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1766 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question milling

Does anyone have any experience with Alaskan Mills? Do they work as well as they say? http://www.granberg.com/

-- Dave, I wood if I could but I can't so I woodknot


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Timberwerks

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#1 posted 1766 days ago

I’d be lost wihout mine, they work very well. Just make sure you get a power head with enough hp. I run a Husqvarna 3120 a Stihl 660 is a great choice as well.

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#2 posted 1745 days ago

Rob
have you had a chance to try your mill?

-- Dave, I wood if I could but I can't so I woodknot

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#3 posted 1745 days ago

i have one and its great, a little slow and u do need a 80cc saw or larger, a day of milling produces hundreds of dollars of boards, and u can mill it where it falls, u will also need a special ripping chain, i will try to get some pictures of lumber that i have milled posted soon. i have milled boards 30” wide and twelve feet long, u can mill any thickness u want. go online and look up baileys.com and get there aux. oiler

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DTWoodknot

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#4 posted 1745 days ago

Woodtick thanks for the info I have been thinking of getting one only because I have some nice oak treees in the yard that need to come down and i hate for it to go for fire wood

-- Dave, I wood if I could but I can't so I woodknot

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#5 posted 1745 days ago

Maybe advert for some one local that has an AK mill already if you are only planning on salvaging this one tree. If you plan on other slabbing projects perhaps the investment is warranted. There may also be a jobber with a portable band mill around your area.

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#6 posted 1745 days ago

Perhaps you have been to the “woodweb” site? You may find a saw jobber there.

http://www.woodweb.com/index.html

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#7 posted 1743 days ago

dtwoodnot, a little more info on ak mill, i already had a saw so my investment was much lower than if i had to buy a saw.since i didnt have to buy a saw i bought better parts for the mill, like a double ended bar with an aux chain roller and a extra oil tank, keep in mind that i use my mill for all day cutting jobs. in 4 years of milling i have not had any major issues with mill, i also have not bought a single stick of lumber since getting the mill!!! medium hardwoods take about 4 minutes per cut on a 8 to 10 foot log about 12 to 18 inches in diameter. i just did an ash that was 25 inches across and 9 foot long and those cuts took 10 mins per pass but wow u should see the boards! saw kerf is 1/4 inch so u loose a board 4 every 4 cut, but the wood is free and probably would have been used for firewood, so i guess i saved it and will put it to good use.aquireing some wood is better than no wood, my garage is packed with wood that is drying from this summers milling, most will be ready for use next summer, it takes about a year per inch of thickness to dry.

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#8 posted 1741 days ago

Woodtick
Thanks for the feedback. I have a saw as well and I’m thinking that I would get the small mill. I when to the web site and watched the video it look simple enough. I’m looking at about 5 to 10 oaks that range from 14 to 20” across. I think my biggest problem will be where to store the lumber to dry. What model do you have?

-- Dave, I wood if I could but I can't so I woodknot

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#9 posted 1740 days ago

DTWoodknot, i have a 36” and i run an old mcculloch saw, its not a high rpm saw but it has loads of torque, the power head was made in sweden by partner, only bad thing is if something major breaks on it im lookin for a new saw as mcculoch is out of buisness. have you had the chance to look at baileys yet? they have a slabbing bracket kit that you can use with any length 2 by material for the all important first cut. remember that all cuts follow the first and if it isnt straight..well? baileys is also a good source for ripping chain.

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#10 posted 1740 days ago

Woodtick I looked @ Bailleys today and that is a great source and there pricing is better than the Granberg web site I’m thinking of getting the small mill (for saws under 20”) that should work with my saw 18” poulan.

-- Dave, I wood if I could but I can't so I woodknot

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