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Re: Band mill or chainsaw mill?
« Reply #20 on: January 24, 2016, 09:17:10 PM »
Hello ChadH and Welcome to the Forestry Forum and Congrats on the sawmill.  Please add your location to your profile so that we will know a bit more about you and what you will be sawing.  Don't forget to show pictures.
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Re: Band mill or chainsaw mill?
« Reply #21 on: January 25, 2016, 05:00:06 AM »
I'm pretty new to the game, but it has been my experience that just watching someone using a csm is exhausting.
My mill has the hydraulics, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Maybe if I was 20 years younger, I might consider a manual mill, but still would have regretted it and would have wanted to upgrade the very first time I watched a hydraulic mill run.
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Re: Band mill or chainsaw mill?
« Reply #22 on: January 25, 2016, 06:30:10 AM »
I myself have a manual mill. BUT I only saw for me. I might of made $500 in the 10 years that I have owned it. I don't really have time to saw for others,plus it's ALOT of work with a manual mill. But maybe less than a CSM. I do have a tractor to help turn the big ones.Now someone will ask me to saw something, I quote a high price. Most times I just get the ones that are looking for a deal on sawing.  ::)  I bought the mill to make a few outbuildings with.

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« Reply #23 on: January 25, 2016, 02:26:20 PM »
I bought a Stihl and an Alaskan about 4 months ago,I fear now it's use will only now be to whittle a 48 incher to fit on my 36 band saw mill..........Boy the mod's I could have gotten with that extra $2k........................Upper
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Re: Band mill or chainsaw mill?
« Reply #24 on: January 25, 2016, 05:46:56 PM »
I really appreciate all of the feedback here as I too am wondering about the actual sawing experience I can expect from a 76" DSM (Dedicated Slabbing Mill). I have access to 76" wide hardwood that I'd like to mill for slab tables etc. and am curious about what I should expect in real world applications.
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Re: Band mill or chainsaw mill?
« Reply #25 on: January 25, 2016, 06:17:20 PM »
Forestry Forum member Logboy has done a review of that slabber in Sawmill and Woodlot magazine, several issues ago.
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« Reply #26 on: January 26, 2016, 10:02:11 PM »
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