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Offline labradorguy

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Anyone making any money with a Lathe-Mizer??
« on: March 13, 2017, 01:02:48 pm »
I've got a couple hundred acres that is loaded with cedars. I've been looking really hard at this WM lathe attachment and wondering if it would be a worthwhile investment.... Everybody and his brother is selling cedar logs around me for fence posts, a few are selling 4x4 and 6x6, but I'm not seeing anything like what a person can turn out with a lathe-mizer. That along with then tenon attachment looks like it could be a really sweet addition for someone with hundreds of 6" cedar logs. IDK... Anyone using one??
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Re: Anyone making any money with a Lathe-Mizer??
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2017, 01:13:18 pm »
If they are field (over)grown cedar they will have a lot of taper. 

You planning furniture or fencing?
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Re: Anyone making any money with a Lathe-Mizer??
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2017, 01:45:30 pm »
The place was a farm back during the Depression, then it was allowed to grow up. There are thousands of cedars from 2"-48" on the property. A lot of them are tall and straight like a telephone pole without many branches on the bottom 2/3rds. I'm not far from the endless suburbs of St. Louis. There are a lot of people buying "ranchettes" and putting up cedar fencing. I was sort of looking at that for the lathe/tenon combo. I think the market is there if a person had a decent way to make the posts and rails up.
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Re: Anyone making any money with a Lathe-Mizer??
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2017, 10:06:36 am »
I really like the WM lathe set up ,although I don't own one I have seen one used .  I don't know how well it would work out if your average log dia. is only 6" That ain't much meat on the bone to start with . But then again maybe it's fine for a 4" dia post ?
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Re: Anyone making any money with a Lathe-Mizer??
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2017, 11:27:00 pm »
When I picked up my second mill in 2006, the dealer had just got in his first Lathe-Mizer. I was there early and the manager was just about to assemble the Lathe-Mizer for a demo later in the day. With time to kill (and a good deal of curiosity) I helped him set it up and try it out. So, a few observations ...

Mounting the logs was slow and tedious. We both figured it would be much faster with a few simple accessories (made of wood). Knowing what we were doing would have helped, too :D.

You have to saw the log down to an octagon shape before you can "turn" it. It's got an indexer that lets you saw squares, hex's, and octagons -- even triangles if you want. The turning motor is 110 Volts so you need to be near a power source.

You'd want to be in production mode to make a go of it. That means several days of doing nothing but turning logs.

You might find a better market for octagonal or hexagonal posts, rather than round ones. Less processing and you'd have something different to offer.


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Re: Anyone making any money with a Lathe-Mizer??
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2017, 11:46:00 pm »
I have only seen one in action a time or two and I thought the process a bit cumbersome. And turning a round post is not a quick process. That being said, I'm sure that a person could work out a system where they could up the production rate quite a bit. I've seen YouTube videos where people got creative and made some rather ornate turnings that surprised me for doing it with a sawmill.

My guess is that there is money to be made if one is willing to put in the time and effort.

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Re: Anyone making any money with a Lathe-Mizer??
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2017, 09:53:32 pm »
When we were setting up that first Lathe-Mizer, we figured out one end (it just clamps to the bed rails) and cut tapered posts. It would work for multi-sided pieces or round pieces.

Lots of room for creativity, accompanied by some marketing skills.
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Re: Anyone making any money with a Lathe-Mizer??
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2017, 09:59:52 pm »
How badly do you eat up blades when turning a log round with it?

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Re: Anyone making any money with a Lathe-Mizer??
« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2017, 07:21:55 am »
Joe, I wouldn't think that the blades would take any more abuse while cutting the spinning log than they would when you're sawing a stationary log.

When cutting the spinning log, the feed speed seems to be quite a lot slower than normal sawing!

Seems the slower you go on the spinning log, the smoother the finish!
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Re: Anyone making any money with a Lathe-Mizer??
« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2017, 06:22:08 pm »
In our brief experiment we found if you cut too fast while turning the log, the blade would start to rise up.
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Re: Anyone making any money with a Lathe-Mizer??
« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2017, 06:53:23 pm »
Looks like I got another project to build...
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Re: Anyone making any money with a Lathe-Mizer??
« Reply #11 on: March 18, 2017, 07:20:59 pm »
If I had a lathe-mizer one of my einstein friends would be apt to jump up on a spinning log and try to hang on like he was on a river drive :D
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