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Possible mill purchase
« on: October 02, 2012, 07:40:09 PM »
So I have the chance to purchase a '97 Woodmizer LT40HD. I know there are a lot of variables when it comes to the value of a mill, but I'm hoping you can help me out with it. From a short conversation with the owner he tells me the mill has just under 5000 hours on it and a new Kohler 28 hp engine with 600 hours on it. The mill has a debarker on it but has not been used in years and most likely needs to be rebuilt. It comes with 6 new blades and 17 used blades in need of being sharpened. He says he's done regular maintained to the mill and it saws accurate lumber. He said the only thing it will need in the near future are the head guide bearings. From a picture of the mill, the paint is faded and has some rust spots. tires are 7 years old but in very good shape with low miles. I am planning on checking out the mill later this week and will try it out to see how it does. He is asking $10,000 firm. Does this seem reasonable/fair or what do you feel would be a good price with the limited info given?

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Re: Possible mill purchase
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2012, 08:07:46 PM »
 I will not comment on the price, one really needs to see the machine to appreciate  or depreciate the asking moneys.

 At 5000hrs it has or should be close to having sawed 1,000,000 bf of wood. If it is well maintained , greased regularly, side supports are tight on the shaft( I have seen some that had less grease used on them have some looseness in them and I am not sure that that can be an easy fix) as far as the head guide bearings , they are easily r\r and are not that expensive, you will be able to see them if you take the guard off, they should roll with ease. If the head has some play in it (up down) that aint no big issue as there is adjustments for that.
 I would recomend, if you do get this mill, to get a manual from Woodmizer and I would be calling them up and asking about the very mill you are looking at.  ;)  They could give you pointers as to what to look for.
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Re: Possible mill purchase
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Re: Possible mill purchase
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2012, 09:26:00 PM »
Sounds like my mill. Few more hours on the mill. Lot less hours on the engine, 25 horse Kohler with 2400 hrs. At this point in time I would not take 10K.
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Re: Possible mill purchase
« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2012, 09:47:00 PM »
It ''sounds'' reasonable to me.  I always like to test drive things though. PC
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Re: Possible mill purchase
« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2012, 05:40:49 AM »
I think 10K is a good price for the mill!

'97 is the "magic" year, '97 and up will accept some good upgrades that the previous years won't!

My mill is a '95 and I wouldn't take 10K for it.
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Re: Possible mill purchase
« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2012, 07:59:12 AM »
  Check the mill closely, ask questions and try it out if you can.  Not many things a a Mizer that can not be adjuted.

 Let us know how the visite to the mill went !!!
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Re: Possible mill purchase
« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2012, 10:44:31 PM »
'97 is actually a transition year.  Get WM to run the S/N to determine if it is the new or old vintage.  You can certainly expect some maintenance issues, but there is nothing that can not be put back in sound operating condition.
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Re: Possible mill purchase
« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2012, 06:07:28 AM »
So I took a look at the mill and got a chance to try it out. I was happy to see it milled straight lumber and had plenty of power. I chose to pass on this mill due to the fact it looked like it was not maintained very well, no maintenance records, and the owner would not move on the price at all. I was just very concerned about spending a large sum of money on something that may or may not need work done to it since it has 5000 hours. I will keep my eyes open for another one. Thanks again for all the help!

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Re: Possible mill purchase
« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2012, 07:13:02 AM »
It is good that you can wait. Good luck searching.
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Re: Possible mill purchase
« Reply #10 on: October 08, 2012, 07:49:12 AM »
If you were not comfortable with the deal, then you did the correct thing.  You are the one that has to live with your decisions. 

Of course, it is always possible that the seller knew exactly what he had.  The new Kohler had 600 hours, and you said; "He says he's done regular maintained to the mill" so it could have been worth the selling price.
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