms up some your more than welcome to come over and try out my HM 126
goose
if you find your self in a deep hole stop digging
saw logs all day what do you get lots of lumber and a day older
thank you to all the vets

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« Reply #13 on: January 31, 2018, 09:58:17 AM »
I had a HM126 also and didn't have any trouble with it, if I did have trouble there support team was excellent to work with and send out parts for no charge.  I used it for 1 1/2 years, cut a lot of lumber then decided to buy a hydraulic Woodmizer.  When I sold my Woodlands 126 I got all my money back out of it.  I had built a trailer for it so I did not get anything for my time or labor building the trailer but got my money that I had into the mill and material for trailer back.  I would not be afraid to buy another one for they are a great mill for the money.
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« Reply #14 on: January 31, 2018, 10:42:10 AM »
X2 what Deere80 said, I bought my HM126 used, and sold It again for what I paid for it. Very simple, easy to operate beginner mill. No matter which mill you buy, get lots of sharp blades, keep them tight, and keep your track straight and your in business. Good luck!
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« Reply #15 on: January 31, 2018, 10:45:57 AM »
@goose63 Iím about 4 hours away from Hankinson I sometimes make a run to Dakota magic casino to buy some chew cause itís ridiculously high here in mn.

Whatís better the guide block that woodland and the WoodMaxx has the adjustable one like on the hm 130 or a roller guide like the frontier has but not adjustable . Yes iam well aware theyíre all made in China I believe.

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« Reply #16 on: January 31, 2018, 10:55:17 AM »
Iím really just looking for a mill that will cut a few trees I bought a 250 acre farm last year and 80 of it is open 150 acres of trees. I have a few projects planned fixing the barn up building a tree fort and I have the help to do so I have 6 boys. The boys are really excited to start milling if I can ever make up my mind on what mill to get

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« Reply #17 on: January 31, 2018, 10:57:27 AM »
Hay I'm 9 milest west of the casino will send you a pm with my cell
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if you find your self in a deep hole stop digging
saw logs all day what do you get lots of lumber and a day older
thank you to all the vets

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« Reply #18 on: January 31, 2018, 03:26:40 PM »
You might also check out EZ Boardwalk. I have the Jr model which is comparable size-wise to what you are looking at and more than comparable price wise. The best thing that I like about their mills is they are made with real steel! I don't think they do any bragging about what gauge steel they use, they measure metal in inches. Any replacement parts can be found at your local parts house. It shows up to you already assembled. Made in USA and darned good folks to do business with.
If you can weld, talk with them on giving you a break on price if you supply your own tracks. Maybe they still do this and you can save yourself a good bit of money.

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« Reply #19 on: January 31, 2018, 03:42:24 PM »
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