Portable Mill

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Blog entry by canadianchips posted 09-28-2010 01:34 AM 1194 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I see my neighbor has his portable mill sitting in front yard. IT looks like a shop built band saw with a 24 ft sled. NO blade in it, small gas powered engine. Track looks usable, Wondering what I should offer him for this ? It appears to accept about a 24” diameter log. I am going tomorrow with camera and get some pictures.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#1 posted 09-28-2010 03:36 AM

Maybe he just parked it there and it’s not for sale.

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#2 posted 09-28-2010 02:21 PM

If he isn’t selling, the photos will give you a pretty good idea as to how to build one yourself.

If you do, can I borrow it? ;)

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#3 posted 09-28-2010 03:02 PM

Oooh that sounds like tooo much fun. I have no idea what it would be worth, but it doesn’t stop me from wanting one.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 09-28-2010 10:33 PM

Waiting for the photos!!! For cutting 24” you want power. I used 20hp engine on the one I built. Have worked on a machine with 13hp before, not enough!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#5 posted 09-29-2010 01:57 AM

It’s been raining last 2 days. Finally got some pics. The gentlman that owns it gave me the tour. Unfortunatly “NOT FOR SALE YET”.He is only 78 and wants to keep it for couple of years .It has a new 18hp. engine, capable of cutting 24” diameter and can handle 17 ft. lengths. He says he charges $35/hr, depending on how many logs. If it is only one log it would be less money.(If I bring log to him).

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#6 posted 09-29-2010 04:08 AM

Too bad you can’t own it yet, but still a handy neighbor to have close-by.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 09-29-2010 05:03 PM

I bet if you offered to help him when he cuts there would be some good benefits to come your way. Who knows it might be yours someday.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#8 posted 09-30-2010 04:04 AM

”Gregn”I was thinking of that.
He also has a huge shaper in shop and makes baseboards and trim. Several cutting profiles. I would be thrilled to help him for nothing, just for the experience.(Maybe time to use the “Millwork skills that I was taught many years ago)
He only lives 4 houses down the street.I hear his planer and shaper running most days.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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