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Forum topic by Adamal posted 08-29-2013 10:04 PM 14819 views 1 time favorited 35 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-29-2013 10:04 PM

Does anyone know of a good way to take advantage of fallen trees without investing large amounts of money for something like a Wood-Mizer?

I’ve got a couple of acres surrounded by state park and I often have trees come down. Walnut and Maple mostly.

I’d love to find a way to slice them up into maybe 8/4 size and make some sawdust!


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#1 posted 08-29-2013 10:15 PM

Chainsaw mill.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 08-29-2013 10:35 PM has a set of plans for a DIY version of a Wood-Mizer.

A chainsaw mill is not cheap, takes a large powerful chainsaw, and is s l o w.

Google “home made saw mill” for some interesting options; and entertainment.

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#3 posted 08-29-2013 10:43 PM

You might do a search for custom sawyers (like me). I’ve got a Norwood portable sawmill that I take to customers’ locations. Check your state’s Forest Products association for sawmills. I’ll go with Dallas on this one. Chainsaw mills are a good option, but either way you’ll get sawdust in your veins. It will start out “needing” bigger chain saws, and progress to tractors, on to your own sawmill. At least that’s what happened to me. Yes they are slower than band saw mills, but if you have just a few logs, they are a good option. Where are you located?

-- Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement.

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#4 posted 08-29-2013 11:32 PM

Logosol chainsaw mill. The kerf is huge so you loose some wood, but it is affordable.

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#5 posted 08-30-2013 12:07 AM

I have what is called a Haddon Lumbermaker. It attaches to your chain saw bar and rides on a 2 by4 that you attach to the log. It’s a lot of work cutting lumber this way. Only use that occasionally. Now mostly I load up logs on a trailer and take them to a farmer I know with a mizer. He charges me very little and loves to talk. You might be able to find someone like that.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#6 posted 08-30-2013 12:15 AM

If you’re going to saw it yourself, you’re going to have to
invest in some equipment. The less you invest, the
harder you’ll work to do the sawing.

An old fashioned alternative is buck the trees to board length
and split logs in half and then in quarters, depending on how
wide they are. A whole log will crack as it dries but a half
or a quarter log has a chance of drying into usable lumber.

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#7 posted 08-30-2013 01:40 AM

I’m waiting for someone to buy and review the Harbor Freight bandmill as it is ALMOST in my price range.

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#8 posted 08-30-2013 01:42 AM

I agree Andy!

I’m saving my dimes and nickels so I can buy one.

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#9 posted 08-30-2013 01:56 AM

I just checked HF and nothing comes up in the search

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#10 posted 08-30-2013 02:06 AM

I can not find that sawmill anywhere on the harbor freight website. I wonder if its no longer available. Probably blew up in somebody’s face and they stopped selling it..

-- Yves

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#11 posted 08-30-2013 02:09 AM

I have seen their mill in their online site but can’t find it tonight.


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#12 posted 08-30-2013 02:09 AM

Shawn, I tried a dozen different methods and searchs and cannot get more than 17 items to come up for any search at HF.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#13 posted 08-30-2013 02:12 AM

The Harbor Freight bandmill is made in China and is not much more than a toy. It will not hold up over the long haul. Trees are big, green, heavy, green, big, and heavy. You would be much better off hiring a portable sawyer to come in and saw your logs. Most charge in the $.35/BF range. That is cheap versus spending thousands on a sawmill unless you plan to saw a lot of lumber on a consistent basis. If you are, then there are some very good mills out there with proven track records. This does not include the Chinese Knock-offs.

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

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#14 posted 08-30-2013 02:18 AM

I hear you Perry. I am not a tool snob and have bought quite a few tools from harbor freight like clamps and the like. My rule however, is that anything that spins fast or could blow in your face, I do not dare to buy from harbor freight. It seems to me that it is already dangerous enough to use a sawmill (or at least potentially dangerous if you do not pay attention), you do not want to also have to deal with unexpected catastrophic failures in the middle of cutting a huge tree.

-- Yves

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#15 posted 08-30-2013 02:45 AM

As mentioned a chainsaw mill. You can easily get it into places where a Woodmizer can’t, low cost & large capacity. Also, CSM really aren’t that slow. Not as fast as a band mill but not slow. I’d also rather have the larger width capacity and be able to mill where the log lays vs loading onto rails. It all depends on your budget and equipment needed to do the job.


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