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Offline Peter Drouin

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Re: Sawmill Loader
« Reply #60 on: May 31, 2021, 06:08:27 AM »
It all comes to do what kind of sawmill operation you have. 
This worked for me for a while.



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Re: Sawmill Loader
« Reply #61 on: May 31, 2021, 08:19:51 AM »
So old Bessie - the bigger of my wheel loaders - has been in dry dock for the last couple of weeks. Last week I had to go dig some stuff out from the back of a pile for a special order, required shifting maybe 100 tonne or so of logs. I take the smaller loader - she's around an 18000lb machine, lift capacity about 2 to 3 tonne. In my head this is like a hour job... it takes a couple hours more than anticipated because well... one log at a time not 3 or 4. :D

Time is money etc etc, and sawmills make money sawing not sitting around waiting for the next log. I've played with pretty much everything from 4WD forklifts to telehandlers to backhoes to drotts. And I own two wheel loaders and a forklift. Not that that means it's what works for everyone but... as someone said commercial mills buy the things for a reason. If all you want to do is toss logs around I'd prefer a Patrick ARR8, but those are dedicated mill machines and you can't just hook on a bucket for sawdust & chips.... guess every choice comes down to trading between single task efficiency and overall versatility.

The quickest way to make a million dollars with a sawmill is to start with two million.

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Re: Sawmill Loader
« Reply #62 on: May 31, 2021, 08:41:30 AM »
I find the European's have some great ideas on equipment. 
Look at all the compact loafers the tree services have now. All from Europe. 
Lt 40 wide with 38hp gas and command controls , F350 4x4 dump and lot of contracting tools

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Re: Sawmill Loader
« Reply #63 on: June 02, 2021, 12:46:12 PM »
Living on the homestead that is base for our excavation outfit I have options from a warehouse forklift to a CAT 966G with 8' forks, or a self loading log truck, but these days I primarily use our VR842 telehandler.. 

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Re: Sawmill Loader
« Reply #64 on: June 03, 2021, 08:25:34 PM »
As some of you have read on my mishap yesterday that I have been in the process of moving all of my equipment home from the big mill I used to cut for. Well since I have never had all of my equipment in one spot until today I figured I would take a picture for you. Everything except the forklift has quick coupler with a bucket to go on it. There is another skidsteer between the tractor and the forklift but apparently I didn't pull it up far enough. If you look at my signature at the bottom of my post it says enough rolling stock to keep it all moving. Apparently that isn't the case as I just added more in Feb.  

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