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Offline Montanye Woodwo

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« on: March 05, 2017, 01:39:54 pm »
I've always wanted a bandsaw mill. I think now is the time  I pull the trigger.  I'll just be cutting for personal us and foreally friends. I got $10-15k for a budget. I'd like it to have a trailer kit and at least 20hp. 28" board width and 20' length. So far I've looked online at woodmizer, norwood, cook, ez boardwalk,  Turner. Any others I should be looking at? Leads on a good used one? So far I probably like the cook mp32 with the package 4 the best.

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Re: New mill
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2017, 02:02:59 pm »
Any others I should be looking at?

Yes....I recommend looking for sawyers who have these mills and asking them to let you watch them saw.
Ask questions. Maybe they will let you saw a board or 2. A little travel time to get personnel with different sawmills will be worth it.
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Re: New mill
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2017, 02:22:48 pm »
Welcome to the forum and good advice from Poston.
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Re: New mill
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2017, 05:22:31 pm »
welcome to the forum. i live near duluth. i have an ez boardwalk jr that i really like. if you are up my way you are welcome to stop in and see how it works once the snow is gone. with your budget you'd probably be looking at an ez 40.  jg
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Re: New mill
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2017, 05:36:46 pm »
I do not have any recommendations as I am still looking myself but if you haven't already check out the Sawmill Exchange. You can find their link on the left. They are a FF sponsor and usually have a variety to choose from. 
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Re: New mill
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2017, 05:47:43 pm »
welcome to the forum. i live near duluth. i have an ez boardwalk jr that i really like. if you are up my way you are welcome to stop in and see how it works once the snow is gone. with your budget you'd probably be looking at an ez 40.  jg

thanks, ill probably take you up on that if I don't jump the gun and buy something before.

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Re: New mill
« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2017, 05:53:29 pm »
I do not have any recommendations as I am still looking myself but if you haven't already check out the Sawmill Exchange. You can find their link on the left. They are a FF sponsor and usually have a variety to choose from.

just looked at that site, they got a timberking that looks decent. its a 95 but I don't know whats too old when it comes to a sawmill.

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Re: New mill
« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2017, 11:45:08 pm »
It may be at the top of your budget but check out the WM LT28 . Good luck what ever you choose .
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Re: New mill
« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2017, 06:52:22 am »
I just looked at the TK you are talking about and it looks ok to me. Also with the sharpener and setter you get a bonus.
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Re: New mill
« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2017, 07:39:34 am »

 After over 13000 hours on my B20 TK its been a great mill , runs a long time between break downs. Has  vertical log stops, chain turner, hyd toe boards , trouble free hyd head feed less than $100 in all those hours, setworks that work great with a industrial cord reel.  The mill you looked at has a couple of covers and the jacks missing, both the sharpener and setter work good.   Steve
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Re: New mill
« Reply #10 on: March 06, 2017, 06:22:37 pm »
Called EZ today and had him put my name on a 40 with trailer package and upgraded to 28hp. Gonna pick up next Sat.

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Re: New mill
« Reply #11 on: March 06, 2017, 07:50:24 pm »
Called EZ today and had him put my name on a 40 with trailer package and upgraded to 28hp. Gonna pick up next Sat.

Congratulations on your mill! Let us know how you like it and post pics when you get the chance.
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Re: New mill
« Reply #12 on: March 06, 2017, 08:16:38 pm »
I think you will be very happy with the EZ40.

Congrats.
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Re: New mill
« Reply #13 on: March 06, 2017, 09:51:36 pm »
Congrats not only on the sawmill but also for taking the time to ask questions so that you could make a decision that you will not second guess in the future.  That is doing it right.   smiley_thumbsup

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Re: New mill
« Reply #14 on: March 06, 2017, 10:08:00 pm »
Good for you!  The mill you chose is one that I very seriously considered. Good luck and happy sawing!
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Re: New mill
« Reply #15 on: March 07, 2017, 01:08:53 am »
congrats. you'll like your new mill.   jg
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Re: New mill
« Reply #16 on: March 07, 2017, 05:49:12 am »
 

 If I was getting a manual mill the EZ40 would be the one.   Steve
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Re: New mill
« Reply #17 on: March 07, 2017, 06:18:24 am »

 If I was getting a manual mill the EZ40 would be the one.   Steve



Yes Sir !  By far the best choice, especially in that price range.  Alot of sawmill for the money and very easy to maintain.
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Re: New mill
« Reply #18 on: March 07, 2017, 06:22:32 am »
Well that escalated fast lol you were serious!  Congratulations! 


Steve how do you have less than $100 in it after 13,000 hrs  ??? ???
Did you wire the hourmeter in so that it stays on lol
What about the diesel you retrofitted onto it?  If it has bandwheel belts you'd burn $100 in no time... or with steel wheels I'm sure they needed to be machined a few times.  Every time you fuel it up you're dumping $ into it, no?  Oil changes, grease, guide rollers, blades, they all cost $ unless you somehow get it all for free. 
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« Reply #19 on: March 07, 2017, 08:06:32 am »
 That's less than $100 in the head drive system, 1 valve and 4 bushings so far.  Hydraulics work good.   Steve
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Re: New mill
« Reply #20 on: March 07, 2017, 08:55:05 am »
I'm excited, if I didn't have plans I'd be driving down this sat.  I even went mudding thru the woods after work last night to check out all the logs I'm gonna saw up.  I have a 5'x10' cnc router so I see alot of live edge carved signs being made.

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« Reply #21 on: March 07, 2017, 10:21:44 am »
Congrats on the new mill.  The trip down will certainly seem quicker than the trip home :).  You are going to love it and will never look at a tree the same way again.
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« Reply #22 on: March 07, 2017, 10:55:56 pm »
Welcome to the forum. I have an EZ 40 since last Sep. I have modified it a lot, installed leveling jacks, 12volt carriage chain drive, head up and down drive, wireless loading winch, 8 foot extension, and in the process of building resaw belt conveyor. You are really going to like the EZ sawmill
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Re: New mill
« Reply #23 on: March 14, 2017, 08:02:19 pm »
Did you get the new Mill home?
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Re: New mill
« Reply #24 on: March 15, 2017, 06:39:27 am »
Picking it up Saturday. This last weekend I got a bunch of walnut logs from the woods piled so I should be ready to go Sunday morning.

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« Reply #25 on: March 18, 2017, 08:32:43 pm »
After 15 hrs in the truck today I got the ez 40 parked in the driveway. Tomorrow I'll be breaking it in on some walnut.

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« Reply #26 on: March 18, 2017, 09:24:02 pm »
I bet your tired of all that traveling! We drove about 11 hours 1 way last year to bring home our newest mill and when we got home.... we was happy to be home!

I can hardly wait to hear how you like it. Did they give you any training on how to use it?

Looking forward to maybe seeing what you saw with it too. Take pics.

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Re: New mill
« Reply #27 on: March 19, 2017, 12:49:09 am »
Congratulations! 8)
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