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Posted on Dipping your toes into Milling your own way?

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#1 posted 05-30-2018 02:17 PM

See! It s these kinds of comments like msinc that are dangerous to me! I know it s fun (I mean it looks like a blast) and it would be very rewarding. But I barely have enough time to woodwork at all right now
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It really is a blast and don’t forget, you can sell what you don’t have to have or what you don’t use. Honestly, if I did it over again I would buy a much smaller mill. I got a pretty big one and at the time I was worried if it would be big enough and have enough horsepower to get the job done. Now, looking back, for what I do I could have gone with a mill just about half the size of what I got. In one sense I am kinda glad I have the capability, on the other hand I could have had a smaller band mill that ran for way less money and did everything I needed it to.
I will say that the biggest advantage over chainsaws is that you don’t lose a board with every two cuts. Not a big deal if you are just milling poplar or pine…get some really nice, highly figured, exhibition grade walnut or cherry and it hurts to see what you are grinding up. Nothing wrong with trying one, but I would say that within one year of playing with a chainsaw rig you will be looking at band mills.

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