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Decision time
« on: July 06, 2020, 07:49:22 AM »
I知 really close to upgrading my mill. I am down to 2...American bandsaw or ez boardwalk 40.....I am staying manual....price between the 2 is not an issue...any guidance would be appreciated!!!

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Re: Decision time
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2020, 10:08:29 AM »
I love my LT-15 build like a brick Admin Edit, great engineers and service, large employee owned company backs up it product worldwide, sorry if I triggered anyone.
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Re: Decision time
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2020, 10:59:24 AM »
I too like my LT15, but it is just a hobby for me.
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Re: Decision time
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2020, 11:42:12 AM »
Of the two choices...EZ Boardwalk  40 you won't be disappointed, also a forum sponsor. Any issues (not many) I've had with my Jr model have been due to me. Set it up on piers that make it above knee high and have fun.

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Re: Decision time
« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2020, 12:25:22 PM »
I don't have first hand experience with either American or EZ Boardwalk mills.  I have watched and studied every you-tube video I can find on those mills as well as most others.  EZ Boardwalk gets really good reviews from most.  I haven't seen a lot of videos on the American.  One thing I don't care for on the American models that I have seen in their brochures is the use of pillow block bearings on the band wheels.  I saw one model that had 4 bearings stacked together in a row supporting one wheel.  I have been advised that the side load pressures on wood cutting bandsaws is too much for that type of bearing.  Thus making them prone to housing failures.  I have noticed that many manufacturers do not use them in the band wheel applications.  There is enough things to go wrong to mess up a day of sawing.  I just would avoid that one if possible.  I have a Cook's MP-32 mill and have to admit that I am a little partial towards them.  Good luck with your decision. 
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Re: Decision time
« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2020, 07:05:19 PM »
Are you in Missouri, where you can just go pick it up?  Never been close to a EZ or an American, only mills I have seen in person is my MP32 Cooks mill, a 1600 Timberking, B20 Timberking and a LT 30 Woodmizer.  They are all good mills.  The old guy who had the woodmizer would not spend a penny on it, and it still made decent boards, although everything needed re-adjusting.  Think the 1600 TK was the best buy, neighbors got a great deal on it with the engine not running.  Only took half a day in the shop to get it going. My Cooks I bought used, saved a couple bucks.
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Re: Decision time
« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2020, 04:11:28 PM »
Shipping....oh my!!!!.....any options other than take a road trip? Well over 10% of the mill cost.

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Re: Decision time
« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2020, 04:32:40 PM »
Only way to get that percentage down is to buy a much more expensive mill. Sorry, just the nature of motor freight. Road trip or FF Transport are your only lower priced options. When you figure the real cost of a road trip, motor freight starts to look pretty good. 
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Re: Decision time
« Reply #8 on: July 08, 2020, 04:36:49 PM »
You want to play you got to pay 😊. Freight brokers with bids work good

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Re: Decision time
« Reply #9 on: July 09, 2020, 05:10:40 AM »

 One big difference I see, the EZ uses large flanged guide rollers with down pressure which will last good and saw straight.  The American 2 small bearings guiding the band, one above and one below which due to high speed will not last long plus I think they make a lot of noise and have to be adjusted tight to control the blade good.  Steve
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Re: Decision time
« Reply #10 on: July 09, 2020, 06:24:12 AM »
Of the two choices...EZ Boardwalk  40 you won't be disappointed, also a forum sponsor. Any issues (not many) I've had with my Jr model have been due to me. Set it up on piers that make it above knee high and have fun.
Nebraska is pretty happy with his EZ Boardwalk

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Re: Decision time
« Reply #11 on: July 09, 2020, 08:13:45 AM »
When I got my mill last year.
I live in sales tax free NH.
It was much cheaper getting the mill delivered. 
I would have liked to go see Marty's operation but a road trip figured out on paper.
It was cheaper to stay home.
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Re: Decision time
« Reply #12 on: July 09, 2020, 08:21:47 AM »
Well it does kick ash.... :D :D 8)....

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Re: Decision time
« Reply #13 on: July 13, 2020, 09:06:18 AM »
I got the EZ 40 last month for my place in central Georgia. Freight shipping quote in April was a little over 900.00. When I ordered the mill in June, shipping had increased to over 3000.00! Covid issues affecting the shipping industry.

Stanton agreed to deliver the mill east of Macon for a reasonable fee.

Road trip- We met half way, 6 hr drive for me. I got the trailer package so we hooked the mill to my truck, plugged in the magnetic lights, and 6 hrs later I was back at the farm. I'm retired so I don't get paid for my time anymore but I saved considerably. Plus, I spent a nice day with my buddy on the drive and we talked a lot about the fun we will have sawing.

The mill was completely set up. Oil in engine, gas in tank. Next morning after 30 minutes of figuring what to do we cranked the engine and started cutting.

No regrets! 8)

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Re: Decision time
« Reply #14 on: July 17, 2020, 09:57:30 AM »
That 15 degree angle thing, and pulling itself into the cut is really interesting, as well as having a capacity of 40" log too would get my attention if I did not already have a mill. Be a nice road trip to go pick it up in MO.
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