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Old 03-05-2018, 10:35:59 PM
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I did get started on the next log pile between rains! I have lots more small logs to cut.---Did cut a few large logs for a guy in the area to save him from having to haul them 100 miles to a comm. mill.

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Old 03-06-2018, 07:38:58 AM
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nice mill. what brand is it ? have you had for a while? I have been looking to buy one , but don't want to spend too much money since it will be for personal use only, and never actually pay for itself.
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Old 03-06-2018, 07:03:04 PM
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This one is a Timber Tuff mill, (so is the de-barker), this is the second year I had it.--It was bought instead of a Wood Miser or other expensive brand because I didn't have enough need to justify one of them.--For personal use the Timber Tuff will do a lot of work and not break the bank!! LOL!!! It does a good job cutting too! The engine is a B & S 1450 series , which I assume is around 7 hp., which is plenty for the mill. Don't use much gas per hour, takes about 5 gallons per day of water to run on the blade.
I have heard the HF mills are maybe o.k. but lack the heft needed and might need some reman. to make things a bit more solid!--Never was around one of them.
In the mid 80's I had a belsaw M-14 pto , 40" ip blade unit on a 30 foot truck frame.
I find this little guy to be way better for today's small logs! thanks; sonny
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great info Sonny, I have looked at the hf mill on line, and read the reviews. Pretty cheap. Definitely need upgrading and modifications if you use it regularly. Hopefully sometime next year I will be ready to buy some kind of mill. It all depends how much extra money is left in my pocket.
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Old 03-06-2018, 09:22:40 PM
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We got this Timber Tuff from Northern tool co. I think they are around $ 2,600 , give or take a few dollars. price changes so I can't keep up on it! --Not much more than HF model, but made a lot heftier .--Look on Northern's site and see current price. thanks; sonny
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Old 03-07-2018, 07:18:25 PM
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This is interesting. I have never been impressed with the little band mills because they are so slow (I have a short attention span so I get bored quickly) and because they tend to wander in the cut. And I am fortunate in that I have a friend who owns a big proper circular blade mill that he runs with a 100+ tractor PTO. He has been sawing my logs for over 30 years. He can fill my stake truck with freshly sawn lumber in an hour. But as you rightly point out the big mills are not well suited to smaller logs or to short ones for that matter. So as a result I have firewooded a lot of nice logs that might otherwise have made some usable lumber. And I may be moving, where I won't know anyone who saws. So something like you show may be a worthwhile investment. Your comments are very helpful. The only downside I see is that one piece of equipment is still missing, the saw that cuts the edges straight and square. I suppose with a bit of ingenuity that job might be done on a table saw. Plus if the log is first squared up on the mill the planks will come out straight edged anyway.
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Old 03-08-2018, 10:13:57 PM
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Yes, the logs could be squared first, or do as I do edge with the mill, (saves lots of wood), board width can be made to your specs.---I make each board as wide as the edge will allow, and to edge a board at a time sounds boring, BUT you keep hopping and in no time all are edged.--I probably take more time than most to get max. footage from these smaller logs, but it's worth it!
If I run into a few bigger logs, I have a 36" Granberg chainsaw mill attachment to skin the big logs down to the size that fits the bandmill.--This removes size restrictions on log size.---The bandmill base can easiely be made longer, too if ever needed, so it's a flexable set-up, I think!!! lol!! thanks; sonny

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I used to have a big belsaw M-14 pto unit with ip blade and had it mounted on a 30' extended truck frame that I cut many, many logs with back in the mid 80's! thanks; sonny
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You can also stack them on the live edge and rip them on the mill when you put multiple together.
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