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Re: Cold weather stop you sawyers?
« Reply #40 on: December 31, 2018, 08:25:52 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.
Hmmmm, didn't think of that and I just got 20 years in 20 minutes. I'll break the loading arms loose before I grab the lever, thanks for the heads up.
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Re: Cold weather stop you sawyers?
« Reply #41 on: January 01, 2019, 11:28:17 PM »
looks like all of us will be sawing tomorrow or the next day as it will be warm enough to make saw dust. Happy sawing.

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Re: Cold weather stop you sawyers?
« Reply #42 on: January 02, 2019, 05:04:15 AM »
 
 It's +2 in Waubun right and -7 here in Grey Eagle and your over  100 miles north of me.  But the is going to be 16 above so I'll be sawing.  Steve
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Re: Cold weather stop you sawyers?
« Reply #43 on: January 02, 2019, 10:32:05 AM »
I've got a bunch of logs coming, but they're not here yet. Supposed to be in the mid 30's, would be great weather for making sawdust. Keep sawing! 
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Re: Cold weather stop you sawyers?
« Reply #44 on: January 02, 2019, 12:48:05 PM »
I'm about eight or ten hours North of the Minnesotans.
Same weather patterns here - a strong wind with really low temps for the last week.


 
Minus 43 degrees equals no milling.
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« Reply #45 on: January 02, 2019, 12:56:33 PM »
That last photo shows what we call 'sun dogs'.
Pretty much a common thing on clear and cold weather with ice crystals in the air.
A spectacular first for me were these 'light pillars' five nights ago.


 
No, they don't help with night milling, it has to be brass monkey cold for these guys to show up.
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« Reply #46 on: January 02, 2019, 01:05:10 PM »
Like the guys in Minnesota and the Dakotas @Goose63 we'll get some above freezing weather for a short spell.
My milling orders are filled for now, so the firewood splitter is going to have to get to work.


 
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« Reply #47 on: January 02, 2019, 08:19:09 PM »
Andries - I love that first photo - what is there when the snow is gone?  
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Re: Cold weather stop you sawyers?
« Reply #48 on: January 02, 2019, 08:47:58 PM »
I am missing glaciation on a large scale.
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« Reply #49 on: January 02, 2019, 10:57:32 PM »
Andries - I love that first photo - what is there when the snow is gone?  
Its a wheat or corn field in summer.
As Danny would say: "for all of three weeks?" 
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Re: Cold weather stop you sawyers?
« Reply #50 on: January 02, 2019, 11:18:28 PM »
hey Guys first time responding. The cold does not bother me but will it bother a chain saw mill?  I have purchased a granberg mini mill and I plan on milling this winter. Does anyone have a suggestion for cold weather chainsaw milling?

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« Reply #51 on: January 02, 2019, 11:30:31 PM »
Its a wheat or corn field in summer.


Corn??  That far north, wow.  How long is the growing season up your way?  I was not sure if it was a lake or big meadow possibly.  
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« Reply #52 on: January 03, 2019, 10:34:52 PM »
Got to almost 40 here today. Should have sawed but had other errands to run.

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« Reply #53 on: January 05, 2019, 07:11:12 AM »
Not so much the cold (I mill down to about -10'C, then it's no fun), but the snow ... is just starting for the year.  We have three months of it ahead and here's what it looks like now ::

 
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« Reply #54 on: January 06, 2019, 10:11:14 AM »
Looks to be a consensus for once. Cold weather does stop everyone from milling.....but everyone has a different idea of what too cold is.

I thought I was done milling for the season but we've had a few days of unseasonably warm weather (lower 40's and sunshine) so I pulled it back out to do a little milling. There's one big red oak I'd like to do today but it won't be quite as pleasant. Cloudy, mid-30's, and a very strong east wind, which I have no protection from. We'll see how ambitious I feel once I get down there.

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« Reply #55 on: January 06, 2019, 11:03:54 AM »
Looks to be a consensus for once. Cold weather does stop everyone from milling.....but everyone has a different idea of what too cold is.

I thought I was done milling for the season but we've had a few days of unseasonably warm weather (lower 40's and sunshine) so I pulled it back out to do a little milling. There's one big red oak I'd like to do today but it won't be quite as pleasant. Cloudy, mid-30's, and a very strong east wind, which I have no protection from. We'll see how ambitious I feel once I get down there.

Alan
For making the weather seem cold, there's nothing like a strong wind, especially when the air is damp.  I'd rather cut at -10'C in a sunny calm day than at +10'C in windy damp weather.   My mill yard is enclosed by tall spruce and poplars, so all I normally get is a bit of a breeze, usually at my back to take away the sawdust.  I'm lucky!
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« Reply #56 on: January 06, 2019, 07:12:48 PM »
This is what we do instead of sawing when it gets too cold ... different equipment ... different working conditions.  The river has a bit of slush on it so we run the machines over it a few times to mix it up.  Then it'll freeze and the civilians can walk from the camp to the river to fish ::







 
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« Reply #57 on: January 06, 2019, 07:46:09 PM »
Looks good John.
Milling, fishing or whatever.
It's all good unless the slush gets your feet wet.
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Re: Cold weather stop you sawyers?
« Reply #58 on: January 06, 2019, 09:09:17 PM »
-20 F before wind chill is too cold to be worthwhile to run.  Found that out last winter..Anything above 0F in the morning well run.  -10 in the morning and well let the equipment warm up for a good long while whilst drinking coffee in the pickup 
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Re: Cold weather stop you sawyers?
« Reply #59 on: January 06, 2019, 10:21:14 PM »
It's rarely too cold to saw where I live.  The wind can push it over the top though.  For years I tailed on an LT40 with an air cooled engine and if the wind stripped enough heat off it wouldn't run long.  My least favorite days are around 33 degrees and misty.  All in all the climate here is mild, several days in the teens is what I call a hard winter.  So far it's looking like a long fall might turn into spring this time.


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