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Winterizing Mill?
« on: November 21, 2005, 09:52:46 AM »
I am getting ready to put my mill away for the winter. Any tips out there or procedures a guy should be aware of? 
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Re: Winterizing Mill?
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2005, 10:04:38 AM »
Drain all fluid out of the lube tank and make sure there is no water in the lines.   Put ATF on the changes and the rails to keep it from rusting. Covering the mill with a tarp would be helpful.  Removing gas from the tank or adding stabilizer. Removing the blade.

Jeff not cutting this winter.

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Re: Winterizing Mill?
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2005, 10:10:49 AM »
would it make sense to pull the gas line and let the engine run out like you would a boat motor?
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Re: Winterizing Mill?
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2005, 10:14:45 AM »
ATF??  Automatic transmission fluid?

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« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2005, 10:18:25 AM »

 Don't Paul just put skis on his ???  We don't put 'em away, down here.  ;) ;) :D :D
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« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2005, 10:20:13 AM »
would it make sense to pull the gas line and let the engine run out like you would a boat motor?

On all gas engines I drain the gas and run the motor till totally dry, But I've had people tell me this isn't a great thing to do, so starting this year I'm adding gas stabilizer to a small amount of fuel and running the machine until I know the treated gas is in the carb.

My dad was a small engine mechanic for 30 years and swears by draining the systems, systems that have diaphrams made of rubber or polymer might not like being dry.
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« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2005, 11:18:25 AM »
Jeff,   Waaaaaaaaaay up here in central Canuckland we don't even put away the mills.  They just keep on cutting.   Softwoods cut ALOT nicer when the logs are completely frozen.  IMO I find that the bandsaw blades do not cut nearly as wavy and don't dive nearly as often.  We are even getting longer saw times before changing the blades, thus giving us alot less downtime. :) :D  Personally, this is my busiest sawing season, because of accessability into the woods.  Most of my land is far to swampy to access in the summer.

The downside to this --- it is alot harder to find good laborers to help with pulling boards.  Far too many people around here would rather go snowmobiling or just stay inside.  Myself I get alot of my snowmobiling done while working...  Yup that is pulling logs with the sleds.


The snow is melting here...... >:( >:( :'(  and we don't have enough frost to even get fart enough into the woods.   OOPS :o
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Re: Winterizing Mill?
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2005, 11:21:27 AM »
Don't Paul just put skis on his ???  We don't put 'em away, down here.  ;) ;) :D :D

Nope, that would be Kevin.


Coon, I am sure the mill would love to keep right on cutting. Its actually maybe me that needs to be winterized...
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« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2005, 12:12:35 PM »
Boss, either get the wheels up off the ground or take them off completely and put them inside for the winter, a good coat of Armour-all or similar would help too.

When the tires are exposed to moisture and constant freeze/thaw cycles it dramatically increases the cracking of the rubber, the tires being black warm enough on a sunny day to melt the snow around them, causing them to sit in puddles all winter.

Also be careful of things like electric starters, if they are exposed to the weather they can accumulate moisture and cause surface rust inside, that can be a real PITA come spring.

Batteries should be taken off and kept inside too.

Most important though seems to be the operator, be sure they get put inside and well cared for until the average temperature is back above freezing.   :D
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« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2005, 12:37:02 PM »
Most important though seems to be the operator, be sure they get put inside and well cared for until the average temperature is back above freezing.   :D

Its also good to dose the operator with a goodly amount of anti-freezing agent (usually found in bottles brown of color and marked with XXX on the side).
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Re: Winterizing Mill?
« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2005, 12:39:00 PM »
I decided to leave the mill on its jacks,  where she sits because currently, both tires are a couple inches off the ground.

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This operator can't add antifreeze do that due to other medications.
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Re: Winterizing Mill?
« Reply #11 on: November 21, 2005, 12:40:24 PM »
Jeff,

As a friendly gesture I feel obligated to come get your mill and tow it back to Texas for the winter, where it will be used year-round and you won't have to waste time winterizing it.
Machinery can be like a woman in certain ways, prolonged non-use can  cause all manner of domino effects - all bad.  :D
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Re: Winterizing Mill?
« Reply #12 on: November 21, 2005, 02:23:48 PM »
Stabilize the fuel & change the engine oil.  Run the engine to get the treated fuel in the carb and to circulate the new oil.  Fog the engine with fogging oil that you buy at the boat shop(run engine and spray into the throat of the carb). :P  Coat the saw blade with WD40.  Take the lube tank in the house.  Pray for warm wheather. 8)
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« Reply #13 on: November 21, 2005, 02:36:50 PM »

 I'm certain you know that them jacks will freeze fast to the ground,    Just in case ya wanna move it later  ::) ;D
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Re: Winterizing Mill?
« Reply #14 on: November 21, 2005, 05:28:29 PM »
I'd like to take our mill to Deming New Mexico from Novermber to end of March.  ;D
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« Reply #15 on: November 21, 2005, 07:25:28 PM »
I'm certain you know that them jacks will freeze fast to the ground,    Just in case ya wanna move it later  ::) ;D

Yep, no intentions of moving it. Period.
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« Reply #16 on: November 21, 2005, 07:57:48 PM »
If you put  a block of wood under each jack, they don't freeze to the ground.  This can be critical doing mobile custom sawing in late fall/early spring.  I've had to put a customer back a day or 2 while I got the mill thawed out enough to move.  I make sure that the jacks and the log loader (hydraulic) are off the ground each evening before I leave.  I plan to put my mill to rest for the winter starting next week.  8)
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« Reply #17 on: November 21, 2005, 08:23:52 PM »
do yourself a favor and put the wood under the jacks.
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« Reply #18 on: November 21, 2005, 08:24:01 PM »
It wouldnt hurt if I did that just in case.
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Re: Winterizing Mill?
« Reply #19 on: November 21, 2005, 09:19:08 PM »
I think you should pour water over all of the moving parts, Jeff

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