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Re: First Sawmill
« Reply #20 on: May 21, 2019, 05:32:37 PM »
The used mill is a Norwood lumbermate 2000. Not sure how many times I called it a timbermate in this thread, sorry about that. It sounds like a nice mill, possibly just need an engine upgrade in the future. I'm going to take a look at it this weekend. Comes with everything I need, really like the optional stuff he has, loading package, toe boards, ss bunk caps, sharpener and setter, arch.
That sounds like a good deal if everything is in good working condition!
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« Reply #21 on: May 21, 2019, 06:47:40 PM »
Do any of you take the sawmill trailer packages on the highway. Not sure if I will need to rent a trailer or not?
Occasionally I do take my mill on the interstate.  As with any trailer, make sure the tires and bearings are in good shape, the lights and brakes work properly, and the break away brake accuator works.  Make sure your vehicle can tow the weight of the mill.  You may need to investigate the regulations for towing equipment including whether the sawmill requires registration.  Many states allow equipment to be towed without registration but some don't.  
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Re: First Sawmill
« Reply #22 on: May 21, 2019, 07:38:27 PM »
Do any of you take the sawmill trailer packages on the highway. Not sure if I will need to rent a trailer or not?
 
In decent weather, mine may be on the highway 2 or 3 times per week.  Just keep up on your maintenance and problems should be minimal.  You will need to step up your maintenance schedule and keep an eye on the mill head alignment; potholes and gravel roads accelerate wear.
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Re: First Sawmill
« Reply #23 on: May 21, 2019, 10:55:11 PM »
Not really planning on needing to do it much, mostly concerned with getting it home this weekend, about a 600 mile trek. As long as it looks anywhere near as good in person as it does in the pics, and we run through a log with good results, I'm sure I'll pull the trigger. He's in a fairly remote area and I won't be able to rent a trailer one way, so I would have to rent in Portland and pull the trailer 600 miles over there and hope the deal works out. Decisions, decisions.

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« Reply #24 on: May 21, 2019, 11:05:42 PM »
I called Norwood and they said the trailer kit itself would be safe for the journey as long as it was maintained, but I'll need to call the 3 states I'm passing through to find out rules/regs.

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« Reply #25 on: May 26, 2019, 05:23:57 PM »
Just get a temporary tag and head home

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« Reply #26 on: May 27, 2019, 01:33:30 AM »
Well I made it home tonight, with my first sawmill. Headed over to Missoula from Portland Friday after work. The gentleman selling it and his wife were very nice people, I had thrown the biggest alder I could handle in the back of pickup and we sawed through it so I could see the everything was in working order  and get a little bit of a feel for the machine. I just pulled it back slow and easy with lots of stops to check on the trailer package, everything held up just fine, I didn't get pulled over so not sure if I needed any paperwork. I don't need any in Oregon so I should be fine now excited to get it going tomorrow and start getting an organized system in place. Thank you all for your input and advice, directly to this post or indirectly through all of the other posts of combed through over the past couple of months.

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« Reply #27 on: May 27, 2019, 01:46:50 AM »
 

 

 

 

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« Reply #28 on: May 27, 2019, 05:58:45 AM »
You will like it!!
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Re: First Sawmill
« Reply #29 on: June 02, 2019, 11:54:03 PM »
Finally got to run a log through today. Took advice from the forum and made some stickers from furring strips, used my router to make them H shaped. Also, as advised just started with a scrappy firewood log. I did not run my blade into anything but wood yet!  

 


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Re: First Sawmill
« Reply #30 on: June 03, 2019, 11:34:21 AM »

  Just want to give you another thumbs up on your decision to go with
 the Lunbermate 2000. My first sawmill was the Lumbermate Mark 4 that
 I bought used and was very satisfied with it; sold it and bought a new
 Lumbermate 2000. It was one of the best mills I have owned and only sold it
 because I found a good deal on a  Woodmizer LT30 with only 280 hours on it.
 I kept the 2000 for a while after buying the LT30 because I didn't want to
 get rid of it.
 Norwood has a good forum for Norwood sawmillers you might like to join.

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Re: First Sawmill
« Reply #31 on: June 03, 2019, 05:29:29 PM »
I don't have anything to compare it to, but it sure does seem solid. The couple that sold it were a little sad to see it go, it was almost like adopting a dog from them, they took photos of it pulling down the driveway.


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