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Author Topic: Do you see sawmills being towed on the road?  (Read 20522 times)

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Offline Chuck White

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Re: Do see sawmills being towed on the road?
« Reply #20 on: January 25, 2013, 08:19:28 am »
I see a few mills on the road, there are 11 portable mills within 10 miles of my house!

No idea where they travel.

I still get lots of customers though!
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Re: Do see sawmills being towed on the road?
« Reply #21 on: January 25, 2013, 08:40:43 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.
Bandmiller is right (I think) ???.I drive over the road every day,All over the U.S.& very few times have seen one,Although I do travel mostly the interstate's.I would think that most of the mobile sawer's would be more on the back roads when going from job to job.
I've been told that I don't miss much as far as noticing things around me ;D,I sure see several from the interstate that are sit up stationary ;D
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Re: Do see sawmills being towed on the road?
« Reply #22 on: January 25, 2013, 08:43:11 am »
I mostly let other folks see me.    ;D
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Re: Do see sawmills being towed on the road?
« Reply #23 on: January 25, 2013, 09:14:27 am »
Can't remember seeing one on the road since WM brought me mine, 12 years ago last week.  Except in my mirror.  :) :)
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Re: Do see sawmills being towed on the road?
« Reply #24 on: January 25, 2013, 09:17:50 am »
For a small mileage fee, I'll be glad to tow my mill past the house of anyone who hasn't seen one, other than their own of course.  Might be a nice way to see the country(s).  My wife has always wanted to see New Zealand too.  That one will cost extra though. 

To answer the question, there are 3 other portable mills I know of in my county and two more in adjoining counties.  I have only once seen one on the road but have seen them set up at other locations from time to time.  I have to look into a basic biz license etc so I can start handing out cards and have signs for when I start towing mine around in a couple of weeks.

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Re: Do see sawmills being towed on the road?
« Reply #25 on: January 25, 2013, 11:57:30 am »
i know i ve seen a mill on the road before... cant say for sure when though.
o know of at least seven portable mills near here that are never moved, some never started.

logs trucks? about 7 every minute.

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Re: Do see sawmills being towed on the road?
« Reply #26 on: January 25, 2013, 05:03:15 pm »
The "how many mills near you" question could be another post of its own. The neighbor across the valley has a lt40hydraulic that is usually stationary. I know of a mr. Sawmill that is about 10 miles from me and a Norwood about 12 miles from me. I have heard of more but never seen them. There's supposed to be a lt15 owner that wants me to sharpen 100+ bands for him but only through mutual friends did I hear this info. The lt40 owner was on the discovery (I think) channel a couple years ago. Here is an article from woodmizer about him http://us.woodmizer-planet.com/index.pl?act=PRODUCT&id=23
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Re: Do see sawmills being towed on the road?
« Reply #27 on: January 25, 2013, 05:17:01 pm »
I used to see one mill many times in the year. Frequently it would be parked one door down from my house across from the general store. The owner would be in getting his mail or a newspaper. This fellow was a retired GM foreman who bought a manual mill to stay in shape with a money making hobby. He eventually sold all his holdings here and moved back to a more urban area for better access to health care. I have rarely seen a mill on the road since.
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Re: Do see sawmills being towed on the road?
« Reply #28 on: January 25, 2013, 05:50:02 pm »
Can't remember seeing one on the road since WM brought me mine, 12 years ago last week.  Except in my mirror.  :) :)

I've never seen one either, but I have this vision in my head of Dennis and I passing each other someday going opposite directions somewhere in Connecticut.

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Re: Do see sawmills being towed on the road?
« Reply #29 on: January 25, 2013, 06:15:50 pm »
The "how many mills near you" question could be another post of its own. 

I live on an island that is only accessible if you have a boat, there is a small barge available for hire.
It is two miles long and half a mile wide +/-
There are around 60 full time residents and perhaps another 100 weekenders.

As far as sawmills go....

There are 4 portable band saws,
There are only 2 circle saws now as one left.
A mighty mite mobile dimension mill.
A chainsaw mill with a 3120 Husky.
4 or 5 Alaskan sawmills.
And I have a Norwood LM 2000.

You would think that 9 mills per square mile would be sufficient, however, there is currently an LT 40 sawing over here from a nearby island.

To be honest most of the mills have not moved in years.
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Re: Do see sawmills being towed on the road?
« Reply #30 on: January 25, 2013, 06:47:14 pm »
I've never seen one either, but I have this vision in my head of Dennis and I passing each other someday going opposite directions somewhere in Connecticut.

 :D :D :D  That image cracked me up, Peter.

Oh and to answers Ray's OP...there is one local guy with a LTsuper that I see 2-3 times a year dragging his around, including to my place a couple of years ago. ;D
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Re: Do see sawmills being towed on the road?
« Reply #31 on: January 25, 2013, 07:55:55 pm »
I've never seen a portable mill be pulled .I do however see a multitude of log trucks because right down from work is a veneer exporter .

The haul them in ,auction them then haul them out again .

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Re: Do see sawmills being towed on the road?
« Reply #32 on: January 25, 2013, 08:32:56 pm »
 :) I know of 6 portable mill's in my county. The only one I have seen on the road was mine in the mirror's almost A year ago. Did renew my tags yesterday LOL . When I got mine home I kinda hid it from the road on purpose I'm still kinda of a selective sawyer one might say.  8)    :snowball:
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Re: Do see sawmills being towed on the road?
« Reply #33 on: January 25, 2013, 09:49:42 pm »
I run about a 500 mile radius of Akron,Oh. I've seen a few Woodmizers and a couple of Timberkings on the road. A lot of log trucks. Once Woodmizer pickup
Passed me with a new mill in Indiana(sure wish they were going to my house)
Sometimes I get to travel the back roads in Pa and see some portable mills
Working.there is a manual mill along Pa rt 80 and 220n that I eyeball when I
Heading west,if it's daylight.
I am always looking for mills where ever I go.
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Re: Do see sawmills being towed on the road?
« Reply #34 on: January 26, 2013, 02:38:02 pm »
I think that most people transport their sawmills either early morning or late afternoon/evening.

In the middle of the day, they should be sawing!  ;)
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Re: Do see sawmills being towed on the road?
« Reply #35 on: January 26, 2013, 05:44:50 pm »

    Funny thing about the mills, after Christmas I was on my way back from Ga. I kept seeing one in my rear view mirror. The son of a gun followed me all the way home ;D  8)  ;)

That happened to me, too! My avatar is the proof :D :D

I don't recall ever seeing another mill on the road, in front or behind me.

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Re: Do see sawmills being towed on the road?
« Reply #36 on: February 03, 2013, 08:10:08 am »
There's only two of us in my area doing it.   There are a few small manual mills around with no wheels under them.
 My friend Paul has an LT40 I have an LM4 and they are the only two rolling in Hampton Roads  and We've both become known as "Those guys with the saw mills".
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Re: Do see sawmills being towed on the road?
« Reply #37 on: February 03, 2013, 08:47:19 am »
I see a very few on the road.
There are 10 to 15 portable mills within 20 miles of my location 99 percent appear to be stationary as is mine.
My neighbor Tim Roberson is 3/4 mile from me and is 99 percent portable with a nice LT50 and stays busy.
I saw him yesterday and told him about the forum.
As it is colder than a well diggers behind in the Klondike and he is house bound now i hope he gets on the forum  and joins.
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Re: Do see sawmills being towed on the road?
« Reply #38 on: February 03, 2013, 08:51:38 am »
Rarely do I see a mill travelling down the road.  Yet, I can think of nearly a dozen within 30 miles of me.   We have lots of trees.

I have never seen a Lucas or any swingmill in transport anywhere (cept pics on here).
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Re: Do see sawmills being towed on the road?
« Reply #39 on: February 03, 2013, 08:58:10 am »
I learned last week that one of my "competitors" has hung up his sawblade.  Most of his former customers are mine now anyway.   ;D
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