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Re: Evaluation of sawmill purchase and feasability of commercial use
« Reply #20 on: January 29, 2019, 04:41:47 AM »
The Supers have more hydraulic capacity, larger hoses, faster operating speed as a result.  You don't need a Super to get the debarker or setworks.  I think you can get a drag back option on a non-super 40 as well.  
Be careful there, the supers also have bigger drive motors to handle the drag back im pretty sure.
Sure it would work, but stress the death out of a smaller one quickly perhaps?
I run a 1997 (changeover year to new frame) model lt40 super with a lombardini diesel on it, around here we cut a lot of hardwood and large stuff commercially, so to me I would not go smaller for production reasons more than anything.
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Re: Evaluation of sawmill purchase and feasability of commercial use
« Reply #21 on: January 29, 2019, 05:00:27 AM »
Brother and I run a 1995 lt40 running mostly pine for pallet stock. That old onnan lasted 4500 hrs as best I can remember. I would buy it again. I would have to go back tru the books to see what we paid for it.
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Re: Evaluation of sawmill purchase and feasability of commercial use
« Reply #22 on: January 29, 2019, 10:36:10 AM »
What is the distinction between a Super and an HD? Setworks, debarker, and?
The LT40HD28G translates to; LT40 is mill model; HD stands for Hydraulic; 28 is HP; the G or D is for Gas or Diesel and the Super stands for the upgrades like the larger electric drive motors, larger alternator, extra Hydraulic pump 3/8 hydraulic hoses.

I would NOT recommend the board return on the regular LT40 unless you have the budget to do the drive upgrade WHEN the small drive motor fails (shortly). I know this from experience.

I did all the up grades to my mill including Laser Sight, Board return, both drive motors, FAO jacks, Simple Set, Hydraulic pump & 3/8s hoses and added running lights. I Don't use the lights much BUT they are nice to have when you have one log left and its about dark.

So it is pretty much an LT40HD34G almost Super. The 34 HP comes from the mod I did to my ECM. The reason I say "Almost Super" is that the mill was not shipped as a factory built Super so it would not be Fair to call it that.      
If you ain't livin on the edge you are takin up way to much room. Of course at my age if I get too close to that edge any more theres a good chance I may fall off.
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« Reply #23 on: January 29, 2019, 11:04:22 AM »
Hey bandit, I would like more info on your laser light setup.  It gets harder to judge when I am behind the log enough to press down on my setworks.  If you care to share.  Thanks.
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« Reply #24 on: January 29, 2019, 11:13:37 AM »
found pics in your gallery.  timberking has a scale and digital height/thickness as well.  I am looking for a laser to project down at the leading edge of the blade.  So I can tell when I am behind the log and can drop the head.  If anyone has thoughts.  Thanks BB
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Re: Evaluation of sawmill purchase and feasability of commercial use
« Reply #25 on: January 29, 2019, 05:57:57 PM »
I would have thought milling was a young man's game alone until I noted many of you old war horses starting in late 40's on to 60 or so and loving it.
Hey Mike,
Who are you calling "Old War Horses"? Many of us were so pretty, we were used in Parades.... :D smiley_horserider
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« Reply #26 on: January 29, 2019, 10:48:21 PM »
found pics in your gallery.  timberking has a scale and digital height/thickness as well.  I am looking for a laser to project down at the leading edge of the blade.  So I can tell when I am behind the log and can drop the head.  If anyone has thoughts.  Thanks BB
Hey doc send me a PM with your phone #. Ill call you.
If you ain't livin on the edge you are takin up way to much room. Of course at my age if I get too close to that edge any more theres a good chance I may fall off.
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Re: Evaluation of sawmill purchase and feasability of commercial use
« Reply #27 on: January 30, 2019, 04:05:49 PM »
OK Gents....  I purchased a sawmill. Would have loved an LT40 Super, but for a song, I got a 2011 LT35HD25G... Just got home with it. Going to start a new thread to attract counsel on where I go from here. 


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« Reply #28 on: January 30, 2019, 06:25:31 PM »
congratulations!!! look forward seeing pics and following your progress
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Re: Evaluation of sawmill purchase and feasability of commercial use
« Reply #29 on: January 30, 2019, 06:40:33 PM »
Congrats, you've got a good one.
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« Reply #30 on: January 30, 2019, 07:02:42 PM »
Odd, I came home and can't find my 35 anywhere.....fresh tracks leaving the mill house in a hurry from the looks of it.  :D

Congratulations. That mill will take you a long way. 
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« Reply #31 on: January 31, 2019, 01:38:40 AM »
Thank you gents! Southside Logger... it is my, my precious! 


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