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Woodland mills, TimberKing or Woodmizer
« on: May 12, 2019, 10:29:15 PM »
I am thinking about get a sawmill.   I was thinking of building my own also but I have not decided.  Currently I have the Alaskan Chainsaw mill and wanted to upgrade to the sawmill.   Timberking is offering 6 months no interest, no payments.  That is tempting but they are a bit higher in price.  From your experience,with of these three brands would you recommend.  

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« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2019, 10:31:47 PM »
What sort of features are you looking at?  What size logs do you plan to saw? What do you plan to produce?  Will you be stationary or portable?  What do you have for support equipment?  You need to look at YOUR scenario and see what is the best fit.  
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Re: Woodland mills, TimberKing or Woodmizer
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2019, 02:09:12 AM »
What sort of features are you looking at?  What size logs do you plan to saw? What do you plan to produce?  Will you be stationary or portable?  What do you have for support equipment?  You need to look at YOUR scenario and see what is the best fit.  
I would like to have a mobile platform but if I cannot afford it I will have to settle for a stationary one.   I don't really follow when you say what support equipment do I have.  Most trees around here are not wider than 24 inches.  There are a few but not many.  

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Re: Woodland mills, TimberKing or Woodmizer
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2019, 07:41:34 AM »
I recently had the pleasure of having a conversation with Wil Johnson president of TimberKing and am sure that if you buy a TK. He will give the very best service that can be given. I own a WoodMizer and it to is a great sawmill the reason I own a WM. is because  we have a dealer less than 50 miles away. I have zero dealings with WoodLand mills so can't say either way. Good luck on your purchase. Randy

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« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2019, 07:49:13 AM »
Support equipment being the way you are going to move logs and lumber. IE skid steer, loader, three men and a small child...
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« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2019, 10:07:18 AM »
Woodmizer.  

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« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2019, 04:20:27 PM »
Woodmizer gets my money.  
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Re: Woodland mills, TimberKing or Woodmizer
« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2019, 05:44:32 PM »
I own a Woodland Mills, and it is a fine hobby/part time machine. A quality product, but if I had the money I would have a Wood Mizer. Only It would need to be able to meet the specs of the biggest Woodland Mills. Look at width, and depth of cut, how big of a cant, and HP when you compare models! my 126 will only cut 7" depth I believe most WM will cut deeper.
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« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2019, 06:08:16 PM »

 The TK 1200 handles  a 33" log, 29" between the guide rollers, 16" clearance above the blade. Compare those before you buy.  Steve
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Re: Woodland mills, TimberKing or Woodmizer
« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2019, 07:22:07 PM »
Ive got an old TimberKing (about 20 yrs old). Ive had some problems with it but I know that once I get those worked out it will be a solid mill. Sounds like theyve done nothing but get better with their mills. A brand new mill from one of the major companies is going to be a good machine no matter what. I also havent looked at prices of the new ones, but Im not sure the TK2000 compares to the LT40 and TK1600 to the LT35. So if TK is higher, it may be because its not comparing apples to apples. Im still pretty new and there are a lot of people on here with more experience. Sure is a lot of hype for the Woodmizer though. I got caught up in the older Toyota is the ONLY quality truck out there, and it turns out there are plenty of old pickups out there that are cheaper, bigger, stronger, just as reliable, get similar MPG, and go just as far as Toyota. Also, from what I hear WM has great customer service. From experience, TK has GREAT customer service.

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Re: Woodland mills, TimberKing or Woodmizer
« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2019, 03:32:24 AM »
When I am looking at the three Mills I would buy ThimberKing. Why, because it is able to make cut deep in the log. Ladylake describes it better than me yesterday. If you want to cut a nice log to make furniture it is good to cut through the log, board by board, and let it all stay on the mill, then lift it off together. That way it is easy to keep track of how the boards was cut in the log. If you would like to "star saw" a log the best way, you need to be able to make the first cut some Inch below the pith. It is always better with a good distance from the blade up to the upper bladeguard, with the same width as max open blade guides.
It is more expensive to make a so good design like ThimberKings. Other mills has a beam or belt covers as prevents many usefull operations in the mill.

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Re: Woodland mills, TimberKing or Woodmizer
« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2019, 04:29:16 AM »

Crookedkut,

Even though you didn't have it in your list....

Have you looked at EZ Boardwalk ??  When comparing log capacity, engine hp, features, etc., might be worth giving them a look as well.

Good Luck in your search !
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Re: Woodland mills, TimberKing or Woodmizer
« Reply #12 on: May 14, 2019, 05:45:04 AM »
Thomas has a good mill too. But you are along ways from Maine. They had a wide mill for years. I almost bought one about 10 years ago. A Thomas is built tough.
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« Reply #13 on: May 14, 2019, 07:41:08 AM »
I cannot speak to Woodland mills (never been near one), But have worked with TK and WM. Both fine machines with excellent customer service. I personally own a 2009 TK1600 with auto log roller and love it. Reason I own it is because it came up for sale used only 10 miles away from me, and my brother used to own one so I had already had a lot of experience with this particular machine...
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« Reply #14 on: May 14, 2019, 08:07:59 AM »
As you read the replies youll see it pretty much comes down to what you will be sawing, what you have for a budget, what happens to come on the market near you, what you need for mobility and how close you want to be to your dealer. I think they are all good mills, most have good service, many folks do their own maintenance, some have service provided and theres only one person the mill has to satisfy. I bought my TimberKing B20 used in 2002 because it had, at the time everything I needed. TimberKing service has been great, pretty easy to work on and has held up well. I think if youre looking for high volume sawing you will need look at your handling equipment and layout of such around your mill. Good luck!
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« Reply #15 on: May 14, 2019, 09:14:30 AM »
Make sure that the support you will be needing is there..................................
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Re: Woodland mills, TimberKing or Woodmizer
« Reply #16 on: May 14, 2019, 10:24:15 AM »
Support equipment being the way you are going to move logs and lumber. IE skid steer, loader, three men and a small child...
 

I don't have any of this support equipment besides me moving the logs.     I appreciate all the advice from all of you.   I will think on all of it and decide. 

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« Reply #17 on: May 14, 2019, 11:12:04 AM »
You really need to consider some means of moving logs as part of your decision.  It can be as simple as a log arch from Logrite - sponsor in the left column, if your logs are of a manageable size and you have a way to get them onto your mill.  You are going to need something as the mill is only one part of the equation unless you are going to only do portable sawing for others and have them supply the necessary handling equipment.  
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Re: Woodland mills, TimberKing or Woodmizer
« Reply #18 on: May 14, 2019, 02:13:23 PM »
You have indicated that you could possible do some portable sawing in the future and also considering the size of your logs, I would absolutely recommend getting a hydraulic mill.  With this in mind, I would be giving a Wood-Mizer LT35 some serious consideration.
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Re: Woodland mills, TimberKing or Woodmizer
« Reply #19 on: May 14, 2019, 04:39:13 PM »
You really need to consider some means of moving logs as part of your decision.  It can be as simple as a log arch from Logrite - sponsor in the left column, if your logs are of a manageable size and you have a way to get them onto your mill.  You are going to need something as the mill is only one part of the equation unless you are going to only do portable sawing for others and have them supply the necessary handling equipment.  

I looked at Logrite.  I like that idea.  All aluminum is a good way to go.  


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