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Sawmills and Milling / Re: Woodland Mills HM130 vs Woodmizer LT15
« Last post by randy_atx on Today at 08:52:39 am »
Randy:
In your evaluation matrix add frame rigidity.
As you saw if the frame moves it could affect the outcome of the finished product.
Before doing much you should try and meet owners of both and see their mills in operation, and ask lots of questions.
You may like the ergonomics of one more than the other.
GAB
PS by the way welcome to the FF.

Good point re: frame, GAB.  Another difference I have noticed - with the HM130 one needs to push the powerhead.  The LT15 has a walk-behind crank which I assume (having never used a manual bandsaw mill) makes it a bit easier.
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General Board / Re: New England FF pot luck?
« Last post by thechknhwk on Today at 08:52:31 am »
Subscribing ;D
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Sawmills and Milling / Re: Whatcha Sawin' ???
« Last post by caveman on Today at 08:49:56 am »
Those are some good looking, rot free cedar logs. Around here, cutting good quality live edged cedar slabs is like printing money.

 JMoore had some located near us that were piled by the road after Irma.  He put danger tape and electrical wires all over the pile to try to discourage folks from taking them since we could not get to them until Friday of that week.  Somebody snagged them on that Thursday afternoon.  The next week I got a call from the fellow wanting to sell them to me-I declined.
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Forestry and Logging / Re: Tajfun winch choices
« Last post by mike_belben on Today at 08:48:39 am »
Oh i forgot.. Harbor freight $60 atv winches come with key fob remote control 12vDC solid state reversing contactor. 

If your winch is hydraulic power in and out with a manual freewheel, then the hazard fraught remote could power a 12vDC 2 way solenoid stack valve and a rocker switch in the cab could control it from within.
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Sawmills and Milling / Re: Reverse Roll Quarter Sawing
« Last post by randy_atx on Today at 08:46:41 am »
Rings mean nothing.  I always mark the rays (red marks) for the best flake.

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After a while it becomes clear as too which log will be the easiest to quarter saw.  It is also helpful to look at both ends of the log. 

The thickness of the rays are also an excellent predictor of flake quality.  The thicker the ray the better.


How do you locate the rays with this technique? Serious question.  Thanks
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Sawmills and Milling / Re: I'm still here :)
« Last post by ljmathias on Today at 08:45:25 am »
So I guess you might want to retitle this "aches and pains of getting old and doing hard work," or maybe
"Getting older is a PITA!"

Here's my two cents worth: I slipped while trying a move I could have done when I was 60 but not so much at 69. Almost fell through between two trusses, right arm stretched way back and a "pop" in my chest gave me some kind of crack or break there that can't be splinted or fixed easy. Now the shoulder: modern high res ultrasound showed a partial tear. Pain was incredible at first but gradually decreased over a couple of weeks. Started physical therapy and that has helped enormously. Biggest problem is, we're building a house for my daughter and SIL and work doesn't stop, just slows down. Seems I've re-strained the tear twice now, once through a sudden move I shouldn't have made, most recently through repetitive lifting and driving screws that didn't seem so bad individually but left my shoulder almost back where I'd started.

So, first rule: get diagnosed by a good orthopedic surgeon. Second,: listen to him. Third: don't do what you really want to do (and think you can get away with) by starting back at it too soon. I HATE not doing stuff, but I hate even more not getting better. And as my surgeon said: tendons and ligaments don't heal fast if at all- poor blood supply.

Now I sit in front of the fire place on a beautiful morning I could be putting up live-edge siding and fidgeting and antsy and out of sorts. Oh, well, that's life.

LJ
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General Board / Re: Survivor Heroes Vs. Healers Vs. Hustlers
« Last post by Magicman on Today at 08:43:08 am »
Cole did not win immunity he was gone and he knew it.  Poor Mike has no game and does not know it.  He is no threat and should be carried to the end, but he won't be.
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Sawmills and Milling / Re: Woodland Mills HM130 vs Woodmizer LT15
« Last post by GAB on Today at 08:41:47 am »
Randy:
In your evaluation matrix add frame rigidity.
As you saw if the frame moves it could affect the outcome of the finished product.
Before doing much you should try and meet owners of both and see their mills in operation, and ask lots of questions.
You may like the ergonomics of one more than the other.
GAB
PS by the way welcome to the FF.
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Forestry and Logging / Re: Tajfun winch choices
« Last post by mike_belben on Today at 08:40:55 am »
An RC linear actuator to move the handle from engage to disengage should be possible.  If its hydrauilic you could probably use a solenoid hydraulic valve and have an RC linear actuator toggle a rocker switch to control it.  You could apply an actuator direct to a spool but i wouldnt want to not have a manual lever, and i bet an actuator with that much force is pricey.  I dont know RC stuff anymore but the excavators on youtube use a lot of screwjack style rotary actuators for cylinders and bevel gears to drive the tracks.  So lots of DC motored options.  My kid likes watching those vids on my phone!
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Sawmills and Milling / Anybody drill holes for split rail fence Post
« Last post by just_sawing on Today at 08:37:32 am »
We have a split rail operation but many people ask for the Western cedar type fences that the box stores provide. We use only Eastern Red Cedar but was wondering if anyone had a drill setup for the post?
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General Board / Re: Making charcoal
« Last post by thecfarm on Today at 08:36:03 am »
Deal!!   ;D
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Sawmills and Milling / Re: Sawing Contract
« Last post by Chuck White on Today at 08:31:57 am »
I charge for the actual board footage sawed!
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General Board / Re: New England FF pot luck?
« Last post by GAB on Today at 08:28:21 am »
Ray:
Thanks

Peter:
Thanks
GAB
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Firewood and Wood Heating / Re: Trying out a Dyna processor
« Last post by logman81 on Today at 08:27:59 am »
Actually if you look closer barbender the two brands dyna and brute force are alot different. I compaired both side by side at a expo and they may look somewhat similar i can tell you they are not. The brute force is built with much heavier steel and they have a round log troth which feeds crooked wood better. And they have a last piece log holder so it doesn't tip into the splitter chamber.  They have a piston saw motot all so which is a much better setup. They have alot more options for their  machines compaired to dyna. When its time for me to buy one its hands down going to be brute force!
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Sawmills and Milling / Re: Woodland Mills HM130 vs Woodmizer LT15
« Last post by randy_atx on Today at 08:24:58 am »
Thanks for the feedback so far - i've learned a few things.  I guess I didn't compare the LT10 to the HM130 as the LT10 has a 10hp motor and a smaller finished board of 19.5".   The LT15 does have a bit more HP than the HM130 but it they are close (15HP vs 14HP) so I feel that is a closer apples-to-apples comparison, more so than comparing 10hp to 14hp. Also the finised board size is pretty close (LT15 23" wide board vs HM130 22" wide board). I hadn't heard of the Timbery brand that magicman pointed out, so I will take a look later today.

Both models can have track extensions added to them, but I believe only the LT15 can have additional accessories added to it.  Not sure yet what the shipping is on the LT15 but the shipping on the HM130 is around $350.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Randy
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Forestry and Logging / Re: Can anyone identify this machine?
« Last post by mike_belben on Today at 08:21:45 am »
Well, we dont get to see it very well but youll notice there is hardly a forked or branched tree in sight, theyre all straight and tall.  The size distribution is great.  Prime trees ready to be harvested, great looking mid sized stock eager to fill in the holes and clear lower canopy that isnt all choked in with vines, bushy scrub or deadfall.  When a canopy tree is removed the new sun will stimulate new seedlings there which will have a chance to grow, not be smothered by the shade tolerate bushy ground stuff. Theres nothing leaned over into mcdonalds arches, or tangled in ivy.  The spacing is great, room to fell the big stuff but still tight enough to keep trees growing upward instead of outward. 

Its basically what successive generations of great management look like.  Here where i am trying to repair high grading, if i were to cut every junky tree in one wave i would be left with a field and maybe 3 straight trees per acre which would either bush out or blow over immediately after.  And thats starting in a harwood stick farm thats too tight to drive a quad through without a saw.  The junky oak/hickory/maple/poplar that was too small or poor to harvest makes up the crown, the mid story is slow growing shade intolerant hardwoods that couldnt get to the canopy in time before it started to die, and the understory is a shrub thicket of shade tolerant species that grow 5 to 10x faster than the hardwoods im trying to favor.   The sourwood coppice sprouts i cut this time last year are up to 9ft high now.  There isnt an oak or hickory sprout thats made knee height yet.   So im growing a spike forest of sourwood coppice to make a sidelight curtain for oaks and hickory between them. Eventually i will cull the sourwood.


Anyway im beating a dead horse,  3 cuts of high grade on the same lot will leave behind a disaster that would do better to grow hay.  It wont see a timber paycheck in a lifetime of hard repair work.  I am describing the typical unmanaged overharvested middle tennessee forest.  Yet ive been on two here that look like the one in the video.  Only difference is the owners management.  Best and worst practice side by side will really open your eyes.
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Ask The Forester / Re: Tree id
« Last post by Classic1 on Today at 08:20:56 am »
Thanks guys, appreciate the info. 

Looks like the wood can be quite beautiful.
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General Board / Re: Making charcoal
« Last post by 69bronco on Today at 08:03:45 am »
I was looking for one to burn stumps. I heard someone say they have a $50 deposit on them.   :o  Maybe that is why I can't found any. I've been watching one at a woods landing. I got one from the dump,but I would like to have another one,since they are hard to find.
I've got 15 or 20 55gal drums, if you get over my way I'll load you up.
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General Woodworking / Re: New Toy (Tool)
« Last post by Bruno of NH on Today at 08:00:11 am »
YH
Your not scared
You do it right
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Sawmills and Milling / Re: A day cutting wood
« Last post by Bruno of NH on Today at 07:52:41 am »
I was there and seen him load em :)
It went like clock work :)
With the Cat and John
Let's not forget Jake
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