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Cold weather stop you sawyers?
« on: December 28, 2018, 11:43:17 AM »
Its 5 degrees here right now. Dont want to go out in the cold. Things dont seem to work right when it is too cold. What is your temp at which you go back inside. Just curious. Harold

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Re: Cold weather stop you sawyers?
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2018, 11:54:29 AM »
We don't get frigid temperatures here often or for long. If it's going to be below 30-35 for a high temperature I doubt I run the sawmill but I will cut firewood. Five degrees is time to stay in beside the fire!
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Re: Cold weather stop you sawyers?
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2018, 11:56:34 AM »
I'm good down to about 20, give or take a few degrees, as long as it's not windy.  Problem is, in Northern Illinois, it's almost always windy......like today. 30 to 35 mph gusts all day.
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Re: Cold weather stop you sawyers?
« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2018, 12:14:38 PM »
YES   :D
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Re: Cold weather stop you sawyers?
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2018, 12:41:55 PM »
When I ran the big circle head saw our rule of thumb was -5 if we knew the temp was going to climb.  Anything colder than that and stuff started breaking. At about ten below you can usually break the cast iron housing off a failed pillow bock bearing with one good blow of an 8lb hammer. The failed bearing was probably from trying to run at ten below.  You can get your body used to working in 0 to 20 degrees, but its really hard on equipment. There were times when we had orders that gave us no choice but to work in sub-zero, and most always we would pay a price.
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Re: Cold weather stop you sawyers?
« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2018, 12:50:07 PM »
 

  5 above f here with climbing temps and not a lot of wind.  I have sawed at -5  but that was nasty.  Steve


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Re: Cold weather stop you sawyers?
« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2018, 12:51:03 PM »
It is a judgement call for each individual sawyer when it's too cold to work. Especially when you work for yourself, and you decide if it is worth the aggravation. If it is too cold, I try to find inside projects too work on. As I mentioned in another thread, sometimes you have too work outside to pay the bills, whether it is cold or not. Minimizing exposure, working shorter hours (noon till 4 pm), and stopping to warm up frequently also help (and is safer). Where I live having temps below freezing may be bad for sawyers, but is actually beneficial for loggers. As otherwise too wet areas freeze solid, and they can get wood out.
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« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2018, 01:20:14 PM »
Shows 2 degrees and falling. Supposed to be 19 below tonight. My mill will be lonely. Ha

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Re: Cold weather stop you sawyers?
« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2018, 02:40:10 PM »
I only cut in colder weather. Don't like dealing with the ticks and snakes.
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« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2018, 03:10:25 PM »
Gets around about 45 and I start to shiver and shake. Everything is relative.
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Re: Cold weather stop you sawyers?
« Reply #10 on: December 28, 2018, 03:35:46 PM »
Customers usually draw the line at 25F or lower.  If they're up for it at these colder temps it is the more enthusiastic ones, I can accommodate. 

If it is Peterson work I draw the line at has to be mid 30's in the morning with at least in the 40s during the day. I'm not crawling around on the ground when its freezing or chain slabbing frozen logs. 
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Re: Cold weather stop you sawyers?
« Reply #11 on: December 28, 2018, 03:42:54 PM »
Shows 2 degrees and falling. Supposed to be 19 below tonight. My mill will be lonely. Ha
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Re: Cold weather stop you sawyers?
« Reply #12 on: December 28, 2018, 03:46:52 PM »
If you saw really cold you will find out the things that need fixing on your mill.  And how good your battery is. 

Also if it rains and then freezes, and  you go out sawing, you will be reminded of how the cat track is put together.

:) :) :) :)
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Re: Cold weather stop you sawyers?
« Reply #13 on: December 28, 2018, 03:58:11 PM »
Nope. Rain, sleet or snow doesn't bother me much. The wife, who likes to come along and work along, tends to stay indoor once it drops below 0C, or if its windy or raining or snowing... she' missus out on a lot. :) 

It was -11C (12F) today, spent the better part of the day out in the yard, and waiting for this to show up.



 
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Re: Cold weather stop you sawyers?
« Reply #14 on: December 28, 2018, 04:07:44 PM »
I'm good to 20f if there is no wind chill.
In the winter if it's a sunny day it's much better.
When you spend half the day getting things up and running I would rather do shop work or firewood.
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Re: Cold weather stop you sawyers?
« Reply #15 on: December 28, 2018, 06:46:30 PM »
If it's cold (40 or colder) I'm not sawing!

I usually put the mill away for the Winter around the end of October (it's Hunting Season), then it comes out of hibernation around the end of March!
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« Reply #16 on: December 28, 2018, 06:58:12 PM »
I was always good for 10.  Anything less was time for things to break.  I had heaters for the hydraulics, so that helped.  I always told the help that I would be the second guy to leave.  Wind was always a deal breaker.  The first cold spell is usually the worst, as logs have frozen and unfrozen areas.  You'll be cutting two types of wood.  After the logs freeze solid, its not as much of a big deal.  

The loggers would love the cold.  No need to worry about mud or wet areas.  Logging with cold weather and little snow and those guys would fill the yard up.  

We had a debarker which makes things easier if the debarker man took off the bark.  Frozen logs won't dull the saw so much as what's frozen onto the bark.  
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Re: Cold weather stop you sawyers?
« Reply #17 on: December 28, 2018, 07:58:14 PM »
 if the debarker man took off the bark.  
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« Reply #18 on: December 28, 2018, 08:04:31 PM »
The worst thing about the cold is thinking about it, once your working your OK. What Jeff says low temps are hard on diesels and cast iron. Twenty and below you work if you have to if not do something in the shop. Frank C. 
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Re: Cold weather stop you sawyers?
« Reply #19 on: December 28, 2018, 08:05:28 PM »
Yes.



But this the year the rain is stopping me often than the cold.
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