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Re: New to sawmilling!
« Reply #40 on: August 15, 2013, 07:29:48 PM »
Thank you for the info Magic Mike....I mean MagicMan! Ha!
Hey EZland---it sure is nice to hear from someone who has personal experience with this mill...I may be bugging you with questions in the near future!
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Re: New to sawmilling!
« Reply #41 on: August 15, 2013, 09:40:13 PM »
If your mill will only cut 12 feet 6 inches,not much room to spare. Much easier to cut 8 footers. It's mighty hard to move a log lengthwise on a manual mill. I have one and know that for a fact. I can cut 20 feet on my mill,so not much of a problem cutting up to 16 feet.
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Re: New to sawmilling!
« Reply #42 on: August 15, 2013, 10:56:49 PM »
Logrite cant hooks are superior to all others on the market.  You will need two cant hooks, so buy at least one Logrite.  There is a reason that they are so highly recommended. 
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Re: New to sawmilling!
« Reply #43 on: August 15, 2013, 10:59:40 PM »
Deese, belated welcome to FF! 8) 
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Re: New to sawmilling!
« Reply #44 on: August 16, 2013, 05:02:00 AM »
welcome deese, now the fun begins

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Re: New to sawmilling!
« Reply #45 on: August 16, 2013, 07:47:49 AM »
Also--I have got 7 very big, straight loblolly pines to remove at work. There is a ton of good lumber in these trees. There's at least 20' of straight trunk before the first limb on most of them. I measured the dbh on all 7 trees yesterday. They measured 25.6", 33.3", 27.7", 26.7", 34.3", 23.7", 39.7"

So here are my questions regarding all of this:
1--The trees have to be removed. If I don't get them, someone else will. I simply cannot afford to spend any more money at the moment, and did not purchase the 5' track extension with my mill. So, my mill will only cut a 12'2" long log. Would it be a mistake to cut these trunks into 12' sections to fit my mill? Or should I cut them into 16' sections and seal the ends with anchorseal until I can purchase the track extension?


My suggestion would be to find an acquaintence in the area with a larger mill to help you mill those trees... somebody who would mill them for a split.  The first one that comes to mind is ME, but there is another guy close to you that I believe owns a Cooks MP-32.  He's on here, but I can't remember his username.  He's got a picture of a tractor rearing up as his icon.

My mill will handle a 20' log supposably, the longest I've cut are 15' (specific length for a project).  It will also supposably handle a 32" dia. log, but it will only clamp a 24" log.  I've had a log on it that measured 30" in one spot and I didn't clamp it until I had 2 flat sides milled.  it was OK.  I could probably handle the 2nd log from the largest of the trees you mention.

I am certainly not as experienced as others and IANAB is absolutely spot on in the fact that any 8' log is multiple times easier to handle and turn than a 12' or 16' log.  That being said, if you don't know what the wood will be used for at the moment, I've found that 12' long is the best all-around length to mill.  You would cut those logs 12'6" as previously recommended.

Drop me a line if you need my help.  Maybe we can work something out...
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Re: New to sawmilling!
« Reply #46 on: August 16, 2013, 12:13:41 PM »
Welcome to the forum Deese.  8)
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« Reply #47 on: August 16, 2013, 01:05:40 PM »
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Drop me a line if you need my help.  Maybe we can work something out...

Thanks grweldon. I'll send you a message shortly.
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Re: New to sawmilling!
« Reply #48 on: August 16, 2013, 01:27:16 PM »
Deese,   
I agree with everyone else about cutting log lengths cut a foot or so than finish length.  Also its hard to cut logs that are 12 foot.  Just because the mill will take, its does not mean you will get it on the mill straight.   

I have cut logs that were 29......+.....inches, but you end up doing serious chainsaw work for the mill to pass.  And you can not use the log clamps.  I wedge the log (I need to take photos next time).   

As for keeping pine.  I had some logs that came down in a tornado that I left for a year.  The ones I stripped the bark off did Ok.  They stained but were Ok.  Of course they were off the ground too and dry. 

I am learning every day too.  Keep the questions coming. 
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Re: New to sawmilling!
« Reply #49 on: August 16, 2013, 03:45:03 PM »

This forum is incredibly helpful. Thanks again everyone for the advice/insight.

I'm thinking the first thing I need to do once the mill arrives and is set up--is find some standing dead pines and cut them for stickers...as I currently don't have any, and i want to start cutting/drying lumber right away.


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« Reply #50 on: August 16, 2013, 04:39:44 PM »
welcome deese.  That vine in reply 34 looks scary itchy to me.  If its what i think it is ware gloves, dont make sawdust out of it and definately dont burn it.  Did you say 12' 2"  capacity for the Junior?...thats cutting it close for finish trimming, and ++1 about handling 8'6" hardwood logs with those diameters, compared to 12' plus.
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welcome deese.  That vine in reply 34 looks scary itchy to me.  If its what i think it is ware gloves, dont make sawdust out of it and definately dont burn it.  Did you say 12' 2"  capacity for the Junior?...thats cutting it close for finish trimming, and ++1 about handling 8'6" hardwood logs with those diameters, compared to 12' plus.
have a blast man!
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Hey Mark--
Thanks for the greeting.
I didn't buy (can't currently afford) the track extension for the EZ JR, so the maximum cutting length is 12'2" and maximum log diameter is 30".

And yes--it's probably poision ivy. It's a low-lying creek bottom and the whole place is crawling with it.
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« Reply #52 on: August 16, 2013, 05:49:01 PM »
That's still a MONSTER log Mark.
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Re: New to sawmilling!
« Reply #53 on: August 16, 2013, 06:06:47 PM »
That vine in reply 34 looks scary itchy to me. 
It looks like Virginia Creeper to me.  5 leaves, plus the little "roots" that attach the vine to the tree would be very hairy if it was Poison Ivy.
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« Reply #54 on: August 18, 2013, 07:51:46 AM »
In my neck of the woods I got 2 climbing vines, grape and poinson Ivy.  I get the 3 leaf vs. 5 leaf thing, but why is it every time I see the clingy, hairy vines that make me itch, they have 5 LEAVES on them??  I guess I dont see any Virginia creeper in my area, unless its called something else by us yanks :D 
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Re: New to sawmilling!
« Reply #55 on: August 18, 2013, 09:00:32 AM »
Maybe you are allergic to virginia creeper  ???.
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« Reply #56 on: August 19, 2013, 07:25:18 AM »
My understanding is that virginia creeper only affects some people.
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