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Title: Swing Mill & Miller wanted in Cincinnati / Lexington / Louisville vicinity...
Post by: Warren on August 10, 2012, 06:14:33 PM
Gentlemen,

I think I posted several months back.  I have a customer with two or three very large oak logs.  Prime swing mill material.  We still have not found a swing miller in the Central / Northern KY area.  And I am still not wanting to spend a day hacking them with a chain saw...  Any swing millers interested in doing the work, or, interested in renting a swing mill by the hour ?  A swing mill with a slabber would also work to at least be able to break down the logs.

All help appreciated....  emails to wfairoaks@msn.com would be best....

Thank you !

Warren
Title: Swing Mill & Miller wanted in Cincinnati / Lexington / Louisville vicinity...
Post by: Warren on August 10, 2012, 06:16:48 PM
Gentlemen,

(Also Posted in Wanted Section...)  I think I posted several months back.  I have a customer with two or three very large oak logs.  Prime swing mill material.  We still have not found a swing miller in the Central / Northern KY area.  And I am still not wanting to spend a day hacking them with a chain saw...  Any swing millers interested in doing the work, or, interested in renting a swing mill by the hour ?  A swing mill with a slabber would also work to at least be able to break down the logs.

All help appreciated....  emails to wfairoaks@msn.com would be best....

Thank you !

Warren
Title: Re: Swing Mill & Miller wanted in Cincinnati / Lexington / Louisville vicinity...
Post by: WH_Conley on August 10, 2012, 07:24:09 PM
I been a little frustrated lately, how about powder? :D
Title: Re: Swing Mill & Miller wanted in Cincinnati / Lexington / Louisville vicinity...
Post by: Warren on August 10, 2012, 09:07:07 PM
Bill,

That was one of my first thoughts... Unfortunately, the last BIG log I got in from this customer had some "twist" to it.  I sawed thru from one side and tried for 40 minutes to split out the other half.  Never could put enough stress on it to split it cleanly.  After a cold water and a rest, I rolled it back over and cut from the other side.  If these have twist like the last one, powder would not be pretty.  But hey, I got a couple old sycamore logs you can make fire wood out of....

This is one of those cases where a swinger shines.  Unfortunately, with me only sawing part time, it would not be sound economy to buy a swing mill to only use it one or two times per year....

Title: Re: Swing Mill & Miller wanted in Cincinnati / Lexington / Louisville vicinity...
Post by: WH_Conley on August 10, 2012, 09:14:18 PM
Yeah, I know. But still, after the day I have had, I want to blow something up. Wait, there was a log of unknown species that washed in here in the 2010 flood that may be history tomorrow. ;D
Title: Re: Swing Mill & Miller wanted in Cincinnati / Lexington / Louisville vicinity...
Post by: sandhills on August 11, 2012, 12:59:43 AM
Pictures will be mandatory of course WH  ;).  Glad to know I'm not the only one having those days.
Title: Re: Swing Mill & Miller wanted in Cincinnati / Lexington / Louisville vicinity...
Post by: Warren on August 11, 2012, 02:09:35 PM
O.K.  I got two votes for gun powder.   :D      However,  I am still waiting to hear if there are any swing millers in the Central KY, SW Ohio, SE Indiana region interested doing the work outright, or renting a mill. ???     Weisyboy has a swing mill available down under.    But I am not so sure I could handle the freight for one job....
Title: Re: Swing Mill & Miller wanted in Cincinnati / Lexington / Louisville vicinity...
Post by: WH_Conley on August 11, 2012, 06:38:08 PM
If you find one I might run down your way. I have never seen one run except on line.
Title: Re: Swing Mill & Miller wanted in Cincinnati / Lexington / Louisville vicinity...
Post by: Warren on August 11, 2012, 08:24:12 PM
I went to look at the logs today.  The butt log is 25 ft length, 57" big end, 40-42" small end.  Toolbox says the butt log should be about 2000 bf lumber, about 20,000 lbs weight.  The upper log, due to a little crook will get cut into halves and the larger half split with a chain saw if I can not find a swing mill.

Any swing millers in KY, OH, IN ?

Warren
Title: Re: Swing Mill & Miller wanted in Cincinnati / Lexington / Louisville vicinity...
Post by: logboy on August 21, 2012, 12:47:55 AM
Warren, get a hold of Baileys and see if there are any Lucas Mill owners in your area. They give out customer info when someone is shopping for a new Lucas and wants to see one operated locally. They may be able to help you out.  Also, the firewood shootout is in Ohio in the beginning of October. I'm not sure if Baileys will be demo-ing the Lucas mill again, but that might be an option as well depending on who is operating it and what their situation is (a forum member was doing all their demos last year, traveling around). 

I would love to help you out but youre a bit too far from Wisconsin. Fuel charges would kill me.  A log that big would be a new top weight total for me, bigger than this WO I cut for a forum member. It was guesstimated to be around 9k pounds. 19' long, 38".

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/26719/PB222935.JPG)

Title: Re: Swing Mill & Miller wanted in Cincinnati / Lexington / Louisville vicinity...
Post by: Warren on August 21, 2012, 06:09:59 AM
logboy,

Thanks for the heads up.  I did not think about contacting Baileys.  Just did.  Will see if they respond back with any local contacts.

Not sure of your situation, however, if fuel were not an issue, would you have any interest in driving down ? (zip = 41040)  I hear that Bill Connolly is willing to come off bear for ya...  Besides the primary victim, same customer has a lesser log in the 25 ft length, approx 20" to 24" small end that I have been avoiding...

Warren
Title: Re: Swing Mill & Miller wanted in Cincinnati / Lexington / Louisville vicinity...
Post by: logboy on August 21, 2012, 11:50:57 AM
Thats a 700 mile trip for me one way, not exactly a walk in the park.  What do you want done with the logs? Lumber? Slabs?  If you want them slabbed you will need some sort of heavy equipment to move the slabs. I can tell you from experience you cannot move slabs that large with manpower alone.
Title: Re: Swing Mill & Miller wanted in Cincinnati / Lexington / Louisville vicinity...
Post by: Warren on August 24, 2012, 09:01:04 PM
LB,

Yep, 700 miles one way is an all day haul.  The customer is looking for some lumber, some beams (wagon rails, 5" x 9" x length), and a few slabs out of the middle for projects.  He has a couple large JD tractors with front loaders that should be be to handle the off bearing.  If not, I have an 8,000# off road forklift we could haul to the job site.

If this is something you might consider, send me an email with your contact info.  I will forward your info to the customer, and, let the two of you work out a deal.  I am not looking for anything from my side, except, to help out a good customer.

Take care !

Warren
Title: Re: Swing Mill & Miller wanted in Cincinnati / Lexington / Louisville vicinity...
Post by: Warren on October 02, 2012, 09:21:42 PM
The contact from Bailey's paid off.  My customer called me on Monday to say that the one registered Lucas Mill owner in KY did the deed on the big log.  He did not have a slabber, so, it all came off in 8" widths.  But, he got it sawed up.

Thank you again for the pointer !

Warren
Title: Re: Swing Mill & Miller wanted in Cincinnati / Lexington / Louisville vicinity...
Post by: logboy on October 02, 2012, 09:47:13 PM
Baileys and Lucas Mill have always treated me well. Your experience is further proof!