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« Reply #20 on: April 14, 2019, 12:44:36 PM »
Congrats and good luck! I'm chasing the dream myself too. Get a good accountant, a good lawyer, and learn as you go. And always save some money in a rainy day, "oh DanG what broke now" fund! smiley_thumbsup
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« Reply #21 on: April 14, 2019, 04:47:54 PM »
I really appreciate everyone's words of encouragement. It will be an adventure for sure! I do not see how I can fail if I follow good advice and continue to do good quality work. 
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« Reply #22 on: April 14, 2019, 05:38:20 PM »
John I jumped in head first 8 years ago when I bought my LT-15. I was 33 years old and would not take no for an answer! Lot of years working 7 days a week helped establish a great clientele. I can say this, take good care of your best repeat customers...they will be the key to your success. Call me if you ever need anything Bro!  :)



 

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Re: Sawing Full Time
« Reply #23 on: April 14, 2019, 05:51:16 PM »
All the best Deese!  
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« Reply #24 on: April 14, 2019, 06:56:16 PM »
The thread title says "full Time".
I'm thinking you've been at "double time" for a while now!  ;D
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« Reply #25 on: April 14, 2019, 09:48:38 PM »
Best of luck,   8) 8)
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« Reply #26 on: April 15, 2019, 11:51:57 AM »
Good luck to you! Congrats on making the leap! 
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« Reply #27 on: April 15, 2019, 09:23:10 PM »
You know what they say: The harder you work, the luckier you get. Good Luck  smiley_thumbsup
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« Reply #28 on: April 16, 2019, 02:40:43 PM »
John, with your work ethic, great personality and this forum you will grow a (larger) successful sawmill business! 
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« Reply #29 on: April 16, 2019, 06:20:39 PM »
Best of luck to you!  May your smile always be present and your great attitude continue.

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« Reply #30 on: April 16, 2019, 07:13:55 PM »
Good Luck. I was self employed for 20 years.Self employment is not for everyone but can be very rewarding. Make sure you pay attention to business matters. Lot's of hard worker are not good businessman, my self included. Find good customers and keep them, know when to say no to the bad ones.
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« Reply #31 on: April 16, 2019, 10:54:28 PM »
Thanks everyone. Just arrived back down here on the Alabama coast and made it to my room. Another 165 mile road trip. Setting up at daybreak and sawing some slow growth pine. Not sure which species. I'll take pics tomorrow. My goal is to finish the job by dusk and make it back home tomorrow night. Not sure if it's possible but going to give it my all.
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« Reply #32 on: April 17, 2019, 05:55:49 PM »
I always wanted to be my own Boss, but I hate working for pompous, opiniated, lazy, know- nothing Horse's- Axxes :). That cuts me out!
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« Reply #33 on: April 17, 2019, 08:25:11 PM »
Well, I spent most of the day bucking logs. Lots of logs. Got a few hours towards the end of the day to cut some beams. Back at it tomorrow until this rain moves in. Longleaf Pine. The good stuff. But the sap really wasn't a big problem. I was surprised. 


 

 

 

 

 

 
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« Reply #34 on: April 17, 2019, 08:40:35 PM »
I am also surprised that the sap didn't gum up your blade?  smiley_headscratch
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« Reply #35 on: April 17, 2019, 08:45:16 PM »
that is a good view of the pith , nice logs , best of success with your new job .

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« Reply #36 on: April 17, 2019, 09:10:18 PM »
I always wanted to be my own Boss, but I hate working for pompous, opiniated, lazy, know- nothing Horse's- Axxes :). That cuts me out!
Good Luck, Deese
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« Reply #37 on: April 17, 2019, 09:39:15 PM »
I am also surprised that the sap didn't gum up your blade?  smiley_headscratch
Well, let me clarify. I keep a spray bottle filled with diesel fuel with me when I'm sawimg. There were times when you could see a patch of resin building on the blade as it was cutting. Easy for the eye to see. A flash of white against the background of the dark metal blade. I just squirt a couple shots of diesel on top and bottom while it's moving through the log and it keeps things flowing. So, Yes...I did have a sap issue but never let it become a problem. I should have been more specific. 
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« Reply #38 on: April 17, 2019, 09:51:44 PM »
One would have to have sawn Longleaf Pine to really understand just how sappy it is.  I'm sure that there are other species that may be as sappy, but I haven't sawn it yet.
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« Reply #39 on: April 17, 2019, 09:54:04 PM »
that's a good size pile of Pine, looks like you will be busy for a while,
good start to going full time 
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