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Re: Ready to purchase a mill
« Reply #20 on: March 16, 2014, 01:51:07 PM »
Welcome to the forum. Say safe out there.
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« Reply #21 on: March 16, 2014, 02:39:23 PM »
I have been fighting the grit battle for many years. It's a never ending battle to keep them things out of this Great State of Maine. One must never turn your back and let thier guard down,or terrible unimaginable wicked severe things will encroach on the ground that I so cherish and hold dear to my heart. I can not let my Yankee counter parts down in this ever lasting and time consuming battle. Amen
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Re: Ready to purchase a mill
« Reply #22 on: March 16, 2014, 05:01:07 PM »
PetFixer, welcome to the Forum, or, if talking about grits, the Foray.  I'll leave the sawmill choice to the experts.

I have been fighting the grit battle for many years. It's a never ending battle to keep them things out of this Great State of Maine. One must never turn your back and let thier guard down,or terrible unimaginable wicked severe things will encroach on the ground that I so cherish and hold dear to my heart. I can not let my Yankee counter parts down in this ever lasting and time consuming battle. Amen

And, like EAB and other infestations, once grits have invaded, there is no known natural predator ...
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« Reply #23 on: March 16, 2014, 05:27:54 PM »
I sawed for 16 years using 16 horsepower and power feed.  The power feed added to productivity...I could sticker and stack while the mill sawed.  16 horsepower was adequate up to around 14 hardwood logs.  Speed of sawing slowed rapidly after that point.  A 24 hardwood log would be excruciating slow. 

Another drawback with small engines is the band speed.  As soon as the blade slows the band will want to create waves.  A larger engine can keep the band speed up even as the band starts to dull.  Of course this obstacle can be mostly overcome by experience.

The 25 HP on the LT-15 sounds like a wining combination.  I don't know what other manufactures offer and they may also have good combinations.

Welcome to the forum Petfixer.  Her cat has adhd, I need a good petfixer. :D
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« Reply #24 on: March 17, 2014, 08:52:47 AM »
Petfixer, welcome to the forum.  I've been well pleased with the Norwood HD36, which you can buy as a manual and upgrade to whatever hydraulics you want.  It is a good, solid mill.  So far I've run it as a manual mill, and pushing is more an issue of time than effort.  On the other hand, you don't want to be too far away stacking boards when you hear the sound of the saw blade against a clamp!
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« Reply #25 on: March 17, 2014, 03:47:33 PM »
I too have just bought a new to me mill.  I was leaning toward a turbosaw but ended up with a TimberKing 1600.  Really pumped about the TimberKing.  What are you or are you not doing about insurance.  I probably need to set up a new thread.

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« Reply #26 on: March 17, 2014, 04:31:59 PM »
This is the only pic I have of it at the time I will have to uncover it and take some more 

 
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« Reply #27 on: March 18, 2014, 10:24:55 AM »
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