Low cost bandsaw mills opinions please

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Forum topic by sprucegum posted 03-19-2013 12:57 PM 1638 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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03-19-2013 12:57 PM

I know this is not a forestry forum but I am sure some of you own personal size bandsaw mills so if you have one or have used one please give me your opinion. I own a small wood lot and will over the next few years will be harvesting some large Maple some of them close to 3’ on the stump. I have hired bandmill operators in the past but it seems like they are getting harder to find around here lately so I have decided to purchase a mill of my own. I do not need high production as I will likely not work on more than one or two trees at a time. If I could saw and take care of 300 bdft in a day I would be happy. What I do need is a mill that will saw decent lumber from large hardwood logs. I have done a ton of internet searching and the Hudson 236, the turner mill, and the norwood are the brands I have found that have the throat opening I need and are in my price range. Under $10,000 is where I am looking and the further under the better. If you own or have used one of these mills or know of another brand that would work for me please voice your opinion. I value the opinions of wood workers as I have seen a good many sawyers who have never built anything more complicated than a 3 board fence and have not a clue what good lumber is.
P.S. I would expect some of my logs would weigh up in the 3000 lb range so a durable track and bunks is a must. I have already settled on a ground mill over a trailer mill just because it will be easier to load, my tractor will lift around 1500 lbs and I have already cut some logs that I can only lift one end of.

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#1 posted 03-19-2013 01:05 PM

I don’t know anything about bandsaw mills, but you came to the right place to find out. I know there are plenty of Jocks out there that build exclusively with lumber they milled themselves. You could always build your own. I’ve seen quite a few videos of homemade mills, but they all look dangerous as hell. Anyway, good luck.

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