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Transport a sawmill on a trailer.
« on: October 11, 2017, 04:17:56 pm »
Has anyone ever tried It? I'm trying to figure out how to avoid two trips to the cabin and save 6 hours and 75 bucks in gas. The problem would be getting the mill on and off I guess. I'm talking an lt30 on a 14ft tandem flatbed.
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Re: Transport a sawmill on a trailer.
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2017, 04:27:45 pm »
I moved my home built mill with a trailer for a couple of years until I put an axle under it.  Pulled it on with a hand crank winch, pulled it off with a snatch block at the back and the same winch.  It was not a big problem but having an axle under the mill is an improvement.
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Re: Transport a sawmill on a trailer.
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2017, 04:37:23 pm »
no, never done it, but I would think if your mill is like the ones I know of,, back it on when it's on, or rather in the travel mode lock down, just for tongue weight,
only have a few chain saws I'm not suppose to use, but will at times, one dog Dolly, pretty good dog, just not sure what for yet,  working on getting the gardening back in order, and kinda thinking on maybe a small bbq bizz,  thinking about it,

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Re: Transport a sawmill on a trailer.
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2017, 04:49:50 pm »
I can't see backing it on in my mind, on a dollied down  trailer. The angle on the hitch would get extreme. Also I can't envision winching it on without some sort of rolling support on the hitch end.
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Re: Transport a sawmill on a trailer.
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2017, 05:07:52 pm »
I can, just thinking tongue weight,, and ease of unloading,,,, good luck,,
only have a few chain saws I'm not suppose to use, but will at times, one dog Dolly, pretty good dog, just not sure what for yet,  working on getting the gardening back in order, and kinda thinking on maybe a small bbq bizz,  thinking about it,

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Re: Transport a sawmill on a trailer.
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2017, 05:10:46 pm »
Just make sure what it takes to get it on goes with you to get it off.
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Re: Transport a sawmill on a trailer.
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2017, 05:12:34 pm »
Do you have a local place at either end of the trip with a drive-up loading ramp?
I assume the LT could be towed a few miles if needed?

you get the idea,

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Re: Transport a sawmill on a trailer.
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2017, 05:33:27 pm »
I would prefer to back it on, but you will need a dirt ramp at each location.  I believe that it would be a simple matter there at home with the trailer in the street and jackknifed into the bank. 

Whatever you do assure that you have enough tongue weight to prevent the trailer from fishtailing.   :o
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Re: Transport a sawmill on a trailer.
« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2017, 05:59:11 pm »
This is exactly what I have been doing, except I'm not taking it on and off the trailer routinely.  But then, I don't have the wheels under it that you have with an LT30m, so the CG is lower.  I had a rigid frame built to carry the track so if I wanted to get it off, I could lift off the head and the track with the tractor.  If I didn't have the tractor, I think the track could be slid on and off using a winch once the head is strapped on and some beams added to make it impossible to tip to one side.  When hauling I bring the head all the way forward and lift it off the track so it sits on the trailer bed and strap it down.  With two lifting, its easy to take the head on and off the track.  I don't like the idea of the track rollers bouncing around on the same spot for a hundred or more miles.  If I go much faster than 60 mph, I will notice a little tendency to sway, so I keep the speed down closer to 55.  I have done close to 500 miles towing it, so it's all good. 

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Re: Transport a sawmill on a trailer.
« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2017, 06:01:51 pm »
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Re: Transport a sawmill on a trailer.
« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2017, 06:08:01 pm »
Saw a brand new LT15 on a trailer today in my hood. ;D

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Re: Transport a sawmill on a trailer.
« Reply #11 on: October 11, 2017, 06:55:39 pm »
I'm putting an LT15 on a trailer this weekend.  Planning to move the head to the far end and lift up the now light end and back trailer under.  Then set the end down on trailer and roll the head up.  Eventually it should tip up and then need to be pushed further up.
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Re: Transport a sawmill on a trailer.
« Reply #12 on: October 11, 2017, 06:58:18 pm »
I brought mine back from Quebec on a trailer. Used a bunch of cribbing and planks at the end of the ramps to get it off. A little tricky but possible.
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Re: Transport a sawmill on a trailer.
« Reply #13 on: October 11, 2017, 07:35:26 pm »
Is there a hand winch on the mill. Hook to the trailer or truck and turn the winch. It will pull itself on to the trailer.
Maybe use a skateboard for the front leg of the mill so it will roll
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Re: Transport a sawmill on a trailer.
« Reply #14 on: October 11, 2017, 09:06:08 pm »
When I called PA woodmizer about this last year they stated the rails are not meant to support the LT-10 on the road, and shouldn’t be leveraged to tilt the mill into a truck bed, but I plan to figure something out for my new trailer that arrives next month.

That being said if you can get a winch near the trailer tounge and some different PVC pipe sizes I image the Egyptian rolling technique wood work quite easily, then secure down to some 4x4 to stablize keeping it level.  Only concern I can think of is the rattling so maybe some kind of gym mats (thick rubber) to stabilize the tricky areas.
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Re: Transport a sawmill on a trailer.
« Reply #15 on: October 11, 2017, 09:09:14 pm »
An lt30 is on wheels. Nothing like an lt15 or lt10.
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Re: Transport a sawmill on a trailer.
« Reply #16 on: October 11, 2017, 09:16:25 pm »
An lt30 is on wheels. Nothing like an lt15 or lt10.

Missed that part.
I have backed one trailer onto another before.  Not too difficult.  The tricky part was tying it down. 
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Re: Transport a sawmill on a trailer.
« Reply #17 on: October 11, 2017, 09:21:23 pm »
Can you tow one trailer with another in  Michigan?
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Re: Transport a sawmill on a trailer.
« Reply #18 on: October 11, 2017, 10:11:15 pm »
Yea, but that's not something I want to try.
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Re: Transport a sawmill on a trailer.
« Reply #19 on: October 11, 2017, 10:13:09 pm »
I'll be by myself for this, and when I get to the cabin, there will be no support equipment to assist in an unload.
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