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Off the Topic! / What might this be ???
« Last post by kbeitz on May 19, 2019, 08:32:03 PM »
It makes sound like a flute... Maybe an animal call?

General Discussion / firewood racks and lids
« Last post by A.O. on May 17, 2019, 06:29:40 AM »
2nd year with my latest wood stove and I'm trying to keep my wood dry as it seasons so I built some new wood racks and I put lids on 2 of them yesterday.. sure is nice to have an abundant supply of cheap lumber!

Off the Topic! / Illinois LOVES electric vehicles
« Last post by HaroldCR - AKA Fla.-Deadheader on May 11, 2019, 06:07:18 PM »
New bill being submitted to stiff owners and deter new owners.
Bandsaw Mills / New bands time...
« Last post by A.O. on April 23, 2019, 08:29:03 AM »
So I'm down to just a couple bands left, that is out of the 3 that came with the mill and a ten pack of ripper 37's I bought soon after, so I've gone through 10-11 bands in my first year to give you an idea how much I cut.

All I have tried have been 10 degree bands. I know there are 10's, 7's, and even 4's out there but I've never tried them. Most of what I cut is SYP with a little hickory, oak and a few oddballs thrown in. Whats the real advantages of the other hook angles, and does tree species (hardwood/softwood) make a big difference?

I'm probably looking for a ten pack, more than that gets too expensive and un-necessary seeing as how many I go through in a year. I think I paid about $15 a piece for the ripper 37s and am hoping to find something comparable.. what do you guys like? and why?

General Discussion / new shed
« Last post by xlogger on April 21, 2019, 05:31:53 AM »
I'm getting closer to having my new shed (30x60) ready. Concrete man suppose to come this week. I'm going to use it mainly for storing my live edge slabs but it's big enough for me to move my planer and dust collector out there. It about 300 ft from my electric box at the house and I was thinking about buying a generator to supply electric out there. It would not get used much, at least for what I'm doing now. My planer is 5hp and runs about 27 amps and dust collector is less than half of that. I've been told a 15,000 watt generator would work and also told it would not. Anyone here done any thing close to this?
I don't want to power company to come and put up new pole.
Chain Saws / New hat commin...
« Last post by A.O. on April 14, 2019, 06:40:22 AM »
Ordered me a new Husqvarna Technical Forest helmet #588646001 yesterday! Been dealing with an old broken Stihl for years and just got tired of it. It still had a good shell, the faceshield is still there but getting harder to see through due to the rust. Earmuffs broke off long ago, so it was just time. Past time probably.
I've read a lot of good reviews on this helmet, and like the way its put together, and some of the features.. Light weight, vented, face screen is out of your vision completely when its up, adjustable suspension, hold out earmuffs, stuff like that. I'll give a little review when it gets here.
Chain Saws / Replacement bars and chains
« Last post by A.O. on April 12, 2019, 08:11:52 AM »
So now that I'm in maintenance mode, I'm needing to replace at least one bar. the 18 incher on my MS260 has a chip right on the groove.

So you guys that do this for a living, do you insist on OEM, or are the aftermarket set ups ok? And if so, whats your choice?

And do you have any thoughts on bar length with that MS260? I have the 18 and also a 20, but if I need the 20 I go to my MS362 which has a 20 and a 25 . I was even half tempted to drop to 16", but I'm thinking that may be too short.

( And I go to the Stihl guide bar and saw chain selector and they don't even show an MS260!! )

And I cut maybe 10 to20 trees max in a whole year, just to feed my sawmill, wood stove, and smoker..
General Discussion / News Media Reporting on Federal Tax Refunds
« Last post by furu on April 08, 2019, 08:19:26 PM »
Just curious how you guys view/think about tax refunds

Back about 45 days ago there was massive  news reporting, both national and local, that new IRS released data showed the average refunds were radically reduced and that it was definitive proof that last years tax law changes were a failure and hurt the average American taxpayer, specifically the middle class.
There was little reporting on the fact that the IRS withholding tables had been modified and more accurately reflected the actual tax liability so that folks did not have excess withholding accomplished unnecessarily.

Then about three weeks later the IRS reported that the average tax bill for most middle class tax payers was in fact reduced.  That was reported very lightly by the media and they did not mention that most folks actually were paying less taxes.

This evening the national news was reporting again that the average refund for taxpayers was less than it has been for years.  The same refrain as 45 days ago.  Their proof was now supported by actual real numbers, not some vague comment.  The actual real numbers was that the average refund national wide is a whopping average of $20 less refund than in past years.  No mention at all that the actual total tax liability was either up or down for the same income.

Now my questions

Do you want a refund each year?  (Having supplied the government a free loan but getting a chunk of money back in April that you can use at that time)
Do you want to actually have to pay a small tax bill? ( Must plan to have the money to pay the IRS in April of each year)
Does the size of a smaller refund make you think you got screwed?
Does the size of your refund make you think you need to adjust your withholding (either up or down)?
Do you care at all other that it is a PITA no matter how you look at it?
General Discussion / Done for the winter.
« Last post by starmac on April 04, 2019, 06:48:17 PM »
weather warmed up too much, so we wrapped it up for the winter season.
Saturday before last I hauled in the last load of logs, then made too more trips and brought the skidders in. Our road was starting to get a little soft, but we still had close to 30 inches of ice on the 2 river crossings, which I figured would last at least another 2 weeks, but weight restrictions were going on the following monday anyway, so we were done.

Fast forward one week and a friend showed me a posting on facebook someone had posted (not sure what day they posted it) they were standing at the boat ramp on the big river (first one we crossed) and there was no sign that the ice bridge had ever been there. lol I misfigured it big time.

We do have a little logging that may, depending on weather be possible this summer, but I went ahead and thawed out my haul road truck and will be bringing it in this evening or in the morning to do some maintenence, probably have to run north at least some this summer, dreading it already. lol
General Discussion / Windfall white pine
« Last post by bandmiller2 on April 03, 2019, 07:55:03 PM »
Heard a big crash today lost a 18" white pine, took out 16 feet of fence and landed on my sons car. Car got a few dents but nothing serious. I've been wanting to take the tree down for years its near my circular mill, workshop and house. I should be thankful it fell in the best place it could. Was going to  get a couple of saw logs from it but it was struck by lightning years back. I have tried several times to mill lightning struck trees, its not worth the effort they seem to get delaminated around the rings and the wood is not worth anything. It will keep me warm next winter, not that excited about pine but I mix it with hard wood. Frank C.
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