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Forum topic by bruc101 posted 03-28-2012 01:35 PM 1017 views 1 time favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-28-2012 01:35 PM

I had a friend drop this off at my shop yesterday. He told me he had used it about 20 years ago to mill all the beams for their post and beam home he and his wife built themselves. He used it to cut several 1000 board feet of beams from SYP.

I asked him why did he bring it to me and his reply…at your age I needed a new experience. lol

-- Bruce Free Plans http://plans.sawmillvalley.org


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#1 posted 03-28-2012 02:20 PM

Its missing a major piece. :-)

Here is mine.

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#2 posted 03-28-2012 07:31 PM

I have the Granberg with the 66” bar. It is a beast of a mill to haul around even when I swap to my “short” bars (36” and 41”) onto it.

That “major piece” is the most dangerous and most expensive piece coincidentally. LOL

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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#3 posted 03-29-2012 02:32 AM

Well, actually I have a couple of the major pieces for the chainsaw mill but use them to cut firewood with.
You guys photos are awesome and sure looks like you know how to handle that mill. Don your post was very informative and I enjoyed reading it. Doss..as many logs as you have there I think I would either buy a bandsaw or get a sawyer to come mill it for me or either you to poor like me to own one.
I put up some photos of an oak tree that one of my friends had next to his home, was getting in the way of his tv dishes. It was a beautiful log and would have fetched a lot of brd feet but we cut it into firewood.
The reason I’ve not milled any lumber is because I buy just about any variety wholesale ready to go to work with when it’s unloaded.
I do admire you guys and this same friend owns about half of a mountain with some beautiful trees on it that a bandsaw can’t get too. We had discussed getting a chainsaw mill and now we have one so I’m sure we’ll be going after one soon. That one tree yielded one small truck load and one 1 1/2 ton truck load of split firewood.

-- Bruce Free Plans http://plans.sawmillvalley.org

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#4 posted 03-29-2012 03:12 PM

Bruce, I hear you man. When we first started, we knew we couldn’t afford a bandsaw mill that could handle logs this size (go price a mill that can handle 40-52” logs… you’re sure to be in the six figure range).

Sawyers can’t come out and cut it either b/c most only handle logs with diameters less than 24”... there are a few that can cut 36” on site, but that is a very, very hard sawyer to find.

So, in the end, we decided on a giant chainsaw mill. It works fine. It’s just sloooooooow. Gotta get some cutting done soon though. I’m sure our temps are going to be in the mid-90’s with steamroom quality humidity.

If we didn’t use them in slab form, a BS mill would be a decent option. We will probably quarter some of them though and size them as rough lumber (probably 3” slabs that are 15-25” wide). We can then pass them through our Shop Fox 19” to make usable boards.

Also, yeah… I do have a few logs don’t I?

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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