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How big a pad for mill.
« on: April 07, 2021, 12:22:06 AM »
Hey guys. Iím going to order a woodmizer lx25 next week. Since there behind 23 weeks, I figured this would give me time to get a pad poured. So I was going to order a track extension, so I can saw 16í lumber. How much longer then 16í should I pour. Also how wide should I go. Iíd like to be able to walk along the mill on concrete instead of uneven ground. 
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Re: How big a pad for mill.
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2021, 09:16:15 AM »
The pad for my mill (now gone) is 12x26, modified alaskan slab, 6" 3500# mix with re rod around the edges and wire in the main slab.
Been there since 01 and still 100 percent intact.
IMO dont skimp on size or design.
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Re: How big a pad for mill.
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2021, 10:01:11 AM »
Think about shed and lumber storage under roof and off the ground, then there is that dry kiln and saw sharpening shop and so on... etc.
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Re: How big a pad for mill.
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2021, 12:10:10 PM »
Thanks for the info. I got a good sized pole barn to store in. I just donít want the mill inside. 
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Re: How big a pad for mill.
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2021, 12:44:59 PM »
I poured a slab last fall for my LT15. Mine has a 24 foot bed. The pad is 16x36. I plan to build a shed around the mill this year. Here's a couple of pictures. If you're not building a shed then you could easily get by with less pad. After years of milling on whatever ground the mill was on, it's nice to be able to walk on a flat, solid surface. Makes sawdust clean up a lot easier as well.

Freshly poured and broom finished.


 

With the mill in place after three weeks of curing. Temps were getting low so I waited a bit before placing the mill.


 
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« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2021, 03:04:53 PM »
I started with a 10x22 pad on the side of my shelter just for the mill. After fighting wet uneven ground and water for years i pored the whole shelter 50x148 . Now i can stack lumber so much better and scoop sawdust much better. Clean up under the mill with a backpack blower is done in 10 minutes . 
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Re: How big a pad for mill.
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2021, 03:43:55 PM »
FYI ordered my lx25 the 1st week of September and was told mid December to early January, 7 weeks later received a call that the saw was ready to ship.
  Set mine up on a 10' x 20' wooden platform and wish I would have gone 16' x 30'. Like a few have stated a little larger comes in handy

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Re: How big a pad for mill.
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2021, 04:35:42 PM »
If you're not pinching pennies I'd go big enough for a functional building. Someday you might decide you want to put a roof over the mill or someday you might move the mill (or sell the mill) which will leave you with an empty pad asking for a building to be erected on it.

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Re: How big a pad for mill.
« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2021, 04:52:45 PM »
I have an LT15 with only 12' of track.  I put up an 18x26 carport and have a 7x18 pad poured at one end.  That gives me enough room for the mill and then about 3' of walking space on the operator side.
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« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2021, 11:44:26 PM »
Thanks for all the input men. You gave me some other ideas to look at before I pour the pad. 
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Re: How big a pad for mill.
« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2021, 07:15:37 AM »
No idea on the size, but haul in some good fill and make it high to get the water away from it.
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Re: How big a pad for mill.
« Reply #11 on: April 09, 2021, 07:07:44 AM »
What ever  you settle on, add 4 to both.  And it will probably still be too small!


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