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Swing-saw mill (smaller) -- no longer looking
« on: August 03, 2018, 11:27:09 PM »
Looking for a swing-saw mill.  I do urban milling projects.  I'll be harvesting six cypress trees in late fall.  I feel more comfortable with a swing-saw, but will consider bandsaw mill.  

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No longer looking.  Went with bandsaw instead.

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Re: Swing-saw mill (smaller)
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2018, 08:25:59 AM »
A swing saw has advantages and disadvantages. For one, you can often cut the log where it lays. That is a +. You are limited to a certain width and thickness, that depends on the particular mill. That might be a -. A swing blade mill I feel is quicker to learn and you don't need to keep turning the log, but on the - side, they make more sawdust because the kerf is wider. An advantage with a swing blade is that you only handle the sawed piece once, often on a band saw you saw the thickness then set that aside, saw another until you have several, then you need to gather them and trim one or both edges to finished width.
I like my swing blade, but I've never owned a band mill.
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Re: Swing-saw mill (smaller)
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2018, 12:49:21 PM »
Thanks.  I've found I like making lumber, lol  I appreciate you plus and minus comments.  I agree.  It surprises me that I cannot find a used swing-blade sale for sale.   I have my eye on the Peterson "junior" as a good saw for use in urban area.  Using on site is a big plus.

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Re: Swing-saw mill (smaller)
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2018, 05:32:48 PM »
I've got a JP, and it's a good little mill. Because things are so simple on it, there is so little to go wrong. Don't let the small engine deceive you, it can cut a serious amount of wood, and can do it pretty much anywhere. I've also cut a heap of Sheoak (Casuarina) with mine, which is a VERY hard wood. Had to saw a bit slower, but it handled if fine. So you don't need to be afraid of any wood that you are going to find in the US.

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It surprises me that I cannot find a used swing-blade sale for sale.  
Not really. Most folks that have one love it, so aren't selling it. When they do come up for sale, they seem to get snapped up quickly. They are also a bit of a novelty in the US, where band mills are much more common. In this part of the world swing and twin saws are much more common (larger logs) 

What Maple flats says about the limitations is correct. But in reality you can build pretty much anything you want out of boards less than 6" wide. So although every one loves those beautiful wide boards, you don't usually need to saw them. And there is always double cutting (to get 12" wide) or flipping the 
log to get a live edge slab or big beam. 
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Re: Swing-saw mill (smaller)
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2018, 12:58:03 PM »
I got mine used, but had to be patient then paid a friend of mine to drive to Mississippi to get it.  In the last 4 years I have seen 2-3 for sale within a 3-4 hour drive of me.  All sold pretty quick.
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