The Forestry Forum is sponsored in part by:

Draw for handbuilt acoustic guitar get your name in


Forestry Forum
Sponsored by:


TimberKing Sawmills



Toll Free 1-800-582-0470

LogRite Tools



Norwood Industries Inc.


Sawmill & Woodlot Magazine



Your source for Portable Sawmills, Edgers, Resaws, Sharpeners, Setters, Bandsaw Blades and Sawmill Parts

EZ Boardwalk Sawmills. More Saw For Less Money!

STIHLDealers.com sponsored by Northeast STIHL


Woodland Sawmills

Peterson Swingmills

 KASCO SharpTech WoodMaxx Blades

Turbosawmill

Sawmill Exchange

BRUTE FORCE Authorized Dealer

Woodshax Outdoor Vending Solutions

FARMA


Council Tool

Baker Products

ECHO-Bearcat



Author Topic: 2 years and still waffling on Sawmill purchase  (Read 5236 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline dirtymartini

  • Full Member
  • **
  • Posts: 54
  • Age: 60
  • Location: NEPA
  • Gender: Male
  • I'm new!
    • Share Post
2 years and still waffling on Sawmill purchase
« on: April 22, 2017, 05:10:24 PM »
I found this forum over two years ago after we bought an all wooded 20 acre parcel of land. I came close to pulling the trigger on a mill but haven't done it yet...shortly after we bought the property my wife was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease and had to stop working. This slowed down our our plans...Our plan was to build a new home on this property and sell our existing home.

I won't bore you with the details but after two years we finally have another plan, we are going to contract out the house but I would still like to buy a mill and mill enough lumber to build a barn/garage/workshop. I have cleared a spot for the house and sold most of the wood for firewood, saving a few nice cherry logs with hopes of sawing them in to lumber. The property has a lot of very mature EWP, Larch and Hemlock.

Right now I am looking at the Norwood LM29, Woodland mills HM126, HM130 and the EZ Boardwalk Jr.  I'm not looking to make any money sawing, I just want this for building a garage/barn/workshop and milling my own lumber for projects. I do like the Norwood for it's ability to add on accessories in the future.

Any suggestions?

Offline ladylake

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 4785
  • Age: 66
  • Location: grey eagle mn
  • Gender: Male
  • I need to edit my profile!
    • Share Post
Re: 2 years and still waffling on Sawmill purchase
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2017, 05:20:16 PM »

  Your getting older every day, time to get one.  Hydrauluics are nice.  The drive chain on my chain turner broke one day and I was just going to finish off turning by hand. I didn't even saw the first log before repairing it.  Steve
 

Timberking B20 12000 hours +  Case75xt grapple + forks+8" snow bucket + dirt bucket   770 Oliver   Lots(too many) of chainsaws, Like the Echo saws and the Stihl and Husky     W5  Case loader   1  trailers  Wright sharpener     Dino setter Volvo MCT125c skid loader

Offline dirtymartini

  • Full Member
  • **
  • Posts: 54
  • Age: 60
  • Location: NEPA
  • Gender: Male
  • I'm new!
    • Share Post
Re: 2 years and still waffling on Sawmill purchase
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2017, 05:28:12 PM »

  Your getting older every day, time to get one.  Hydrauluics are nice.  The drive chain on my chain turner broke one day and I was just going to finish off turning by hand. I didn't even saw the first log before repairing it.  Steve

I agree, Hydraulics are nice but not in my budget right now.

Offline dgdrls

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 2573
  • Age: 54
  • Location: Central NY
  • Gender: Male
  • Learning the Art of Milling Logs, Lucas 8/27
    • Share Post
Re: 2 years and still waffling on Sawmill purchase
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2017, 06:23:58 PM »
Hi DM,

Suggest you test drive as many as you can before you purchase,
Used market can be your friend.

D

Offline dirtymartini

  • Full Member
  • **
  • Posts: 54
  • Age: 60
  • Location: NEPA
  • Gender: Male
  • I'm new!
    • Share Post
Re: 2 years and still waffling on Sawmill purchase
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2017, 06:27:05 PM »
Hi DM,

Suggest you test drive as many as you can before you purchase,
Used market can be your friend.

D

Thanks, I have been searching Craigslist...from my location up through CNY and down into southern PA.

Offline Ga Mtn Man

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 2121
  • Age: 56
  • Location: North Georgia Mountains
  • Gender: Male
  • Y'all can call me GMM
    • Share Post
Re: 2 years and still waffling on Sawmill purchase
« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2017, 06:51:30 PM »
EZ Boardwalk Jr gets my vote.
"If the women don't find you handsome they should at least find you handy." - Red Green


2012 LT40HDG29 with "Superized" hydraulics,  2 Logrite cant hooks, home-built log arch.

Offline paul case

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 4775
  • Age: 43
  • Location: extreeme northeast Oklahoma
  • Gender: Male
  • Original wearer of the PCM.
    • Share Post
Re: 2 years and still waffling on Sawmill purchase
« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2017, 07:06:55 PM »
Have you looked up sawmill exchange.com?

PC
life is too short to be too serious. (some idiot)
2013 LT40SHE25 and Riehl edger,  WM 94 LT40 hd E15. Cut my sawing ''teeth'' on an EZ Boardwalk
sawing oak.hickory,ERC,walnut and almost anything else that shows up.
Don't get phylosophical with me. you will loose me for sure.
pc

Offline nativewolf

  • Senior Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 961
  • Location: Delaplane, VA
  • Forester
    • Share Post
Re: 2 years and still waffling on Sawmill purchase
« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2017, 07:09:48 PM »
Have you looked up sawmill exchange.com?

PC

Ditto- This is a great site, there are a few others but they have hundreds of equipment pieces allready in one place. 
Liking Walnut

Offline WV Sawmiller

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 4802
  • Age: 64
  • Location: Hinton WV
  • Gender: Male
    • Share Post
    • Green's Sawmill Services
Re: 2 years and still waffling on Sawmill purchase
« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2017, 07:11:36 PM »
   I hope you sealed the ends of those cherry logs really well as I find it bad to check. Good luck on your plans. Keep us informed what you land on.
Howard Green
WM LT35HDG25(2015) , 2009 4wd Dodge PU, Kawasaki 650 ATV, Sthil 440 & 441, homemade logging arch (w/custom built rear log dolly), JD 750 w/4' wide Bushhog brand FEL

Dad always said "You can shear a sheep a bunch of times but you can only skin him once"

Offline dirtymartini

  • Full Member
  • **
  • Posts: 54
  • Age: 60
  • Location: NEPA
  • Gender: Male
  • I'm new!
    • Share Post
Re: 2 years and still waffling on Sawmill purchase
« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2017, 07:14:35 PM »
Have you looked up sawmill exchange.com?

PC

I'll check it out now...

Offline Darrel

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 2096
  • Age: 64
  • Location: Sprague River, Oregon, USA
  • Gender: Male
  • Never throw an unopened log on the burn pile.
    • Share Post
Re: 2 years and still waffling on Sawmill purchase
« Reply #10 on: April 22, 2017, 07:15:26 PM »
Used gets my vote and so do hydraulics. Hydraulics were not in my budget either until I started looking at used mills. 
1992 LT40HD

If I don't pick myself up by my own bootstraps, nobody else will.

Offline sawmilljoe

  • Full Member
  • **
  • Posts: 72
  • Age: 45
  • Location: Nova Scotia Canada
  • Gender: Male
  • ill try sawing anything once
    • Share Post
Re: 2 years and still waffling on Sawmill purchase
« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2017, 07:15:36 PM »
Woodlands 126 or 130 all the way. They are very well built and their customer service is great.

Offline Magicman

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 35868
  • Age: 75
  • Location: Brookhaven, MS
  • Gender: Male
  • A "Traveling Man"
    • Share Post
    • Knothole Sawmill
Re: 2 years and still waffling on Sawmill purchase
« Reply #12 on: April 22, 2017, 07:31:40 PM »
It's hard to believe that I was 59 when I bought my used LT40SH through Sawmill Exchange in 2002.  It's purpose was to provide needed supplemental income and it has done just that.  I envisioned that I would saw and sell lumber plus custom saw, but after the first year I realized that my niche would be only portable custom sawing.  I passed One Million bf in 2012 and am now well on my way toward another.

I can not offer any recommendation as to what you should do, but in my instance, buying a sawmill was the correct decision.
Knothole Sawmill, LLC     '98 Wood-Mizer LT40SuperHydraulic   WM Million BF Club Member   WM Pro Sawyer Network

Never allow your "need" to make money to exceed your "desire" to provide quality service.....The Magicman

Offline red

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 2012
  • Location: ne PA
  • Gender: Male
  • we will never forget
    • Share Post
Re: 2 years and still waffling on Sawmill purchase
« Reply #13 on: April 22, 2017, 08:14:09 PM »
Life Happens take care of the important  things.
We have a lot of good boys and girls in harms way
lets all support them and their familys.

Offline Brucer

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 4196
  • Location: Rossland, BC
  • Gender: Male
  • The Kootenay Sawyer - retired (for now)
    • Share Post
Re: 2 years and still waffling on Sawmill purchase
« Reply #14 on: April 23, 2017, 01:13:44 AM »
These days I've been passing on my sawing knowledge to a young guy (by my standards ;D) who is keen to buy his own mill. He'd already done his homework on sawmills before I met him and he decided on Norwood manual. His number one consideration was that the mill is designed to be upgraded, right up to full hydraulics.

He's been getting a little spoiled running my hydraulic LT40, but he's still convinced that he's made the right business choice. I was impressed by how much thought and planning he put into his decision.
Bruce    LT40HDG28 bandsaw with two 6' extensions.
"Complex problems have simple, easy to understand wrong answers."

Offline thecfarm

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 26853
  • Age: 56
  • Location: Chesterville,Maine
  • Gender: Male
  • If I don't do it,it don't get done
    • Share Post
Re: 2 years and still waffling on Sawmill purchase
« Reply #15 on: April 23, 2017, 08:19:24 AM »
I say I looked for 20 years before I bought one. My Father and me would look at them and talk. He never saw me buy one. He would've enjoyed seeing the lumber being sawn. A little far for you,but Thomas Bandsaw Mill built here in Maine.
Sorry to hear about the wife. My wife has some issues too. We have only one overhead cabinet and one cabinet on the floor. All the rest are draws. Pull it out,look in to see what she needs. No more coming home to a bunch of stuff on the floor,because she can't get it back in. Three foot doors in all the room. Those have been tested by a wheel chair,many times. Easier to move furniture in too.  ;) And a walk in shower and a high commode makes things easier for her. The house has everything she needs on one floor. Yes the big freezer is in the basement,so is the root cellar,but I can get what she wants,if needed. A ramp is in the garage. Still have one step to get into the house.
Good luck to your wife and both of you with the build. And the sawmill. ;D
Model 6020-20hp Manual Thomas bandsaw,TC40A 4wd 40 hp New Holland tractor, 450 Norse Winch, Heatmor 400 OWB,YCC 1978-79

Offline YellowHammer

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 3184
  • Age: 53
  • Location: New Market, Alabama
  • Gender: Male
  • Always taking steps to save steps
    • Share Post
    • Hobby Hardwood Alabama
Re: 2 years and still waffling on Sawmill purchase
« Reply #16 on: April 23, 2017, 08:44:28 AM »
All things being equal, get the one with the strongest, welded, steel frame.
HobbyHardwoodAlabama.com

Offline Cutting Edge

  • Senior Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 364
  • Location: WV
  • Gender: Male
    • Share Post
    • Rix-Saws CBN Wheels
Re: 2 years and still waffling on Sawmill purchase
« Reply #17 on: April 23, 2017, 11:30:47 AM »
EZ Boardwalk Jr gets my vote.

X 2

All things being equal, get the one with the strongest, welded, steel frame.


EZ Boardwalk builds a darn fine machine.  Simple to operate and maintain and they have probably the most robust frame and head that I have seen.  Frame is heavy enough to add hydraulics to down the road.  Paul Case can shed more light on the hydraulics.

The EZ backstop/clamp combination is by far the best I have used and I have installed several sets on other brands of sawmills for customers frustrated with their factory clamp(s)

Most parts are non-proprietary and pretty much off the shelf.  And for the price ??  IMO, no other mill comes close when you compare build quality and features.

Best of luck as you move forward, regardless of what mill you decide to purchase.   ;)


"Winning an argument isn't everything, as long as you are heard and understood" - W.S.


Cutting Edge Saw Service, LLC -
 - Sharpening Services
 - Portable/Custom Milling and Slabbing
 - On-Site Sawmill Maintenance/Repair Services

Factory Direct Kasco WoodMaxx Blade Distributor
Ph- (304) 878-3343

Offline dirtymartini

  • Full Member
  • **
  • Posts: 54
  • Age: 60
  • Location: NEPA
  • Gender: Male
  • I'm new!
    • Share Post
Re: 2 years and still waffling on Sawmill purchase
« Reply #18 on: April 23, 2017, 09:04:20 PM »
I'll say this about Woodland Mills, they by far have the most informative videos. I just watched a video on the HM130...it was an hour and seven minutes!

Offline plantman

  • Full Member x2
  • ***
  • Posts: 209
  • I'm new!
    • Share Post
Re: 2 years and still waffling on Sawmill purchase
« Reply #19 on: April 23, 2017, 09:26:13 PM »
I've spoken to a gent who owns a Woodland mills and he likes it very much but I've also heard very good things about the EZ Boardwalk. I would personally go with the EZ because it looks like it would last a lifetime and I wouldn't have to worry about bending the frame when I drop a 3000 lb log on it.


Share via delicious Share via digg Share via facebook Share via linkedin Share via pinterest Share via reddit Share via stumble Share via tumblr Share via twitter

xx
First Sawmill purchase

Started by rockchucker on Sawmills and Milling

23 Replies
5186 Views
Last post December 15, 2007, 02:54:21 AM
by Ianab
xx
Sales tax on sawmill purchase

Started by pnyberg on Sawmills and Milling

20 Replies
7307 Views
Last post September 15, 2009, 01:56:48 PM
by solidwoods
xx
Timbery sawmill purchase

Started by Mikebilt on Sawmills and Milling

20 Replies
3869 Views
Last post March 22, 2017, 06:52:58 AM
by Whitehair
xx
1st Sawmill purchase - Accessories

Started by Aktundra on Sawmills and Milling

29 Replies
5519 Views
Last post July 31, 2014, 07:55:29 PM
by 36 coupe
 


Powered by EzPortal