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General Forestry => Sawmills and Milling => Topic started by: brianb88 on October 19, 2015, 10:55:12 AM

Title: Advice needed
Post by: brianb88 on October 19, 2015, 10:55:12 AM
I have found a used lt15 woodmizer for sale relatively close to me and under $3,000. I haven't seen it in person yet but the pictures show a decent looking used sawmill.  It seems like a decent mill for the $$. What are some things I need to look for as far as wear and tear, abuse, etc.?

I plan to use the mill for shed's, barn siding, decking, among other small home projects. Thanks in advance
Title: Re: Advice needed
Post by: Solomon on October 19, 2015, 11:11:24 AM
Ask the guy where he got the mill.
If he says he bought it new, ask to see the invoice.   Call woodmizer with the sieral #. they will tell you how old it is.
 Check for play in the band wheel shaft bearings and all moving parts.   It's a fairly small simple mill.  Look at the guide bearings and check the drive clutch or whatever system it has to transfer power from the motor to the blade.    Look it over carefully to see if anything is bent or dammaged.
  Call woodmizer and ask them what to look for as well.
Title: Re: Advice needed
Post by: Sixacresand on October 19, 2015, 11:36:00 AM
That is a decent price.  I hope it works out for you.  Have the seller demonstrate it for you. 
Title: Re: Advice needed
Post by: Kbeitz on October 19, 2015, 12:48:34 PM
Any woodmizer for that price is a deal unless it crashed going down the road...
Title: Re: Advice needed
Post by: brianb88 on October 19, 2015, 08:36:31 PM
Thanks all for the replies. They really helped me ask the right questions. The seller has replied to my inquiry that his cousin is the second owner and it has a 15HP Kohler engine that hasn't been used much??. Still waiting on the serial #. Does anybody know where the serial # is located on an lt15?

The seller has invited me over to see the mill in action and the pictures show it in an obviously working shed. The lack of a serial # is a concern and I don't know if they just can't find it or what. If serial # isn't given I will not consider buying. How hard is it to get the serial #. What is the likelihood of someone stealing a sawmill to try and sell? To me that seems to be a really dumb idea. I mean how hard would it be to steal and sell a "hot" sawmill?
Title: Re: Advice needed
Post by: beenthere on October 19, 2015, 09:08:13 PM
brian
Been several incidences of stolen mills from members of this Forum. Not pretty, and don't know of any that have been found.
May hit the black market and go right to a container and then on a ship. Who knows....
Title: Re: Advice needed
Post by: POSTON WIDEHEAD on October 19, 2015, 09:18:20 PM
Tell him to crank her up and saw a log or 2.  :)
Title: Re: Advice needed
Post by: Sixacresand on October 19, 2015, 10:04:53 PM
Woodmizer can tell you where to locate the serial number.  WM may also have recorded the serial number of the engine, if it is the original engine.
Title: Re: Advice needed
Post by: brianb88 on October 21, 2015, 09:32:22 PM
Thanks again for the help. Sawmill sold before I got the chance to look at it.