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Stationary Log Carriage for 40' Logs - Best Options for a Newbie8/20
Due to the limited options available in Australia I am now looking abroad for suitable alternatives and I would greatly appreciate any advice on the subject and/or directions to acquire what is needed.
The key points are as per the following:-
1.) Australian Recycled Hardwood - very dense HWD such as Ironbark with a Janka Rating of 14-15 (compared to American Oak of 6);
Option #1: Carriage 5 Head Blocks:-
Option #2: Carriage 3 Head Blocks x 2off:-
Option #3: Stationary Hydraulic Log Deck:-
Option #4: Stationary Deck:-
This will not be a high production mill as the posts and beams produced are generally quite varied and specific. However due to the weight and lengths of the logs I will make it all hydraulic/mechanical.
Thanks in advance.
Peterson & Lucas mills can add as many extension as you want. I'd contact them first, if you're leaning toward a circle mill. If you're considering a horizontal band mill, Norwood can be built to any length and is modular, so you can add whatever hydraulics you need.
Boxed hearts may not be the best sawing pattern for the larger logs depending on market demand. Free of heart center (FOHC) is a premium grade if the log will support it less splitting of the finished timber. I understand that larger timbers also get a premium.
Cutting 40' of log is a real challenge. Not many mills can or even want to cut that length just because of handling problems. In the states anything over 16' cost a premium and over 24 is more yet. At 80' don't even ask the price just order it.
I'd be looking a ground mount manual mill because of the 40' lengths (Lucas can do any length) and have some sort of auxiliary equipment (skid steer) to move the logs.