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Where to get Hard Rock Maple?


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Old 07-02-2010, 01:21:34 PM
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I have cut maple in my sawmill but it was always Kansas grown and sure not rock hard. For Pitmans and such I have used other hard wood but despite all my asking I have not found a place I can order Hard Rock Maple? Is it simply Northern Maple of some variety that is oil soaked or what? Pleae help, I got lots of old equipment to restore, Thanks, Aaron
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Aaron,
This might not help you but it may help others. I have found that my local pallet manufacturer has been a big help in suppling skid lumber and has been willing to rough cut it to my specs. He is also very knowledgeable about wood species. Last batch I got was nice straight grained Cypress.
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Default Re: Where to get Hard Rock Maple?

Rock maple is avalable here in the northeast. I have built work benches and other items from it. There are several places that have it within 2 miles of where I live. Here are two of them.

http://www.manta.com/c/mmdd83s/sandy-pond-hardwoods

http://www.groffslumber.com/

You can also find it on Ebay at times, just enter "Hard Rock Maple Lumber".

Let me know if this works for you.

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Wow, I wish I could find a reasonable source for straight grained cypress, it makes the very best windmill blades! I cut white and red oak, walnut, pine, pecan, locus and elm for the most part. None of that looks or works like the old hard rock maple in pitmans. I have asked everyone I know
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My grandad used to use hickory for pitmans as well as tool handle and wagon parts. Do you have any of that local ??
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Default Re: Where to get Hard Rock Maple?

in all northern states its called sugar maple or rock maple . what sizes of lumber do you need. and how do i get it to you thanks dave wachter thanks harry
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Default Re: Where to get Hard Rock Maple?

My wood man uses ash for mower pitmans. I can't imagine ANYTHING being tougher than elm but nobody makes lumber from elm.
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Default Re: Where to get Hard Rock Maple?

For pitmans, I buy 2x2 ironwood(IPE(eepay)) pickets, then cut them down to what I need. Any lumber supply should have them or have access to them. I was getting the 42" ones cheap where I used to work because we were phasing the 42" out and bringing in 8'.
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Default Re: Where to get Hard Rock Maple?

That is great, I need some pieces for pitmans and thresher parts. I will have to figure out some lengths. I have asked all the lumber yards here and nobody could tell what I just found out here, this is a great site! Aaron
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Default Re: Where to get Hard Rock Maple?

I also use Hickory. I split my pitmans so that I don't cut across the grain. After I split a flat side from a round log I can then square it off on the table saw.
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Default Re: Where to get Hard Rock Maple?

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My wood man uses ash for mower pitmans. I can't imagine ANYTHING being tougher than elm but nobody makes lumber from elm.
We've cut quite a bit of Elm over the years. White Elm (or Piss Elm) isn't good for much, but Red Elm is about the best thing you can get for trailer decks.

Local Snowmobile club brought in a bunch of Red Elm for us to cut 10-11 years ago and used the lumber to build snowmobile bridges over the creeks and for ramps up & over fences. I took my Red Elm limbs in a few years ago, and just dropped the trunk last week & made 2x4s & some 5/4 boards out of it. Just have to watch where it comes from, like any tree for a sawmill. The snowmobile club's tree was 1/4 mile off the road, but I still hit 14 nails in it due to someone putting a deer stand in it.

Mostly cut Oak, Pine, Walnut, Hickory, Ash, & Cherry, sometimes cottonwood, and every once in a while Red Elm shows up at the mill.
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