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Going to Dothan to look at the Cooks HD 3238

Discussion in 'Milling & Saw Mills' started by customcutter, Nov 14, 2017 at 9:09 AM.

  1. customcutter

    customcutter ArboristSite Member

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    I've got the loan for a saw, so payments start Dec 5th. I know that WMizer has the marketshare, name recognition, and resale value. However, there are somethings that I like better about the Cooks saws.

    No electronics, or electric motors, every WM saw seems to develop issues if they sit for an extended period of time with the electronics. I know the Accuset would be a nice feature, but how hard can it be to line up the head for the next cut?

    Steel wheels instead of belts, that tension with a spring, instead of hydraulics.

    Engine PTO tensions with an idler instead of hydraulics that was known to cause problems with the lower main bearings in the Cat 51HP motors.

    Better bearings and tracking systems.

    I like the operator controls/cable better than the WM LT 40/50 set up unless you upgrade.

    The wood is brought back to the operator, no leaning over the sides of the saw to try and pick it up.

    Here's a link to a video.

    They offered a pretty sweet deal a couple of weeks ago, but I wasn't quite ready to lay down my hard earned money. I plan on adding the de-barker, I think I'll see if I can get that thrown into what they offered last week.

    Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated.
     
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    customcutter ArboristSite Member

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    In heavy negotiations. There are no hydraulic models available for demo. Right now they are heavy in production of wide body manual 52 and 60" mills.
    Earliest a hydraulic mill will be built will be first week in December, for an existing order. Right now they have orders 6-8 weeks out, so not much need to lower prices.
     
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    I own a cook saw, you're welcome to message me with any questions. I bought new in 2013, mine is stationary and for this I think it's way better than a woodMizer although you will need a good welder to go along with it.....

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    Welder 4 what. HF m ll needs that adjustment from what has been posted to correct
     
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    Good people at Cooks, helped me out years back with blade issues, and I don't even own a Cooks mill.
     
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    Welder to put it back together after it breaks.... Had at least a dozen welds to break on my new cooks saw. The op is gonna be close enough that he can take it back if he has troubles though. I wasn't, I was stuck with my mill. I even asked for a refund, no money back guarantee for me.... I just wanted to make sure everyone knows that cook saw can and will pull a good one on you given the opportunity!
     
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    UPDATE: I found out today that a man my In-Laws knows has a Cooks AC-36. He has invited me over in the next couple of days to demo it. Also said his brother has a AC-36 that he bought used that he might be interested in selling. Says he's had 3-4 years and hasn't cut 500bf with it. I also have a lead on 2 other used AC-36 models.
     
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