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Old 04-08-2007, 03:48 PM
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Anyone own one, have any experience with one?
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Old 04-08-2007, 05:00 PM
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Brother in law has one driven by 90 hp gas engine

The key is to get a solid bed so that the saw cuts straight

Keeping the band saw sharp is a big issue, if not done properly it will cut crooked

You will have to stack the cut green wood so that it does not warp

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I've never owned one, but I've ran a lot of logs through a Wood-Mizer.........what do you want to know?
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Have built, owned, operated..........RUNAWAY NOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Worse than a boat !!!!!

Get the level right....good sharp saw (hammered correctly)....perfect feed rate....everything just
exactly right.........first log..........NAIL...or RAIL/SPIKE....(ESPECIALLY FROM "FRONT/BACK YARD TREES"..

......OOPS.......START ALL OVER AGAIN......35 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE from producing 5,000' per day
to 50,000' per day.........I would rather have two run down boats/motors....visit my proctologist twice weekly and ride around once a week for 2 hours with my ex wife than have another sawmill !!!

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Old 04-10-2007, 07:27 PM
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ClarkLLC - 4/10/2007 2:08 PM

Have built, owned, operated..........RUNAWAY NOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Worse than a boat !!!!!

Get the level right....good sharp saw (hammered correctly)....perfect feed rate....everything just
exactly right.........first log..........NAIL...or RAIL/SPIKE....(ESPECIALLY FROM "FRONT/BACK YARD TREES"..

......OOPS.......START ALL OVER AGAIN......35 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE from producing 5,000' per day
to 50,000' per day.........I would rather have two run down boats/motors....visit my proctologist twice weekly and ride around once a week for 2 hours with my ex wife than have another sawmill !!!
Thanks Clark. After talking to a few folks and hearing your thoughts, I think I will pass.
My wife retires in June and I'm looking for something to do that gets me out of the house 3 or 4 days a week.
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I hat a wood mizer LT 30 for 6 years and hardly experienced any of the problems above!! After I adjusted mine the first time I never touchhed it exceptto change blades. I cut over 5000 trees in six years with mine and loved every minute of it. When I bought the property I live on now I cut around 300 trees into lumber and built three buildings with the lumber. All the trim in the house was done from Poplar and Oak I cut on the sawmill. Once you get one it is addicting as boating. One has to remember that you must have a place to stake and dry your lumber. Lumber takes up alot of room while it is staked. I built a pole shed 16' X 32' and filled it to the roof the first two weeks!! The best thing is when I was done I sold it for what I paid for it. The Wood mizers hold their value extremely well not like a boat!!!....Mark
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I have a Norwood with a Honda motor. This is a basic machine. It has no hydraulics....everything is manual. With one helper I can do about 1000 board feet a day of boards. More if only cutting beams. I built a 2600 sq. ft log cabin and a 2800 post and beam house with it. Never again!
By the time you pay for everything you would be better off buying the lumber from a production mill. Mine is now a "hobby mill".
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Old 04-15-2007, 05:30 AM
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I've decided to find something else to do. The support equipment is 2 to 3 times mill cost. To many issues to deal with, waste, storage, etc.

Thxs for your input.
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