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General Discussion / A loss to Oklahoma and to the entire country
« Last post by furu on March 28, 2020, 11:23:53 AM »
Just saw the news where Senator/Doctor Tom Coburn has passed from his battle with cancer. 

It seems just like yesterday that his voice of reason on fiscal responsibility was strong and clear.  Hard to believe he retired in 2015 to fight the cancer.

It is a great loss to the state of Oklahoma and the country at large to have lost this man with such a principled voice. 
He may not have been right in everything but what a great man.

RIP sir.

Steve
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Circle Mills / D 13000 Cat sold!
« Last post by moodnacreek on March 27, 2020, 06:58:19 PM »
Got lucky today. Have a young feller that bought a Turner pony ball and roller sawmill and tried to run it with a 30 hp tractor pto thru a crossed belt set up. He now owns a d8 cat power unit, 154 hp @ 1100 rpm. I threw in a set of 6C  V pullies and 6 c144 belts and a bunch of other stuff. I had enough parts to put another mill together but nobody wants one. I am the only working sawmill left in the county as far as I know. I am very exited about this young man. He does not want a woodmizer! If it wasn't for this damn virus [can I say that here?]  We could have sawed 8' white pine that was on the deck today but we had to keep away from each other. I thought all my old sawmill stuff would have to get junked but know there is hope.
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General Discussion / What are the thoughts in your neck of the woods
« Last post by furu on March 19, 2020, 02:52:33 AM »
Since I live just a bit south of the initial nexus of the Covid19 foothold in the US I see a lot of local reports and activity as everyone is near frantic.  THE nursing home has a death rate (% of residents) that is just mind boggling.  Schools, state wide, are closed and most likely will not reopen until next fall at this point.  Lose half a year of school and what are they going to do.  Hold everyone back, not graduate the seniors, Yeah Right!

What is the feel of things in your area? 
Are folks concerned, mildly, or a lot? 
Are there shortages as folks are stockpiling?

Here it started with toilet paper and disinfectants but now there is no chicken left in the stores and even beef is in rather short supply. Milk runs out quickly as well.  Would never have believed just how fragile it is.  ( I knew it was, just not this fragile) 

It would be funny if it wasn't.  Kind of like in an old horror B movie, end of the world apocalypse type movie.

As luck would have it I retired the 1st of February (Feds say I am too old to work anymore) and now I am just staying away from folks.  Not hard for me to do since I am a bit of a hermit anyway.  I go out and work in my forest and have been planting seedlings for the last several weeks.  Keeps me busy.
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General Discussion / Pre Newbie Question
« Last post by Borgia on March 03, 2020, 11:36:47 AM »
I'm considering getting a sawmill.  The reason is that I have been thinking about milling my own wood for awhile.  Recently I had a forester look at some black walnut trees on my property.  He estimated it would cost around $4k for him to mill them.  Looking at mills it looks like I can get a decent one for around that price.  So my question is how complicated is it to use and learn a mill and would it be better to have him do it for that price or to buy the mill and try to do it myself?

Also any recommendations in buying a mill?  Should I start with a chainsaw mill or with the full set up?  Thx for your thoughts.
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Circle Mills / Utility poles for piers
« Last post by Leeroy on January 13, 2020, 10:50:32 AM »
Any and all comments are welcome.
@bandmiller2 I'm especially interested in your foundation, as I know you've mentioned it. Pictures would be great, but I'm guilty of not knowing how to post them, understand if you are same!
This would be for a Chase handset mill. Only milling for ourselves.
I've been offered utility poles and feel like this will work for us.
  Some quick questions are: must they be on concrete?
Approx lengths?
Last but not least-I heeded your advice on measurements and photos during disassembly,
but cannot find these. I'm guessing it can still be assembled albeit with extra time.
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Welcome! / Hello Newby here
« Last post by xmarine on December 30, 2019, 05:35:15 PM »
Just got my mill about 2 weeks ago.Woodland Mills 126 with 14hp.So far having a ball.This forum has a lot of knowledge and I can,t wait to learn from it.
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General Discussion / OMG! Not sure if we can keep doing this
« Last post by Kirk Allen on December 23, 2019, 04:47:07 PM »
OMG, I am not sure if we can continue to keep this place going with all the expenses involved. 

We recieved our annual bill for the site and let me tell you, I think we are going to have to shut the doors unless we can coordinate a go fund "ME" page to relieve all this burden.  We should also initiate a fee to "ME" for items sold on the site, let's say 20% for starters?  Donations will always help but I don't think that is going to get us where we "I" need to be.   

OK, April Fools at Christmas!   

Our ongoing update of the costs of this site should put the lies of other sites in perspective. 

Total bill paid today for an entire year of hosting - $83.88

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Off the Topic! / new computer finaly
« Last post by mike p on November 27, 2019, 10:24:10 PM »
most of yall know i was off the air for several years after our computer melted, i got to log on at library a few times but thats a 30 mile drive round trip, and they only let you on for an hour  then your put in back of line so my step son hooked us up with a new Rasberry pi computer its about 1 1/2" tall x 4" x 3" runs on motorcycle 12v battery, with trickle charger 110v. has Linux operating system. less than $100 for the 1 1/2" tower, useing old flat screen tv for monitor. wireless mouse & wireless keyboard . But i still type with 2 fingers, i tryed useing more but they get in the way of seeing were the letters on the buttons are. i think its acts more like a old mac than microsoft. i need to get him back to show me about pic loading to it from phone & camera, but hes bussy driving a straight box delivery truck for amazon.there running mandatory overrtime now.
i been having trouble with my phone so i been of here for a while but now im learning this new to me Linux system
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Off the Topic! / Daylight savings and farm thoughts
« Last post by Ox on November 03, 2019, 05:49:56 AM »
I wish they would just turn the clocks half an hour back and just leave it there forever.  That way each side (those who want daylight savings and those who don't) gets half and everyone can just forget about it.  Personally I'd rather have the extra light at the end of the day.  It's a bummer when it's too dark to work around 5:30 PM.

Maybe I need to wire up some tractor work lights onto the mill.  Wait.  No, all our money is going to getting outta here!  Fair trade, fair trade. 

Found a nice place in Missouri with nice large buildings and hay ground ready to go.  Real estate prices from when we were looking 20 years ago make my ass slam shut, I tell ya what.  Yikes.  But top quality alfalfa sells for AT LEAST $8 and up for small squares around 50 lbs so on 180 tillable acres with average of 100 bales per acre in 4 cuttings means roughly 144k gross.  First year will be minus 30k for seed and fertilizer, then the 4 years after that will be minus roughly 15k per year for fertilizer. Not bad for an old dirt dragging hillbilly, I don't think.  And this is figuring low.  Reality should be closer to $10 a bale and 180k a year.  Couldn't do it if not for a good family and them being willing to give things up and make sacrifices so's we all can live a better life.  We're remodeling our little double wide as I type this.  It is an exercise in patience and temper management.  Our place is only 1000 sq ft with 4 of us living here.  Not much space to move stuff to rip up old rugs and lay down vinyl flooring, but not before peeling the vinyl off the so-called sheetrock so new paint will adhere to the walls.  On a positive note, the red pine I had sawed out 4 years ago has seasoned nicely at 1/2" per board (for paneling, this stuff was just starting to get punky so I figured I'd mill it out for something that's not structural) and after a quick run through a thickness planer and a quick rubbed on oil coat (using some nice mineral oil (ordered through Richard at Cutting Edge) the "denim pine" really pops and makes it look nice as 2" trim on top of a nice country white/eggshell type white wall paint.

This time next year we'll be sitting on our own farm with some financing through the FSA/USDA and it don't matter what state we're in as long as it's south of the Mason Dixon.  :)
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Bandsaw Mills / FAT WOOD cutting
« Last post by A.O. on October 14, 2019, 07:50:58 AM »
Does anyone here cut fat wood or fat lighter or what ever you want to call it?

I've got a few good sized stumps I'd like to cut up, thinking about putting it on the mill but talk about sap/pitch.. man is it loaded!

Thoughts?? techniques??

Thanks..
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