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The adventure begins
« on: May 19, 2020, 10:05:51 PM »
Well after several years of dreaming, I can finally say I own a sawmill. Thanks to Will at the Missouri Wood-Mizer for being so patient and answering my questions over the years. Along with everyone on this forum and Steve at the Wisconsin Wood-Mizer for visiting with me at Farmfest every year. Your experience and advice over the years helped me make a great decision.


Checking it out for the first time. 

I had my mind set on a LT40HD Super Wide until it was no longer on sale. The full price was only $1000 less than the LT50HD Wide. The chain turner was what pushed my decision. 


I got it home in piece, and now I just need some decent weather to use it. There were tornado warnings half way home, and pouring rain. Richardson Sawmill will be up and running in the near future.
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« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2020, 10:11:14 PM »
Congratulations. Looks pretty nice 👍 

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Re: The adventure begins
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2020, 10:14:36 PM »
Oh Wow, in with both feet!!!  Congratulations and now the journey begins.  8)
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« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2020, 10:17:04 PM »
Good for you! 8)

Keep us updated on your progress and keep posting pictures.
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Re: The adventure begins
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2020, 10:32:52 PM »
Congratulations, that's a nice set up you have there. You will really come to appreciate that chain turner.  You can use it to help stand up tall, thin cants, reverse flip cants, even toss cants back onto the loader arms with it, very versatile upgrade. 
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Re: The adventure begins
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2020, 10:42:58 PM »
  There is still hope - take it back before the weather breaks and you actually use it. If you wait till then, there is no hope. :(

   Congrats on a beautiful mill. Maybe you can answer a question for me in the future - does the chain turner throw a log further off the mill when you forget to raise the side supports than the claw does? :D :D
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« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2020, 05:41:05 AM »
You will like sawing!!
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« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2020, 06:46:30 AM »


 (You will really come to appreciate that chain turner)  plus the vertical log stops.  Steve
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« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2020, 06:58:18 AM »
Congratulations! I'm jealous. 😁
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« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2020, 07:50:13 AM »
Congratulations, awesome feeling !! Work and the weather is against me too. I just picked up my new Lt40 Friday. Good luck.

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« Reply #10 on: May 20, 2020, 08:23:39 AM »
Congratulations and good luck!
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« Reply #11 on: May 20, 2020, 01:20:00 PM »
Thanks everyone for the kind words. I watched Will take a cant off the mill with the turner, so Im hoping not to spin it the wrong way. He did actually want to take it off. 

Magicman, when I get to your age, if the business part doesnt work out I will have a really great machine to keep me busy. Im young enough to pay for it now and look forward to finding jobs to keep me busy. 
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« Reply #12 on: May 22, 2020, 10:24:02 PM »
Congrats on your new mill!  I'm waiting for a new one to be delivered, hopefully in a couple of weeks.

A friend of mine, Howard Ludwig, used to live on a farm just outside Larrabee.  I visited him a couple of times there, back in the early '70's



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« Reply #13 on: May 23, 2020, 07:09:28 AM »
Retengr, I never knew of Howard, but the Ludwig family is still around. What mill are you getting? 
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« Reply #14 on: May 26, 2020, 08:18:20 AM »
Thought I would give you guys an update on how the sawing has been going. The first two logs were honey locust. Milled some 4/4, 6/4, and 8/4 out of them.

The first board I cut by myself came out looking like a bowling pin. The kids thought it was really cool. 


I didnt do to bad on the first log. It was slow going. Getting AccuSet 2 to do what Im thinking in my head is another thing. 





The next day we started with a small log. I wanted to know for myself that I could mill a log this small if someone asked. You can see it in the first picture on the top. Im unsure what kind it was, but Im guessing it was maybe a pear tree. 


Can anyone tell what it is?


The neighbor had an elm tree taken down 5 years ago, maybe more than that, that I had been holding onto. This was the fourth log on the mill, and the first time I made a bad cut. I forgot the toe roller was up! I made a 12 ft long 5 in wedge. Man did I let myself have it, but Im sure it wont be the last time it ever happens. 


I saved the best log for last. A 10 ft walnut with a 30 in crotch. I managed to cut it all 8/4 and was fairly consistent from one end to the other. 


The wife really likes it. 


The feather pattern was really nice. A few had bark inclusion but not terrible. 
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« Reply #15 on: May 26, 2020, 08:26:53 AM »
   Wow! I did not know you could make a long wedge on a sawmill. ;) I don't think any of us have ever done that. :D :D

   Pretty wood. I am glad you are having fun. Stay safe.
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« Reply #16 on: May 26, 2020, 08:47:53 AM »
Very nice but is also looks like you hit something and dinged a tooth.  The sawmill will always do what you tell it to do whether toe boards, AccuSet, side supports, or anything else.

Now add the sawmill to your profile so that we will remember.
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« Reply #17 on: May 26, 2020, 08:59:03 AM »
Good eye Magicman! I also got to experience my first nail strike. I hit the tip of it and finished the cut. I didnt think the cut was to bad so kept using it. Do I need to raise my standards? Do you guys let a customer decide if the blade should be changed out after a nail strike, if the cut isnt bad?
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« Reply #18 on: May 26, 2020, 09:13:37 AM »
Anything other than a smooth cut is too bad.  I always change the blade after a metal strike.

And, thanks for the profile update.  :)
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« Reply #19 on: May 26, 2020, 12:31:11 PM »
 Dustin....Save your first board and put it some where safe. Mine is screwed onto the wall of my mill shed with my family's  brand on it. I know it's just a board made out of a locust firewood log but it was special to me.


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