How deep does the blade cut down?
Can you put larger blades on it?
What hp is the engine?
Also a friend and myself are just about to buy a sawmill to work with in Washington because i have many friends with property that needs cleand up and we will be falling lots of trees and besides that my friends and i are general contractors and landscapers and i cant even count how many hundreds of large trees we have taken down and cut into rounds for firewood and given away free to get it out of the customers yards.
This is the sawmill we are probably going to buy http://www.hud-son.com/oscar36.htm but i have never seen this model and will look into it. But it does not look liek it can cut very nice wood besides maybe 8" beams or so witht he small blade?
Mine is a swing blade style.
This particular blade cuts only 4 inches deep. But you can cut a 4x8. And you can cut one beam per log that is larger than 4x8. I have left behind slabs that were 18 inches wide and two or three inches thick.
A bandsaw mill can cut in only one direction, and you have to get the log up on the rails.
With this mill, you can roll the log under the rails and work on it, or move the mill to be over the log.
It is designed for you to cut in both directions so that each pass produces a piece of lumber.
With a bandsaw mill, you need to roll your log repeatedly to get a cant, and then you start carving off pieces of lumber.
In the sawmill trials, this style of mill almost always wins for quality and speed.
The downside is that it is optimized for basic lumber sizes. If you want lots of big things from one log, this mill does not do that well.
But! This style of mill comes in bigger sizes with a much bigger blade.
Once i but a mill i will post on it.. Wont be for a month or two.
1) if ur not going to be cutting a massive amount of lumber it is the best bang for your buck.
2) take the mill to the log. u don't have to skid logs out to the mill. u mill where the tree falls. no damage to the forest floor to cause erosion. no damage to other trees as ur equipment or horse bang into them on the way out. can cut on VERY steep ground.
3) can cut boards of unlimited length
4) can cut MUCH wider logs than bandsaw. cutting width is about 8" less than the total bar length. my longest bar is 50" long and i can cut 42" live edged slabs. watch of nakashima!
5) very physical work; no need to go to the gym and pump iron. i see this as a plus, not everyone will i suppose.
1) loud and dirty/breath fumes
2) wide kerf, more wasted wood
3) uses lots of fuel and mix oil
4) much slower than other methods
if ur curious about how it works:
there are lots of you tubes of alaskan mills
how long does it take to set up?
looks pretty involved to get it all leveled & parallel to the log
then chop out a 2x4 at a time
here's a video of mine in action
definitely in the "crappy video is better than no video" category.
note:the chain really needed sharpening by this point,see the dusty chips.
we had already cut about 10 slabs or so.going thru the bark and dirt too.
also ,i always have chainsaw chaps on now.this was old vid.
heres a shot of my alaskan on a 42" bar.
in the garage you can see a stack of slabs we made.
lots of guys make their own.its a really simple design.
i got mine cheap at harborfreight (dont think they stills ell it)
this guy here is selling his home-made ones it seems for 109..36" cut.
and other sizes.
on my (horrid) website you can see a few slab beds i made form wood i cut
heres more pics of milling
Then the cuts are really fast and the kerf is small.
We mill the by-products of our forest restoration work. So our logs tend to be somewhat low-quality. Still, we can produce enough to support 2-3 families. Check our our website: www.vanwild.com or www.badgoatgoodwood.com or www.watershedconsulting.com.
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It really depends what you are planning on doing. Dimensional lumber works very well on a swing blade. Large planks, better with a band type. Alaskan is a good starter - we have a Stihl 090AV on ours which will give you a hernia just looking at it.
Swingblades are nice, I have used on before, a Peterson 10 inch. Made really nice wood from some very hard trees. But then again, I have cut up corteza with a bandmill with a bi-metal blade with great results.
Seingblades can handle bigger logs, generally speaking too.
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