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    Portable sawmill advice?

    I have pretty much decided to purchase a portable sawmill. I have seen where a number of suppliers are now offering a DIY-Hobby-small landowner portable bandsaw mill in the $3-4K price range.

    A small bandsaw mill should suit my needs to process the trees that I am harvesting from my property (due to roads and site clearing) and not bust the budget. Much more convenient and also will have all the options to process logs that might not be profitable to another sawyer.

    Anyone have experience with these smaller mills and could offer any advice?

    Looking at the Woodmizer LT-10 in particular.

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    Rick, All I know is those machines are a disease similar to the vortex. I've looked at quite a few and have tried to buy several different kinds to no avail. There are always lots of opinions . Most owners I've talked too like their machines. Last one I looked at was a Baker. The owner did modify it some to lower it closer to the ground and stiffen it up some. You can get lots of opinions over on the www.forestryforum.com Different types have their strengths and weaknesses. I want to someday get a Petersen swingmill. I've also got dozens of logs to saw and am getting tired of hauling them to the mill. Woodmiser is a solid company.

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    Don't forget the big option to have it fixed or on wheels.The later will give you an easier time moving and setting up.Have worked with an old small Woodmizer that was stationary, this proved a pain to move to different locations - so looking back I would reconmend any make/ model that had wheels mounted

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    My experience on what you ask is nil, but what about a chainsaw mill? Stu made his own one and it worked pretty well for him, if you pretend to tunr into boards only the trees that you're cutting to make room for the house could be a cheaper option.
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    I own and use a E Z boardwalk mill -- made in N.E. Missouri by an Amish gentlemen. (www.sawmillmag.com/reviews/8/EZ+Boardwalk)

    It is on rails that have wheels that are removed from the axle quickly! not recommended to be used with wheels on..

    It is a little above you price range but for the money I spent I have a much better mill than the woodmizer mill -- in the same price as the mizer mill.


    It is one of my favorite tools -- some tools I use --some I like to use --some I really like to use!! My mill is even better than the "really like to use"

    Fun!!!

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    There is a mill up the highway, about 15 miles from me that doesn't look like it is used anymore. Grass and weeds growing up through it. Sometimes I'm tempted to stop and ask about it.
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    Here's just another way to look at it. I've been wanting a mill for a few years. Almost had myself talked into getting one a couple of times.

    I had right at 1500 feet cut in December. Counting the sawyer, fuel, a bar for my saw (tree made it have a nice bend)and a few other things. I've got about 400 in it. That's around .26 cents per foot. I think that's a decent deal.

    I was looking at trying to get a mill in the 7 - 10 thousand dollar range. I started figuring how much would I have to cut to pay for the saw based on what it cost this last time. Looking at what I payed for the wood I had cut, I would have to cut around 30,000 bd/ft to pay for a 7000 dollar saw. That's just the purchase price not the maintenance and supplies. I figured it was cheaper for me to pay someone else to cut for me. Let them cover all the overhead for the saw and such.

    Some advantages

    Now, if I was selling rough cut lumber it would pay for itself a lot faster.
    If I only had a few logs to cut I could cut them when I wanted.
    You could possible cut for other people and make a little cast on the side.
    Having a mill would be way cool.

    I'd still love to have a mill but I just can't justify the price and I wouldn't want to turn it into a job.

    I've thought about having some cut and trying to sell a little to cover the cutting cost.

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    [QUOTE=Paul Gallian;204803]I own and use a E Z boardwalk mill -- made in N.W. Missouri by an Amish gentlemen. (www.sawmillmag.com/reviews/8/EZ+Boardwalk)

    It is on rails that have wheels that are removed from the axle quickly! not recommended to be used with wheels on..

    It is a little above you price range but for the money I spent I have a much better mill than the woodmizer mill -- in the same price as the mizer mill.


    It is one of my favorite tools -- some tools I use --some I like to use --some I really like to use!! My mill is even better than the "really like to use"

    Fun!!!

    Paul
    Thats a really nice looking mill.
    Garry

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