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Finally bought "my" mill, after a 3 year trial period!
« on: March 27, 2013, 11:30:06 AM »
A little over 3 yrs ago, a good friend of mine bought an LT-15.  I didn't even know he was going to, he just showed up at my house with it on the trailer.  It was still on the pallet that it was packaged on from the factory.  I was almost week in the knees I was so excited  ;D

This was the next best thing than buying my own.  I wasn't in the position to buy a mill at the time, and I wanted one BAD!  So seeing this mill drive into my yard was pure ecstasy for me!




The one hiccup in my friends plan, was that he had nowhere to keep it, no house, no land, no plan.  Here is where I come in and save the day  ;D  I told him he could leave the mill at my place, and we could use it there, anytime he wanted.  We used it together a few times but after a short time, the excitement of having a mill slowly faded away.......for him  ;)

I on the other hand, only continued to get more and more excited each and every time I opened up the first face in a new log.  I am still fascinated with the idea of turning a tree into usable lumber.   8)

While my interest in sawing grew deeper and deeper, his interest lessened and lessened.  It got to the point where I was the only one using the mill.  He's only gone through about 6 blades on his own.  There was a time where he let another friend borrow it for an entire summer, however, the "borrower" didn't realize just how much work a manual mill was, so it sat the whole summer. 

I picked it back up last fall and set it up in it's original location, although this time, I cleared a little land around it, and leveled off the area better (except for one large boulder that apparently doesn't ever want to move  >:()

Finally my friend has admitted defeat, and realized it probably wasn't the best purchase for him to make.  He wanted to sell it and recoup some of his investment, although he still has an itch every now and again to make a little sawdust, and of course, I couldn't let him sell it to someone else, I mean after all, it was pretty much my mill for the last few years. 

Him and I made a deal, he sold it to me for a good price, with the understanding that he can use it at my house whenever he wants.  Now I don't have to worry anymore about using "someone else's mill". 

I'm the proud new owner of a sawmill I've had for 3 yrs!  I can't tell you how good it's going to feel to mill my first board on the mill that I can now call all my OWN! 
 8) 8) 8) 8)

 
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Re: Finally bought "my" mill, after a 3 year trial period!
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2013, 11:38:28 AM »
Congrats! I know the feeling, I had to run "my" mill for four and a half years before I got to finally own it. :D
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Re: Finally bought "my" mill, after a 3 year trial period!
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2013, 11:54:06 AM »
The mill that came back home. ;D
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« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2013, 11:55:50 AM »
Thanks Dave.  My first modification will be the addition of the shiny new Tiny Tach/hour meter that you passed on to me! 

After that, I will add a 4th extension, and I'm starting to think about the autofeed.   ???

Does anyone have any experience with the autofeed on the LT15? 


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« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2013, 12:02:36 PM »
That's a great story with a happy ending for all involved.  Congrats on the "new" mill. 8)
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« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2013, 12:13:16 PM »
A great historical account to read here. Congratulations on YOUR mill. :)
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« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2013, 12:25:25 PM »
Good luck with it smiley_thumbsup
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« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2013, 12:30:21 PM »


Does anyone have any experience with the autofeed on the LT15? 


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I think the autofeed is great, I've had mine since it was new. Ask WDH how he likes his? He's had it for a short time now.

Where did you get the hour meter? Does it just plug in?
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Re: Finally bought "my" mill, after a 3 year trial period!
« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2013, 01:09:03 PM »
Great story!!! I remember seeing the pic of it on the trailer before it was unloaded in a previous post. Looks like the diesel engine?
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« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2013, 01:29:53 PM »
Congratulations! It seems that patience and a good friend paid off well. I think it's great that you own the mill and your friend still gets to use it, too. That's a win-win situation in my book.
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« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2013, 03:15:35 PM »


Does anyone have any experience with the autofeed on the LT15? 


The mill that came back home. ;D
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I think the autofeed is great, I've had mine since it was new. Ask WDH how he likes his? He's had it for a short time now.

Where did you get the hour meter? Does it just plug in?

Jemclimber,
Thanks for the thoughts on the auto feed. Is there any kind of auto kickout when it gets to the ends of the track?  Or would it just keep trying to move the saw head until you manually stop it? 

The tach I got is called a tiny tach. I think their website is www.tinytach.com but if not you can find it in google.
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« Reply #11 on: March 27, 2013, 03:24:10 PM »
Great story!!! I remember seeing the pic of it on the trailer before it was unloaded in a previous post. Looks like the diesel engine?

You remember correctly!  In fact, it actually worked pretty well on the trailer while I was milling up there. I've often thought of buying a larger deckover trailer and putting the mill on there for portable jobs (although I've never done one :))
I was thinking I'd be able to load the mill, then straddle it with the tractor over it if my inside tread width was wider than the mill. That would make a pretty nice portable setup!

It is the 10hp Yanmar engine as you noticed. I love this mill, and a lot has to do with that engine. It's amazing how it just chugs along all day with no hiccups, and only on 1.2 gallons of deisel at that!

My main gripe though, is there is no good way to shut the engine off. You either have to turn the fuel off until it spatters to a stop, or press the decompression lever which is what I do, although it isn't relly good for the engine.
Does anyone know any tricks to solve this problem?
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« Reply #12 on: March 27, 2013, 03:46:29 PM »
I've had the lt-15 with the 10 hp yanmer for 4 years.  I also have auto feed.  You should be able to shut down the engine by pushing straight up on the black triangle shape idle adjustment screw.  The auto feed is nice...not perfect but certainly better than the hand crank.  I usually sort of lean on the saw head as it travels as the auto feed needs slight assistance sometimes.

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« Reply #13 on: March 27, 2013, 04:08:40 PM »
Hey Hey there Piston  Congratulations on the mill. :)  Sounds like you need a mill warming party. 8) ;D
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« Reply #14 on: March 27, 2013, 06:00:32 PM »
Congrats Piston!!

I have the PowerFeed option on my LT15 and love it. It does not stop at either end, but can be controlled very easily. The reverse is full speed back when you flip the lever...that takes some getting used to. I am looking into putting flat metal plates at the end of the tracks just to insure it doesn't "walk" off. I'll try to post some pics later when I get them installed.
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« Reply #15 on: March 27, 2013, 06:50:33 PM »
Great story Piston, congratulations!
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« Reply #16 on: March 27, 2013, 08:49:19 PM »
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« Reply #17 on: March 27, 2013, 08:56:05 PM »
Congratulations! Piston sound's like a great story and for someone that enjoy's it.Hope you have many years of saw dust to come.
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« Reply #18 on: March 27, 2013, 09:07:52 PM »
A 3 year trial? What did you do?  :D

Congrats!  smiley_thumbsup
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Re: Finally bought "my" mill, after a 3 year trial period!
« Reply #19 on: March 27, 2013, 09:08:59 PM »
Piston,

The power feed on the LT15 is the best thing since sliced bread  :D.  It is wonderful.  I sawed for 11 years without one, and now I cannot imagine sawing without one.  It is a huge productivity increase for me.  Best money that you will ever spend (along with Logrite cant hooks  ;D).

Congrats for making the mill honest!
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