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Re: DMV and my portable sawmill
« Reply #20 on: September 11, 2021, 02:31:56 PM »
   They probably know since they operate there but for everyone I always suggest calling your state DMV, no matter where you live. Mine told me no plate was needed as it was a piece of mobile equipment, not a trailer. I've never had a trooper, deputy or city policeman stop me to challenge that. 
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Re: DMV and my portable sawmill
« Reply #21 on: September 11, 2021, 03:32:14 PM »
In NYS you can haul the sawmill without a plate, if the sawmill is attached permanently to the trailer so they are one unit, as in a mill made with a trailer as a unit. However if you load anything onto the mill, it needs a plate. The same as with towable compressors, cement mixers and such.
I don't know about any other jurisdictions.
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Re: DMV and my portable sawmill
« Reply #22 on: September 11, 2021, 08:45:22 PM »
In PA I would trust Marty over the DMV for the correct answer. If they don't deal with it daily good luck getting the info. 
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« Reply #23 on: September 11, 2021, 09:12:16 PM »
Does a WM mill come with a title?
If not, I don't know how you'd get a plate for it from the DMV.

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« Reply #24 on: September 11, 2021, 09:33:53 PM »
When I bought an out of state truck last year, I called the county tag office, and asked about a temporary plate to get the truck home.  I was told no.  Asked how to get the thing home and they said "call Colorado".  Asked my neighbor who is a state trooper, he said just have my paper work in the truck in case I get stopped.  He said I have a right to get the thing home. Drove half way across Colorado, and more than half way across Kansas with no tag, nobody bothered me.  Did start insurance on it before I left on the way to get it.
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« Reply #25 on: September 11, 2021, 09:43:36 PM »
   The insurance is an interesting point. If you are buying the mill for personal use your vehicle insurance may provide partial or complete coverage as it would a boat or camper or such but if it is for business it may not cover it. It is sure worth checking into. I had WM deliver mine so that was not an issue for me.
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Re: DMV and my portable sawmill
« Reply #26 on: September 11, 2021, 11:33:41 PM »
Does a WM mill come with a title?
If not, I don't know how you'd get a plate for it from the DMV.
Yes they do. 
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Re: DMV and my portable sawmill
« Reply #27 on: September 12, 2021, 07:33:00 AM »
Does a WM mill come with a title?
If not, I don't know how you'd get a plate for it from the DMV.
I think youll find that the title is a state document. Not one from Woodmizer. My sawmills have come with a sales receipt and a certificate of origin from the manufacturer. Same as boat, boat trailer, and trucks that I have bought. I apply for a title with the state DMV,  submitting the manufactures certificate of origin. The state then sends me a title.In my state anyway.
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« Reply #28 on: September 12, 2021, 07:57:27 AM »
  When I bought my new Polaris Ranger, got a certificate, and the company urged me to get a title, so the state has your VIN, and if it is stolen, they will know if someone happens to order parts using the serial number.  Should be the same with trailers. Someone stole a baler from a farm where they were to have an auction, and it was recovered from the JD dealer putting the serial number in to check for parts.
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Re: DMV and my portable sawmill
« Reply #29 on: September 12, 2021, 09:09:47 AM »
I received an Indiana title with my 70. 
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« Reply #30 on: September 12, 2021, 09:17:56 AM »
I agree with DJ, the document I got with my mill says "CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN FOR A VEHICLE" across the top!

All of the pertinent information is printed on it!
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Re: DMV and my portable sawmill
« Reply #31 on: September 12, 2021, 09:24:28 AM »
I received an Indiana title with my 70.
I suppose if a mill had been titled previously then one would receive that title with it assigned to him on the back, and use that apply to his state for a new title in his name.
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Re: DMV and my portable sawmill
« Reply #32 on: September 12, 2021, 09:50:36 AM »
Does a WM mill come with a title?
If not, I don't know how you'd get a plate for it from the DMV.
Yes they do.
I wonder if my '87 LT40 had a certificate of origin when my dad bought it.  I'm sure he never applied for a title.

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Re: DMV and my portable sawmill
« Reply #33 on: September 12, 2021, 10:17:37 AM »
The title was for the "trailer" portion of the mill, states the weight rating and all.  Here it's considered special mobile equipment and no plate required so I just tossed in into the filing cabinet.  
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« Reply #34 on: September 12, 2021, 11:48:32 AM »
The title was for the "trailer" portion of the mill, states the weight rating and all.  Here it's considered special mobile equipment and no plate required so I just tossed in into the filing cabinet.  
We have special mobile equipment class also but it revers to the cargo, such as heavy equipment.  The cargo weight isn't included in the registration tonage.
The trailer still has a registration.
I'm guessing I would be required to plate it.  (Iowa)


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