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Re: What's your limit?
« Reply #20 on: June 13, 2007, 04:42:26 PM »

To add insult to injury, I was trying to make some 18" knotty pine boards for panelling, but they kept coming out clear. Don't know what I am going to do with those. smiley_headscratch ;)

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That is a bummer  :D. I run a T.A. Schmid little manual, the book and website say 36"...I just never found a 36" log, either they are 34" and under and I have done them all. Or they are 60+" and out comes the chainsaw and wedges (hey Jeff we need a chainsaw smiley) and have pulled many 24" wide slabs of 1/4 sawn, the cut width is 26 before bottoming out on the rollers . I built my own little deck that can saw 16'6" long...I could add as much as I need, but have never needed more. I work by myself and use a Case skidsteer. It is a hassle climbing in and out of it to flip the biggies, but that is the only way I got.

 
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Re: What's your limit?
« Reply #21 on: June 13, 2007, 05:10:01 PM »
Largest log 40 in. 9 ft. long flatsawn. 60 in. bur oak 8 ft. quartersawn. Bur oak was cut into quarters with chainsaw. Some nice 18 in wide quatersawn board out of it.

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« Reply #22 on: June 13, 2007, 05:34:28 PM »
My homemade mill will do 16' 6" x 32" dia. I've had some that big, boy they are a lot of work. I'd just as soon have 24" dia. anyday.  A few white pines I've had were too big, I've ended up cutting a notch the length of the log with a chainsaw so the moveable guide would clear. I haven't had a real monster since I did my logturner last year, before that I've had to get the nose of the front loader on the tractor over the log, use a chain with a low rolling hitch, and raise the loader to turn 90d. Those pull on the canthook till your eyes bug out days are over for me -  smiley_whip
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« Reply #23 on: June 13, 2007, 07:08:16 PM »
 
  LT40HDG25 and have not found a log yet that I can not shuck one way or another.  I have shoved whole 42 inch logs through "Wanda" but she does groan a bit.

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Re: What's your limit?
« Reply #24 on: June 13, 2007, 08:00:09 PM »
 

I have cut larger than this, but I agree that they are a pain.  I much prefer cutting 16 - 24" logs. 

 
This is how you get past the 36" limit with a WoodMizer.  Just make a slot for the head to pass by.

 
Sometimes you even have to whittle on both sides of the log. 
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Re: What's your limit?
« Reply #25 on: June 13, 2007, 10:04:44 PM »
BBTom, I've "beenthere"  ;D If I have to trim up the side with a chainsaw, I know I am going to get plenty of wide stuff. I tend to be a little biased, as our goal is to always be in the 16" to 20" range with our boards, so when I saw up an 18" tree, I think, gee, I am "only" going to get 10s and 12 out of this. If it won't make a wane free 6" board, it doesn't even go in the edger, and I have never made a 4" board. I like the 24" pines with little taper and small knots.


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Re: What's your limit?
« Reply #26 on: June 13, 2007, 10:43:41 PM »
I'm running a Norwood, and I've sawn a few logs around 40" with some chainsaw work...trimming the sides, top, and cutting a slot for the guide like BBTom shows.  One of the 40 inchers was a white oak that tapered down to about 30" in an 8' log.  Not fun to turn.  Biggest was probably a 12' white pine about 36" diameter.  Took several hours to saw up, but got some nice boards for my B&B siding  ;) 

Some logs I have to hook the cant hook as far down on the side as I can, hunker down and put the cant hook handle on my shoulders, and slowly stand up.  Had to use a hydraulic jack to turn a big walnut years back. 

My favorites are the 16-24" straight ones  ;D

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Re: What's your limit?
« Reply #27 on: June 13, 2007, 11:10:34 PM »
  Guess I'm crazier than I thought.  My little mill only cuts 32" x 16' or so, but I've had bigger diameter logs on it than that.  Just cut a little off with the chainsaw so the carriage will go by, then turn it, have to use my skidsteer to do that, and usually the second cut will clear.  I had to hump some 24" x 14' boards up in the barn, now that was tough.  specially since it was about 10' high on the pile.  Jim
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Re: What's your limit?
« Reply #28 on: June 14, 2007, 11:06:40 AM »
My old WM LT30 is supposed to do somewhere in the 28-32" range.  I'm not sure.  I'm not sure I've ever measured my logs either.  I have several pine logs at 30-36" diameter right now that I am not looking forward to.  Part of the problem is that with a really wide cut, I can't get the blade tension up where I need it.  I sawed a couple that were 16' long and about 30" diameter when I was doing my house frame, and it took three men with cant hooks and a tractor to flip and roll those logs.  Not fun.  Even the slabs were hard to handle.

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Re: What's your limit?
« Reply #29 on: June 14, 2007, 04:27:54 PM »
just cut a log for a cabin (2 sided) it was only 20" at the butt. The real trial was that it was 45' long. My LT30 has bed rails 34' long.  It took me 2 hrs with the crane to mill both sides on the taper. (had to do it all by myself ::) )
   Now I only have 4 more to do again. ::) ::) ::)

 

It is the log closest to the crane controls.

 

I need to add about 25' more to the mill. ;D ;D
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Re: What's your limit?
« Reply #30 on: July 02, 2007, 09:00:17 PM »
This is beyond my limit. I had to cut a foot off of one side to get the blade hub to pass by on the 1st cut of each level.

 
 
 
 
Finished size is 2 3/4 thick, 48 inches wide, 9 feet long.
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« Reply #31 on: July 02, 2007, 11:24:39 PM »
Whoa  8).  I have never cut a slab that took a crane to move :).  That is one fine piece of wood.  As to the value, I will let the experts chime in. 

What species is that?
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Re: What's your limit?
« Reply #32 on: July 03, 2007, 03:17:22 PM »
hallo guys, i posted before, i have done a 1,8m diameter oak and 5,5m long, sorry no idea of the feet and inches that is.
BUT with the peterson 10" and large frame there was no problem, only getting up on that monster and stepping of at the end, used a ladder and walked on the log all the time until i got to the bottom slab.
i think that was the limit, as i had to block up my tracks and then cut with them about 60cm up in the air. was a little scary in the beginning as it was on a field and in the snow so all was a littel shaky and ,....
but with best results.
foto upload , still dont know how to work these stupid computer machines,... i will go to a friend to load up all my pictures one day and then all of you can have a nice slide show of what was cut here in Germany.
cheers Ulf

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Re: What's your limit?
« Reply #33 on: July 03, 2007, 08:50:58 PM »
Ulf,

We will be waiting for the foto upload ;D.
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« Reply #34 on: July 06, 2007, 05:15:11 PM »
Whoa  8).  I have never cut a slab that took a crane to move :).  That is one fine piece of wood.  As the the value, I will let the experts chime in. 

What species is that?

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Re: What's your limit?
« Reply #35 on: July 06, 2007, 08:11:26 PM »
Cottonwood?
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« Reply #36 on: July 06, 2007, 08:36:20 PM »
It's Ash.
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Re: What's your limit?
« Reply #37 on: July 07, 2007, 12:14:53 AM »
Ash should have known it  ::).
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