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Alaskan III Mill
« on: April 06, 2006, 07:28:56 PM »
Is anyone useing the Alaskan III mill in addition to your band mill for the larger diameter stuff ?
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Re: Alaskan III Mill
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2006, 08:04:26 PM »
Like this?

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That is a 36"+ Walnut.  The 066 has a 42" bar on it, and it was in about 28" on the flat side facing you.  Hit 4 nails on that one, one of which ws a 16d, cut the middle right out of it, but tore up three teeth on the chain in the process.  A friend I cut with has a Norwood with a 20" throat, so I get to take a few boards off of the big ones before they go up on the mill.  Taking the weight off is usually a very good thing.

I've got a couple more, but I think they are on my computer at the office.

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Re: Alaskan III Mill
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2006, 01:25:18 AM »
I have a mark III. It's a workout. I hope to use it on big logs, I know my 385XP will come in handy felling and bucking. I think nothern has the lowest prices.
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Re: Alaskan III Mill
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2006, 08:16:19 AM »
You think Northern has the lowest prices on the mill or the saw?

It would have to be a big difference in price for me not to use Baileys. I don't know that I'd use anyone but them period. You can't beat Bailey's customer service and their reps are all knowledgable.
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Re: Alaskan III Mill
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2006, 09:09:34 AM »
I have one but I find it too much of a work out, so I bought a bandmill.  I have little use for it until a real big log comes along and I keep it for just that.  Otherwise I just roll the log up on the saw bed and cut the edges off to get the sawmill to fit.  I do like knowing I have the option to break out the Alaskan mill if I need it.  I have to bring my "A" game if I do though.  Overall, its a good outfit.

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Re: Alaskan III Mill
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2006, 09:41:32 AM »
I'm sorry. It's harbor feight ($160) that has the 36" unit. Baileys ($175) for the same thing. I do think baileys has excellent customer service. I bought my from baileys, along with my Husky 385XP and a truck-load of chains. The Alaskan is ALOT of WORK! I'm building a bandmill. Also, a 3/8" kerf is what was another issue. Every 3rd board, you waste one. And the pile of sawdust is amazing.
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Re: Alaskan III Mill
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2006, 07:22:38 PM »
Thats a nice endorsement for Bailey's, and since they're a sponser of the FF, I guess they'll be my first choice if I decide to purchase an Alaskan III mill.

Thanks for the pic Oldsaw.  With that 42" bar, what is the maximum width you can cut?  And how thick a cant can you cut?

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« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2006, 09:16:47 AM »
I can get all 36" from the 36" mill.  I think it goes to 12-13", but you could add extensions to the uprights and go higher.  The only catch there would be to avoid twisting the mill in the cut, by that I mean keeping the mill parallel to the log in the cut.  If you push on the saw, then you would have a chance of lifting the front of the mill and "climbing" the cut, if you push the mill, you could easily end up trying to make the bar dive in the cut.  You could avoid that by using a "helper handle" and an extra body on the nose end of the bar.

With most trees in my neck of the woods, if I wanted a 12x12 or similar, I would mark it out on the log and mill down to it.  Biggest I've done is 2x, other than taking off the top slab, and precious little of that.  Mostly 4/4 and 5/4 hardwood

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Re: Alaskan III Mill
« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2006, 10:33:31 AM »


i can quarter a 36" log with this setup.  I have some taller uprights to use on big logs, the regular alaskan only goes to 13"
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Re: Alaskan III Mill
« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2006, 04:39:31 PM »
Dan,

What kind of an attachment is that?  I cant tell from the pic.  Is it an Alaskan Mill?  Or some other make?

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Re: Alaskan III Mill
« Reply #10 on: April 09, 2006, 05:34:54 PM »
the uprights are alaskan uprights, I made the frame myself to fit my 42" bar.  I have an alaskan that will fit on a 30" bar.
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