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Bandsaw Mills / EZ Boardwalk?
« Last post by Kojba on June 01, 2019, 09:58:38 PM »
Just Curious if anyone is running an EZ Boardwalk sawmill.  I sold my old mill a few months ago, now I'm having sawdust withdrawal sickness...   I've noticed the EZ 40 is fairly inexpensive to buy, and seem to hold their resale value really well.  I'm not worried about large scale production, and my "friends" have all promised to do the heavy lifting.  I suppose something that cuts well, and is heavily built is all I need.  If you know anything about them, I'd appreciate your input.

General Discussion / Work boots
« Last post by Ox on May 28, 2019, 06:54:02 PM »
Curious to know what work boots you wear, like, prefer, hate, or otherwise.

Just went to a new pair of Double H western work, square steel toed.  Hurt my feet and legs, high heel, toes down walking style which I'm not used to.  Ordered a new insole for arch support and we'll see what happens.

I used to like Georgia boots but my last experience with them left me sour and I won't give them any more of my money if I can help it.  I had Georgia Giants and of course the famous pull-on Mud Dogs.

Off the Topic! / My turn, what might this be?
« Last post by A.O. on May 23, 2019, 06:28:54 PM »
So I was cleaning out under one of the buildings on this property we bought and found a whole box of these, Any ideas on what they are??

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..
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