This didn’t quite fit any of the forum topics. Perhpas the coffee shop, but I decided to just blog it.
Another “I’m curious” question.
Does anybody own, or have a friend that does own, any of the various portable band saw lumber mills that are available? As you know there’s everything from an attachment for your large chainsaw to a mill that you can pull behind a pick-up truck with hydrolic log lifters etc. I’ve looked at pamplets and brochures of the variations and it seems so cool to have one!
And it’s seems like I see trees down all the time – everything from the results of storms, to tree services working, to the highway department clearing trees to widen the road. Often, if they aren’t being cut up for firewood, they’re pushed into a pile for burning. And I day dream about pulling up to a log and making it into lumber for woodworking.
Yes, I know there’s big logistical issues like owning an appropriate truck, the chansaws and log moving tools, etc and having a place to dry and store the lumber. I’m sure I have a “romantic” (I can’t think of a better term – perhaps “delusional”?) view of the process. It’s lots of hard work I’m sure (and that’s not a small issue for a 45 yr old desk jockey like me). Trees are heavy and it’s no easy task situating the tree on the band saw rig to mill it – even if you can pull up to the log. So it’s got to be a three or four person job even though the brochures only show one person cutting up lumber.
But I would love to hear about some first hand experiences. Anybody own one? Anybody helped an owner mill lumber? Anybody watched one work?
What’s it like? What are the hidden issues? Can it pay for itself? Etc. Etc.
-- Paul, Texas