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Offline jvalentour

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Chainsaw Mill
« on: November 20, 2015, 11:58:48 pm »
I'd like to get some input from experienced users of chainsaw mills. 
Saw, chain, brackets.  What ever you know.  Please share.

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Re: Chainsaw Mill
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2015, 07:27:35 am »
I never used one but I have a friend who cut enough yellow pine to make his kitchen floor.
The chain saw blade chews up a lot of wood especially compared to a band saw blade. If you have an unlimited supply of wood, that does not matter.
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Re: Chainsaw Mill
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2015, 11:25:33 am »
sooo much kerf gone... they are portable and useful for making large specialty lumber on the spot, where the tree fell, but not something you'd want to make siding and furring strips with.

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Re: Chainsaw Mill
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2015, 11:23:43 pm »
You might want to look around here.
http://www.forestryforum.com/board/index.php

I built a band mill and these guys helped me work through some beginners issues.

This is my thread from that site.
http://www.forestryforum.com/board/index.php/topic,82695.0.html

I tried playing with the chainsaw with some home made fixtures but didn't have luck.  Some seem to do well though.

I hope you find what you are lokking for.
gww

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Re: Chainsaw Mill
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2015, 08:56:02 pm »
Thanks GWW, I joined but those guys are way above my pay grade.
Seems like an interesting forum.
I know I'll learn something.

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Re: Chainsaw Mill
« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2015, 09:21:50 pm »
I made a Alaskan chainsaw Mill. Used it for couple years. Had to do even cuts and takes about 3to 5 mins per cut if milling boards 16 inch wide. You lose a lot of wood. I picked up a bandmill from harborfreight. Been using it for 2 years now. Will never go back. If you were close to me I'd give you the old one. I am now milling 21 inch wide boards.

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Re: Chainsaw Mill
« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2015, 09:28:32 pm »
The Forestry Forum folks were talking about the HF product.  Some said they could use the 25% off coupon.  I'll need to give it some thought.

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Re: Chainsaw Mill
« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2015, 09:18:35 am »
I have a Grandberg,  used it for a couple years.  It works good in a pinch but takes a lot of time and wastes a lot.   I haven't used it in about 10 years, and probably never will again.   Take the advice from the others and invest in a bandsaw mill if you have a lot of cutting to do.

I now by all rough cut from a local guy with a bandsaw mill.  Time has become too valuable to me and this is cheaper in the long run.
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Re: Chainsaw Mill
« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2016, 01:37:38 am »
The only 'lumber' locally available in South Texas is mesquite. I would have to sharpen chain saw blades half way through a 6' cut using one of these :)

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Re: Chainsaw Mill
« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2016, 06:36:06 pm »
I have the HF mill. Works great. The coupons no longer work for the mills. I had one of the last ones excepted. They didnot want to except it and i had to call the  head office and fax them the coupon to show that it did nott exclude the mill. Now all coupojs state it on them.

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