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Used LT40HD G24, what to look for?
« on: August 15, 2016, 06:19:09 PM »
There is an LT40HD G24 available near(ish) me.  I've been looking at much smaller mills but it may be worth the drive to check out this one.



I won't have a chance to see it until Saturday.  It looks like it's been out in the weather most if not all of its life.  I'm moderately capable of assessing the engine, but everything else is beyond my experience.  Anything obvious I should look at?  Also any thoughts on value assuming all major components are close to functional?  Appreciate any advice, barbs, or sarcastic comments anyone wants to send my way.
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Re: Used LT40HD G24, what to look for?
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2016, 06:59:09 PM »
Look carefully at the main frame. If it is not bent then everything else can be fixed. Check the drive pulley to make sure there is no wear and has lubricant in it. That is probably the single most expensive one piece I have replaced. Make sure the hydraulic pump works and does not have any water in it. As far as everything else $500.00 and some personal tinkering will go a long way.
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Re: Used LT40HD G24, what to look for?
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2016, 07:43:40 PM »
I own a 1995 of that model. Check that the controls actually operate the functions which they should, proving that the circuit board is good. Check things like:

Does the sawhead move up and down?
Does the outboard blade guide move in and out?
Does the hydraulic pump come on when you move a control handle?

Even if these functions seem a little sticky, just seeing that they respond proves that the wiring and electronics are intact.

This model is fairly simple compared to the newer LT40's. Lacking a few refinements, but perfectly capable. And considering that you would be milling mostly softwood in AK, it should easily handle anything you throw at it.

Neglect can usually be remedied, abuse could be a deal breaker.

From that one photo, it actually look to be in pretty good shape.

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Re: Used LT40HD G24, what to look for?
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2016, 07:45:08 PM »
What to look for! A way to get it home. 8)
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Re: Used LT40HD G24, what to look for?
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2016, 07:48:55 PM »
Check the wheel bearing before dragging it out on the highway.    They don't live in the best environment and need routine care and feeding.
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Re: Used LT40HD G24, what to look for?
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2016, 08:07:07 PM »
Watch this video, Buying a used Wood-Mizer!



Lots of good info!

I also have a 1995 LT40HDG24, and the one in your picture looks to be in good shape, but things can change when looking closely!

Good Luck.
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Re: Used LT40HD G24, what to look for?
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2016, 08:08:04 PM »
I paid $13,900 for mine 4 years ago. 3,700 hrs on the meter, but VERY well maintained, and kept under cover. Look to see if the sawhead / engine looks like it has been covered, or left out in the weather. That's the most important / costly part(s). The Onan engines are known to go 5-7 thousand hours or more if you keep up on regular maintenance -- oil changes and adjusting the valve lash.

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Re: Used LT40HD G24, what to look for?
« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2016, 08:13:16 PM »
The old "clam shell" type flipper clamp activating arm will break, if it hasn't already. Easy fix. A 5/16" square head bolt, a coupler nut and maybe a weld or two. Be advised that it will break -- again, and again, and again..... more of a nuisance than a major fault, but don't say that you weren't warned.  ;D

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Re: Used LT40HD G24, what to look for?
« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2016, 06:42:49 AM »
I've sawn lots of lumber every year since I bought my mill back in 2008, and my flipper style clamp hasn't broken even once.

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Re: Used LT40HD G24, what to look for?
« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2016, 08:46:20 AM »
Buy it and don't look back ! Even if you sink a grand or 2 into it I feel you will still be worlds ahead of the game . As long as no major structural damage exsists all else can be repaired .
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Re: Used LT40HD G24, what to look for?
« Reply #10 on: August 16, 2016, 08:50:55 AM »
I agree, if you are looking for a sawmill this one needs checking out.
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Re: Used LT40HD G24, what to look for?
« Reply #11 on: August 16, 2016, 10:49:03 AM »
That mill isn't pink enough to have spent it's entire life outside. ;)
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Re: Used LT40HD G24, what to look for?
« Reply #12 on: August 16, 2016, 11:01:22 AM »
That mill isn't pink enough to have spent it's entire life outside. ;)

That's 100% correct!  I bough my LT40 G24 and it previously sat outside all it's life.  It's funny how some of the parts that were under cover are nice and orange and the rest is pink!  :D

I've rebuilt a lot of my mill but it's been all well worth it.  They're a great running mill and will last forever.  I ended up putting the new Kohler engine on mine.  Find out if they've kept any maintenance records of it. 

One thing that you will want to be aware of is the age and upgrade compatibility.  I'm trying to add a lot onto my mill to increase production, however I'm finding that a lot of the parts from woodmizer aren't compatible with my mill.... If you're looking for a hobby mill, this is perfect.  If you're looking to start a business, I'd go with something a little newer.  It doesn't need a the bells and whistles but if you want to add on as you grow, you can.     
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Re: Used LT40HD G24, what to look for?
« Reply #13 on: August 16, 2016, 02:21:39 PM »
Thanks for all the feedback.  I didn't realize these weighed so much.  I have a 3/4 ton pickup that I think is adequate for towing.  There's also a debarker on this rig.  It's part of an estate auction and I suspect it will get bid up and out of my price range.  My wife reminded me of a prior obligation I have the day of the auction, so unless I get that rescheduled I'll have to pass on this sawmill.  It's a 7-hour drive to get there, so it's not something I can squeeze in with another item on my calendar.  :(

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Re: Used LT40HD G24, what to look for?
« Reply #14 on: August 16, 2016, 04:39:10 PM »
Well I can definitely tell you, a 3/4 ton pickup is more than adequate for towing that sawmill. Things I have towed an LT40HD with:

Ford F-150 ('89)
Chevy Suburban 1500 ('97)
Toyota Tacoma ('94) all the way from Louisiana to South Carolina.
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« Reply #15 on: August 16, 2016, 05:53:28 PM »
Check the tires and have a spare.  I had a blowout half way home with mine and no spare at midnight two hours from home.
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