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Old 01-09-2022, 12:14 AM
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Complete? Running? Power train?

I would have preferred a band mill, for a hobby guy.

I’ve heard that you can hire an inspector to come in and grade lumber, so you might be able to use it for your building, if you want to comply with the zoning and permits BS.


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Actually it's a hybrid of sorts. The carriage is a Frick and the husk is Americsn Sawmill Machinery Co. Hydrulic carriage feed.

Can handle up to a 30' log.

4-71 Detroit power

Complete with a edger and cut off saw.

Not currently running but the engine seems in good shape and turns over. All shafts are free and turn easily.


Carriage and husk are made from steel. The only wood is the timbers the track attaches to. I'd say there's about 70 feet of track.

Bought for less then retail on a LT15 Woodmizer.
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Old 01-09-2022, 08:44 AM
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Here’s a quick refresher. https://youtu.be/QnTr9EJdpQ4
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Old 01-09-2022, 05:25 PM
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Having been around both circular mills and band mills, I hope two things.

1. That you have or can find someone to teach you about the dangers of a circular mill.

2. That you have so many logs that the amount of waste isn’t a concern.


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Old 01-09-2022, 06:05 PM
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You may wish you bought the LT15 before it is all said and done. Those old mills will work you hard. Better get a overhead fuel tank mounted close enough to fill the tank for that engine. They are a thirsty type. Sine you have a lot of sawdust, you can soak up all the oil drips.
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Old 01-09-2022, 07:09 PM
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Here's a few pictures. I do have a few people in my circle that have experience with these.

It does come with a large fuel tank.

Currently looking for a nearby saw doc to look at the blades when I get them home.
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Old 01-09-2022, 07:55 PM
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My neighbor who past away a couple years ago was one of those Ol timers that could hammer a circular saw blade and sharpen it. He was very smart, and book learned. If he wanted to know something, he dug out the old books to learn it.

He ran a water powered sawmill for years. He had a five acre pond that had a dam on it, and it powered all the line shafts to run the mill, planer and edging saws.

He would dump the saw logs into the pond and that would help wash the dirt off them, then they would float under the road into the mill and come up a chain drive onto the saw deck.

My dad used to work for him on and off. I have lots of memories at that mill yard.

And he had no use for bankers and the power company. After he stopped sawing, he hooked up a generator to the water turbine and used that to run his machine shop.


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Old 01-09-2022, 11:28 PM
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Some light reading for you. I've set up mills powered with steam, Cat and Driptroit power. It really doesn't matter as long as the governor and operator are on the ball.
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Old 01-09-2022, 11:53 PM
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Here's a few pictures. I do have a few people in my circle that have experience with these.

It does come with a large fuel tank.

Currently looking for a nearby saw doc to look at the blades when I get them home.
Does the blade have inserts?
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Sooo

I bought a Frick sawmill.

Sometimes I swear a cocaine and stripper habit would be cheaper.
A cocaine habit would cost less and be less work.
I have been there, done that, and would not do it again. You never realize what a bargain a 2x4 is(even at today's price) until you saw your own.

FWIW, sunshine on a circular saw can cause it to need hammering, as well as a grain bound butt pinching a blade.
A modern designed band saw mill, easily built with your shop, is far superior, uses way less horsepower, and wastes far less wood than a circular saw, and needs to be sharpened only.
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Old 01-11-2022, 10:08 PM
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I have looked at sawmills,bigass lathes,and all kinds of stuff to big for the average shop owner to use.
So far they are all still where i looked at them.
I do think the small woodmizers are way cool,i watch those youtubes all the time.
I can count on one finger the wood i have paid to be sawn by a local sawmiller.
I would never have a sawmill to saw pine wood in the south.
Maybe some of the other woods that can be used for funiture making.
Hell,i just buy sawn wood that catches my eye when i'm hanging around sawmills.
I like to watch "out of the woods" youtube,hes an interesting sawyer.
Good luck Tim.
Hey,one more thing,don't tell your insurance man about that mill.
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