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Title: Woodland Mills HM126
Post by: fuzzybear on May 09, 2012, 08:23:58 PM
  My neighbor just purchased a new Woodland Mill. From what I've seen so far (just the crating and parts) it seems like it is a very thought out and sturdy mill for the money. I am very impressed that it only took 1 week to get here, that is no small task here in the north. It takes a week to get priority mail at the post office.
  Now he is no sawyer, and has picked my brain for the better part of the winter. I milled a bunch of logs for him last year so he could finish the roof on their log home. And I think he came down with a bad case of sawdust fever/wood bug.
  So This weekend I will be helping him set up the mill and teach him a few little pointers to help get him started. I was wondering if there are any other members here that have this mill and have any pointers/mods that they could pass on.
Thanks in advance
FB
Title: Re: Woodland Mills HM126
Post by: colinofthewoods on May 09, 2012, 09:14:03 PM
  I won't go into a rant on Woodland mills -  but I hope you guys have better luck with your mill than the one I got,  the issues I had from the get go were:

1. The log back stop pockets were not welded on square to the log bunks. When you clamped a cant or was trying to edge a board it would be out of square.  There solution to this problem was to send me a drill bit , a tap and some set screws to realingn the back stop posts.  It keeps them straight for a week or two , then require re-adjusting.

2. Several of the threaded pieces were welded incorrectly , and required taping to fix.

3.  The crank that adjusts the height of the mill free wheels while milling , and even with the clamps tight will slightly change the cut.  I tightened the clamps more and they broke. Now I use a bungee cord to hold it in place.

4. The blade it is shipped with is not hardened,  as soon as you get the mill aligned it will be time to change ,  I think I got less than 100 bd/ft through clean wood.  I would take it off and start  with a proper band.  When you change bands you will have to realign the mill.

5.  The belts it comes with are only good for about 50 hours of milling, as stated by woodland. You might consider ordering a set as you will need them soon. I was able to get them cheaper from a parts store then offered on the woodland website.

6. The customer service is decent , and they will help you through your mill problems. They might even send you Montana bbq cover too !

7. The blade tensioning bolt broke - poor welding,   they sent a new quickly

8. I learned the hardway the importance of buying from a company that offers a money back guarantee.

Title: Re: Woodland Mills HM126
Post by: hamish on May 09, 2012, 10:30:43 PM
No offence but who offers a money back guarantee?
I can see where you are coming from with some of your complaints but they are for the most part are miniscule, and are present with a new sawyer regardless of the mill bought.
Everything you mention is normal for a low cost manual mill, bolts are not welded, welds rarely affect threads, splatter does.

What band was the mill shipped with? All millband are hardened, some the teeth onlt and others the teeth and back, and many with a differencein the hardening of both the back and tooth.
Title: Re: Woodland Mills HM126
Post by: colinofthewoods on May 09, 2012, 11:05:48 PM
No offence taken.

I do believe that woodmizer and timberking offer money back trial. Not sure who else.

Overheating during welding will shrink threads

It was the rep at woodlands that told me the band it was shipped with was not hardened and was installed for shipping purposes.  If I had know that I would have taken it off,  I was just passing on my findings to the new owner.
Title: Re: Woodland Mills HM126
Post by: hackberry jake on May 09, 2012, 11:26:08 PM
No offence but who offers a money back guarantee?
I can see where you are coming from with some of your complaints but they are for the most part are miniscule, and are present with a new sawyer regardless of the mill bought.
Everything you mention is normal for a low cost manual mill, bolts are not welded, welds rarely affect threads, splatter does.

What band was the mill shipped with? All millband are hardened, some the teeth onlt and others the teeth and back, and many with a differencein the hardening of both the back and tooth.
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I bought a "low cost manual mill" and haven't had one problem with it, granted it did cost more than the woodlands. And I'm pretty sure nobody hardens the body of the band. The band it was shipped with probably didn't have the teeth hardened. Another cost cutting measure over seas I'm sure.
Title: Re: Woodland Mills HM126
Post by: hamish on May 09, 2012, 11:32:10 PM
Spend some quality time with your mill, she will tell you what she likes and what she doesn't.  Take into account what you are buying and the cost, be it a 50K cadillac or a 3k mill, yet most expect the same quality and service, albeight the 50K spent on the caddy will have more issues then your mill.
Nice thing with the HM126almost everything can be sourced or fabricated locally, I spent many an hour engineer analysing the product, its solid.  I bought a Norwood instead as at the time o my purchase Woodland was basically a nobody, I see some things on there new mills I would change but I also see some things on my own mill I would change.
Title: Re: Woodland Mills HM126
Post by: hackberry jake on May 09, 2012, 11:43:11 PM
I'm sure there are a lot of people that the woodlands hm126 fits to a t. I wouldn't have been one of them. My mill uses 4" c-channel for the frame and 1/4" wall 2" square tubing for the back stops and I bent one of them where it attaches to the frame trying to turn a 30"+ cherry log. I'm sure some of the boys on here with tk2000s and wmlt70s would look at my mill like I look at the hm126. It's all about what fits your logs and your pocket book I suppose.
Title: Re: Woodland Mills HM126
Post by: barbender on May 10, 2012, 11:25:18 AM
Out of square and poor quality welds should not happen at any price,IMHO.
Title: Re: Woodland Mills HM126
Post by: tomkat001 on May 10, 2012, 01:33:01 PM
Thanks for the input. I was very close to ordering a new Woodland mill but I think I'll wait and see what other replies come to this post.
Title: Re: Woodland Mills HM126
Post by: NMFP on May 10, 2012, 09:45:20 PM
I do not own a woodland mills sawmill but, I feel they are being drug through the mud for some of the comments made earlier in this post.  They are a forum sponsor and I feel they are upstanding as a company and would stand behind their equipment.  I think talking with them to resolove issues goes further than bashing for equipment breakdowns that may or may not be their fault.

Remember, you get what you pay for does not always fit the bill but, if you want high end quality, there are lots of mills that cost 15000$ or more.  A lower priced product must be made for less so....In the end, it would be lesser of a mill.  Although, from other peoples comments, most people love them and have found quality and customer service to be excellent.

Just my 2 cents!!
Title: Re: Woodland Mills HM126
Post by: NeilB on May 10, 2012, 09:55:40 PM
Hi colinofthewoods,

Josh and I are available 7 days a week at 1-855-476-6455 if you need anything for your mill. I would not recommend the use of a bungee cord for #3 below, but we can discuss further on the phone if you want to call us.

With regards to a return policy, you would need to contact the dealer you purchased the mill from since the transaction didn't go directly through us.

Thanks,
Neil Bramley
Woodland Mills
Title: Re: Woodland Mills HM126
Post by: barbender on May 10, 2012, 10:10:59 PM
I hope my comments weren't construed as bashing, I mean them as a general principle, and not directly pointed at Woodland as I have never even seen one of their mills. They certainly seem ready to stand behind their product and I appreciate their support of the forum. I just don't agree with comments that you ahould expect bad quality because it is a lower cost mill. I think that if you compared the quality of a Woodmizer LT70 and LT10, the quality of construction is the same, even though they are separated in price by probably at least $50,000.
Title: Re: Woodland Mills HM126
Post by: fuzzybear on May 10, 2012, 11:09:08 PM
I do not own a woodland mills sawmill but, I feel they are being drug through the mud for some of the comments made earlier in this post.  They are a forum sponsor and I feel they are upstanding as a company and would stand behind their equipment.


  I have to agree,  I was looking for some tips and such for this mill and never wanted it to turn into this. But that seams to happen to EVERY mill built out there.    I know that there are those 1 in a 1000 pieces of equipment that are just plain a PITA. I know it is not every piece of equipment that is like that.
  I will give an unbiased report on this mill as we set it up and run it for the first time this weekend. Now as some of you know I am a fabricator, I build rather than buy. So I promise a fair shake and opinion of this mill. NeilB, if we have any questions I will give you a call. But I think it will go together without any problems.
FB
Title: Re: Woodland Mills HM126
Post by: colinofthewoods on May 11, 2012, 12:12:35 AM
I also appreciate Woodlands, sponsoring the forum, and offering good customer service.

This thread started out as Mr.Fuzzybear asking about pointers or mods when assembling the mill. I passed on the info I had based on my personal experience with the mill.  If I knew some of these issues when assembling the mill it would have saved me a lot of time, and head scratching.    The only other modification I did was attaching a more accurate log rule and pointer.

Woodlands was aware of the issues I had with the mill , this goes back a few months now,  and I would assume the manufacturing errors would have been corrected by now.   

I hope you and your friend have a good time assembling the mill this weekend.  I would like to see pics of what you come up with as a base for the mill.

I do not think Woodlands should be drug through the mud,  but I also don't think I should have to keep secret any problems I have had with the mill just because they are sponsors.


Title: Re: Woodland Mills HM126
Post by: hunterbuild on May 11, 2012, 12:36:39 AM
I'm using the HF mill which is very close to the woodland mill. I had to do some repairs, but fixed it myself..I did order one of all the moving parts as everything is all ways on back order so it takes forever to get them. It is cheap insurance. Woodland will not sell you parts for it. I also ordered 12 cooks blades. I am cutting some major lumber and love the saw. I'm almost done with the first job with it and it will be paid for.
Title: Re: Woodland Mills HM126
Post by: Ga Mtn Man on May 11, 2012, 08:42:22 AM
I'm with you on this one colinofthewoods.  If we can't speak the truth in a factually accurate manner about our experiences with our mills, sponsor or not, then what's the point of having a board called "sawmills and milling".
Title: Re: Woodland Mills HM126
Post by: fuzzybear on May 11, 2012, 11:36:16 AM
I'm with you on this one colinofthewoods.  If we can't speak the truth in a factually accurate manner about our experiences with our mills, sponsor or not, then what's the point of having a board called "sawmills and milling".
  I also agree that we should be allowed to speak the truth about our experiences.  But as I stated before there will always be that 1-1000 that just should be junked and started over. This goes for EVERY manufacturer in the world. I am certain that I can find someone with a list of complaint about ANY piece of equipment ever manufactured. Does it mean they are all junk? No.
 
  colinofthewoods,   I'm sorry you got what I hope was, that 1 out of 1000.  I will not hold back either if it is junk.  There is 1 other Woodland Mill here in town and he has nothing but good to say about his mill. Unfortunately it is the start of mining season and he will not be out of the bush for at least 3 months, so we can not get any help or input from him. That is why I asked My family here for some help.
  Woodland Mills is not a high performance mill, and from what I've read from them, they do not market it as such. It is a basic mill, designed and marketed for the do it yourself crowd. To expect more from it than that is not fair to them. From what I have seen they have a product that is ideal for this application. My friend does not have the expectations of milling lumber for a living, rather this mill will pay for itself by finishing what they have started and built thus far. It gives them a basic tool to build their dream.
 
  I want to make it clear.....I do not work for Woodland Mills, I have never talked to them. But rather I want to give an unbiased report on this mill. In doing so I hope it will help not only Woodland Mills , But also help anyone thinking of buying their product.   I am looking at this as a basic mill and will judge it as such.
FB
 
Title: Re: Woodland Mills HM126
Post by: NeilB on May 11, 2012, 12:22:26 PM
Thanks for your comments fuzzybear. With regards to tips/tweaks Ė and as you probably know already, a good organized work area is key! Itís amazing how quickly lumber, sawdust and scab wood clutter your work area! Log loading is always something to consider, unless you have a tractor with forks, in which case itís easy. If not, Iíve had customers use engine hoists to move/swing logs or a staging ramp be built. Our testimonials page on the website has some cool pictures from other customers, may want to check their set ups out.

Mill related tips Ė water and laundry detergent work great for the lube tank. The Kohler engines like to have the choke on for starting, even when itís already warm sometimes. Blade guide set up is key (like any mill) and we have put together a video on our site that walks you through how to adjust it.

Iíve probably told you a lot of stuff you already know, but just give us a shout if you have any specific questions...

Thanks,
Neil Bramley
Woodland Mills
Title: Re: Woodland Mills HM126
Post by: ssgerken on May 13, 2012, 08:34:59 PM
I own a HM126 and found the setup of the mill very straight forward. I set it up in about 2 hours by myself. If you are familiar with milling getting it adjusted should be pretty easy for you. If not watch the woodland mills videos on you tube. Neil and Josh are excellent to work with if you have any questions. If you have any questions just pm me. For what it's worth,
Steve
Title: Re: Woodland Mills HM126
Post by: nrp0450 on September 14, 2012, 12:01:49 AM
I also own the HM126 and have been very pleased with it and even more pleased with the customer service. I did have some of the same issues that Colin had. But Josh and Neil helped me with them very quickly.
1. The tap and set screw (and Loc-tite) to fix the out of square stops has kept mine square ever since I put them in.
2. I haven't had any problems with threaded pieces.
3. I also wondered about the free-wheeling height adjusting crank. But I checked it by marking with a permanent marker where the clamps meet the posts and even though the crank would spin sometimes (relieving tension in the cables) the head stayed put.
4. Yes, the blade that comes on it is garbage. It wouldn't cut straight and I kept tightening it to try and get it to cut straight and ended up snapping it. That is something that I think they should tell people in the manual.
5. I haven't gotten to 50 hours yet. But I'll just get belts from a auto parts store when they wear out.
6. Yes, top notch customer service. Although I haven't gotten a cover. hint hint
7. My tensioning bolt is holding up great.

Title: Re: Woodland Mills HM126
Post by: fuzzybear on September 14, 2012, 12:37:23 PM
  Sorry this has taken so long. The summers are short here and every minute is counted for. 
  So...
  Sylvain and I are both stay at home dads with 3 kids each, we set this mill up with all the kids together and it only took 3 hours. So I have to figure that their claim of 2 hour set up time is accurate.
  It was a very straight forward set up. The only problems we had were very easy fixes. 
  Problem #1 was one of the back stops was out of alignment by about 1/8" forward. since the bunks are interchangeable we put it in a position that we knew he wasn't likely to use.
  Problem #2 was the screw for the dog had a large amount of splatter from the welding process, this would not allow it to move after a point, and would have stripped the threads. This again was an easy fix with a wire brush and running a die over the threads it worked fine.
   After everything was set up we put on a 14"x8' spruce log and made the opening cuts.  The machine cuts to within 1/32" of being square. Good enough for me. The boards came out as smooth as I would expect from a band mill.
   It was an experience for Sylvain. he has had many questions since putting the machine together. He learned to adjust the band tension through trial and error.
  Over all I give this machine a 9 out of ten.  A little more attention to the manufacturing/welding would have earned it a 10.  One thing I would like to see is a blade tension gauge. For a first time user it can be a little intimidating to try and find the correct blade tension on a machine like this.
  For a hobby mill this machine is worth the money. It will produce lumber that is very workable and will cost you far less than the box store lumber. Most if not all the replaceable parts we can get here in town, and that says a lot here in the north.  If you want a production machine this is not it.  This is a well designed, simple, manual, hobby mill.
FB
 
Title: Re: Woodland Mills HM126
Post by: hamish on September 14, 2012, 02:45:36 PM
Great review Fuzzy!
Title: Re: Woodland Mills HM126
Post by: fuzzybear on September 15, 2012, 12:23:07 AM
Great review Fuzzy!
Thank you. I try to call it as I see it.
FB
Title: Re: Woodland Mills HM126
Post by: Happycamper on February 10, 2013, 06:24:40 PM
Would like to add my 2 cents about the mill. For several weeks I have been exploring small manual mills. There are many out there as we know. One of the contacts was Neil at Woodlands and he answered every question well and promptly which I appreciate. I leaned heavily towards that mill but decided not to buy for only one reason (parts), being in BC I could see waiting for parts to be able to use the mill again. Even if they were shipped promptly it still takes time and money. I feel strongly that there is good value there for the money knowing full well one would be buying a hobby mill. I wish them every success in business.
                                     Jim
Title: Re: Woodland Mills HM126
Post by: Andy White on February 10, 2013, 07:29:58 PM
Good day from the frozen land of St. Joseph Mo.   I bought my HM126 in October 2012, and have checked and adjusted every part on this machine, and it does every thing it is supposed to do. All stops are perpendicular to the bunks , and all threads are clean and smooth. I have changed belts on it after about 35 logs. Neil has been really helpful and prompt with answers to all the questions I came up with, and has sent a new set of belts for me to try. I had that head adjuster handle moving during a cut, but did not affect the cut thickness at all. Just harder to set next cut on the scale. He and Josh talked with me by Email and traded ideas on a solution, and that problem is now solved This is a 'stand up' company that really does what they say on their website.Also they have extended the warranty to two years,and have a service package available with all bearings, guide blocks, and belts in a kit.Nice    Andy
Title: Re: Woodland Mills HM126
Post by: hamish on February 10, 2013, 07:30:29 PM
Jim,

Unless you have one built in your backyard replacement parts will always be time and money.  Its important in those circumstances to have spares redialy available locally or stock up beforehand.  Most everything on that mill can be sourced or fabricated/repaired locally.

A thought.
Title: Re: Woodland Mills HM126
Post by: rimshot on February 10, 2013, 08:35:05 PM
I just purchased a mill after researching several low end machines.  The Woodland showed very well and seems to serve many owners quite well.  I think it's a fair observationi to note both the mill and the Kohler engine that comes aboard the sawmill are made in China.  However unfortunate for the marketers of this mill, that is an obstacle for this company to overcome.  I dunno about some of that Chinese produced steel.  It could beat that produced in North America for all I know.  I am just talking about the way it seems to me.

It is a positive that the HM126 takes a large diameter log and I think they can handle a 12 footer with the standard bed. 
I did not notice a large price difference between the Wood Mizer competing lt 10 when ciompared wwith the Woodland model.  Just some of my thoughts about two good units.

rim
Title: Re: Woodland Mills HM126
Post by: hamish on February 10, 2013, 11:35:16 PM
I think it's a fair observationi to note both the mill and the Kohler engine that comes aboard the sawmill are made in China.  However unfortunate for the marketers of this mill, that is an obstacle for this company to overcome.  I dunno about some of that Chinese produced steel.  It could beat that produced in North America for all I know.  I am just talking about the way it seems to me.


Everything has to be looked at from a cost perspective.  Any difference with a Kohler made in China versus a Briggs or Honda made in China?  Very seldomly now do I see a piece of raw stock steel that is stamped Canada or USA.

Just beacuse it says Made in...........doesnt mean its garbage, for most of you on here seeing Made in France, Germany, Sweden, Canada would ellicit the same responce as made in China.
Title: Re: Woodland Mills HM126
Post by: customsawyer on February 11, 2013, 05:59:11 AM
Correct me if I am wrong but I don't think that the Woodlands mill is made in China.
Title: Re: Woodland Mills HM126
Post by: Happycamper on February 11, 2013, 09:22:15 AM
Yes, The motor and mill are made in China. Two year warranty on mill and 3 year warranty on motor.
                                       Jim
Title: Re: Woodland Mills HM126
Post by: customsawyer on February 11, 2013, 06:44:22 PM
As I understand it Woodlands mills, who is a sponsor of this forum, does not make their mills in China. Their mills have been copied by China and are now sold through Harbor Freight. I don't know about the engines on the mills.
Title: Re: Woodland Mills HM126
Post by: HaroldSiefke on February 11, 2013, 06:59:53 PM
I have done some modifying on my HM126. The best one so far was the blade guides that I welded in place of originals. I made one that was movable. I cut alot straight boards then i use to 8) Roller blade guides are the way to go.

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Title: Re: Woodland Mills HM126
Post by: Tree Feller on February 11, 2013, 07:01:56 PM
Woodland Mills sawmills are indeed manufactured in China. It's stated under the FAQ's on their site. I just read it.

However, I don't view "made in China" as necessarily a bad thing. The Chinese factories generally build to the specifications they are given and if those specifications are high, the end product will be, also. The fact that they are made in China just means the cost can be kept low enough that many who normally couldn't afford a mill can do so now. That's a good thing.

The Harbor Freight mill is a general copy of the Woodland Mills version but the specs and materials are not the same quality.
Title: Re: Woodland Mills HM126
Post by: customsawyer on February 11, 2013, 07:06:02 PM
Tree Feller thanks for setting me strait. I stand corrected.
Title: Re: Woodland Mills HM126
Post by: hunterbuild on February 11, 2013, 09:25:02 PM
I have the HF saw. I did a lot of research on both saws and except for a few differences (the motor) they are basically the same saw not a cheap knock off. That being said the HF has some problems with customer service. I have handled the problems myself. I'm very happy with my saw and have cut several thousand board ft, and some 20" stuff which does slow down the 7.5 hp motor! :D


 
 
Title: Re: Woodland Mills HM126
Post by: hackberry jake on February 11, 2013, 11:44:10 PM
I think it's a fair observationi to note both the mill and the Kohler engine that comes aboard the sawmill are made in China.  However unfortunate for the marketers of this mill, that is an obstacle for this company to overcome.  I dunno about some of that Chinese produced steel.  It could beat that produced in North America for all I know.  I am just talking about the way it seems to me.


Everything has to be looked at from a cost perspective.  Any difference with a Kohler made in China versus a Briggs or Honda made in China?  Very seldomly now do I see a piece of raw stock steel that is stamped Canada or USA.

Just beacuse it says Made in...........doesnt mean its garbage, for most of you on here seeing Made in France, Germany, Sweden, Canada would ellicit the same responce as made in China.

Honda isn't made in China, It's made in Japan. I had a conversation with an older gentlemen the other day and he commented on my Toyota truck. He said our economy would be doing better if more people bought more American made stuff. I informed him that Toyota has been moving their factories to America while all the major "American" manufactures have been moving to Mexico, Canada, and you guessed it China. He said he would have to look into that. I haven't seen him since, but looking forward to when I do. Toyota is the most American made truck on the road today.
Title: Re: Woodland Mills HM126
Post by: hackberry jake on February 11, 2013, 11:51:31 PM
I just looked up the most "American built" car... Honda Accord, second place is Toyota Camry.
Title: Re: Woodland Mills HM126
Post by: hamish on February 12, 2013, 09:19:30 AM


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Honda isn't made in China, It's made in Japan. [/quote]

Most Honda GX series motors are made in Taiwan, PRC.
Title: Re: Woodland Mills HM126
Post by: Woodsman76 on February 13, 2013, 11:37:45 PM
Hello everyone! I am new to this forum and just wanted to say that I have been looking for a mill for quite some time to fit my budget, and after going back and forth for a month and money situation I ended up ordering this mill the Hm126 from woodland mills. I was going to buy a Norwood but again my wife had convinced me to try them out and I got to tell you for less then the norwoood lumberlite without the cost of shipping she was able to put together the woodland mills saw which come ith a free matinence kit, I bought a box of 10 blades and extra track to cut 16' with log dog, and we had also bought cant hooks, a tennon cutter for making wood furniture etc. and had paid less then the cost of the Norwood  LumberLite without shipping which was almost $500, and we spent right at $4,000.00 USD Now was that A good deal???? I don't know I sure hope so, but by judging by all the testimonies on thier site it looks like we did good. The mill will be here Friday Feb 15th and when it gets here I will do a review and upload pics and will put a video on outube there after. My wallet said I did the right thing and my wife haaaahaa more money for here I guess. But I can tell you this I definately would not of went with one of those Harbor freght machines even know I could of got it for half of the price of this mill, I believe I would of spent twice as much modding it up to be only half as good as this. I have a stack of water oaks and I believe redoaks ready to be run through the mill and I can't wait! I will keep you all posted on the new rig friday night and hope it will help someone. Thanks everyone I have been enjoying reading this site with lots of helpful posts on here. 8)
Title: Re: Woodland Mills HM126
Post by: Jeff on February 13, 2013, 11:40:35 PM
Congrats on the new sawmill Woodsman76!
Title: Re: Woodland Mills HM126
Post by: schakey on February 14, 2013, 04:00:44 AM
Fuzzybear,if I remember right there is a post on setting the blade tension without a gauge and thank you for taking the time for the review.
Woodsman76,good luck with your new mill and can't wait to see your pictures and video. I really enjoy watching different mills operating
and different yard setups.
Title: Re: Woodland Mills HM126
Post by: Happycamper on February 14, 2013, 10:23:12 AM
Tomorrow is the day you are waiting for. I too will be interested in hearing ,seeing about your new mill. I did come very close to buying one also. I feel you are dealing with a nice pair of fellows at Woodland and wished they were in the west also.
                                          Jim

Title: Re: Woodland Mills HM126
Post by: bandit11208 on February 14, 2013, 04:41:14 PM
Woodsman,
        I purchased a HM126 last June and it is a well-built mill. Well worth the $3000.00 price tag. There is a learning curve in its operation so hang with it and it will do everything you need it to. Couple tips right of the bat is to take off the head clamp bolts and blade guide bearings and use blue Loctite on them. Mine came apart after a couple hours of use and had to special order a bearing at $28.00.  :( Only have done a couple mods on it so far, stuck a piece of tubing on the lube line to extend it all the way to the top of the blade and also added a 5 gal. bucket with s hook and backstop on the discharge chute to collect sawdust and added an extra log clamp. Neil at woodland mills is awesome to work with if you have a problem.   Sam

Winter sawing in the great North woods.


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Title: Re: Woodland Mills HM126
Post by: Woodsman76 on February 14, 2013, 11:59:47 PM
Thanks for all the responses everyone and too Bandit11208 I will definately go grab the locktite first thing in the morning, I just checked the tracking and it left Alanta Ga heading to me here in FL so I am guessing that it will be here first thing in the morning and can not wait. Also like the idea with the 5 gallon bucket to collect the sawdust "Cool."
HaroldSiefke I really like the mod with the moveable saw guide, anyway you send or post some more detailed pics on the mod I would really love to do that to mine. Anyway it's midnight and I can not wait until tomorrow I am glad I am selfemployed so when my saw does show i done for the day lol!!! Well I will be sure to give everyone my take on this mill and a honest opinion. By the way the people at Woodlandmills were great to deal with.
Title: Re: Woodland Mills HM126
Post by: thecfarm on February 15, 2013, 07:19:10 AM
Woodsman76,welcome to the forum. How did you sleep last night?  :D  Is the wood of the mill going to be used for making furniture? Ever been around a sawmill? Good luck to you.