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Do you see sawmills being towed on the road?
« on: January 24, 2013, 10:34:33 pm »
I was thinking,I see very few sawmills being towed down the road. In fact I really can not remember the last time I saw one and where it was.We go alot too. Not too many freeways,but mostly back roads and state highways. I see every piece of heavy equipment being hauled,right from tractors to forwarders. I don't miss a log truck,empty or full either.
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Re: Do see sawmills being towed on the road?
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2013, 10:41:09 pm »
I see one occasionally and wonder, "what the heck is he doing in my territory?"   :D
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Re: Do see sawmills being towed on the road?
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2013, 10:44:20 pm »
Getting out of town!!!!
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Re: Do see sawmills being towed on the road?
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2013, 10:45:17 pm »
I've never seen another portable mill on the road. I do see loaded log trucks at least 1 or 2 times a month, and this is not a big timber area.
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Re: Do see sawmills being towed on the road?
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2013, 10:47:13 pm »
I see log trucks every day, only seen one other portable sawmill on the road. In my neck of the woods commercial circle mills are king.
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Re: Do see sawmills being towed on the road?
« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2013, 10:50:23 pm »
Delawhere Jack,that could be another whole thread,how often you see a loaded log truck? I never gave that much of a thought.  :o  I see at least one in a 20 minute drive. very common to meet one empty or full. Helps to live only 20 minutes from a paper mill. But I see logs too.
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Re: Do see sawmills being towed on the road?
« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2013, 11:10:40 pm »
But I see logs too.

I see logs too.  Most of them are along the road when I'm driving and are still standing with limbs on them. ;D 

I have never thought of it, but I can't say that I've ever seen a portable mill being towed either.  Funny thing is, Timberking's factory is less than 5 miles from where the fire station is I work at.  It's about 20 miles from my house and my wood yard is right along the interstate so I would think that would improve my chances of a sighting.  Maybe they are kind of like a sasquatch.  Very elusive.
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Re: Do see sawmills being towed on the road?
« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2013, 11:16:35 pm »
When we had a wind storm last year and they were doing salvage logging I thing we had 1/2 the trucks from the central Nth Island rolling though town. On a 1/2 hour drive back from town I counted 15 one day. There would have been 15 empty ones following me too.

Today I counted 3 in a 15 minute walk down our main street, that's a more normal number.  :D

Portable mills? Woodmizer type mills are rare as hens teeth, you occasionally see some other mill on the road, but a swingmill on the back of truck doesn't really stand out.

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Re: Do see sawmills being towed on the road?
« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2013, 11:40:29 pm »
I've seen 3 in the last 11 years, they have all been LT 40's.
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Re: Do see sawmills being towed on the road?
« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2013, 12:08:21 am »
I saw one (orange) loaded in the back of a pickup, hanging out a little, a month or two back.
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Re: Do see sawmills being towed on the road?
« Reply #10 on: January 25, 2013, 12:12:30 am »
One or two a year.

There used to be a lot of mobile sawyers in these parts but most of them have retired or found something else to do. Most of the time when I see one, I can figure out who it belongs to.
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Re: Do see sawmills being towed on the road?
« Reply #11 on: January 25, 2013, 12:57:22 am »
We are out there, I swear we are.   ;)  It is an unusual sight though.  I frequently get people who drive along side on the interstate or try to flag me down.  I have my web address on both sides of the mill and on my truck.  I've even had them follow me to the client's home.  If I pull through a parking lot, or into a gas station, I'll usually end up handing out several business cards.   
 

 
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Re: Do see sawmills being towed on the road?
« Reply #12 on: January 25, 2013, 01:07:24 am »
You've never driven down my street, I probably would have noticed.
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Re: Do see sawmills being towed on the road?
« Reply #13 on: January 25, 2013, 04:53:35 am »
More than 10 years ago I saw a mill set up sawing as I was driving I85. I know of 5 or 6 sawyers within 10 miles of me but I have never seen one on the road. I expect to draw a lot of attention as I pull my mill but I never do. To the general public we are just another machine on the road. Don't they know how important portable mills are? :D. I'm afraid we are the only ones who will notice. Oops - there is one recent exception: a guy approached me as I was setting up in an urban setting and wanted my contact info. Felt great.
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Re: Do see sawmills being towed on the road?
« Reply #14 on: January 25, 2013, 05:44:16 am »
No mills for me,  plenty of logs trucks though.  I did watch my LT-10 go down the road in
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Re: Do see sawmills being towed on the road?
« Reply #15 on: January 25, 2013, 07:31:46 am »
Most portable bandmills are used stationary,only a handfull of roadies.Its worth having an axle under them just for shipping from the factory,just imagine a LT-70 delivered as a kit to wire and assemble.[not picking on WM] Frank C.
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Re: Do see sawmills being towed on the road?
« Reply #16 on: January 25, 2013, 07:37:12 am »
I've only seen one. It was heading north, I was heading south. I would guess an older LT40. The sun wasn't up yet so not for sure. I see plenty of log trucks though.

I too get a lot of stares rolling through town, or passer bys on the interstate.
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Re: Do see sawmills being towed on the road?
« Reply #17 on: January 25, 2013, 07:41:52 am »
I've never seen one going down the road, but when I brought mine home in the back of the truck it was dark out and yet plenty of people in town know all about it.

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Re: Do see sawmills being towed on the road?
« Reply #18 on: January 25, 2013, 08:04:00 am »
when I lived in the Pittsburgh area, I only remember seeing one. Up here In 3 1/2 yrs, I,ve seen two. I'm not sure about the one last Oct., But I believe it was a Norwood. Then , two weeks ago about an hour from home I saw a Norwood for sure
    As far as logs, I live at the edge of The Allegheney Natl Forest, and State Game Lands no. 24. I see at least 5-6 loads go by my house every day, and when you go into town you can't hekp but see at least 2-3 loads.
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Re: Do see sawmills being towed on the road?
« Reply #19 on: January 25, 2013, 08:10:40 am »
I've never seen one being pulled down the road and I do a lot of driving. My monthly commute to shorebase is 430 miles.   :o
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