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Best Bandmill for Long Timbers??1/7
If cutting long timbers is you primary milling, is there a particular brand of a bandsaw that is better suited for this??
Or will they all do it, and its a Ford/Chevy thing???
LT15 Woodmizer can be extended across your yard if need be.
Most mills, if gas/diesel powered can be extended as long as you want.. just buy/build track, etc..... on electric ones, get a long extension cord...
As you said, it is basically a Dodge/Ford/Chevy thing......
How long are we talking about? Does the mill need to be portable? What diameter, species? I don't quite agree with the Ford/Chevy analogy. Norwood sawmill extensions are integral to the track. I have a friend who cuts 45' beams on his. Also check with cost of extension and the material used. Those long logs get heavy, and the weight is not always distributed evenly. Look at the clamping system. You may need to add a few clamps. Finally, what will you do for log handling? Are you looking at a hydraulic mill, or use muscle/external equipment to load and turn the logs. Cost of extra long hydraulic lines may make the simpler and cheaper manual mills more attractive. You may want to start out with a manual mill and move to hydraulics later. The bottom line is to look for features first, then look at different manufacturers.
You didn't specify what constitutes long, I have a Log Master LM-4 and recently milled 25' long 6" x 8" pine for a customers rafters in his new home, I could extend my mill but so far I have not had anyone wanting anything longer than 25'. Finding logs that are longer than 25' or 30' with out excessive taper might be interesting as well, depending on where you are located.
you can cut a 40' log on a 20' mill simply by cutting 1/2 then turn the log and cut the other 1/2.