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What is the total number of experience you have as a sawmiller. (Round to the closest number))

1 year
215 (33.2%)
5 years
182 (28.1%)
10 years
88 (13.6%)
15 years
52 (8%)
20 years
39 (6%)
25 years
30 (4.6%)
30 years
17 (2.6%)
35 years
8 (1.2%)
40 years
4 (0.6%)
45 years
4 (0.6%)
50 years
3 (0.5%)
55 years
2 (0.3%)
60 years
2 (0.3%)
65 years
2 (0.3%)

Total Members Voted: 647

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Re: Total of our experience-Sawmilling
« Reply #20 on: June 30, 2008, 10:33:50 pm »
Up to 705 years experience now. ;D
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Re: Total of our experience-Sawmilling
« Reply #21 on: July 02, 2008, 03:02:13 am »
I've got about 3.5 yrs so I rounded up to 5. Like Daren,I have learned alot hanging out here. I figure it gives me a leg up on a sawyer with comparable time but not having the Forum as a knowledge base. ;D

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Re: Total of our experience-Sawmilling
« Reply #22 on: July 04, 2008, 07:36:37 am »
6 years here, only hit the log stops once in a while now.    Steve
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Re: Total of our experience-Sawmilling
« Reply #23 on: July 04, 2008, 07:38:41 am »
I've been at it from back in the eighties,but it has never been my only scorce of income.I enjoy building mill machinery as much as using it.Once your a sawyer you never look at trees the same way,people wonder what I'am looking at,just figuring the board feet.Frank C.
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Re: Total of our experience-Sawmilling
« Reply #24 on: July 04, 2008, 04:39:33 pm »
Over 1000 years of experience at this point in the poll and less then 2.5% of our members weighing in so far. :)
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Re: Total of our experience-Sawmilling
« Reply #25 on: July 04, 2008, 06:39:30 pm »
That's just plain staggering!  :o Keep the numbers coming folks. 8)

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Re: Total of our experience-Sawmilling
« Reply #26 on: July 05, 2008, 01:09:42 am »
20 years total, starting with Alaskan Mill, 18 years band mill.
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Re: Total of our experience-Sawmilling
« Reply #27 on: July 07, 2008, 03:39:54 pm »
All of my experience is on Wood-Mizer mills.

I started out tailing my FIL's 1992 Manual WM about 3.5 years ago, and this spring, my wife and I bought our own mill. 
We usually work the mill together.  Haven't gotten her to run it yet.  Says she's too nervous.
She will eventually.
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Re: Total of our experience-Sawmilling
« Reply #28 on: July 12, 2008, 12:07:46 pm »
I was about to select "1" year but realized I bought my LM2000 and cut my first board in 2004. Time flies when you are having fun. ;D
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Re: Total of our experience-Sawmilling
« Reply #29 on: July 14, 2008, 11:20:52 am »
I cut my first board on a Frick 00 mill when I was 11 years old in 1981 with an Eclipse Portable Steam engine.  So, does that qualify me as having 25+ years experience?   ;D

I've milled on several circle mills (Frick, Bel-Saw, American, and Farquar) until two years ago when I started using a band mill.  I only mill about 5 ~ 10K bd/ft of lumber per year.
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Re: Total of our experience-Sawmilling
« Reply #30 on: July 17, 2008, 02:46:10 pm »
I milled full time from 1995 to 2001, off and on since then. So I just said 10.

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Re: Total of our experience-Sawmilling
« Reply #31 on: July 23, 2008, 01:53:11 pm »
We are over 1350 years of experience on the poll.  :)
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Re: Total of our experience-Sawmilling
« Reply #32 on: July 24, 2008, 12:30:37 pm »
Gday

I started sawing when I was 13yo ;D 8) (Im 1 of the lucky ones that knew what i was born to do) after naging Dad to build me a CSM based on a logosol m7 to cut DF , Radiata Pine and local Hardwood. brought my 1st new bandsawmill at 15yo ;D and built my 1st circular 44" flattop sawmill at 18yo 8) and went into sawmill management at 20yo and did my own milling on weekends I  also managed H/Wood kilns for 18 months drying  60000bft per day . Ive been lucky enough to get exp on almost all types of sawmilling equipment. Been back milling for Myself  for 18 months now . 8) 8) And rebuilding Puppa and dads 84 mod # 2 Meadows delux sawmill that was the 1st Meadows sawmill imported into Australia .there is only about 7 of these types of mills (all brands)operating overhere at the moment. my Mate is 2 weeks off
his Morpac mill arriving 8) that I found for him at OSARK equipment MO.Gotta help Him set it up tho (the things you do fo free)  ;D

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Re: Total of our experience-Sawmilling
« Reply #33 on: August 04, 2008, 10:58:24 am »
Seems like a few of us started with the Alaskan Mill.  Funny how fast that dust gets in your veins, huh.  With 45 yrs. of experience, I'd be interested in seeing some pics of some of the mills you been around.  I've seen some that you'd swear wouldn't get through a log  :-\
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Re: Total of our experience-Sawmilling
« Reply #34 on: August 04, 2008, 03:53:42 pm »
Well, I have been involved in sawing wood - but as an owner, not so much as a doer... if you know what I mean. But, if I were to add up all the experience of our workers...

Lets see, we as of last payroll have 63 people working for us now. Of that number, I would say 20 or more have life long experience cutting wood - usually with an Alaskan, but more than a few with bandsaws and sawmills. So, on average, they have at least 10 years, probably closer to 15 as I think about it.

So, if I were to include my workers... say 300 years. I didn't see that on the options though.  :D
So, how did I end up here anyway?

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Re: Total of our experience-Sawmilling
« Reply #35 on: September 03, 2008, 06:20:18 pm »

  Well I have worn out a WM so how many years is that?  I have checked my box and upped the total a little.
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Re: Total of our experience-Sawmilling
« Reply #36 on: November 09, 2008, 09:59:22 pm »
1000 years is awsome! But the 2.5% of registered members is disappointing. Come on guys! How hard is it to vote?

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Re: Total of our experience-Sawmilling
« Reply #37 on: December 05, 2008, 08:30:38 am »
I said 5 years    have had my mizer for 56 months   had another brand for 18 months [not allowed to say brand]  before that had a circler mill for year,   gave up on that...before that,built a band mill with snow machine engine ,gave up on that one too......think I should have said 10 years     rl
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Re: Total of our experience-Sawmilling
« Reply #38 on: December 05, 2008, 08:36:21 am »
Why are you not allowed to say brand?
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Re: Total of our experience-Sawmilling
« Reply #39 on: December 05, 2008, 08:55:46 am »
ok guys,

I am in with 30 years-got me first mill in 1976-Meadows #1...

Ran this mill on my off time plus weekends-was firefighter city of Ithaca,ny

Had this mill till 93-then got a bandmill-TH,still not sure why they closed down..

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