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Harbor freight sawmill

Discussion in 'Milling & Saw Mills' started by mesupra, Dec 6, 2014.

  1. mesupra

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    Glad to see you got a mill. The little 301cc motor is more then enough power. Ifnyou find yourself pushing hard change the blade. I had a 11 and 13hp motor ready to go but never needed it. I would recommend running the motor for about 3 minutes varying the throttle greatly the n immediately changing the oil, gets rid of the majority of the contaminates quickly. I'm my searching I was unable to find the exact dimension angle iron, I was going to use just equal length stock the same dimension as the short aide however I just called harbor freight feed them a line of bull **** and demanded they sell me another set of rails and cross member. However waiting around kinda sucks. I also found that I rarely used the extension as I ran out of log diameter capacity before length, but that's not always the case esp. With my current mill I mill almost all 16'. Messing around with 8' seems like a waste of time.
     
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    So with the just stock bed how long can you mill? What did they charge you for extra rails?
     
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    This was a while ago but I want to say you can mill out to about 9'6". I believe I paid around 250 for the extra rails. I then bought 2 pieces of 20' flat stock and mounted them to the sides of the entire bed to stiffen things up. It really was a slick little unit. What was the price shipped?
     
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    $1991 to my work ( loading dock) originally 1999 but was 200 off with tax n shipping brought it to the $1991
     
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    That's still a steal in my opinion. With good wood that mill can pay for itself in 3 easy days by yourself.
     
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    Did you mount it to timbers pilings or would you recommend getting an axle and minty it for moving.. I wouldn’t move it off the property just around the trails or wood area so no suspension.. I can get extensions to add 4 feet for $70 and I’d add all holes and machine to exactly what the stock size is so I think I’ll go that route.. only bad thing is that will put me at just over 13ft which I can’t see ever needing but I’m sure I’ll want more once I got it setup
     
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    And also I need to learn about blade degrees (new thread) or what do you think or recommend for manual mill and all around good blade..
     
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    What is it, 1 1/4 blade 19 inch band wheels?
     
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    That’s what it is
     
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    The best choice for a new blade to recommend is the Lenox chip sweep which I get from Spectrum Supply. The shipping seems a bit much but test out different numbers and see what works. It is unlikely to find someone to sharpen them. You can order any length with no extra charge or wait. The Wood Meizer double hard 0.045 4 degree are pretty good for hard wood. If you have clear as in knot free it is not as important. Plenty of stuff to search up on the internet about this topic.

    I have read the logic is less hp should have closer together teeth. Once I ordered from three places on the same day, Timberking got here the fastest, I think a cubic box of five or six blades for only $20 shipping, the lower cost one of their choices and quite good in my estimation.
     

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