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Offline jrkimroxie

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Wood Mizer LT 28 Power
« on: February 18, 2010, 01:19:12 pm »
I'm new to the bandmill arena and was courious if the 18 hp engine on this mill is enough?  Looking to get one before this sale ends, will be cutting mostly syp 18"-30" to build my home. Hope to eventually cut some oak for inside the home, also 18"-30". Mill comes with power feed and is almost over my budget, but is there anything I've "just gotta" add to the mill??
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Re: Wood Mizer LT 28 Power
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2010, 02:08:05 pm »
When Woodmizer first started selling the Lt30 and lt40, they offered 20 horse, and I think 15 horse, engines.

I had a 24 horse onan and the power to the band  (the power that is most important) was sufficient to cut anything I put on the mill at near production speeds.   Conversations with other owners and Woodmizer, after the fact, indicated that there was very little difference, almost undetectable, between the 20 horse and 24 horse.  I would have to agree and think that the benefits came with added accessories, like hydraulics.

I've seen 15 horse engines saw and there is a difference between 15 horse and 20 horse.

Based on the older models and their performance, I think that you would be pleased with an 18 horse motor.  But, having sawed with a 24 and a 40 horse,  I can say emphatically, that you will be more pleased with more horsepower.    More horses allow you to tap the usability of the band that is out of reach of the smaller engines.  You will cut faster, with less aggravation, and your bands will last longer. (more Board feet to the band).

Given the opportunity, I would get the most horses offered.
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Re: Wood Mizer LT 28 Power
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2010, 05:49:06 pm »
My mill originally came with 18 hp briggs. I swapped it out for a 25 hp kawasaki, what a difference. Too be honest the briggs was kinda tired, 6000 hours on the meter.
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Re: Wood Mizer LT 28 Power
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2010, 06:07:13 pm »
We sawed many thousands of bf over 7 years with our LT40 with 18hp Briggs.   I didn't knew any better.  But if it was me,  I'd pop another $500 and get the 25 hp Kohlor.  By the pictures, it looks like it has the heavy duty air cleaner on it too.  You'll be able to run the thicker .045 blades much better and saw the heavier, harder stuff better and faster.
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Re: Wood Mizer LT 28 Power
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2010, 06:52:07 pm »
my 40 had the onan and it worked well, if you can go for more HP
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Re: Wood Mizer LT 28 Power
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2010, 07:48:30 pm »
I'm new to the bandmill arena and was courious if the 18 hp engine on this mill is enough?  Looking to get one before this sale ends, will be cutting mostly syp 18"-30" to build my home. Hope to eventually cut some oak for inside the home, also 18"-30". Mill comes with power feed and is almost over my budget, but is there anything I've "just gotta" add to the mill??
I went with the 25HP and you would make life easier on yourself with the log deck package (LDP)
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Re: Wood Mizer LT 28 Power
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2010, 04:49:36 am »
 Even 25hp is marginal in big tough logs, the more the better.   Steve
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Re: Wood Mizer LT 28 Power
« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2010, 06:26:51 am »
When I was looking at the 28, the larger motor had the removable gas tank. The 18 hp motor only had the tank on the engine. A lot easier to fill the tank and more gas options with the larger motor. Nothing wrong with more power either.  Good luck, harold
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