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loggerray
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Mounting stationary mill on trailer

Just curious if anyone has used a boat trailer for mounting a stationary mill on to make it portable

r.garrison1
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I'd use a wider, and possibly heavier trailer. One thing I would think through is how it would be to cut, after you have it mounted, how would you load, and how would you cut.
If you are tripping over a wheel or set of wheels, that would be a problem.
If you are going to load logs on the mill while on the trailer, the bouncing and weight may be more than the trailer frame is made for. If it starts bending, it could make it difficult to keep the sawmill straight.
Possibly use the trailer to haul it, and have a good way to get it off the trailer and set it up quickly? Possibly have it on some 4X6 skids, and have good options to brace the skids when you off-load it.

loggerray
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Thanks for your advice it has 3 in tubing I'm wondering if I could reinforce it some way

r.garrison1
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You could build a frame on top, where the mill sits, and have the support legs go directly from that frame to the ground. That way, the boat trailer frame wouldn't be carrying the load of the logs. You don't need the extra support while travelling.

Bill
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Ray not to sure what your trailer looks like but I'm sure you could come up with something to have it pack the mill. Personally I don't like the mill up in the air when I'm sawing I'd devise some sleepers under the mill so I could slide it off to saw and winch it back on when done. What ever you come up with post some picks for us to see.

loggerray
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Thanks guys I have to extend the tubing out on the trailer then I will reinforce it with angle iron on top, and put some support legs on it. I will send pics of it when I get it finished. Will take a while to get it done iron is expensive lol.

r.garrison1
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I have a local place (about 45 miles away) that is a metal recycler. I can buy metal by the pound for fab steel. I bought some plates of m2 tool steel for some project, and it was about $25.00.
You may check local metal recyclers to see if they also sell the steel.

loggerray
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Thanks I will check that out I have one about 50 miles away

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