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Old 06-22-2009, 10:10 PM
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? Portable Sawmills? - Appropriate for this forum?

The topic of portable sawmills seems like a 'natural' :walking: extension for this forum.

Any knowledge/experience out there for a 'newbie' - starting 'slow'? The 'Alaska' sawmill (using a chainsaw), while inexpensive...seems very 'rough'... both in terms of the board production and board quality.

Ideas on types? Things to look for? I need to KISS (keep is simply stupid) w/ a minimum 'up front' cost (?1K? reasonable?) for personal use after selectively harvesting of hemlock, white pine and some maple and oak, on my 20 acres. Lumber would be used for paneling, flooring and possibly for cabinets.

What say you?

trombkd....
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Old 06-25-2009, 04:04 PM
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You will have a hard time doing the portable saw mill thing with just 1k. If you want to keep it simple the Alaskan mill is probably not the way to go. I own one and have yet to figure out how to make square edge lumber "easly". It is OK for through sawn (bark edge) lumber. Takes a lot of time, energy and it beats the H$@l out of your saw (gets realllllly hot). I would look into spending a bit more and getting a small push carriage mill ($5k or so).
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Old 06-26-2009, 01:01 AM
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? Portable Sawmills? TY Flying Squirrel

Thanks. Seems you've now validated what my 'research' and my 'head' were saying...especially re; the 'Alaskan' Sawmill.....

I'm reading through info and the catalog from Wood Mizer... which 'seems' credible.

Thoughts on the product line...or others? Used an option? I'm thinking the LT10 may meet my 'getting started' needs....
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Old 06-26-2009, 01:47 PM
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I have a friend that has a big wood mizer with all of the bells and wistles. It is a great machine. There are a lot of different brands out there. I would really concider a company that has a blade sharpening service (such as wood mizer & a few others). Good luck
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Old 07-20-2012, 10:52 AM
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We're working on adding a sawmills forum. Keep an eye out for that soon!
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Old 07-26-2012, 03:32 PM
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