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« on: November 21, 2009, 01:24:34 PM »
Hi guys, just thought I'd introduce myself. I found the site while searching for info on Woodmizer's LT40s. I am in the small scale stationary sawmill business and currently run a Norwood Lumbermate 2000 with the 20HP Honda and a 65 hp tractor with loader for handling. This looks like a great place with a lot of talk about mills in a small business atmosphere. I have been on the arborist website for some time now, but think that this is a better fit.

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« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2009, 01:38:57 PM »
Welcome to the Forum Coalsmoke!
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« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2009, 02:09:23 PM »
Glad to have you here Coalsmoke.  This place is just crawling with LT40's.  I cannot imagine a question about them that cannot be answered here.  They are really nice mills.  I hear good stuff about the Norwoods too..
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« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2009, 03:50:10 PM »
Thanks guys. I feel Norwood is one of the better mills out there for what they cost, but I'm fast outgrowing it. I'm constantly carrying a 2-8 week backlog of orders. Last month I watched a manual LT40 with the gas engine operate at a local wood show and was impressed with its cutting speed while still staying accurate. It got me thinking that an upgrade might be in order this spring.
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« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2009, 04:08:55 PM »
Welcome to the Forestry Forum Coalsmoke!

This is a great place with lots of answers for most questions!
Two years ago, I ran my FIL's manual LT40 mill it had an 18 hp B&S engine and in general it's a wonderful machine!
Last year (08) I bought my own mill, LT40HDG24 and love it.  The hydraulics takes most of the bull-work out of sawing and log handling!

Overall, this is as good or better than most sites for questions & answers!
So, if you've got questions, just fire away, I'm sure you'll get replies!

Again, welcome to the Forum!
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« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2009, 08:00:13 PM »
Welcome Coalsmoke
I just made the upgrade from a Norwood to an LT40HD25 8)  I would definitely look for one with hydraulics.  The Norwood is the best manual mill for the money, but you can't compete with hydraulics.

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« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2009, 08:23:09 PM »
Welcome to the Forum, coalsmoke. I just upgraded from a LT15 to a LT40HDD35. I can saw without being so tired now.

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« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2009, 09:45:38 PM »
Coalsmoke, Welcome to FF..... 8)  Glad to have you aboard..... :)
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« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2009, 10:03:19 PM »
welcome . sounds like you already love making sawdust, good luck in your upgrade hunt. pc :)
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« Reply #9 on: November 22, 2009, 12:15:30 AM »
welcome aboard. with that much of a backlog sounds like you need a hydraulic mill.
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« Reply #10 on: November 22, 2009, 06:51:10 AM »
Welcome Coalsmoke,checked out your website your a pretty active dude.My feelings on the matter a manual mill is for dubbing around for your own lumber if you plan on selling much by all means go hydraulic.Swing mills or mobile dimension mills are an option,or rebuild an old circular mill if you want to go all the way.Frank C.
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« Reply #11 on: November 23, 2009, 02:47:12 AM »
Thanks guys. Sorry for the delayed post, I haven't figured out how to get the forum email notifications yet, I'll go hunting for it after this post.

A hydraulic mill would be nice, but I'm not sure its the best decision at this point. I'm on a fairly tight budget, and the extra money on a hydraulic mill would take that much longer to work up, without maxing out every dollar of credit I have. My thoughts on the lt40 manual are that I have a fairly large tractor that handles the log handling and loading fine, so a hydraulic loader is not something I would really need. I don't mind dogging by hand. The two things I would like are an increased cutting speed with a power feed and a power log turner. Those are the items I can see really improving my daily sawing operations. I have an idea of mounting an electric ATV winch on the manual log turner to power it. For the smaller logs a peavey is fast and I have the energy to use it ;)


One big question I have in my head right now is in regards to the diesel vs gas engine. I'll start a new thread for it.

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« Reply #12 on: November 23, 2009, 02:51:50 AM »
Welcome Coalsmoke,checked out your website your a pretty active dude.My feelings on the matter a manual mill is for dubbing around for your own lumber if you plan on selling much by all means go hydraulic.Swing mills or mobile dimension mills are an option,or rebuild an old circular mill if you want to go all the way.Frank C.

Thanks Bandmiller. As for the mills, I'm pretty well set on another bandmill. Its what I am used to, I have all the supporting blade management equipment for it, and its versatile enough to handle all my needs. In fact, I couldn't be happier with a bandmill vs circle / swing, etc.
Visit Coalsmoke's website at www.coalsmoke.com

2008 Norwood Lumber Mate 2000 with Honda 20HP engine.
White 2-60 Field Boss > 65HP Tractor with loader.
Husky Chainsaws 353 and 395XPG heavily modified.
Loving wife who endorses all of the above :)

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« Reply #13 on: November 23, 2009, 05:31:03 AM »
Thanks guys. Sorry for the delayed post, I haven't figured out how to get the forum email notifications yet, I'll go hunting for it after this post.

Coalsmoke; If you want to send someone a PM (personal message), just put your pointer on their name and a msg will come up "view the profile of (persons name), click on it and scroll down to the bottom of their profile and you will see a couple of options and one of them is send a PM.  click on that and type away.  When the person opens their email, they'll have a message that they have received a PM.

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« Reply #14 on: November 23, 2009, 01:16:53 PM »
Thank's Chuck. Turns out my span filter was eating the instant email notifications. Good to go now.
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« Reply #15 on: November 23, 2009, 01:21:26 PM »
Finally had a chance to check out your website.  Looks good.
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Deere 5065E mfwd w/553 loader

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« Reply #16 on: November 23, 2009, 01:30:58 PM »
Thanks fishpharmer. It started a few years back when I was running a mobile welding rig and wanted a way to show family and friends what I was up to.
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« Reply #17 on: November 23, 2009, 07:53:25 PM »
I have found that the hydraulics are the bigger time saver for me than the increased feed rate.  Being able to turn large logs with the claw turner is great, but I use the 2 plane clamp a lot more to turn cants.  Have you seen an hydraulic mill in action?  I would look for a used LT40HD with relatively low hours on it.

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« Reply #18 on: November 23, 2009, 09:26:59 PM »
I really like the two-plane clamp. 8)
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« Reply #19 on: November 23, 2009, 09:43:30 PM »
Hey Nick. I've seen a 40 hydraulic at a wood show a couple years back. I'm not saying I don't want one, but a person has to consider economics.

Most of my market is softwoods, so I'm not flipping cants as much as say if I were grade sawing hardwoods all day.
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