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Offline Wayne_Stevens

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Entry level band sawmil
« on: June 12, 2018, 05:32:26 PM »
Hi All, new to the forum today.  I'm looking to purchase an entry level mill preferably on a trailer to stay portable.  I been researching for a little while now and for the money, the Woodland Mills HM126 trekker is looking pretty good.  Yours thoughts on the Woodland Mills line of mills?

I'll be milling mostly fir and some hardwoods.

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Re: Entry level band sawmil
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2018, 05:45:35 PM »
I've had the HM126 for almost three years now and it's been fine.  The company has been really good to deal with and the few small issues I've had were handled well and quickly.  I found it to be a good value.  

If you posted some info about what you will be doing and what sort of output you expect or need, you can get some better feedback.  This is an entry-level mill for sure, so it's not going to be appropriate for higher levels of production, etc.  

Good luck with your search and your soon-to-be sawdust addiction.
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Re: Entry level band sawmil
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2018, 08:40:52 PM »
Also why don't you update your profile to let us know where in the world you're located.  Don't need GPS coordinates, but country, state, and county are helpful.

I'm a low volume hobbyist and I am pleased as punch with my HM130.  If I were milling to make a living I would need something with more capacity and power.
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Re: Entry level band sawmil
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2018, 09:23:09 PM »
Welcome to the forum.  I don't have any specific knowledge regarding the Woodlands mills.

Some idea about your sawing goals would be helpful in allowing those experienced with that mill to give their perspective.  Entry level usually means more manual features and more physical labor in exchange for lower production than mills with hydraulics and relatively higher horsepower.  Picking a quality mill will allow you better resale should you choose to upgrade in the future.  That's not a judgement regarding the mill you are considering BTW.

Manual mills are best supported with equipment to load and turn logs.  While it's possible to do those things without a tractor/backhoe/skid steer, the machinery makes the job much easier.  
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Re: Entry level band sawmil
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2018, 10:07:47 PM »
I have had a HM126 for 3 or 4 years. I am very happy with it.

Loading logs does require some forethought. I have a couple of RR ties I can roll the logs on. Then I welded up some "bridges" I can put in place to roll the logs onto the deck.

Woodland has been very responsive the couple times I have called them for information.

It is a excellent entry level sawmill.

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« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2018, 10:25:23 PM »
Thanks for the input so far.
I'm in south eastern New Hampshire but my wood lot is just north of the White Mountains, just over 2 hours from home. I'm looking to mill lumber for a cabin, possibly a timber frame, as well as lumber to rebuild my sugar shack. Not looking to make this a business, just satisfy my lumber needs with my own trees.

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« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2018, 12:19:35 AM »
Welcome to the Foreatry forum Wayne, and good luck with your search. I've only heard good about Woodland Mills. 
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Re: Entry level band sawmil
« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2018, 05:21:05 AM »
Wayne,welcome to the forum.
Sounds like you have a plan.
You will need at least one cantdog or a peavey from Logrite,sponsor on the left. Northern guys,like us, like peaveys,the one with the point to move-roll logs.
Just missed the woods expo in VT. But next year it will be in Bangor ME. A nice place to see sawmills,skidders, wood splitters and bunches of more equipment to do with wood.
Thomas Bandsaw Mills out of Brooks ME might be worth looking into.
How are you going to get the logs to the mill?
I saw and I build. It's slow,I'm a one man show here.
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Re: Entry level band sawmil
« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2018, 09:12:16 AM »
Welcome to the forum. I am new here also and there is a wealth of information available.
I have a Wood-Mizer LT15GO that I am very pleased with, as I am just a hobbist, for now.
Very simple to setup and use, and well built in the USA.
Good luck with your selection and future sawing experience.
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« Reply #9 on: June 13, 2018, 10:06:03 AM »
I built a skidder attachment for my ATV that works pretty good for hauling logs. Works OK,  but doesn't keep them totally off the ground, so I would have some dirt to contend with.

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« Reply #10 on: June 13, 2018, 10:24:55 AM »
The biggest part of sawing your own logs into lumber is getting the logs from the stump to the mill, then moving the resulting lumber to a suitable storage spot and drying it.  The mill you are looking at will do it's part.  You will have to do the rest.  Good Luck, and Regards, Clark

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Re: Entry level band sawmil
« Reply #11 on: June 13, 2018, 12:57:00 PM »
So true, Seal... someone on the FF said that sawmilling is basically material handling with a sawmill in the middle. That's been my experience.
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« Reply #12 on: June 13, 2018, 01:16:22 PM »
I've been using a Harbor Freight band saw for several years now. I love it. Got it for about $1700 delivered to my house. I think you can get one for around $2000 now. I've had to do some mods on it. Just put on a bigger motor, 13 hp with electric start. I have a skid steer from my building days that make working logs so much easier. I can't imagine saw milling without something to handle logs.      

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« Reply #13 on: June 13, 2018, 03:27:01 PM »
I own the Woodland Mills HM126 and I'm very happy with it. They have a YouTube channel with lots of videos that might help you with your desision. I have been extremely happy with their customer service. For the price I think its hard to beat unless your needing something bigger.
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« Reply #14 on: June 14, 2018, 06:58:35 AM »
I've had my MP32 for 16 years and the only maintenance I couldn't do was re-crown the bandwheels. It has been trouble-free and is a very rugged mill. I just sawed a 32" dia RO 11' long. It was too big to conveniently saw but I (and the mill) did it with no ill effects. Give Cook a look.
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Re: Entry level band sawmil
« Reply #15 on: June 14, 2018, 12:48:46 PM »
Thanks all. I've looked around and have seen most of the ones suggested, but costs seem to be much higher and out of my range. Some others not mentioned do not have trailer models.

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« Reply #16 on: June 14, 2018, 02:14:28 PM »
Wayne, have you looked at the EZ Boardwalk, JR?  It's a 30" mill and with trailer package it costs  $4,700 which is less than the HM126 Trekker.  And the EZ Boardwalk is made in the USA.

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« Reply #17 on: June 14, 2018, 02:51:03 PM »
I would also suggest the EZ Boardwalk Jr. as well or the Sequoia Mills SM-130.

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Re: Entry level band sawmil
« Reply #18 on: August 06, 2018, 05:11:54 PM »
Anyone familiar with the Mister Sawmill line of mills? Found them today, never heard of them.

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« Reply #19 on: August 06, 2018, 08:10:04 PM »
I looked st their website.  For the price you might look at a more mainstream brand.  Support is important in my estimation.  

I dont know anything about Mister Sawmill brand but it might be important to know youve got support for the long run. 
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