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First cuttings
« on: April 27, 2012, 09:26:18 PM »
Finally broke down and bought a Thomas 8020.  Couldn't wait to get it setup and start by cutting some hemlock into 2x8's and 2x4's for a friend.  Got along ways to go but with 131 acres and hopefully another 40+ years to go I might figure it out. 

  

 
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Re: First cuttings
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2012, 09:31:01 PM »
NICE HEMLOCK!! I would kill for some hemlock logs around here, getting hard to find,

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Re: First cuttings
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2012, 09:34:18 PM »
Congrats on the mill, and welcome to the forum. Bill.

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Re: First cuttings
« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2012, 09:47:18 PM »
Congratulations on the new sawmill and drawing "first sawdust".   :)   And Welcome to posting.   ;D
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Re: First cuttings
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2012, 09:49:41 PM »
repmma.....now you've done! There is NO cure for sawdust fever.

Nice pics, VERY nice looking mill and of course.....WELCOME TO THE FORUM!  :)
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Re: First cuttings
« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2012, 09:56:11 PM »
Congrats repmma! 8)  I was just down in Brooks last month looking at that mill.  Still trying to figure out finances and what exactly I want to do with my mill (my imaginary mill :() but that one is definitely on the short list.

And welcome to the forum!

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« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2012, 10:12:37 PM »
repmma,you don't have a Heatmor OWB do you? Reason I ask,I have a Thomas 6020,20hp Honda with a 20 foot track,I have the same winch and a NH tractor.  I'm sawing hemlock too. Welcome to the forum. How many HP is your ford?
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Re: First cuttings
« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2012, 10:26:07 PM »
Congratulations! You will have a lot of fun with that mill.

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« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2012, 10:42:55 PM »
Repmma; Congratulations on the mill and the start of a sawing carreer!
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« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2012, 01:34:13 AM »
Well, anotha' one from Maine. Ayuh. Welcome!  ;D
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Re: First cuttings
« Reply #10 on: April 28, 2012, 07:00:26 AM »
repmma,you don't have a Heatmor OWB do you? Reason I ask,I have a Thomas 6020,20hp Honda with a 20 foot track,I have the same winch and a NH tractor.  I'm sawing hemlock too. Welcome to the forum. How many HP is your ford?

No on the Heatmor, but I can see how an OWB would be handy with these slabs!  The Ford is 63hp PTO, spent less on that then I would have for a light weight 40hp JD.  A forestry trailer with loader is my next dream purchase.
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« Reply #11 on: April 28, 2012, 08:07:12 AM »
Congrats on the new mill. Sawing is fun and extremely addictive.   ;)
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« Reply #12 on: April 30, 2012, 03:46:35 PM »
Greetings from Missouri!  Great way to use logs from timber stand improvement cuttings.  Is your place set up as a tree farm?  Looks like you're getting the knack of it.  Just be careful about promising friends and relatives too many boards.  I've always got a backlog of freebies to cut.  Have you seen Sawmill & Woodlot Management magazine? I've got to give them a plug, since they're a sponsor, and I write for them?
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« Reply #13 on: May 01, 2012, 07:03:21 AM »
Don't be afraid to burn those hemlock slabs is a wood stove. I use to do it. Coals down good can still control the fire.
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« Reply #14 on: May 01, 2012, 08:11:30 PM »
dboyt, no my place is not setup with tree farm "status".  At least not presently.  But my goal is to do some improvement cuts and try to develop a better stand for hardwood and pine, depending on the location on the property.  Biggest thing is getting the fir cut and or thinned, its moving well past its prime. 

As far as the Sawmill & Woodlot magazine, I bought the CD of old issues and have a present subscription.  One of my favorites!! 
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« Reply #15 on: May 01, 2012, 08:48:53 PM »
repmma,where in Maine are you? Most of my fir don't grow good. I had some real nice looking stuff but for the most part most times it gets about 6 inches though and breaks off about 2 feet high and falls over. I don't think nothing about cutting them down now. Makes real  good fodder for the OWB.
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« Reply #16 on: May 01, 2012, 09:17:26 PM »
Hey repmma, sawing is fun isn't it? Looks like you've got a good start, lumber looks good. I've never sawed hemlock but I have a few trees that would make some good sized logs. Sooner or later I'll get them.

Happy sawing, Cutter

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« Reply #17 on: May 01, 2012, 09:46:14 PM »
I'm down in Freedom, I wouldn't say all of my fir are perfectly solid but neither is it all pulpwood.  If trucking and the mills could be a little bit more reliable I'd just cut out the rough stuff and send it to the mill but I already have some pine pulp taking up space! 
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« Reply #18 on: June 23, 2012, 09:29:43 PM »
Repmma, I grew up in Clinton and know some people from the Freedom/Unity/Thorndike/Albion area. One of my friends in Unity, I visited this past winter. They have a fair number of fir that are in the 10-12 inch range. I told them they need to get them cut fast before they die.
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