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Re: 2 years and still waffling on Sawmill purchase
« Reply #20 on: April 23, 2017, 09:33:42 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.

I was just on EZ Boardwalk's website a minute ago. They do look well built. I might have to check into what the shipping charges would be...

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Re: 2 years and still waffling on Sawmill purchase
« Reply #21 on: April 23, 2017, 09:50:37 PM »
If I were to buy a new manual mill, it would be the EZ Boardwalk. Most likely the 40.
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Re: 2 years and still waffling on Sawmill purchase
« Reply #22 on: April 24, 2017, 04:42:28 AM »
Good morning dirty martini and everyone else  smiley_wavy. Been wanting a mill several years now, but life has a way of slowing dreams down, but you must keep the dream alive! Went and look at a used LT15 yesterday this might be the one or maybe not, going to call Woodmizer today to get some info.
This time next year we hope to be living on our land in West Virginia and will but a mill to good used.
Have a great day everybody  8)
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Re: 2 years and still waffling on Sawmill purchase
« Reply #23 on: April 26, 2017, 09:03:36 PM »
OK, I have narrowed it down to a choice between the EZ Boardwalk Jr and the Woodland Mills HM 130. Very close in price, log diameter capacity. 

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Re: 2 years and still waffling on Sawmill purchase
« Reply #24 on: April 27, 2017, 08:14:42 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.

I was just on EZ Boardwalk's website a minute ago. They do look well built. I might have to check into what the shipping charges would be...

EZ boardwalk also has a interesting design in which the sawmill carriage is built at an angle so that the blade enters the wood on one side first and this actually helps to pull the sawmill through the log. I'm not sure what the actual benefit is but it looks interesting and as though it is a good idea.



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Re: 2 years and still waffling on Sawmill purchase
« Reply #25 on: May 07, 2017, 06:22:05 PM »
Just saw this on Sawmill Exchange....over my budget but a lot more mill also.

https://www.sawmillexchange.com/view_product/17735/

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Re: 2 years and still waffling on Sawmill purchase
« Reply #26 on: May 08, 2017, 12:15:06 PM »
That's a big boy!  It came down to cost for me, and to get to Alaska it was much cheaper to have the HM130 shipped than the EZ Boardwalk Jr.  The HM130 comes on a pallet (or more than one if ordering extensions) with some assembly required.  The EZ Jr is, I believe, pretty much ready to go.
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Re: 2 years and still waffling on Sawmill purchase
« Reply #27 on: May 08, 2017, 12:34:01 PM »
Time to buy a mill.  Any mill that you can afford.  You'll learn 10,000 times more the first day than you ever will by looking. 

Just do it. 

Be bold.

Be brave. 

Buy the mill and go with what you get.  Even the wrong mill is better than no mill!!!!!!!

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Re: 2 years and still waffling on Sawmill purchase
« Reply #28 on: May 08, 2017, 01:55:29 PM »
What he said.

I went through all that and waited much longer than I should have.  I bought one to fit my budget and purpose - very low price - and it all worked out.  If I needed to buy a bigger one, it would be easy to sell my HM126 and move up. What I've learned and the lumber I've produced more than make up for what I spent.  Go as big or small as you're comfortable with and don't look back.
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Re: 2 years and still waffling on Sawmill purchase
« Reply #29 on: May 13, 2017, 07:13:24 PM »
I realize that these mills are quite a bit more expensive but have you ever looked at Mobile Dimension Sawmills or D&L Timber Technologies mills ? Both are manufactured out in your neck of the woods . The question you should be asking yourself is "Am I doing this as a part time hobby / business or am I going to work at this at least 3 days a week ?" Then figure out how much lumber you are going to produce with each type of mill. Swingblade mills saw huge amounts of dimensional lumber very quickly and save you a lot of money in blade sharpening costs.

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Re: 2 years and still waffling on Sawmill purchase
« Reply #30 on: May 15, 2017, 11:16:51 AM »
Although I have not read about the models the original poster has expressed interest in I will jump in a little here.
First almost any sawmill can change your life, all depending on your motivation, interests and goals.
Not mentioned here are the Timberking mills. I am very impressed with the build quality of my TK1220, an all manual mill, but works perfectly for me. My goals are use as a hobbyist only and recently had to cut a whole lot of wood to build a building to put my wood in!!!   Go figure that one. However, I never have to buy wood for almost any project that comes to mind.
So, simply put, you get what you pay for and I got a very excellent mill with my Timberking.
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Re: 2 years and still waffling on Sawmill purchase
« Reply #31 on: May 15, 2017, 04:56:08 PM »
Although I have not read about the models the original poster has expressed interest in I will jump in a little here.
First almost any sawmill can change your life, all depending on your motivation, interests and goals.
Not mentioned here are the Timberking mills. I am very impressed with the build quality of my TK1220, an all manual mill, but works perfectly for me. My goals are use as a hobbyist only and recently had to cut a whole lot of wood to build a building to put my wood in!!!   Go figure that one. However, I never have to buy wood for almost any project that comes to mind.
So, simply put, you get what you pay for and I got a very excellent mill with my Timberking.

I watched the videos on both of those mills...very nice but way out of my price range. I just got a voicemail from EZ Boardwalk, I need to call back for my quote.  Right now I am leaning towards the Woodland Mills HM 130...but I'll wait and see what the quote is on the EZ.

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Re: 2 years and still waffling on Sawmill purchase
« Reply #32 on: July 20, 2017, 10:36:23 PM »
So what did you decide and how do you like it?  I'm in the same boat with the same choice as you were. I am about to buy the HM 130 but EZ is attracting my attention.  I like the idea of mobility. I need to find out how much shipping will be for an EZ JR.   
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Re: 2 years and still waffling on Sawmill purchase
« Reply #33 on: July 20, 2017, 11:26:47 PM »
dirtymartni, welcome to the big show. I have the EZ 40, they are built like a tank good solid steel all welded. All you have to do is screw in leveling screw set carriage on, fill with gas and start cutting. I have modified mine from day one. I have pic in my profile. Feel free to contact me if you have questions. All the mills mentioned are good mills buy what you budget will allow and start cutting wood. I compared mills for about a year before making my decision good luck on your adventure to the world of sawdust
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Re: 2 years and still waffling on Sawmill purchase
« Reply #34 on: July 21, 2017, 05:25:11 AM »
I spoke with someone who owned a Woodland mills sawmill and he liked it very much but he just used it as a hobby and for a small side business milling wood up to 10'. There are good videos on youtube of people who like the Woodland mills. It looks well engineered. But if it was me and I was going to drop a 5000 lb log on a mill I would want it to be built heavy. Everything about the EZ mill is heavy duty.

So what did you decide and how do you like it?  I'm in the same boat with the same choice as you were. I am about to buy the HM 130 but EZ is attracting my attention.  I like the idea of mobility. I need to find out how much shipping will be for an EZ JR.

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Re: 2 years and still waffling on Sawmill purchase
« Reply #35 on: July 21, 2017, 06:25:12 AM »
I waffled for 8 years and at 58 yo finally made my move and have been sawing since. Good luck with your decisions.

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Re: 2 years and still waffling on Sawmill purchase
« Reply #36 on: July 21, 2017, 06:54:13 AM »
I have the Woodland 126. If I were to buy another manual mill, it would be a Woodland 130. I am very happy with my 126. I saw for myself. I bought it to build with the lumber I saw. 95% of the logs come off my place. ;D

One thing, I do have support equipment to help me load and flip logs on the mill. Without support equipment, I don't think I would of sawed as much as I have done the past 2 1/2 years. :o

Just this past week I started using some of the first lumber I sawed for some cabinets. ;D

 

 

And yes, I even built a small house with the lumber that came off my mill. So I feel that my mill has done paid for itself a couple times over already. ;D

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Re: 2 years and still waffling on Sawmill purchase
« Reply #37 on: July 21, 2017, 06:20:37 PM »
When Martini-man finally goes out and gets a mill I think there should be some kind of celebration event to commemorate the day.   Somebody should give a public speech like Lincolns emancipation declaration. 
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« Reply #38 on: July 21, 2017, 07:17:42 PM »
Ha ha very funny, but I think it was called 'emancipation proclamation'. That reminds me of a story I heard recently.  Lincoln's Gettysburg Address was a speech written to address a gathering at the dedication of Soldiers National Cemetery in Gettysburg. Ironically Lincoln was not supposed to be the star of the day. There was another speaker there by the name of Edward Everett who spoke for about 2 hours before Lincoln. Lincoln got up to the podium and in 2 minutes delivered a speech that is still  awed over by politician both American and foreign and it still has a strong emotional impact on all who read it today.

"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." - A. Lincoln



When Martini-man finally goes out and gets a mill I think there should be some kind of celebration event to commemorate the day.   Somebody should give a public speech like Lincolns emancipation declaration.

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Re: 2 years and still waffling on Sawmill purchase
« Reply #39 on: July 22, 2017, 07:37:32 AM »
Buying a sawmill is a lot like swimming on the Maine coast. If you stick your toe in the water you won't go in you have to jump in. Building several out buildings will pay for the mill in short order and after you could sell it if its not your cup of tea, betcha don't. Frank C.
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