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Forestry Expo, Bangor, ME
« on: May 15, 2011, 12:54:24 PM »
Anyone else go to the forestry expo yesterday? I was mainly looking at the different options for small bandsaw mills, but this caught my attention. I'd certainly like to have one, but at 50k, it's not going to happen. I can buy a small dozer, utility tractor, and skidder used for that price. It is a cool rig though.





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Re: Forestry Expo, Bangor, ME
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2011, 01:43:00 PM »
Alot of stuff caught my eye, but not my wallet! ;D
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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2011, 06:01:33 PM »
i had to surrender my wallet to my wife before going it. then she had to surrender hers to me before we went to the bangor mall afterwords.

the show seemed scaled back to me from years past. perhaps a sign of the economy. less sales = less money to spend sending reps to trade shows.

the guys with the wood gasification boilers had my attention, mostly becuase im looking to upgrade my heating system.

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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2011, 06:15:32 PM »
 Must be nice to have a wallet to surrender  :D :D
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Re: Forestry Expo, Bangor, ME
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2011, 06:19:24 PM »
Anyone else go to the forestry expo yesterday? I was mainly looking at the different options for small bandsaw mills, but this caught my attention. I'd certainly like to have one, but at 50k, it's not going to happen. I can buy a small dozer, utility tractor, and skidder used for that price. It is a cool rig though.



did the thomas mills peak your interest?  dad and I just bought the 2411.  its small but powerful.  we have limited time with it but it is very stout.

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« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2011, 06:44:13 PM »
Yes, I did spend some money there but even half of what I was prepared to. I was disappointed to see that Labonville was not selling anything. Also no Red Wing truck, BLUE Ox trailers or HALLS safety.
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Re: Forestry Expo, Bangor, ME
« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2011, 07:01:46 PM »
Anyone else go to the forestry expo yesterday? I was mainly looking at the different options for small bandsaw mills, but this caught my attention. I'd certainly like to have one, but at 50k, it's not going to happen. I can buy a small dozer, utility tractor, and skidder used for that price. It is a cool rig though.



did the thomas mills peak your interest?  dad and I just bought the 2411.  its small but powerful.  we have limited time with it but it is very stout.

The thomas mills seem well built and affordable. The woodmizer LT15 would be my ultimate pick, but it's pricey. WM is definitely one step ahead of the rest. Simply due to price,  I'm leaning toward building one this winter using the same design as the thomas. I think I'll have around $1500 in materials for a 18hp mill with a 30" throat.
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« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2011, 07:24:54 PM »
Yes, I did spend some money there but even half of what I was prepared to. I was disappointed to see that Labonville was not selling anything. Also no Red Wing truck, BLUE Ox trailers or HALLS safety.
Labonville was there selling stuff! You must have missed them.
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« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2011, 07:32:13 PM »
Yes they were there but the lady in the booth told me they were not selling anything on site and gave me a coupon for 20% off at any of their retail locations.
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« Reply #9 on: May 15, 2011, 07:44:54 PM »
Yes they were there but the lady in the booth told me they were not selling anything on site and gave me a coupon for 20% off at any of their retail locations.
Sorry Me bad! Seen the display and figuered they was selling!
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« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2011, 08:11:33 PM »

The thomas mills seem well built and affordable. The woodmizer LT15 would be my ultimate pick, but it's pricey. WM is definitely one step ahead of the rest. Simply due to price,  I'm leaning toward building one this winter using the same design as the thomas. I think I'll have around $1500 in materials for a 18hp mill with a 30" throat.

timberking makes a good mill too.  a buddy of mine did his homework and that is what he picked.  i like the 4 post cutter head.  the single post of the WM doesnt seem rugged enough, but thats just my opinion.

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« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2011, 08:33:50 PM »
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It is more than rugged enough.

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« Reply #12 on: May 15, 2011, 08:43:13 PM »
I was there on Friday. No where near the stuff they had 4 years ago,but still a great show. Seems like it geared more towards the big boys. But it's still fun to look at Big Boy toys. No swing mills this year.
I have a Thomas mill. I bought the longer track,can cut a 20 foot log. My bunks can be moved so I can cut a piece of stove wood length wood. That's kinda why I bought one and it's made in Maine.
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« Reply #13 on: May 15, 2011, 08:49:30 PM »
thanx, i have been lurking for a while.  there is a lot of inspiration on this forum and i have some stuff in the works.  

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« Reply #14 on: May 16, 2011, 07:46:13 AM »
Anyone else go to the forestry expo yesterday? I was mainly looking at the different options for small bandsaw mills, but this caught my attention. I'd certainly like to have one, but at 50k, it's not going to happen. I can buy a small dozer, utility tractor, and skidder used for that price. It is a cool rig though.

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  i seen this thing, i tyink you ( and know ) you can buy a small skidder and a dozer for 59 grand and have some modern equipment. i was there fri and sat, always a good time
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« Reply #15 on: May 16, 2011, 07:54:49 AM »
i also wanted to add, that it looks like a old bombi, the undercarrage is almost the same. i bet it dont like the new england rocks that will never go away.
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« Reply #16 on: May 16, 2011, 08:51:40 AM »
Anybody remember the big logging shows in New Orleans and Atlanta back in the 70's and 80's. They knew how to party back then.
Also remember a show in Tifton Ga. when a John Deere skidder ended up in the pool at a motel.

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« Reply #17 on: May 16, 2011, 10:44:22 AM »
I have to agree with a old timberjack I don't think it would handle the rocks to good. I think a wheeled machine would handle the rocks much better.
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Re: Forestry Expo, Bangor, ME
« Reply #18 on: May 16, 2011, 05:39:13 PM »
i also wanted to add, that it looks like a old bombi, the undercarrage is almost the same. i bet it dont like the new england rocks that will never go away.

It reminds me alot of the old bombardiers. I think it would be great with a foot of snow on the ground, but not worth the price.
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« Reply #19 on: May 16, 2011, 05:42:10 PM »
you could buy a really nice skidder for that price, maybe even a loader and truck :)
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