new efco 165 and 30\" alaskan mill

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Project by MRlonghorn posted 02-15-2010 08:00 AM 7967 views 10 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

got my new mill and i have a lot of trees to mill. i also built a solar kiln. ill post more pics soon. the saw is an efco 165 with a 28” bar and a 30” granberg mark III.

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#1 posted 02-15-2010 11:46 AM

That’s to cool…I need to move out closer to a forrest.

-- Vince

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#2 posted 02-15-2010 12:47 PM

could use one of those to cut up our maple tree.. but alas, the tree will just end up as fire wood

I take it you are very pleased with this tool

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 02-15-2010 12:51 PM

Never heard of an efco but it looks like a bit like a clone of a Husky. I hope you got a ripping chain on there!

Make sure you post some pics of the solar kiln!

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#4 posted 02-15-2010 01:53 PM

I would love to hear more about your progress with this mill. I just bought the same size chain saw and the same mill. I had a chance to make a few quick cuts before the snow hit Philly. Now I just have to wait until I can actually see the logs again.

Have fun and keep us up to date!

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#5 posted 02-15-2010 02:57 PM

Nice. I’ll have to look into this. Post your review if you have time.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#6 posted 02-15-2010 02:58 PM

Please post more…my cousin just asked me if I wanted some trees from his property…I told hm I did..I just had no idea what to do with are a God send sir. Any info would be great!

-- Semper Fi, Randy Sr.

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#7 posted 02-15-2010 03:13 PM

Good Going on both, the Alaskan mill and the solar kiln. I really enjoy my Alaskan mill, and have filled up the space under our deck with stacks of lumber… ;-) Hey – I too would like to see the solar kiln.

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#8 posted 02-15-2010 04:16 PM

That is cool! Add me to the list of people wanting to see the solar kiln.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#9 posted 02-15-2010 04:51 PM

That looks great! I have considered the Alaskan mark III, and I am going to start building solar kiln, very soon I hope, would like to have it ready by the end of April. Keep us informed.

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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#10 posted 02-15-2010 05:56 PM

Cool Tool, and using it will keep you warm on those cool days.

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#11 posted 02-15-2010 09:32 PM

Sweet I’m going to have to look into one of these

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#12 posted 02-16-2010 01:37 AM

28” bar? That’s a biggie!

I have been chucking change aside for a 20” Echo (NOT Efco) and the 20” Granberg mill… Not planning on milling big stuff like you are dealing with, so 20” is more than enough for me… (Biggest log diameter of the stuff I am likely to have available will be 18”)....

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#13 posted 02-16-2010 02:59 PM

dbhost -

Make sure that saw has at least a two inch width on both ends to attach the Granberg Mill. You will also lose at least an inch and a half on each end of the bar once the mill is attached. This will leave you cutting a log that is less than 16 to 17 inches in diameter. While this is possible, the money may be better spent on a good re-saw blade for you bandsaw? You would be saving $300-$400 at least on the mill and chainsaw that you could throw into your bandsaw to: buy one, buy a riser block, pick up a good re-saw blade, and/or make a good sled/outfeed system. Funny thing is you may need all this anyway to resaw your lumber anyway.

I would go this route or go larger on the chainsaw.

Just my very humble opinion.

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#14 posted 03-01-2010 07:14 AM

How is the saw working for you? I’ve looked at them before but I am stuck on Husqvarna, I run a 3120 and found that as long as I set the log up with a downhill run and prop the log up where its not laying on the ground I can cut 600 to 700 bf a day without killing myself to badly. Thats relative I’m an old fat guy. good luck and ignore the naysayers

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#15 posted 05-23-2010 11:25 PM

Hey I used one of these to get the black acacia I now have sitting on the side of my house. Worked great.

-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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