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Dating a lane mill
« on: March 30, 2021, 09:27:10 PM »
Hi guys, I recently bought a lane mill. Iím curious as to how old or new it is. It is all steel including the husk. Handset carriage that at some point was upgraded to hydraulic dogs. Is the century feed more modern than a heacock style feed? I donít see many if any century feed Mills on the internet. Previous owner was running it with a 60hp electric motor. 

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Re: Dating a lane mill
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2021, 10:33:07 AM »
I can't help you, sorry, but I can say I couldn't read your topic without thinking "Who is Elaine Mill?" buh-dum-psh!
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Re: Dating a lane mill
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2021, 10:58:11 AM »
I saw that coming the second I posted. Well played

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Re: Dating a lane mill
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2021, 11:25:28 AM »
cue the 'rules for dating my sawmill' teeshirts.. 
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Re: Dating a lane mill
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2021, 12:13:32 PM »
Hi guys, I recently bought a lane mill. Iím curious as to how old or new it is. It is all steel including the husk. Handset carriage that at some point was upgraded to hydraulic dogs. Is the century feed more modern than a heacock style feed? I donít see many if any century feed Mills on the internet. Previous owner was running it with a 60hp electric motor.
Wanna sell it? The century feed is the last word before hydraulic. It is actually a Glover feed fabricated from steel and made by Lane or those who followed. At one time there was a tradition of dating the mandrels by stamping the [pulley] end. I have 2 here that are not stamped and the one that was on my mill got left in a machine shop that made a new one before I knew this. The mandrel I am running now Lanetec made in '96. The lane friction feeds where much different than the Heacock like American used.  Your dogs could be a Hawkinson conversion.

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Re: Dating a lane mill
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2021, 08:37:49 PM »
Yes the hydraulic dogs are a Hawkinson upgrade from right here in nh. Thank you for the info on the feed. I had heard it called a ďGlover feedĒ before, wasnít sure if Glover was a brand name, or a style? (Kleenex/tissue) I checked the end of my mandrel, no date unfortunately.

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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Re: Dating a lane mill
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2021, 06:51:46 AM »
Yup, me too.  I was wondering how good looking this Elaine Mill was.  Had another laugh when I saw others think like me.
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Re: Dating a lane mill
« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2021, 08:06:12 AM »
Oster, Is that a 'sawyers favorite ' dog next to the mandrel? I see your feed is cast. Later they where steel framed. The mill is all steel I see but I don't know when that started. I think Lane in Montpelier burned around 1977 and that would have been the end of the 
no. 1 and 2 cast iron husk. Is yours a No.1 or 030?





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Re: Dating a lane mill
« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2021, 09:03:53 AM »
Moodnacreek, can you tell me the major differences between a no1 no2 and 030? I do not have a sawyers favorite, although, I did go look at another lane mill that is in very rough shape (all of the wood is rotted and crumbling) yesterday that does have a sawyers favorite. I am probably going to buy the mill. The only reason I want it is for the catpillar power plant. But the guy wonít seaparate the power plant from the mill. Which is understandable. I may try to pedal the rest of the mill.

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Re: Dating a lane mill
« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2021, 10:31:12 AM »
Yup, me too.  I was wondering how good looking this Elaine Mill was.  Had another laugh when I saw others think like me.
Sad isnt it.
Question asking for dating advice here.
That being said either first find out how she feels about sawmills or get one you want first. 
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Re: Dating a lane mill
« Reply #10 on: April 01, 2021, 01:18:44 PM »
Moodnacreek, can you tell me the major differences between a no1 no2 and 030? I do not have a sawyers favorite, although, I did go look at another lane mill that is in very rough shape (all of the wood is rotted and crumbling) yesterday that does have a sawyers favorite. I am probably going to buy the mill. The only reason I want it is for the catpillar power plant. But the guy wonít seaparate the power plant from the mill. Which is understandable. I may try to pedal the rest of the mill.
I was trying to be funny because I saw that German shepherd.  The 030 [or tractor mill or O if really old] has a 30" log opening and em casting numbers on some parts as opposed to 1sm that has a 36" opening. Some of the no. 1 parts also fit 030 and then there are half breeds. I would love to have that carriage especially if it is a 30". Please keep me in mind. What power unit did you Get?

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Re: Dating a lane mill
« Reply #11 on: April 02, 2021, 05:57:53 AM »
Ha, I missed the ďdogĒ
Joke. I have a three phase motor right now. But Iím going to pick up a 4cyl cat diesel power plant this weekend. Should work out great on the mill. I finished the telephone pole foundation for my ways yesterday. The mill should be coming together fairly quick now. 

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« Reply #12 on: April 02, 2021, 08:00:21 AM »
So you are setting up this mill. I got excited and thought you where splitting it up. If the axels are 1 3/16" dia. and the set shaft 1 7/16" it would be an 030 style. The No. 1 has all bigger shafts , 2 15/16" mandrel for instance. [ the 030 2 7/16"]    There are more of these mills in your neck of the woods than down here. It's the hydraulic dogs I badly want for my manual lane sawmill. People will see your mill and mention where others are sitting. Keep me in mind if you can, Doug

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Re: Dating a lane mill
« Reply #13 on: April 02, 2021, 08:19:44 AM »
Where are you located? And where did you find all the good specs on the different lane Mills? Or have you just acquired those specs by looking and measuring different Mills over the years?

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« Reply #14 on: April 02, 2021, 12:43:51 PM »
I brought home 3 old sawmills; 2 Lane tractor and 1 very old Chase No. 1 back in the early nineties. With all the parts I put a lane together and have been improving it since as time allows. I went to sawmill auctions in the N. E. for years, visited Lanetec annually and A.S.Clark in Battleboro VT.. All these places are gone. Also Chase mill supply, Orange Mass.                  Anyhow I operate a one man sawmill in Cornwall [Orange Co.] N.Y. The carriage is still manual.   Where in N.H. are you?              Doug

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Re: Dating a lane mill
« Reply #15 on: April 02, 2021, 04:12:22 PM »
The play on words is fun but I actually briefly dated a girl named Alane Mills many long years ago. Unusual spelling I know but that was how she spelled her name.
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Re: Dating a lane mill
« Reply #16 on: April 05, 2021, 08:29:57 PM »
Here are a few photos of the mill that came with the power plant. Itís old, but itís all there.
 

 

 

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« Reply #17 on: April 05, 2021, 09:24:21 PM »
Osterman, I think those 2 mills are  the tractor or 030 size. You would have 30" log opening and some em casting numbers. Most of the No. 1 mills had heavy cast iron husk. The smaller tractor mills where considered light and easer to move. They where considered portable when I started; 3 15" way sections and a 15' carriage and wood husk, so easy to move! I guess men where men back then. So you will be sawin by the notches when you get it set up.  I would like to here about it. And by the way, what is that old truck back there?

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Re: Dating a lane mill
« Reply #18 on: April 06, 2021, 06:30:05 AM »
My mill has (3) 16í8Ē way sections, and the carriage is is just under 20í long. Thatís a 1936 dodge 2 ton truck. Flatbed dump. I use it for hauling logs and fire wood. 

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« Reply #19 on: April 06, 2021, 08:54:46 AM »
Well that's what the customer ordered. You can cut 24' without any bounce and longer if you have to, especially timbers. Those old dodge's where tough.


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