Sawing Ash with Emerald Ash Borer
From Gene Wengert, forum technical advisor:
Are you both in the quarantine zone? It is possible that your mill, after sawing, will have some debris on it that could include the EAB. Perhaps most important is to check with Indiana and see what the guidelines or the law is in that state. Some states restrict the movement of ash wood.
From the original questioner:
Gene - good point, thanks. I called Indiana DNR and they said our area is quarantined, so I can cut and use the lumber myself but can't take it outside our county. I haven't committed to doing this job, but if I do I'll take extra care to get rid of debris and any insects.
From contributor J:
A leaf blower is part of my regular portable milling equipment collection. One needs to blow out around the battery and blade housings every couple hours anyway. At the end of the day go over your mill thoroughly. You have to know where debris accumulates. On my LT-40 stuff can get in the main tube which can be blown out by removing the tail end cap and the hydraulic box cover for example. Not that I do this area every time, but certainly if sawing ash somewhere I would. I'm worried that someday there's going to be an impact on moving a mill, not just the wood, from these pest problems.
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