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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?

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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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Re: Transport a sawmill on a trailer.
« Reply #20 on: October 11, 2017, 10:30:48 pm »
I am sure you could do it. maybe jack up the trailer a bit while it is hooked to your pickup.

Pickup headed slightly downhill could be a help? second thought the bed of the trailer needs to be level so the mill doesnt roll.

My tool of choice would be a hand crank winch or comealong. Shouldnt be too much weight to pull and once the wheels are on the trailer you should be able to roll it where you want it. That mill is 20' long? Should be a 3' or 4' tongue on your trailer that you could put the main beam on the end out over and maybe the leg on the tongue of the mill would maybe hit the bed of the trailer.

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Re: Transport a sawmill on a trailer.
« Reply #21 on: October 11, 2017, 11:43:47 pm »
Jeff, I did this once with my LT40. Pulled it on with a come-a-long, put the mill's hitch directly over the trailer's hitch and tied it down. Getting it off was a little more fiddley but not bad.  There was no place to attach the come-a-long directly in the center so it wanted to go crooked.  Pulled at a bit of an angle and it did ok.  I used a 16' flatbed, tandem axel.  Overall length of trailer with tongue is 22' so I had a couple of feet hanging off the back.  I just plugged the mills lights into the pickup.  I'd post a picture if I had one. Oh, I also took the tail gait off the pickup.  Don't think I needed to but I didn't want to find out the hard way that I should have.
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« Reply #22 on: October 12, 2017, 12:56:13 am »
I had to rescue a little tilt bed trailer that the hinge point got broken off so it was only held on by the lock pin on the front of the flat bed.  I secured the draw bar with ratchet straps so I could tow it to civilization.  Once there, I had my flatbed hitched to my truck (my flat bed is very high).  I put my ramps down and used another vehicle to back the crippled trailer up the ramps and on to my trailer.  At home, I did the reverse with my daughter's 4Rnr.  I *could* have just blocked the wheels on the trailer but without a tie down (truck hitch) the flatbed would have probably lifted.

So, long story short, use two vehicles or somehow secure the flatbed hitch to the ground (tie to a tree?).  If needed, get a high rise receiver for the vehicle that is pushing the sawmill up the ramps to the flatbed.  Don't you have an ATV/UTV?  Use that to push/pull it on the trailer and keep it attached for the ride to the cabin.

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Re: Transport a sawmill on a trailer.
« Reply #23 on: October 12, 2017, 05:08:38 am »
May I ask why you need, or want, to trailer the LT30?  (ETA: that doesn't sound nice, but no offense intended)

If I remember correctly you are allowed to tow double up there aren't you?  I saw a truck with a slide in camper pulling a boat and a four wheeler trailer once somewhere between the bridge and Crystal Falls.  As long as you don't have to do much (in my case any ;D) backing up towing tandem shouldn't be too awful.
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« Reply #24 on: October 12, 2017, 06:42:33 am »
Ljohnsaw,     to keep the hitch from rising, put jack stands under the rear of the trailer and chock the trailer wheels to keep the trailer from rolling while loading and unloading it. Then the hitch won't rise.  I've moved many things on a flatbed, but I usually have a helper, rope and plenty of chains with binders.

Jeff, show us a picture of your flatbed. Is the deck in between or over the wheels? Long ramps supported with blocks ease the angle getting it on/off the trailer. You could back it on and pull it off with the truck with some 16' ramps. Do you know anyone that can cut some long ramps? :D  2x's supported in a few spots so the ramps don't flex or break and it should be fine. Slide the ramps under the mill for transport and don't forget to bring the support blocks with you, and don't forget to block the rear of the trailer so the tongue doesn't flip up.  As others have said, make sure you have tongue weight, and that it is well chained to the trailer.
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« Reply #25 on: October 12, 2017, 07:11:38 am »
Any place where you could lift the saw on/off the trailer and drive out from underneath?
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« Reply #26 on: October 12, 2017, 07:35:47 am »
Get the sawmill on the trailer,than when you get there unhook the trailer,may have to put blocks on the rear of the trailer to keep it from raising up in the air,chock the tires. Put a long chain on the the sawmill,hook chain to truck. I have seen those dollies with a wheel and a handle and a trailer receiver ball. Get it so it will start to unload by itself. :o,get in truck and slowly let it off the ramps. Modify this great idea as needed.   ::)   :D Could also have a winch on the other end of sawmill,leave like a foot of slack on chain,than winch it off that way too. Than get in truck drive forward a foot and repeat. Slow,but safer.
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« Reply #27 on: October 12, 2017, 12:33:25 pm »
If I remember correctly you are allowed to tow double up there aren't you?

In Michigan the first trailer would need to be a fifth wheel, and legally it needs to be designed for "recreational living".