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Bandsaw Mills / New to Milling
« Last post by traded on April 22, 2021, 08:13:39 PM »
I've recently purchased and setup my Hudson Oscar 330 and I am having one heck of a time getting the unit level.  The track comes in 7.5' sections and I have 30'  in total.  I created a fairly level surface with compacted material, then used 6x6 pressure treated sections underneath the joints of the tracks.  I'm using asphalt shingles as shims to get the track to as level as can be.  I'm looking for any ideas to help in ease of leveling every use; I may start over with a concrete pad, but wanted to make some cash to have the mill support itself for upgrades.
Bandsaw Mills / Blade Speed.
« Last post by Thoner7 on March 10, 2021, 01:39:25 PM »
I've been doing some reading and research before I try and build my own smaller, home owner level sawmill.  I've read that people say 4500 feet per second as a minimum. 

But as I've looked at the commercially available mills, those speeds seem too fast.  Most of the homeowner Hudson models have a 4" clutch to a 16" bandwheel.  Others go to a 16" driven pulley and then 19 Bandwheel.  Woodmizer LT15, Timberking 1220, Woodland Mills, they all seem to have that sort of ratio.  With a gas motor with a max 3600 RPM I'm only coming up with 3700-4475 fps even at the max rpm of 3600
Bandsaw Mills / Turner Sawmills
« Last post by jessepettengill on December 18, 2020, 01:53:21 PM »
Hey Friends,

I am researching and comparing the Woodmizer LT40, the Hudson HD36, the Cooks HD3238, and the Timber Kind 1620 for a solid entry level hydraulic mill that meets my needs going forward.  By accident I happened upon Turner sawmills, made in New Hampshire. 

They run substantially cheaper than the aforementioned mills, but use tires for bandwheels.  They claim this is better because it keeps the blade cooler and allows for some give going through the wood and therefore lengthening the life of the blades.  Has anyone had experience with Turner, and what is your opinion of pneumatic tires vs. v groove wheels.

Bandsaw Mills / Should I buy this...
« Last post by jessepettengill on December 14, 2020, 11:14:53 AM »
Hello Sawyers,

Seriously considering this purchase, which aside from my home will be the biggest one I have ever made.  Just wanted to think tank with you all for a moment...

What would you want to know about this mill before you bought it?  What do you think about this price?

Bandsaw Mills / Starting a Timber Frame Business
« Last post by jessepettengill on December 07, 2020, 10:44:50 AM »
Hey Sawyers,

I am looking to start a timber frame business with my son and we are about to purchase a bandsaw mill to make our timbers.  We want to do medium size barns, garages and camps, pavillions, car ports, etc. in ready made kits.  I am taking out a small business loan to help with some of the capital (some is coming from my retirement).  Obviously we all want to get the best deal for our money, so I am looking for advice on a fully hydraulic bandsaw mill.  Would you go new, and get less of a mill?  Would you try to find used and get more of a mill?  Would you choose portable to stationary (and why?).  We are looking at sawing 8X8 eastern hemlock, douglas fir, and white oak.  16 foot length max.

Thanks in advance for your wisdom.

Jesse P.
Off the Topic! / You just can't make this stuff up if you tried
« Last post by furu on December 05, 2020, 02:41:35 AM »
You could not make this up if you were trying to write a comedic sketch for Saturday Night Live.
Thank the good Lord that I do not live in that purgatory.  Mine is bad enough but that place takes the cake.

Just heard on the news that LA's Mayor made a new proclamation.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued an order for residents to stay at home, warning that the city is approaching a “devastating tipping point” in its fight against COVID-19 that would overwhelm the hospital system.

Walking, driving, travel on public transport, bikes, motorcycles and scooters are prohibited, other than for those undertaking essential activities.

There are several exemptions, including for faith-based outdoor services and the homeless. Others that can continue to operate include supermarkets, grocery stores and health-care operations, but that doesn’t cover gyms and similar facilities. Still, activities such as golf, tennis and pickleball are permitted, according to the order

Really - Pickle ball is allowed as well as golf and tennis but I can't go walk my dog, or go for a walk in the woods.  These people are literally insane.
Sawmill Building/construction / Looking for 19 in. Spoked Cast Iron Sheave
« Last post by mbiot on December 04, 2020, 04:23:21 PM »
Anyone have 19 in. Spoked Cast Iron Sheave that they would be willing to sell?
General Discussion / Devistation has hit the forum!
« Last post by Kirk Allen on December 01, 2020, 10:59:46 AM »
Not sure the best way to let everyone know but here it goes. 

We had to pay for three years of renewal on the domain and it pretty much broke the bank. 


Joasis mentioned we may have to do a fundraiser to cover this "massive" expense to keep this site up and running. 

I refused!  LOL! 

We will NEVER do a fundraiser to pay for any costs associated with this site.  Those who have been with us for years know the truth behind why we are here! 

For those that dont know, just know some other sites that have their routined fundraisers becuase of the alleged massive cost of running it are simply false and you have been played!  We uncovered that years ago and that is why this site was started! 

God Bless and let the sawdust fly!
Sawmill Building/construction / hi everyone...
« Last post by mbiot on November 30, 2020, 06:08:07 PM »
 I'm new and looking forward to being a good citizen.

 I live on a forested lot in southern Ontario Canada...
Off the Topic! / May the citizen of the USA not be stupid
« Last post by furu on November 03, 2020, 01:58:36 AM »
Title say most all of the thought.
I can now only hope that the citizens of this great country not be stupid in their voting choices and I hope that they have not been stupid in the votes they have already cast. 

The future of this country, more so than at any time in over a century, is at stake.
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