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Anyone have a Chainsaw Mill #7141763
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Wondering if anyone has any experience with a small chainsaw mill? Would like to here the pro's and con's.
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Re: Anyone have a Chainsaw Mill [Re: snowy] #7141769
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I have one of those sitting in my garage I bought new more than twenty years ago. I've never used it. I bought one of these and used it to build my cabin.


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Posco, that would be the unit to get but I just have a small job here and there I could use it on. I beleive if I remember right, I seen some of your build and seen your setup in pictures here on TM that mill.


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Re: Anyone have a Chainsaw Mill [Re: snowy] #7141788
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Pros:
  • cheap
Cons:(as opposed to band saw)
  • hard work
  • really rough cut
  • lots of waste with huge kerf


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Re: Anyone have a Chainsaw Mill [Re: snowy] #7141808
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Originally Posted by snowy
Posco, that would be the unit to get but I just have a small job here and there I could use it on. I beleive if I remember right, I seen some of your build and seen your setup in pictures here on TM that mill.


You have seen it here. I set up a forty foot long rail system for mine because I was working with logs approaching that length. There's nothing stopping you from building an eight foot rail, or a rail of any length you choose. Either mill you use, you're going to need some sort of rail. Mine happens to be quite precise over the length of the cut. I wasn't using it to mill lumber, just milling the top and bottom surfaces of the logs.

With a little ingenuity, I'm sure you can come up with a rail system using the Granberg mill.

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I have two. An Alaskan, and a woodbug. I've cut literally thousands of board feet with them over the years. The key is learning how to sharpen your chain. Properly done, a chainsaw mill will cut as smooth as a bandsaw. I have one of those too, and its sure a lot less work than the chainsaw mills.


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Re: Anyone have a Chainsaw Mill [Re: yukon254] #7141825
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Originally Posted by yukon254
Properly done, a chainsaw mill will cut as smooth as a bandsaw. I have one of those too, and its sure a lot less work than the chainsaw mills.


Chainsaw mills can do a great job if you take your time but progress is measured in seconds per foot and not feet per second. They are slow and laborious.

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Done a lot with an alaska mill. Portable, light and makes good lumber especially with a good ripping chain. As mentioned, slow and lots of waste with the wide kerf

Re: Anyone have a Chainsaw Mill [Re: snowy] #7141905
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I depends on what wood you are cutting as well. Cutting cedar is a breeze. Dead white oak not so much. That stuff can make ya break out in a sweat to the tune of 2 beers per board. Also, you will need a saw with dome wroooom to it as ripping like that takes quite a bit more power than a cross cut. I run an Alaskan mill with a Stihl 661 and a 36 inch bar.In oak I meed every horse that saw has got

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Re: Anyone have a Chainsaw Mill [Re: snowy] #7141913
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Great advise and thanks. I'm thinking strongly of getting one like the link shows. It wouldn't be a problem to build a rail it could be made and be a stationary unit at the ranch where it stay.

I can see the waste and being slow. I've ripped enough logs that using a chainsaw isn't a fast game.

That is true on type of wood being cut. Mine would be cedar, pine and cottonwood that I want to cut some planks and slabs.

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Re: Anyone have a Chainsaw Mill [Re: snowy] #7142030
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Have some pre-emptive back surgery done first. They do work but not as hard as you will.


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Just cut the slabs and do the rest on the table saw.


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Thanks scuba1. Yes all I need is rough cut 3/4 or 1 inch slabs for fencing and small jobs/projects etc..


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Re: Anyone have a Chainsaw Mill [Re: snowy] #7142231
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Here ya go. Thats this old Kraut cutting up some oak slabs. Gives you an idea of how much fun you can have with one of those things. Just to add. This is with a big saw and a chain that I have ground for the purpose. If you tried this say with a rancher type saw and a normal chain it would take you easily 3 times as long.
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I tried it with power poles.
My best suggestion. DON'T
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Originally Posted by AKAjust
I tried it with power poles.
My best suggestion. DON'T
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Well they are impregnated with salts to slow the rotting. Those salts form small granules inside the wood and will dull a chain as soon as you look at the stuff. Railman sleepers are the same. Don't ask me how I know that
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I always wanted to get a small mill, and with the price of lumber these days it wouldn’t take long to pay for one lol. I bought 2”x6”x10’ boards at Home Depot the other day, $12 a piece. If you could crank out two an hour that’s decent wages lol. Heck it’s $5 for a dang 2x4 stud!


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People pay very good money for live edge slabs these days. I sold one slab of white oak that I cut for a guy 9 foot by 24" and 9 quarter thick for 350 bucks. I am not building that saw mill just to cut the lumber for my house. Have a walnut tree that I cut down in the fall that once its cut into slabs will pay for the material I ned for the mill.

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Originally Posted by Scuba1
Originally Posted by AKAjust
I tried it with power poles.
My best suggestion. DON'T
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Well they are impregnated with salts to slow the rotting. Those salts form small granules inside the wood and will dull a chain as soon as you look at the stuff. Railman sleepers are the same. Don't ask me how I know that
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A few years ago, I tried to rip a couple short power poles in half for a neighbor with my small band mill. The blade didn't make through the second cut. I agree. Best not to try it.

Originally Posted by Bob
I always wanted to get a small mill, and with the price of lumber these days it wouldn’t take long to pay for one lol. I bought 2”x6”x10’ boards at Home Depot the other day, $12 a piece. If you could crank out two an hour that’s decent wages lol. Heck it’s $5 for a dang 2x4 stud!


I hear you there. I spent more on lumber last fall to build a 225 sq ft deck than I did the previous year for the lumber to frame and sheath nearly 600 sq ft of house.

The payoff in owning your own mill can also depend on your application. If the lumber you need can be put together rough, then added cost post-milling is minimal, but if you're looking for finish quality wood, then make sure you consider added time and effort in processing your rough cut lumber. The hours of work at the jointer and planer can add up quickly, as can the cost of planer knives, especially working with something like seasoned oak. Personally, I enjoy the work, the look of the finished product, and the ability to do things for myself, so I don't mind the extra effort. The payoff for owning the mill, for me, is in the process and the product, not just in my pocketbook.

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Have you priced the materials you will need to build your mill Scuba?




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