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no more big logs
« on: March 14, 2017, 11:04:36 am »
I have a small manual mill and am going to say "no thanks" to any more big logs. there was a time when the bigger the better but I'm to old, to weak, to slow, and to grumpy to deal with trying to widdle them down to fit.
 This is just a hobby set up and I work alone, I like the finish product but spend lots of time cursing while getting there. Any helpful tips from the experienced folks here would be appreciated.

 
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Re: no more big logs
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2017, 11:29:15 am »
Whatwas, Yup like the old German saying "too soon old to late smart". My testosterone is down to the level that I don't mess with the biguns anymore. Frank C.
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Re: no more big logs
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2017, 11:30:45 am »
Either split them down the middle with a chainsaw before loading or don't mess with them.
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Re: no more big logs
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2017, 12:05:21 pm »
Whatwas, Yup like the old German saying "too soon old to late smart". My testosterone is down to the level that I don't mess with the biguns anymore. Frank C.
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Re: no more big logs
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2017, 12:23:19 pm »
   Hydraulics.

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Re: no more big logs
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2017, 12:51:56 pm »
On my mill I prefer logs in the 12"-20" diameter range.  The problem is they don't come around too often.   Usually they are too big to fit on my mill without splitting them or 6"-10"  If given a choice between too big or too small I prefer too small.  I can at least handle them without equipment.

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Re: no more big logs
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2017, 02:44:11 pm »
i wish they came 19"X19" square
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Re: no more big logs
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2017, 04:27:58 pm »
Either learn more curse words or leave them alone. a chain hoist over your mill would help. I have split several but even on my lt 70 they can be a pain. If you find some of those new curse words ,send me a pm,i am running out.
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Re: no more big logs
« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2017, 04:43:51 pm »
Looks like that log has been around for a while.
I sell my big logs to a sawmill and leave the small ones for me.
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Re: no more big logs
« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2017, 05:14:15 pm »
Either learn more curse words or leave them alone. a chain hoist over your mill would help. I have split several but even on my lt 70 they can be a pain. If you find some of those new curse words ,send me a pm,i am running out.
Ha Ha,
I'm sure my neighbours (no-one closer than 1000 yds) can back me up on the cursing thing kind-of embarrassing when I calm down, but its usually the same 40 words in different sequence.
I've tried splitting them but only have a 22" bar on the saw and flipping or driving wedges only adds to the work, so back to my original statement, "no more big logs".
really I love running my saw and really enjoy milling lumber but the learning curve is pretty intense sometimes. That's when TFF comes in.
I do have a chain fall above the saw to move smaller logs up or down on the bed but I'm not sure the structure would handle the big ones and yes they have laid around now for a couple years waiting for me to get the gumption to tackle 'em. 8)
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Re: no more big logs
« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2017, 05:39:25 pm »
Agreed!!!!

I like the 12-20 inch logs.  Mostly because it's still a hobby for me and I enjoy working alone on it.  I do, however , have a dozen or so logs that will have to be quartered just to get em on the saw.  Ash, maple, and oak.  They're gonna have to be done soonish or they won't be any good so I guess I need to bite the bullet and do it.

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Re: no more big logs
« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2017, 06:54:56 pm »
Hydraulics.

I started out with a manual mill. The first time I turned a big log just by pulling a lever I nearly split my face in have from grinning so hard.   ;D
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Re: no more big logs
« Reply #12 on: March 14, 2017, 07:33:53 pm »
I had them curse words figured out a long time ago.
I figured the the devil was making my say them and
well the devil not going to make me do anything...
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Re: no more big logs
« Reply #13 on: March 14, 2017, 07:34:56 pm »
You look like you're well on it with that old 580.. I'd give a body part to own one of those for my operations..

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Re: no more big logs
« Reply #14 on: March 14, 2017, 08:30:50 pm »
Diesels and hydraulics are tied with a swing mill as a sawmillers best friend, :) 

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Re: no more big logs
« Reply #15 on: March 14, 2017, 09:22:33 pm »
I got a 32 incher sweet gum loaded on the mill this afternoon.  Had to use the hydraulic clamp and chain to roll it up on the loading arms.  Me and the cant hook "can't" budge it as with almost all big logs.

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Re: no more big logs
« Reply #16 on: March 14, 2017, 09:52:14 pm »

I'm sure my neighbours (no-one closer than 1000 yds) can back me up on the cursing thing kind-of embarrassing when I calm down, but its usually the same 40 words in different sequence.


Haha :D
I'm pretty sure my neighbor has hear those same 40 words come from my place. Looks like you have a very nice backhoe to handle those big logs. But without hydraulics on your mill those  big one are probably a pain to handle.

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Re: no more big logs
« Reply #17 on: March 14, 2017, 10:56:03 pm »
Our family moved to Canada when I was five years old.
My Dad would start swearing in Dutch while driving in rush hour traffic.
GRAPHIC stuff! . . . and little kids have big ears.
Now when a big log rolls off the mill bed when it shouldn'otta, my go-to vocabulary is "Rush Hour Dutch".
Having another language is such a bonus!  ;)

Wish I could mill some regular sized logs - but building log cabin components has paid the bills for the past few years.
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Re: no more big logs
« Reply #18 on: March 14, 2017, 11:08:06 pm »
yes they have laid around now for a couple years waiting for me to get the gumption to tackle 'em. 8)

I'll bet that's some gumption you regret getting!  And welcome to the forum!
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Re: no more big logs
« Reply #19 on: March 15, 2017, 07:47:42 am »
It is what drove me to a LT40 hydraulic  :).
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