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Re: Cold weather stop you sawyers?
« Reply #20 on: December 28, 2018, 08:38:29 PM »
After 31 years of having to work outside, no matter how cold or hot it got (law enforcement), I retired and bought my bandsaw mill.  Rain, snow, wind chills below freezing or heat indices above 100ー, you'll likely find me in a heated or air-conditioned environment.  Doesn't always work out but that is the plan.  ;D
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Re: Cold weather stop you sawyers?
« Reply #21 on: December 29, 2018, 05:44:20 AM »


 I don't even have to think about going out today,,   It's -19 f right now with a high of around + 5 .  Steve
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Re: Cold weather stop you sawyers?
« Reply #22 on: December 29, 2018, 08:11:49 AM »
I would like it to be above 10 degrees but the wind and sun play a part. Sawing below 10 things start to happen like the teeth coming out of the saw. Half frozen logs can cause a lot of mis sawn lumber. If your in a long cold spell you have to deal with it but if it's going to warm up, wait.

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Re: Cold weather stop you sawyers?
« Reply #23 on: December 29, 2018, 08:19:11 AM »
I have sawn in the mid teens a few times but generally my customers will put a stop to sawing long before I will.  Sawing when  it is below 40ー is iffy and below 30ー is almost certain to be a no.  Yes, wind is killer.   :-\
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Re: Cold weather stop you sawyers?
« Reply #24 on: December 29, 2018, 08:26:01 AM »
Yep..My mill is cold natured. Won't run if the temp is below 45ー. The operator freezes up and becomes erratic. ;D
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Re: Cold weather stop you sawyers?
« Reply #25 on: December 29, 2018, 08:30:38 AM »
 Below 25ー and the mill won't start manual pull cord at 22ー the skidder won't start without lots of extra work, find generator to use block heater, jumper cables to juice up cold batt. After 10ー I'm next the the furnace adding wood ;D

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Re: Cold weather stop you sawyers?
« Reply #26 on: December 29, 2018, 12:12:35 PM »
agreed on all the above.  Also, depending on how much finger dexterity I need vs. working in heavy chopper mitts, I can reliably add on 15-50% when there is decent snow on the ground and the temps are teens and less. I'd like to work out some clever ratio.  And at 38, I'm already pretty soft and prefer to head into a very cozy shop.  I love winter for the cross country skiing, no so much for outside work.  I've decided there's no need to be a hero when it gets cold.  
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Re: Cold weather stop you sawyers?
« Reply #27 on: December 29, 2018, 01:30:04 PM »
I don't have to work outside. I just play around getting firewood. I wear certain clothes. If that don't keep me warm I head for the house. I think I can tell when it's 10ー and 16ー. 16ー I am fine,but that 10 is a, I am cold and heading for the house.
Years ago I worked for the state working on low income homes. Now that's a cold job. Blowing insulation and standing on a ladder. At least cutting wood I can keep warm.
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Re: Cold weather stop you sawyers?
« Reply #28 on: December 29, 2018, 07:19:01 PM »
 I値l take a sunny 20 over humid 90 all day long and be be thankful for it.  i saw for myself though so below 20ish with no sun or lots of snow or wind and I値l ussually find something else to do.  

I like to fire up the incenerator/burn barrel below freezing and burn off some slab wood while working too.  Makes breaks, and the end of day beers a lot more enjoyable as well!  ;D
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Re: Cold weather stop you sawyers?
« Reply #29 on: December 29, 2018, 08:03:13 PM »
Mid 30s here today. I sawed all day in it not much wind so it was about right.
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Re: Cold weather stop you sawyers?
« Reply #30 on: December 29, 2018, 08:57:47 PM »
I値l take a sunny 20 over humid 90 all day long and be be thankful for it.  i saw for myself though so below 20ish with no sun or lots of snow or wind and I値l ussually find something else to do.  

I like to fire up the incenerator/burn barrel below freezing and burn off some slab wood while working too.  Makes breaks, and the end of day beers a lot more enjoyable as well!  ;D
Across the river in Dutchess with the same usage needs and same sawing guidelines.  Must be a Mid Hudson thing.  Enjoying this warm spell after falling behind with the hot, wet summer we had; woodshop needs boards and some nice figured logs going to firewood if we don稚 get to them soon. 

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Re: Cold weather stop you sawyers?
« Reply #31 on: December 30, 2018, 12:44:42 PM »
I値l take a sunny 20 over humid 90 all day long and be be thankful for it.  i saw for myself though so below 20ish with no sun or lots of snow or wind and I値l ussually find something else to do.  

I like to fire up the incenerator/burn barrel below freezing and burn off some slab wood while working too.  Makes breaks, and the end of day beers a lot more enjoyable as well!  ;D
Ditto what NYBHH and kindlinmaker said. The humidity here can be terrible in both winter and summer with fall not far behind that. If it is dry, sunny and 10ー I can still be good with a couple of breaks and a little slab fire to check in with every once in a while. It's all about my feet, If they are comfortable than I am good. There are a lot of benefits to working in the colder months, like no mosquito's, fewer ticks, easier skidding, no leaf cover on the trees, etc. We get very damp, overcast days here before mid-January and it can be hard to stay focused when that chill gets in your back.  It's 32 and damp out right now and it is killing me to be sick, and in the house for the last 3 days. 
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Re: Cold weather stop you sawyers?
« Reply #32 on: December 31, 2018, 01:22:46 AM »
I don't saw when ....
A) It's -10 ーC (or colder) -- that's 14 ーF.
B) It's snowing heavily (snow packs between the bed and the cant).
C) Snow on the ground is more than a foot deep.
D) I've got nothing to saw.

Right now C & D apply :).
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Re: Cold weather stop you sawyers?
« Reply #33 on: December 31, 2018, 08:54:15 AM »
This is the 1st year I have sawn past December 1st. The new mill caused this as I am getting the bugs out of the new mill by  sawing wood for my adition to my cottage. 
I do not mind around the -5 or so and sunny. The snow on the ground is the biggest problem I find. I have a small yard and I have to stack all the unfinnished bundles of wood when I am finnished for the day. I then have room to plow snow in the morning, unpile my bundles and then saw wood. br>
 

 
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« Reply #34 on: December 31, 2018, 11:13:43 AM »
I could and did mark timber to well below zero, of course I havent done that since 2006, but saw?
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Re: Cold weather stop you sawyers?
« Reply #35 on: December 31, 2018, 11:59:53 AM »


There's an orange mill under there somewhere ??? Right now we're in a blizzard warning, -40 windchill, supposed to get down to -21 temp tonight. Milling will have to wait.
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Re: Cold weather stop you sawyers?
« Reply #36 on: December 31, 2018, 03:13:30 PM »
   I hope its a manual mill because I don't see the loading arms raised up so the feet don't freeze to the ground. That's a trick I learned here. If there is a remote possibility of freeze before I will saw again I make sure to lift my loading arms at the end of every sawing session. Has saved me from some headaches several times.
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Re: Cold weather stop you sawyers?
« Reply #37 on: December 31, 2018, 07:23:24 PM »
Way up north, circle mills that operate below 0 use solid tooth saws I am told.  These saws are thinner than insert tooth style and sometimes use more guides.

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Re: Cold weather stop you sawyers?
« Reply #38 on: December 31, 2018, 07:35:27 PM »
I'll bet it's that new LT50, I can make out the loading arms!

Too darn cold anyway!
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Re: Cold weather stop you sawyers?
« Reply #39 on: December 31, 2018, 07:52:29 PM »
I used to saw down to about minus 10C but now I like it above freezing a few notches. 

The joints don't like the cold so much.  
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