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Re: New forum user looking for info on small personal sawmills
« Reply #20 on: August 04, 2008, 04:43:34 PM »
I also welcome you,

          I have a Turner that I like just fine . As you can see many brands are represented here and folks are generally satisfied .My advice is find the best deal amongst the top brands that you can and start sawing .

                                 best of luck,

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Re: New forum user looking for info on small personal sawmills
« Reply #21 on: August 04, 2008, 04:47:41 PM »

Quote: "I know the small mills wont cut this size log but this size isnt the norm for around here."


This is one of the things you need to check on the small mills.  The TA Schmid will swallow a 36" diameter log, and it came from the factory @ 10hp. -just about as small as they get.


I just have a 13 hp Honda, here is a 28" wide hard maple live edge slab sawn 10/4 on my Schmid a few weeks ago. Is a little manual mill alot of work, yes. Have I done things with mine I maybe should not have, yes...In going on 5 years I have replaced the starter rope, that's is. They are built to take a licking. Not knocking any other mills, most guys are having good luck with your major manufacturers, just saying look at them all. I did, chose what I chose and have been very happy with it.

 





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Re: New forum user looking for info on small personal sawmills
« Reply #22 on: August 04, 2008, 06:43:36 PM »
you definatley(spelling?) want to shop around and look at all the mills. i wish i did before i bought mine.

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Re: New forum user looking for info on small personal sawmills
« Reply #23 on: August 06, 2008, 07:54:30 AM »
  Don't overlook the Cook mills, they are heavy built and simply designed, easy to operate, but just wish I had a hydraulic turner on my mp32. When you get a big log on your deck and try to roll it 90 degrees, you need about a 6' logrite.
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Re: New forum user looking for info on small personal sawmills
« Reply #24 on: August 06, 2008, 10:53:25 AM »
Tomb,

Reading your response and thinking of your situation(wood worker), I will refine my earlier remarks a bit.

I think if you have space in your yard to set up a log deck next to your mill that you can pull a trailer alongside and roll the logs onto, you can probably forgo the tractor because I bet you wont be dealing with anything more than 8 footers (but get a long peavy)

I would think you would want to build/aquire a self loading trailer (again there are some inexpensive ideas on this here) so that you could easily go get logs as they turn up without involving anyone else.  These trailers can be configured so you could roll the logs onto the deck (To protect the mill and allow you to stockpile a bit) and then onto the mill when you are ready and then you can custom dimension what you want on a fairly inexpesive band mill (they all seem fairly similair and capable).

Next thing you know though, you will want to build a solar kiln (lots on that here alos) next to the mill so you can dry your stuff .  As mentioned earlier, a mill can change your life!

And since we are probably talking mostly hardwoods, if you burn wood (or find some one who does) you can easily deal with the slabs and bark.

I think you might be onto something.
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Re: New forum user looking for info on small personal sawmills
« Reply #25 on: August 06, 2008, 08:04:37 PM »
Welcom Tomb,
   I built my saw the same height as my trailer. I put trailer beside saw and only have to roll log 3' and its on the saw. If you click on my profile you can see a picture of my trailer loading a log, I can load a log that weighs a couple thousand pounds by myself without breaking a sweat. I have a #9000 winch on one side of the trailer that rolls log up removable ramps. I then have some 3' uprights I stick into pockets where ramps are, and put ramps in truck. When I get beside saw I put the 3' pieces flat and roll the log on them , no tractor needed.  I cant break any records on the amount sawn though.


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Re: New forum user looking for info on small personal sawmills
« Reply #26 on: August 07, 2008, 06:44:27 AM »
Bck,

Is that a wooden blade cover on that mill?
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Re: New forum user looking for info on small personal sawmills
« Reply #27 on: August 07, 2008, 07:04:43 AM »
Bck,

Is that a wooden blade cover on that mill?

I noticed that too...and it looks like wood stakes for stops...I could have used wood ones on the couple occasions I "shortened" mine  ::), sure would have been easier on the band blade  :D
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« Reply #28 on: August 07, 2008, 12:33:23 PM »
Yep its a plywood cover  ;D  I have some angle iron behind it so I'm not worried about blade coming through, If they get tore up I have plenty more to replace it with. Stops are white oak and they have saved me a blade too  :D  again easily replacable.And  its standing on treated  4x4's  ;)
I have around 4000 invested in saw, trailer and 2 1/2 ( soon to be 3 ) kilns  8) 
I cant cut as much as most of you can but can cut logs just as straight  ;)

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Re: New forum user looking for info on small personal sawmills
« Reply #29 on: August 10, 2008, 08:09:14 AM »
If you get a mill, you'll need an outlet for selling lumber or lumber products.
You think your lumber is stacked to the ceiling now, wait till you mill 1000bf a day.
If your just milling for products (non flooring) the simplest of mill will be fine.
I'd recommend Kasco IIB elec. feed/blade, manual deck.
Build a kiln.
If you work at home then a wood fired water heater is a good investment.  It can run the kiln, heat the shop, heat the home, and turn off the elec/gas hot water heater.

Or get a hyd mill , kiln, and a 4 sided molder and make flooring/molding/wallboards/hot tubs/etc.  I just saw a Weinig U17 5 head go for $3500.
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Re: New forum user looking for info on small personal sawmills
« Reply #30 on: August 10, 2008, 08:31:37 PM »
The EZ BoardWalk manual mill will cut 40" X 16'-6"logs, W/20hp Honda, $6000+.
I think it would take 2 men and a boy to handle that log  ;D
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