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New to me mill
« on: August 30, 2019, 01:30:58 PM »
I officially have the sawdust bug, just brought home my first mill. 1996 WM LT40HD24, needs a little work to get it going but excited to get started would be an understatement.

 

 
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Re: New to me mill
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2019, 01:47:25 PM »
Looks great! Looks just like my '94 Lt40HD minus the seat. I bought mine brand new back in the day and it still runs great with the 24hp Onan. Nice machines, enjoy!
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Re: New to me mill
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2019, 01:48:40 PM »
Cjross73
Congratulations on your woodmizer.
Did you get the manuals with it ?
You will bee making sawdust in no time .
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Re: New to me mill
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2019, 02:20:50 PM »
Looks like you may be making some siding or shakes as well. Good job.

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Re: New to me mill
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2019, 04:17:51 PM »
Thanks everyone, I'm looking forward to learning everything. I did get the manuals, shingle attachment, seat, debarked and an offer to help me get started once I get it going. Just under 1600 hrs on it. It's been sitting for about a year under shelter. Fuel lines are rock hard and I'm sure the carb will need soaked but otherwise I think I've got a nice mill

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Re: New to me mill
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2019, 04:58:49 PM »
Good for you!  Looks like a great machine.  

Just a word of advice on getting started.  If you dont have much experience, practice on low value logs - pine or poplar are good choices.  Resist the temptation to put that walnut or cherry youve been saving on the mill first thing. Wait until you have a few hundred board feet of experience sawing lower value logs. Weve heard sad stories of the new guy trying to saw something really nice and he makes designer firewood (a borrowed term for boards that come off the mill and go to the firewood pile).
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Re: New to me mill
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2019, 05:25:29 PM »
Nice mill Chuck, I'm sure you'll have it going in no time.
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Re: New to me mill
« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2019, 06:48:24 PM »
Nice mill
Congrats on your new adventure 
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Re: New to me mill
« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2019, 07:53:20 PM »
Thanks guys, I'm sure I'll have a lot of questions as I get going. 

Good advice Ted, I have some logs to practice on before I get into the good wood
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« Reply #9 on: August 30, 2019, 08:59:50 PM »
Congrats on your first mill . I got my first mill a week ago , the first thing I did was forget to tension the blade , it don't turn very long when you do that .
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Re: New to me mill
« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2019, 09:13:24 PM »
Practicing on low value logs is good advice, but try to find a few straight ones.  Dealing with a lot of sweep or crotch is a challenge of its own.  Start with a fairly short (eight feet or so) straight log that won't tax your mill to its maximum capacity.  The first few passes, you will feel like there are too many things to keep track of at once, so the less distractions the better.  Go ahead and hit the clamp or backstops; that way you will have it over with and can get on with sawing.
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« Reply #11 on: August 30, 2019, 09:34:23 PM »
Just another thing - if you can find that pine log with a centered pith it would be a lot easier to start with.  Plantation pine can have a lot of stress in it and make a 6" cant curl 3/4" up off of the mill deck - poplar can be even worse at times.  So try to work with something as vanilla as possible at first.  Got any cedar lying around?  
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« Reply #12 on: August 30, 2019, 09:41:06 PM »
And of sufficient diameter - 12 to 16" in diameter.  Big enough to use the hydraulics but not too big.  
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Re: New to me mill
« Reply #13 on: August 31, 2019, 12:29:41 PM »
Well done on the mill.
I've loved my LT30 - its paid for itself a few times over since I bought it.
The Onan is a strong motor - and a bit "unusual" in design.
Do a search here on the Forum and you'll be up to speed in no time.
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Re: New to me mill
« Reply #14 on: September 08, 2019, 05:19:19 PM »
I've got the Mill running good, everything working well. I was about to cut up a practice log and saw the blade tension loose, pressure at 0. A little checking and found the plug in the bottom of the blade tensioner had come out. No chance of finding that tiny little plug in the grass so saw dust waits another day....
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Re: New to me mill
« Reply #15 on: September 08, 2019, 06:34:08 PM »
One of those round magnets on a stick from HF, or a wand metal detector, if the mill was in one place when it came out (??). 
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Re: New to me mill
« Reply #16 on: September 08, 2019, 08:02:26 PM »
I had the metal detector out and a magnet, the mill was in one place but it's a tiny plug in the grass so I didn't have any luck
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« Reply #17 on: September 09, 2019, 03:43:18 PM »
The learning curve continues... I got the tensioner cleaned up this afternoon and realized it wasn't a plug hole, ordered the cylinder rebuild kit. 
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« Reply #18 on: September 09, 2019, 03:55:23 PM »
Its not so much the adventure of cutting wood as it is the fun of mechanical innovation and trouble shooting, head scratching and cursing!!
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« Reply #19 on: September 09, 2019, 04:57:28 PM »
Chalk it up to experience and learning.  At least it isn't in the "I did something dumb today" thread, YET!  :D
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