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Choosing between a Panther Mill II and a Granberg

Discussion in 'Milling & Saw Mills' started by TedSherman, Dec 24, 2015.

  1. TedSherman

    TedSherman ArboristSite Lurker

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    Now, that I bought a ported and modded Husky 394xp, the question is: what size mill to go with? The logs I currently have are up to 32" diameter--but I know of some stumps in the area that are probably 48". Will this saw power a 52" bar? I've read several posts where folks say go with larger than what you currently think you need? Is it really that addictive? The Panthermill II 60" is $240 (http://pantherpros.com/panthermill2.html); Bailey's has the Granberg 56" for $340 (https://www.baileysonline.com/Fores...K-III-Alaskan-Chainsaw-Mill-with-56-Rails.axd) . Any feedback as to whether the Granberg is worth the additional $? I know kpantherpro is on the forum--so maybe he can chime in.
     
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    THANKS!
     
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    That 394 should go gang busters. Not sure if you want a smaller bar =/<36" as well as the 60" to run seperately.
    From ergonomics as well on a 36 should be nicer
    Remember to drill the nose

    Good luck
     
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    Great buy on the saw, been following your adventure around the site! I run a ported 394 with a 42" bar on a 48" Grandberg, that is the biggest bar I would use without an auxiliary oiler. I chose the Grandberg over the Panther Mill only because the reviews said the Panther was heavier, and with the heft of a 394 I wanted the lighter Mill. I can't say which is lighter but the Panther is certainly cheaper. Be sure to read the Milling 101 thread, I learned quite a lot there. Good luck and enjoy!!!
     
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    aux oiler for sure on any length, bobL's mini mill one is made from retic parts and hdpe clear hose which is great to visually see flow
     
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    Oh, I also wanted to say that I had originally bought a 24" Grandberg and then when I bought the bigger saw I just ordered the 48" rails and didn't have to buy a whole new Mill. Actually thinking about it, I have 42" rails with a 42" bar so I can fit 35" logs in it. Well anyway, you get the gist.
     
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    I'm thinking I'll go with a 48" bar. Whichever one I get, I already figured I'd get an aux oiler. Panther has it for about $30.
     
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    Ted, what did you end up getting? any regrets or input?
     
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    I got the Panther 42" mill. Bought it last Spring but didn't get around to milling until a few weeks ago. I was only able to get my logs at most a foot off the ground, so I was leaning over for all the slabbing. Over the last couple weeks, I did a mess of slabs. The Husky 394xp with a sharp rip chain cuts very well, but it is a heavy bugger with the mill. Doesn't help that I've got a torn up right shoulder that I'm having reconstruction surgery on this week. That's why I did all the slabbing, wanted to get as much done as possible since I'll be unable to do anything for 6 months. Here are some pics! Some of this is spalted maple, but I'm not sure what the other wood is--any ideas? I included a shot of the bark from a tree (5th pic) that is the same as the 2nd, 4th, and final pics. This has all been sitting on my driveway for a year and a half to two years. The stack is less than half of what I've got in the garage.
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    Nice work! Thanks for the response. Hope your recovery goes well! Good thinking getting that lumber milled and drying while u recover
     
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    Ted, Just wanted to see how you are doing after the surgery? I set up my mill one day before winter hit here in MI (snowing like crazy).. So now Im playing the waiting game.
     
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    Thanks, Garrit. I'm doing fine. The plan was to do a superior capsular reconstruction using cadaver dermal material (some cool videos on YouTube!), but the arthritis on the humerus head (the ball) was too severe; so all he could do was clean up the arthritis, remove inflamed tissue and a couple of bone spurs. The rotator cuff muscles/tendons are too damaged to repair. I'll be looking at a partial replacement, but hopefully I can put that off for at least another 5 years (I'll be 55 in Jan). I can always have this same cleanup/debridement done again if the arthritis pain gets too bad. Not really wanting to do that though either.
     
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    Good to hear your doing well!
     
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    How do you like the Granberg? I'm now thinking of selling my PantherMill and buying the Granberg because of the weight issue, thus saving my shoulders a bit more wear and tear. I've seen the 48" Granberg for about $249. How much lighter is it than a 42" PantherMill? Anybody know?
     
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    I liked the Grandberg but don't really use very often anymore. I'm building a garage and took down 22 white pines for the framing and board and batten siding. Purchased a Norwood PortaMill and love it! By far the easiest way to chainsaw mill! Some of my logs won't fit on it so I will break out the Grandberg occasionally just to get to a manageable size.
     

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