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#1 posted 01-31-2013 03:27 AM

The going rate around here for a portable bandsaw mill is about $.35/BF. At $75/hr, and at 200 BF production, that is $.375/BF. Given the value of walnut, that is not much in the big scheme of things. However, it can turn out to be a good bit of money if there are lots and lots of BF.

Most bandsaw mills will not handle a log that is 4’ in diameter. It might have to be slabbed with a chainsaw mill. I have a manual bandsaw mill. It cuts great, but is slower than one of the bigger horsepower mills with hydraulics to turn logs. If the bandsaw miller that you spoke to has one of the larger hydraulic mills, he should be able to get the production to make the $75/hour cost very reasonable on a BF basis. Find out what kind of mill he has and if it is a hydraulic mill.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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