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I just Ordered a Woodland Mills band mill
« on: May 03, 2021, 02:59:01 PM »
After running a Peterson ATS, then converted to a WPF, (now sold) I decided it was time for a change. The Peterson was a great saw, but I no longer  have a need to cut 48" diameter logs, nor move the mill to do custom cutting at their site thus.......
I just ordered a Woodland Mills HM130Max. I also ordered a band blade sharpener, but no tooth setter yet, that will come. The Woodland Mills mill will be set up in a saw shed, once I build it.
Most of my logs will be between 18" and 28" at the big end, and will be mostly Hemlock, although I'll also cut hardwood. My first project will be to build a saw shed, with wood floor and roof deck, covered with steel roofing, Designing that until the mill arrives. I have a bunch of logs to move, to make room for said shed. I'm changing my whole set up for milling, rather than how I had it with the Peterson. I'll also make a lumber rack, open on one side, so once stacked I can move it to another location to dry. I have at least 2 other projects in mind for thru 2023. There will likely be more things to build so I can get all of my equipment either in a shed, or at least under a roof.
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Re: I just Ordered a Woodland Mills band mill
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2021, 04:10:53 PM »
Sounds like a solid plan.  You took my spot in the Woodland Mills queue as I haven't ordered yet  :D

I'm sure you're looking forward to the end of August.

I'd be interested to know if they said anything about shipment date other than speculating 31 Aug
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Re: I just Ordered a Woodland Mills band mill
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2021, 04:19:20 PM »
Just checked their site again...(I've been close to purchase about 35 times since Sept so I've been to their site a lot!)

This verbiage is new as of today.  At least they're keeping things lighthearted amidst all this craziness.



 
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« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2021, 05:25:17 PM »
we ordered the hm 122 9.5 hp and 1 track x on friday .i have 125 arces of woods with alot small white pine this size mill i hope will work.

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« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2021, 05:31:02 PM »
I suppose that they could always be trimmed down with a chainsaw, that way they’d be small enough for the opening.

I don’t own a mill, it just makes sense.

Somebody please correct me if I’m wrong.
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Re: I just Ordered a Woodland Mills band mill
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2021, 07:37:24 PM »
I just ordered online, so I just hope their projection is both honest and accurate. I was going to order last week, when they projected delivery to be by July 31, 2021, so I'm hoping maybe early August but I won't bet on it.
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Re: I just Ordered a Woodland Mills band mill
« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2021, 11:14:43 PM »
we ordered the hm 122 9.5 hp and 1 track x on friday .i have 125 arces of woods with alot small white pine this size mill i hope will work.
The HM122 will cut a 22" diameter log with no problem.  It will actually cut a 24" log with a little bit of work and positioning.  The biggest problem I have is turning a log that size on the mill.
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Re: I just Ordered a Woodland Mills band mill
« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2021, 09:47:53 AM »
Turning a log on the mill won't be an issue for me, at least I doubt it will. I will try using a can't hook first (I have a 4', 5' and a 68" all by LogRite), if that fails I'll use my excavator and a strap, to lift and roll as needed. For that I have 2 endless straps 8' long, and 2 lift slings, one just 4' long, one 8' long.
I'm finding lots of confusing things as I read about blades mostly. After running a Peterson with the same 4 blades since 2004, I now read about which blades to use, 3/4 pitch, 7/8 pitch, 1.0 pitch, 7 degree, 10 degree, 4 degree  .042, .055, .035. Thin kerf, std kerf, so confusing.
My mill when it comes will only have a 14hp Kohler and initially I'll be sawing mostly hemlock. Most will range in size from maybe 10" up to 28-32". All cut into dimensional lumber. For my sawing in the past, if making 2x4 or 2x6 I cut 1.5x4, or 1.5x6. Most 1x's I cut at 7/8xfull dimension. If sawing for a customer, I just asked which the preferred, full dimension both, or Nominal by today's stds. width and height. I cut whatever they wanted. Now with this new mill, it will all cutting for myself (and likely some for my brother) but likely none for many others except good friends maybe.
I did order a box of 15 blades, .041, 1 tpi, std kerf. Since I'm getting an automatic sharpener, and a very basic tooth setter, I'll learn with those for the foreseeable future. With the projects I have in mind, I'll likely be sawing 3-4,000 BF in Hemlock, maybe more.
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« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2021, 11:54:48 AM »
I'm drawing up plans for a saw shed. On my WH130Max for when it arrives, I'll have 1 track extension, giving me a 16'11" max log. Can anyone tell me what the track overall length will be, not the max log length. I'm thinking I want 10' extra on the far end, just in case I decide to add another track extension, plus likely 6' at the starting end (where the saw head is before the cut starts. The actual track length will help with the planning and design.
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Re: I just Ordered a Woodland Mills band mill
« Reply #9 on: May 04, 2021, 12:06:19 PM »
https://cdn.woodlandmills.ca/resources/english/2021/hm130max-drawing.pdf

159 1/4" without the extension
236" with the extension
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Re: I just Ordered a Woodland Mills band mill
« Reply #10 on: May 04, 2021, 01:23:15 PM »
Thanks VB-Milling, just what I needed. Looks like if I'd researched in more, I'd have had my answers. Thanks for doing it for me.
Dave
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« Reply #11 on: May 04, 2021, 01:29:02 PM »
Thanks VB-Milling, just what I needed. Looks like if I'd researched in more, I'd have had my answers. Thanks for doing it for me.
Dave


I was on the site anyways and I have all the tech drawing pdfs saved as well, so it was no trouble at all.

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Re: I just Ordered a Woodland Mills band mill
« Reply #12 on: May 04, 2021, 01:35:10 PM »
I suppose that they could always be trimmed down with a chainsaw, that way they’d be small enough for the opening.

I don’t own a mill, it just makes sense.

Somebody please correct me if I’m wrong.
Back when my Peterson was an ATS (all terrain saw) I had one log too big for the mill. The mill max was 60" on that, I had to trim maybe 4" off each side on the butt end, in order to cut it. that worked fine.
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« Reply #13 on: May 05, 2021, 05:13:28 AM »
Turning a cant is easy. Keeping it in place with one hand on the peavey and dogging it in is hard.  ;)  I had to get the wife once to dog a log that I had cut one side off. I could turn it, but needed both hands to hold the peavey to hold the log in place. Once I had 2 sides cut off I was good. I use the tractor now, but that is a slow process, but it does work. I think I had a couple logs on the log brough and could not get the tractor to the mill. Lesson learned that time.
I also get kind of nervous when I get the tractor to help out turning logs on the mill. I have no idea what easy and careful means.  :o  ::)
I use 10° on my manual mill to cut hemlock. Not a problem. Now that spruce....... :o
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« Reply #14 on: May 05, 2021, 06:35:36 AM »
I just ordered the HM130Max Woodlander XL and Woodland Mills took my money Monday but haven't sent me a receipt or order confirmation yet.  I hope I dont get squeezed out of that Aug 31st shipment window.
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« Reply #15 on: May 05, 2021, 08:56:46 AM »
I ordered mine at about 2:30 PM this past Monday, Eastern time, had my receipt by the end of the day. Yours should come if everything went thru OK. As far as getting squeezed out of the Aug. time slot, their stated delivery was July until about a week ago and had been July for at least 10 days.
However I checked a couple of other manufacturers and at least one is saying July, 2022. That could be pushing buyers to find ones projecting late summer 2021 which could result in forcing that date to slide faster.
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Re: I just Ordered a Woodland Mills band mill
« Reply #16 on: May 05, 2021, 09:01:25 AM »
Change of plans already. I guess I'll just build the saw shed to accommodate the mill as ordered, but leave room for expansion if needed. Thus, I'll likely build it 8' x 26' or 28'
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« Reply #17 on: May 05, 2021, 09:20:21 AM »
we ordered at 9.00 am est, on april 30 it was comfirmed at 9.22 for end of aug. she said if you add or change order it will make a delay in shipping.

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Re: I just Ordered a Woodland Mills band mill
« Reply #18 on: May 05, 2021, 12:06:50 PM »
I really need to jump on the "ordered a bandsaw mill" bandwagon.

Been staring at this screen for the last 5 months LOL



 
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Re: I just Ordered a Woodland Mills band mill
« Reply #19 on: May 05, 2021, 05:46:31 PM »
we ordered at 9.00 am est, on april 30 it was confirmed at 9.22 for end of aug. she said if you add or change order it will make a delay in shipping.
I was told the same thing.
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