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Offline Cory

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What do you think?
« on: February 02, 2011, 04:55:33 pm »
What do you all think about the Woodmizer LT15 and the Hud-Son 330 Pro.  I have looked at a bunch of mills and it has come down between these two.  I want a good solid mill that is easy to use and maintain.  I like to get the most "bang for your buck". 


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Re: What do you think?
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2011, 05:43:42 pm »
Being a realtive newby to band mills and this forum not to logs and equipment; you can't go wrong with the LT15,

I built my own CSM and then bought a Baker. However I read more than I can remember on the smaller saws, and the LT15 in the size of mills your looking at would be where I go. Nothing negative personnally against the Hudson, but for customer service and peace of mind LT 15 would be my suggestion.

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Re: What do you think?
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2011, 06:11:12 pm »
i  dont own either one,but i did look them over a little bit. the 330 is a 30" machine thats a huge plus right there. you can up grade it, probably off the shelf parts its cheaper than the lt15 even when the wm is on sale i think if it were me id lean torwards the  hudson
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Re: What do you think?
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2011, 06:15:32 pm »
I don't know about Hudson but I have really had good experiences working with Woodmizer.
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Re: What do you think?
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2011, 06:24:15 pm »
I looked at both Hud-son and WM at our local farmshow. I felt that there was enough of a difference for me to spend a little more and buy the LT15. I also opted for the 25 hp engine. I feel it's a more rugged machine.

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Re: What do you think?
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2011, 06:50:48 pm »
WM all the way. and by all the engine you can. good luck 8) 8) 8)
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Re: What do you think?
« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2011, 08:23:37 pm »
Cory, There are lots of LT15 owners here and like me I think they will all pretty much tell you the LT15 is indeed a well built and reliable mill. If you have decided a manual mill is all you need, then I would say go with the Woodmizer.
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Re: What do you think?
« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2011, 08:28:22 pm »
Just cause it can cut 30" doesn't mean it will do it well ;)

I'd go with the LT15, not just because it's a WM, but because it's a very good quality mill.

I own a LT10G10, and while it's small I love it. WM has been great with every question I've had, they even replaced my log clamp for free.
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Re: What do you think?
« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2011, 08:31:34 pm »
Knock on wood..........I bought my LT15 in the fall of 2002 and I have cut 10's of thousands of BF with it.  It has stayed in perfect adjustment since day one.  I have never had to so much as touch an adjustment mechanism.  Knock on wood, again..........

The Hud-son may be the same, but I have had no experience with one. 
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Re: What do you think?
« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2011, 09:01:56 pm »
WM

I know a hudson owner


hudson has it's place in this business

but ifin ya wants a run day to day


like I do go WM

the support alone is worth it
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Re: What do you think?
« Reply #10 on: February 02, 2011, 09:09:55 pm »
Hudson may be a fine mill, but I am very satisfied with my WM and the people there I have worked with.

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Re: What do you think?
« Reply #11 on: February 03, 2011, 10:47:18 am »
does that model hudson have roller blade guides? some hudsons i have looked at didnt and i think this would be harder on the blade than roller guides.
 i like the roller guides on my mill. they work real well.  pc
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Re: What do you think?
« Reply #12 on: February 03, 2011, 02:40:38 pm »
I think that the Hud-son has guide shoes with a bearing behind the blade and the woodmizer has a bearing.

So far here is what I like about each

Hud-Son 330 Pro
30 inch Capacity, Centrifugal Clutch, double block bearings on band wheels, 19 inch band wheels, the log dogs/clamps, operator isn't on the sawdust side, four post head $5295

Woodmizer LT30
Box beam bed, gas assist height adjustment, easy bolt on power feed option, has six log dogs standard.

The bad

330 Pro
Could be a hassle to change blades with the head between two posts

LT15
Operator is on sawdust side price is $5900 ($600 more than 330 Pro), only 28 inch capacity, to engage the blade you have to pull a lever then idle up the motor.

Thanks for everyone's input so far ;)

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Re: What do you think?
« Reply #13 on: February 03, 2011, 06:17:17 pm »
If capacity is a concern, be sure you understand what they mean by the term (for both saws). Does it mean a 28"/30" log? or does it mean a 28"/30" width of cut? And if it's width of cut, is that the distance between guide rollers, or is it the width of a cant clamped on the mill.
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Re: What do you think?
« Reply #14 on: February 03, 2011, 08:31:55 pm »
buy woodmizer
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Re: What do you think?
« Reply #15 on: February 03, 2011, 09:42:34 pm »
What woodmills said.

A 30" log is pretty big for that size of mill, hud-son or wm ;)
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