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Woodland HM 126 vs Harbor Freight sawmill
« on: December 10, 2014, 07:47:11 PM »
I am looking at getting a sawmill and only need a small cheap mill to cut enough wood to build a house, barn and small animal housing/structures (troughs etc)... So of course I am looking at the cheaper mills like the woodland and the Harbor Freight's version. I know that the HF is a cheap knock off but is the woodlands worth $1000 more ????
Does the Woodlands cut bigger logs? is the cut better? I have seen posts on the HF saying the head moved while cutting so the boards were wavy or changed thickness. Is the clamping/locking better.... or can/is there easy fixes   for that and I can save 1K? What about adding track to cut up to 16 ft ? I can't find HF selling track so has anyone made track to lengthen log length you can cut? I can buy the HF now but would need another 6-8 months to save up to get the Woodland... (any and all help would be great)(tell me any good AND BAD about either if you have or used em.... THANXZ

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Re: Woodland HM 126 vs Harbor Freight sawmill
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2014, 07:52:28 PM »
There are no free rides.  There are a number of satisfied Woodland Mills owners on here.  Logs are heavy and rough and tear things up.  The re-sale value should also be taken into account.
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Re: Woodland HM 126 vs Harbor Freight sawmill
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2014, 08:18:20 PM »
HF mill is $2000 and the woodland is $2900. Have no experience with either. The woodland looks better built in my opinion.

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Re: Woodland HM 126 vs Harbor Freight sawmill
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2014, 08:44:46 PM »
I have the woodland bought the extra extension can cut 16 foot log built a trailer for it. its a tough little mill  am real happy with it I think its a better mill than the H F 

  

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Re: Woodland HM 126 vs Harbor Freight sawmill
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2014, 09:08:22 PM »

so all the woodland ppl, is the cuts wavy or how thin have you cut? any 1/2 in. boards or even 1/4 in?

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Re: Woodland HM 126 vs Harbor Freight sawmill
« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2014, 09:12:04 PM »
HF mill is $2000 and the woodland is $2900. Have no experience with either. The woodland looks better built in my opinion.
Your right, i meant to say save 1000 and was thinking of the woodland price of 3k, sorry for the misprint ya'll, I'll fix the original post....

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Re: Woodland HM 126 vs Harbor Freight sawmill
« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2014, 09:30:43 PM »
I own a woodland mill. I looked at both for a while before decideing. from what ive seen the HF mill will need upgrades right out of the box(about $200).bed system is very light duty(I don't know of being able to by extentions so they might have to be fabricated?)also the big point for me was dealer support.hf has basically zero.shipping is also something to be considered.woodland mills does front door delivery(includes off the truck service)HF ,I believe that's extra or you will have to figure out how to get it out of the back of a semi.in my opinion the extra cost is money well spent.
as far as cutting ive had very little issues(most being operator issues)ive also cut several 1/8 slices(for fun) with no problems.

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Re: Woodland HM 126 vs Harbor Freight sawmill
« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2014, 09:32:56 PM »
That Woodland mill looks pretty impressive, but cutting enough lumber for all the tasks you have listed will be no easy job.  Remember support equipment, how you'll find and move the logs, and where you will set them to dry, (additional time and money), all add up.  I'm sure you can accomplish your goal, but it may be more to cutting  out lumber for your home than you imagine. :)  I'm just saying the mill might not be the only cost you'll encounter.
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Re: Woodland HM 126 vs Harbor Freight sawmill
« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2014, 10:34:22 PM »
I have enjoyed my Woodland Mill HM 126.  The key to this mill is to keep a sharp blade, a tight drive belt, and don't flood the blade with lubricant or the blade will jump off.  My Woodland Mill does great on pines (that we have plenty of around here).  Hardwoods challenge it.

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« Reply #9 on: December 10, 2014, 10:41:00 PM »
Hi, I also have the HM126 and am very happy with it.  I have not had any issues with the head dropping, the head locks with both the cams on the legs as well as the crank itself.  Properly adjusted it holds solid throughout the cut.

One major thing with Woodland Mills is the customer service, it is way above average and they are extremely easy to deal with.
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Re: Woodland HM 126 vs Harbor Freight sawmill
« Reply #10 on: December 10, 2014, 10:57:29 PM »
I know Woodland is a sponsor and I don't like to go against someone who is paying the way, But.
I have had the HF since last spring and am very happy for the money that I paid.
It was on sale for $1900. , I used a 25% off coupon (if you can't find one google for it)  and with shipping and sales tax it was $1607. to my driveway.
It comes with a 10 hp Honda knock-off motor (Preditor HF Chinese Brand)  and will cut 9' 6"" boards, is packed very well.
I mounted it to a frame with a removable axle and added an extension so I can cut 16' boards.
If you check my gallery pics (click on the little camera to the left) you can see it from the crate to assembled and cutting.
I did have some problems with a oak log and it cutting wavy but the oak is like cutting iron! I gave scraps to  friend for firewood and he can't even split it with a wedge!
I since have been cutting pine with great results.



  

    
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Re: Woodland HM 126 vs Harbor Freight sawmill
« Reply #11 on: December 10, 2014, 11:34:56 PM »
i've run the woodland mill but not the hf mill but even looking at stim's pic i can tell you the woodland is way better built.  we cut cherry at my buddys property all day and the woodland mill was flawless.  i was impressed.  get the woodland, it'll have more resale when you decide to buy a superhydraulic anyways.
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Re: Woodland HM 126 vs Harbor Freight sawmill
« Reply #12 on: December 11, 2014, 01:32:27 PM »

so all the woodland ppl, is the cuts wavy or how thin have you cut? any 1/2 in. boards or even 1/4 in?
Shaggy mine  don't get wavy keep a sharp blade on and it will cut good

  and this thin if you want had to dig this out of the burn pile was 10 inch by 8 ft
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saw logs all day what do you get lots of lumber and a day older
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Re: Woodland HM 126 vs Harbor Freight sawmill
« Reply #13 on: December 11, 2014, 02:05:23 PM »
I really liked the looks of the WM, but I just got a 25% off coupon from HF (friends and family discount).  I'm not a friend or family but the coupon can be used by anyone and is good through Sunday.  Let me know if you want it and I'll email to you.
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Re: Woodland HM 126 vs Harbor Freight sawmill
« Reply #14 on: December 11, 2014, 02:26:22 PM »
I own the Woodland Mills. This is a great saw for what you are wanting to do. I do believe you can make money with it, but as someone else stated, logs are heavy and they shake things up a bit.  For what I use mine for it's great (hobby sawing), and I have not had any wavy cuts. Hope this helps. :)
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« Reply #15 on: December 11, 2014, 03:06:33 PM »
I have the Woodland Mills too. I've been very happy with it and happy with the customer service until they messed up an order I placed for guide bearings. Their mistake put the mill out of service for 3 weeks. The bearings are supposed to come in tomorrow!

To cut longer logs I went to our local steel plant and bought two 20' steel angle pieces of the same dimensions as the track that came with the mill. I drilled holes in it and moved the bunks to it. I can cut 18' with that setup. And when I need to, I mount the old track to one end to cut even longer.
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« Reply #16 on: December 11, 2014, 05:20:34 PM »
Hi Shaggy,

I have the Woodland Mill and have had wavy cuts.  I thought it was from sawing small diameter logs (branches!) as the wave tended to follow where a branch was.  Now I think it was from pushing through too fast.  I have since done several branches and with a real slow cut, can get straight boards. 

I picked the Woodland because it was a little more expensive than the HF, assuming I'd get little thicker steel, better cables, etc.   I also liked the video's demonstrating all the design features such as lowered hand crank (from an earlier WM model) track sweepers, and now they ship with adjustable feet. 

I'll second the comments about log handling.  I have a stationary setup, and thought I'd be able to handle 8' logs, but even those are pretty hard to move around without dedicated machinery.  Just something to keep in mind.

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Re: Woodland HM 126 vs Harbor Freight sawmill
« Reply #17 on: December 11, 2014, 05:27:33 PM »
I really liked the looks of the WM, but I just got a 25% off coupon from HF (friends and family discount).  I'm not a friend or family but the coupon can be used by anyone and is good through Sunday.  Let me know if you want it and I'll email to you.

Better read the fine print on that coupon.  High priced items like sawmills are often excluded from those big discount coupons. :-\
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Re: Woodland HM 126 vs Harbor Freight sawmill
« Reply #18 on: December 11, 2014, 06:10:18 PM »
I really liked the looks of the WM, but I just got a 25% off coupon from HF (friends and family discount).  I'm not a friend or family but the coupon can be used by anyone and is good through Sunday.  Let me know if you want it and I'll email to you.

Better read the fine print on that coupon.  High priced items like sawmills are often excluded from those big discount coupons. :-\

I was skeptical about the coupon but they did honor it for my mill.
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Re: Woodland HM 126 vs Harbor Freight sawmill
« Reply #19 on: December 11, 2014, 06:23:12 PM »
The big log on the right is on the mill.

 

 


I added more pics today. I have this cant on the mill now trying to decide what to cut next. ??
The slab on the ground I am going to stand up and cut into 2 X 4's , cant and slab are 16' 4"" long.

 

  

 
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