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Re: Woodland HM 126 vs Harbor Freight sawmill
« Reply #20 on: December 12, 2014, 12:06:36 AM »
I have the HF mill for a couple of years now. have cut a lot of logs with it. I did have to do some fixing, but nothing any one couldn't handle ( see my earlier post on this). The 20% coupon works for the saw. Mine was about $1700 delivered to my door. Not much for customer service is true. I found two pieces of angle 20ft long and made a new track to cut 18'. If I had it to do over I would do it again. It paid for its self in first job I used it for. I've sawed 20"plus Oak with it, but mostly am cutting pine. It will cut 22"     

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Re: Woodland HM 126 vs Harbor Freight sawmill
« Reply #21 on: December 12, 2014, 12:09:07 AM »
I guess I should have said that I've done logging and I have an ol'e Farmall 130 tractor and a Stihl saw... I know it can pull the logs I want out of my woods as we used her back when a little storm called Katrena hit the land mass between New Orleans and Mobile. (yes we still remember that weather channel) The only oak I couldn't move with the Farmall was a huge water oak that was over 6' in diameter... (that was the same tree that turned a mudbog truck w/ 44's tires to a GMC that was less than 6" tall once that tree centered her :'( ) The branches were   almost 3' in diameter n were 60' up (when the tree was still alive)... But I couldn't cut her up w/ even a 24" stihl 066 saw.... made me sick to watch all that wood just rot in what used to be my driveway... and NO  ONE w/ a mill would even look at my wood as ppl w/ 100's to thousands of acres took them away

But I digress, I will build the barn first to house the mill and the dried lumber and use an old greenhouse to be a solar kiln. I have only hardwood on my land though and I'm still leaning towards the woodland, but I got the money for the HF now n I want to see sawdust flyin.... but reason says to get the better built n go with the Woodland. its just hard to know I could be milling now but I gotta wait 2-3 more months to get it instead of the HF now...(I think the bug has bitten me ya'll LOL)

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Re: Woodland HM 126 vs Harbor Freight sawmill
« Reply #22 on: December 12, 2014, 07:44:19 AM »
     Shaggy, have you considered looking into a used mill?  Maybe you could get your "fix" upgraded and still save some coin.
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Re: Woodland HM 126 vs Harbor Freight sawmill
« Reply #23 on: December 28, 2014, 10:03:41 PM »
Shaggy, I sent you an email earlier. I caught the HF mill on sale and used a 25% coupon on it, I think I paid $1500 plus tax. I've recently read that they will no longer accept coupons on the sawmill and have noticed the fine print to include that it is not accepted on them as well.
If you are close to Hattiesburg I might can meet you somewhere or bring it over to you so you can look at it if you haven't purchased one yet.

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Re: Woodland HM 126 vs Harbor Freight sawmill
« Reply #24 on: December 28, 2014, 10:09:50 PM »
Welcome to the Forestry Forum, pidaster.
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« Reply #25 on: December 28, 2014, 10:19:10 PM »
Thanks, Magicman!
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Re: Woodland HM 126 vs Harbor Freight sawmill
« Reply #26 on: January 23, 2015, 07:29:35 PM »
I look at both. The more I looked at the HF, the more spending 1K for a Woodland HM126 would be better spent.

If one looks real close at the HF and compare with the 126, one will see what the big difference is.

Now only if Woodland would push my mill to me that I ordered yesterday.

Oh, those coupons for HF exclude sawmills, I called them.

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Re: Woodland HM 126 vs Harbor Freight sawmill
« Reply #27 on: January 23, 2015, 07:58:05 PM »
I bought a hm126 and when I got it it had a band wheel that had the hole to big for bearing. So I called Neil and my band wheel was sent the next day. Try that kind of support with harbor freight. Stick with some one that you can get support from. The people one the side are are friends so we all should stick together. Good luck in your choice ... Hal
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Re: Woodland HM 126 vs Harbor Freight sawmill
« Reply #28 on: January 23, 2015, 10:00:59 PM »
I would agree with Harold.  HF has poor customer service and its a failure from the top.  My wife worked there for six months while she was in between management jobs.  She tried to order some replacement pulleys for my lathe and even she couldn't get them.  They have no standard process for getting spare parts.  She was frustrated as she could be trying to take care of folks.  Finally she found a job in her field.     
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Re: Woodland HM 126 vs Harbor Freight sawmill
« Reply #29 on: November 12, 2015, 11:04:04 AM »
I realize I'm reviving an old thread from the dead but I'm now in the same situation as shaggy. Instead of making a brand new thread about the same thing I was actually wanting to get with the guys close to me(shaggy and pidaster) and see if I can check out their mills. What say you gentlemen?
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Re: Woodland HM 126 vs Harbor Freight sawmill
« Reply #30 on: November 12, 2015, 01:01:38 PM »
Hi dukecrazy.

I didn't read the whole thread yet since I seen it was old but wanted to say hi & let you know you can PM me any questions. If we were closer if let you cut some boards. The screws in my HF mill have a fancy W on the head I figured might stand for Woodland.

I have a thread with some of the mods I've done on mine & was able to keep the cost down. I've been really happy with it.
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« Reply #31 on: November 12, 2015, 01:41:12 PM »
kingmt,
 
     I appreciate the response sir and were you closer, I would definitely take you up on your offer. As it stands, I'd like to get with one of these local fellas and check out their rig before I purchase. I've been researching and eyeing the cheaper entry level mills for a little while now and am antsy to pull the trigger on one. Although I don't want to spend the extra grand on the woodland it may be a good option. As I sit and look at pictures of the HF and Woodland side by side it really is hard to tell a difference in them. Also, from the videos of each in action it becomes EVEN HARDER to justify the $1000 extra for the woodland as the central machinery rig cuts very well.


Off topic: is there an area with introductions? I looked around but didn't see a specific area to introduce ourselves.
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« Reply #32 on: November 12, 2015, 03:13:42 PM »
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Go to the General forum on the Home page and start a new thread to introduce "dukecrazy". We'll gladly listen, and welcome to the Forestry Forum.
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Re: Woodland HM 126 vs Harbor Freight sawmill
« Reply #33 on: November 12, 2015, 04:15:48 PM »
I own a HF & looking at the pictures other then paint I can't tell them apart. I did replace my track so I could cut a 16'+ log & ended up with 3" more top clearance which 3" made a big difference on those oblong butt logs. Surprising how many more logs almost fit that so now & I get a extra board out of a log sometimes. I'm going to sale my old track as soon as I finish building my new bunks.
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« Reply #34 on: November 12, 2015, 04:56:28 PM »
I own a HF & looking at the pictures other then paint I can't tell them apart. I did replace my track so I could cut a 16'+ log & ended up with 3" more top clearance which 3" made a big difference on those oblong butt logs. Surprising how many more logs almost fit that so now & I get a extra board out of a log sometimes. I'm going to sale my old track as soon as I finish building my new bunks.

would you mind posting a picture of your upgrade to the track? I'd like to see it bc it may be something I do.
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« Reply #35 on: November 12, 2015, 05:13:42 PM »
I can't because of the way I do things & the rules on here but when I get a picture taken I'll PM you a link.
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« Reply #36 on: November 12, 2015, 06:03:44 PM »
But you do enjoy other members' pics... 
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« Reply #37 on: November 12, 2015, 06:45:53 PM »
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« Reply #38 on: November 12, 2015, 07:04:25 PM »
I would spend the extra $ for the woodland, without any hesitation or pondering... Just sayin'...
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« Reply #39 on: November 12, 2015, 08:26:10 PM »
But you do enjoy other members' pics... 
Yes I do. I also respect the rules of the forum. 😉
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