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Solved the RS2 Resaw one person on & off the mill issue.
« on: September 24, 2019, 04:00:25 PM »

I've had my Woodmizer RS2 resaw for several years now and the worst thing about using it is getting it on and off the sawmill.   Unless I am sawing at a customer site where they off-bear and stack, I usually work alone.  This has been a real issue for me concerning my RS2.   Its heavy enough to requires at least two capable people to lift it on and off.   Not having the 2nd person, I have tried many things and the most reliable has been using the forks on my tractor or skid steer and that's a real PIA.     Both at the farm and here at the new place there was/is no way to install any type of overhead lift, so that is also out of the question.   Once when it was on sale I bought and tried using the Harbor Freight pick-up truck crane, but mounted to the barn wall the boom wasn't long enough to reach the center of the sawmill, so that idea was scraped  as well..... until yesterday.   smiley_idea 

I've found myself taking a walk around outside with my 1st cup of coffee in the mornings and I usually circle behind the garage/shop.   Yesterday I got part way around and detoured toward the sawmill.   So there I was staring at the mill and all the stuff I have piled up on the far end of the mill shed area when it was like being smacked upside the head with a 2x4.  :o    Why don't I mount the Harbor Freight pick-up truck crane on the sawmill where it will reach the center?  smiley_headscratch    Two $5 square u-bolts later and my problem is solved.  8)

I store the RS2 on a roll-around cart so it is easy to move when I need it out of my way, so now all I have to do is roll it up to the end of the mill where I mount the crane and lift it.    The crane is bolted to the outside frame directly behind the head transport holding pin and can be left installed while the resaw is in use.  Then just remove the u-bolts and lift it off when you want to switch back to regular sawing.

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Re: Solved the RS2 Resaw one person on & off the mill issue.
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2019, 10:56:05 PM »
Nice.

I picked up one of those truck cranes, too, off CL.  It is bolted to a plate with a receiver "tongue" (the part that fits the hitch on my truck).  I can "plug" it into my truck, my trailer (to parbuck) or my mill (to roll).  You might think about bolting a receiver to your mill in an out-of-the-way location so you don't have to unbolt to remove it.
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Re: Solved the RS2 Resaw one person on & off the mill issue.
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2019, 05:06:55 AM »
Could one use the mill loader to move it on and off the mill from a cart? 
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« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2019, 08:16:00 AM »
Could one use the mill loader to move it on and off the mill from a cart?
Not in less you want to destroy it.
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