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Value of an old circular mill?
« on: February 09, 2014, 05:26:14 AM »
Hello all,
    New here. I grew up helping my uncle and dad saw timber on an old circular mill. Both have passed, and I have inherited the machine. It was moved from it's location, and no longer has a power plant. I do have the sawdust transport chain and setup that moves the sawdust away from the mill. I'm thinking about selling this mill so I can buy a Wood-Mizer LT28. Any idea on a value of an old circular mill like this one? I feel bad that it's just sitting out in the weather now. 

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Re: Value of an old circular mill?
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2014, 07:04:53 AM »
Stephen,  You already own a mill why not set up dads mill its all on steel and doesn't look to be in bad shape. Old mills are worth what someone will pay  and that varies with where you live. Probibly a couple of grand if complete. Frank C.
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Re: Value of an old circular mill?
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2014, 07:58:35 AM »
The old mills around here with no power go for 1500 to 2000.

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Re: Value of an old circular mill?
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2014, 11:49:21 AM »
If you were the prospective buyer, you could expect to pay around $2000 for your sawmill.  It looks to be in pretty good, complete condition.  I would suggest looking for a suitable power source and proceeding with what you have.  For a fraction of the cost of a new band mill, you would be prepared to do some serious sawing without a huge investment.  If you have access to three phase electrics, you could use a large electric motor, (good).  If not, start looking for a diesel power unit.  I would suggest govdeals.com.  They often have units from the old Savannah River Plant.  Good Luck, and Regards, Clark

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Re: Value of an old circular mill?
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2014, 12:18:36 PM »
Im with sealark i would find a power unit and use what you have i think besides after setup you will like the circle mill better

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Re: Value of an old circular mill?
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2014, 12:24:43 PM »
Set her up and make her run  8) 8)
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Re: Value of an old circular mill?
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2014, 12:29:05 PM »
Seeing that its mostly steel now, you are light years ahead of most wooden frame mills out there.  Clean it up, make it operate well and find a power unit.  It will out cut anything you will find as far as a band mill.

Too bad you weren't closer as I would pick that thing up in a heart beat!

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Re: Value of an old circular mill?
« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2014, 01:40:30 PM »
Thanks for the replies everyone! I do miss the old mill's running days! I guess I'll have to give it some thought. I don't have 3 phase, so I would have to fine a new powerplant if I decided to run it again. I suppose that I'm drawn to the portability of the band mills.
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Re: Value of an old circular mill?
« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2014, 01:52:08 PM »
I do have Massey Ferguson 275. Could the PTO be used, or would that be too much trouble?
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Re: Value of an old circular mill?
« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2014, 02:19:12 PM »
Its a right handed mill so you could run it with any truck/car engine though the transmission.I ran a number of mills off a 327 chev. motor with a four speed transmission running it in first gear with a belt driven govenor.
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Re: Value of an old circular mill?
« Reply #10 on: February 09, 2014, 02:45:19 PM »
I do have Massey Ferguson 275. Could the PTO be used, or would that be too much trouble?

Tractor_data shows you have 67 PTO HP, so should have fair amount of power.
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Re: Value of an old circular mill?
« Reply #11 on: February 09, 2014, 04:11:05 PM »
The tractor should run it if the saw is hammered for 540 R.P.M.s. you may have to feed it a bit slow because most tractor mills run saws with fewer teeth, you would probably need a 100H.P. power unit to run efficiently. I run my Belsaw with a Massey-Ferguson with 60 H.P. at the PTO on a 46" saw but with only 30 teeth.
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Re: Value of an old circular mill?
« Reply #12 on: February 09, 2014, 04:23:31 PM »
I paid 1500 for my belsaw with a 42 in blade,  wood frame, all complete with the auto feed,its belt drive , no belt, no powerplant. Still not back together

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Re: Value of an old circular mill?
« Reply #13 on: February 09, 2014, 04:40:41 PM »
That sure looks like a nice heavy mill I would hate to sell it for a small part of the price of a mid size bandmill when you could saw enough with it to buy a dozen of them and then hand it down to your kids but that is your business not mine.                     PC

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Re: Value of an old circular mill?
« Reply #14 on: February 09, 2014, 04:51:23 PM »
If you decide to keep the old mill I'm sure you would have plenty of good advice from your friends on FF

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Re: Value of an old circular mill?
« Reply #15 on: February 09, 2014, 05:08:38 PM »
Beamero, I agree with the previous posts. Fix er up, find some power, and you will be very happy. You will be sawing all you want to with little xpense.  Use what you have and see how you like it and go from there. Its much more fun without a monthly payment.
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Re: Value of an old circular mill?
« Reply #16 on: February 09, 2014, 06:23:34 PM »
Thanks again everyone!
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Re: Value of an old circular mill?
« Reply #17 on: February 09, 2014, 06:45:49 PM »
You know what's gonna happen, I'll probably end up keeping that mill and get the Mizer in addition lol.
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« Reply #18 on: February 09, 2014, 06:52:34 PM »
I know of a few that do that very thing.  It looks like a dandy from the photos,  head blocks look good,
as does the rest from the photo,    david
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Re: Value of an old circular mill?
« Reply #19 on: February 09, 2014, 07:19:39 PM »
Welcome to the Forum. I don't know what your goals are for milling, but if you could set that up PTO then you wouldn't have too much invested, and you could keep a piece of family history. Then you could buy the LT28 with the lumber you saw off of the circle mill. :)
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