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Re: How much robust is the LT40 over the LT35
« Reply #20 on: November 01, 2014, 08:32:28 AM »
 The LT35 head is much lighter than a 40 head . My take on the 35 is a lot of bang for the buck but you  really only gain with WM's bed that is used on the 40 . It suprizes me seeing the amount of sawing guys do with the 35 . If you were going up to the 40 I would look into the super . It is faster and diesel power is top notch in my book . The standard 40 is no slouch either . I have cut on just about all of them and each has it's high points . IMHO the LT40 is WM's flagship ! I feel that it is the most solid mill in the industry . The 70 is in a class all it's own ,what I love about it is the air bag tension and the massive power ! I would advise you to get a couple tailers if you go that way . I guess in a nutshell if it were me knowing what I know there really wouldn't be any question about upgradeing to a 40 no matter how it is spec.ed ,the 40 is simply the best allround choice for the serious portable sawyer !
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Re: How much robust is the LT40 over the LT35
« Reply #21 on: November 01, 2014, 09:15:34 AM »
I don't think you would gain enough going from LT35 to a LT40 standard hydraulic to justify the added expense. Jump up to the Super, you have bigger, faster drive and head lift motors. The board drag back is a big one for me, too. Plus, the hydraulics are 2x faster. I don't have the auto clutch and wish I did ;) I think the LT35HD is a very capable machine.
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Re: How much robust is the LT40 over the LT35
« Reply #22 on: November 01, 2014, 09:36:57 AM »
Just a personal observation; going from a smaller WM to a larger WM gives me a little more wood at the end of the day but more importantly , I feel a lot less "beat up " Rob
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Re: How much robust is the LT40 over the LT35
« Reply #23 on: November 03, 2014, 07:14:41 PM »
Personally, I think no matter which model you buy, you'll be happy but eventually you'll dream of a bigger unit. Heck, I take an LT15 and get to work.
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Re: How much robust is the LT40 over the LT35
« Reply #24 on: November 03, 2014, 08:21:26 PM »
Production is not too important to me...Its the size is the biggie.
I have the gear to handle big logs...so that extra 4" on the throt is alot when you have a big log to mill.
It could save mucken around with a chainsaw in -30 weather.
The auto clutch looks like it would make the day of sawing easier too.
I have never seen a debarker work except on some videos
its a big plus...I know the 35 come's with them too.
The auto lube is a good thing...and the more robust head.

I have looked at the super hyd, and for what I use the mill for It wont justifie the extra money, but the lt40hd looks preaty tempting for the work I do.
If later down the road I need to slab some bigger logs I may build my own slabber.

If the price tag on the 40 was just a bit less I think I would go for it...Thats the only thing holding me back now.
I do have a spot cleared in my dome where I can saw this winter.
One thing for sure Im not going mobile with salt on the road.
They can bring the logs to me.
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Re: How much robust is the LT40 over the LT35
« Reply #25 on: November 03, 2014, 08:45:51 PM »
If you buy a bigger mill, then you will try to saw bigger logs, and say, well, that extra 6" of throat on the LT70 WIDE is just enough.... :D
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Re: How much robust is the LT40 over the LT35
« Reply #26 on: November 03, 2014, 08:55:19 PM »
If you buy a bigger mill, then you will try to saw bigger logs, and say, well, that extra 6" of throat on the LT70 WIDE is just enough.... :D

LOL  :D...And this all begain when I was making a resaw jig for doing small 2 foot logs on my little wood shop band saw. :)
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Re: How much robust is the LT40 over the LT35
« Reply #27 on: April 06, 2019, 06:29:35 PM »
Both are good mills!

The LT35 is an LT35 and so it will remain for the extent of it useful life.

The LT40 can be upgraded to an LT 40 Super should you want to do that.

1000 hours on a well care for mill is nothing for hours even if it is 10 years old. Woodmizers are just that well built.

Burcer's post re maintenance items to check is bang on and the parts are not costly and not hard to replace. 

IMHO the LT40 gives you expandability.

The LT35 gives all it has to give the day you bring it home.
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Re: How much robust is the LT40 over the LT35
« Reply #28 on: April 07, 2019, 08:58:28 AM »
Not sure how you can go smaller? If you are running a 40 now? Go big or go home, next step is the 50. That being said I have NO exp with either.

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Re: How much robust is the LT40 over the LT35
« Reply #29 on: April 07, 2019, 03:19:58 PM »
I have an older 40, and given the chance I would up grade to a newer 40. I do not know how much beefier the head is on them, but I have been told that mine will not support a board drag back, so there must be some beef added at some point. I also doubt that an auto clutch kit could be fitted to mine, and I would consider that a vast improvement too.

All that said, I do not saw enough to justify the expense of upgrading, unless I ran across a very good deal.
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Re: How much robust is the LT40 over the LT35
« Reply #30 on: April 08, 2019, 09:50:55 AM »
Interesting read. 200 bdft a day, what do you do for the rest of the day :D Get the 40  
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Re: How much robust is the LT40 over the LT35
« Reply #31 on: April 08, 2019, 12:37:54 PM »
I have owned an LT15, LT40 hydraulic and now have an LT40 Wide 38hp gas.  Go for the LT40 and get the Wide Head for $795.  The saw head on an LT35 looks very similar to what is  on an LT15.
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Re: How much robust is the LT40 over the LT35
« Reply #32 on: April 08, 2019, 12:57:27 PM »
Y'all do realize that this was a 4.5 year old question right? ;D
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Re: How much robust is the LT40 over the LT35
« Reply #33 on: April 08, 2019, 02:59:40 PM »
Even old questions are interesting!  :P

I've heard that the sawhead on the 35 is similar to the LT15, true or not, I don't know because I've never been face-to-face with an LT15.
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Re: How much robust is the LT40 over the LT35
« Reply #34 on: April 10, 2019, 10:10:51 AM »
I had a LT35 manual, upgraded to the LT40 Hydraulic. The auto clutch and hydraulics are awesome. Head wise and cutting,I noticed no big difference. I think the 40 has a few more H.P. (gas). Again no difference

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Re: How much robust is the LT40 over the LT35
« Reply #35 on: April 10, 2019, 10:15:44 AM »
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Re: How much robust is the LT40 over the LT35
« Reply #37 on: April 20, 2019, 09:35:41 PM »
 

 
Maybe an old post but is totally relevant today as when it was started in 2014. I am just coming off an LT15 Wide electric and pick up my new LT40HD Wide gas 38 EFI in 2 weeks. I know I am going to miss the electric and would have opted for an electric again if 3 phase power was available at our mill yard. But the HYDRAULICS... am so looking forward to being able to mill up more than just 2 West Coast big boys in a day! and stand up straight after a day on the saw!! Has been brutal w/o the hydraulics and these big fir and cedar logs are going to cringe when that LT40HD Wide rolls into town. We had a devastating wind storm up here on Vancouver Island couple months ago and there is absolutely no end of wood to cut. Have more to say about the reasons I choose the 40 over the 35 but suffice it to say that the WIDE clinched the deal! Also the gas EFI over the Tier 4 Diesel was a $10K CDN saving and ran smooth and quiet during my WM test drive. Really, the 40 absolutely pays for itself in all the extra features that it has and yes... so much more robust sawing head to boot. (have gotten used to easy blade changes on the LT15; bit concerned about the messing with the doors on the 40!?)

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Re: How much robust is the LT40 over the LT35
« Reply #38 on: April 21, 2019, 08:49:43 AM »
@seaview, that LT wide don't look so wide with that log on it.  ;D
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