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Re: Total of our experience-Sawmilling
« Reply #100 on: January 27, 2015, 12:33:31 PM »
Started logging when we bought our land in 1986,   tried to saw some lumber freehand with a chainsaw,   hard to get it strait that way.  Dad bought me a LT30 woodmizer in '89.   I cut several hundred thousand bd ft from it.  Not a lot but enough to get as efficient with it and as good maintaining blades as I possibly could.  (built us a new house out of a little of it)  Sold it last spring when we were starting a trucking company and needed money, knowing I'd miss it.  So today I'm going over and load up an old bellsaw mill owned by a friend,   just the metal parts,  the wood is all rotten.  I have some 30' steel beams I'm gonna mount it all on.   I'm going to enjoy doing it the older way for awhile just to see how it goes.    (I drove truck all summer but my brother and cousin is out doing it now)

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Re: Total of our experience-Sawmilling
« Reply #101 on: February 15, 2015, 08:47:31 AM »
Hello everyone I'm a new member. I had a old circle mill for 10 years cutting ties and pallet cants mostly. I bought a woodmizer lt15 last fall for my son to use because he was having a hard time keeping it cutting straight.

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Re: Total of our experience-Sawmilling
« Reply #102 on: February 15, 2015, 08:51:59 AM »
Welcome to the Forestry Forum, East ky logging.  Start a new thread and I am sure that you can/will get your sawing problem corrected.
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Re: Total of our experience-Sawmilling
« Reply #103 on: February 15, 2015, 09:16:31 AM »
Thank you for welcoming to the forum. Most of the problem my son had was inexperience a lot of those old mills is very tempermantal and you have to keep your eyes on it before a small problem becomes a big one

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« Reply #104 on: February 15, 2015, 07:14:42 PM »
East ky logging,welcome to the forum.
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Re: Total of our experience-Sawmilling
« Reply #105 on: February 19, 2015, 03:44:47 AM »
I put down 10 years, but my experience was in the form of working in a sawmill as a lumber grader. I worked as a grader for 7 years and as an inspector with a grade stamp agency for 1 year.

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« Reply #106 on: February 19, 2015, 10:06:51 PM »
I've worked around a Wood Mizer since 1994.  Of course I was pretty young in 94 so all I got to do is work the green end, but I eventually graduated from toting slabs and now operate a small mobile custom sawing business.
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« Reply #107 on: February 19, 2015, 10:36:53 PM »
Welcome to the Forestry Forum, ncsawyer.
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Re: Total of our experience-Sawmilling
« Reply #108 on: February 22, 2015, 11:20:51 AM »
Foley Bellsaw in 1980, woodmizer lt 40 in 1986, cooks accutrac in 1995, sold out and started other business in 1999. looking for sawmill now to get back in it.
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« Reply #109 on: April 14, 2015, 06:09:39 PM »
I have about  3 years on Foley Bellsaw  and around 9 years on a Woodmizer Lt 40 manual mostly sawing for myself and for family and friends.
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Re: Total of our experience-Sawmilling
« Reply #110 on: April 17, 2015, 06:07:53 AM »
I'm betting the reason that 2.5% of the people has not voted is that the voteing log is missing a number...
0 Zero years...
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« Reply #111 on: June 17, 2015, 08:47:07 PM »
I'm betting the reason that 2.5% of the people has not voted is that the voteing log is missing a number...
0 Zero years...

This. I a new bee. Less then a half a year.

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« Reply #112 on: July 12, 2015, 01:38:50 AM »
Back when I moved onto my own acreage (1973), there were few jobs around here.  I got a CETA job at the local high school but was lucky to meet a shingle sawyer who got me out of there when someone at his mill got canned.  I worked there for a couple years, running the big old Pettibone out to the yard, cutoff saw, splitter, and the deck chain, until I got canned for the old BTS equipment frequently breaking down. 

Most guys who got canned there would get rehired, but I moved on and got into a partnership with my best friend (now ex-) on a new LT30 which I ran for a several years, custom sawing.  I really loved the sawmill but the partner was making more money doing construction and decided to stick me working with some relative of his who I couldn't work with.  I hired someone I could work well with and stuff started hitting the fan.  He maneuvered for control of the company after incorporating when EcoTrust liked my sustainable business ideas and offered some financing.  When money started looming large, things suddenly changed in our relationship.  At cross purposes, we made a deal for him to buy me out.  Then he stiffed me for most of the agreed buyout.  He went deep into debt, figuring that was how to roll as a businessman.  The company died and he went on doing construction as his mainstay. 

So anyway, I knew if I could ever afford it again, I would get another Wood-Mizer.  I'm over two years into having this one, bought as a first step to building a shop to make something that will be from sustainable harvested log, or resaw salvage, to end product.  I have an idea for a product that I'm playing close to the vest for now.  I want to set up a worker owned company. 

One product that I have planned is sawdust substrate for growing gourmet mushrooms.  I now grow shiitake mushrooms on logs.  Not big enough to go pro on that right now with over 200 logs.  Most markets want steady supply streams, and logs is a tough way to go for that.  The ones you get at the market are probably grown on sawdust bags.  Bandsaw sawdust is perfect. 
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« Reply #113 on: July 16, 2015, 12:36:49 AM »
I just have  3 months at this point. But i love my mill, and have got a lot to learn about bandmilling and lumber. Need some experience life lines please.

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« Reply #114 on: July 16, 2015, 07:58:35 AM »
Welcome to the Forestry Forum, rconkie.  Now how about an "intro thread" and telling us about your sawing interest.

Need some experience life lines please.
The Forestry Forum is already a huge lifeline.  No one person knows all of the answers, but collectively the answer is here.  The only dumb question is an unasked question.  Unlike other forums, you will never see harsh words or less than a friendly family atmosphere here.

Adding your location and sawmill description to your profile will help with questions.

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« Reply #115 on: July 16, 2015, 05:06:10 PM »
Welcome to the Forestry Forum, rconkie!
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1995 Wood-Mizer LT40HDG25 Kohler - Cooks Cat Claw Sharpener and single-tooth setter, 4-foot Logrite cant hook.
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Re: Total of our experience-Sawmilling
« Reply #116 on: August 04, 2015, 05:46:24 PM »
I just have  3 months at this point. But i love my mill, and have got a lot to learn about bandmilling and lumber. Need some experience life lines please.

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« Reply #117 on: August 06, 2015, 06:36:33 PM »
Have been using an 8" Lucas Mill for 16 years, and just added a Cook's MP32 to the operation last fall.
8 inch Lucas  Cook's MP32  Oh, I forgot, I'm a very good timber faller too.

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« Reply #118 on: August 06, 2015, 07:23:30 PM »
Welcome to the Forestry Forum, Scott Webb.  How about adding your location and sawmills to your profile.  It is interesting plus helpful.   :)
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« Reply #119 on: August 07, 2015, 10:02:01 AM »
Welcome to the Forestry Forum, Scott Webb!
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1995 Wood-Mizer LT40HDG25 Kohler - Cooks Cat Claw Sharpener and single-tooth setter, 4-foot Logrite cant hook.
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