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simooner
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eastern hemlock

hi simooner  here on  the site for a while haven't posted  anything yet waiting till  I retire to  buy a sawmill . my question  is how easy is it to  cut eastern  hemlock  after its been  sitting  for a while with end check , im  getting some big hemlocks cut down this year  near the cottage and wont be cut until sometime next years any and all answers would be appreciated

Bill
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I would suggest taking a chain saw and running a cut through the bark end to end of the logs depending on the size maybe 2 cuts then after they have sat around when you go to saw them the bark should almost fall off. I've been doing this for a no. of years now then I bark them with an axe before sawing takes about 5 mins. a log and no dirt to saw easier to handle with no bark as well. Cut  the logs a good 4" longer than you plan to have your lumber & when you go to mill any larger cracks you can line up with the cut ( ususally no more than 1 on a log. I'm sure others will have suggestions as well probably better than mine.

r.garrison1
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I don't know, Bill Those are pretty good suggestions.

Cutting longer is important; most end checking isn't real deep, so if you can trim a couple inches off each end after it is mostly dry, you will lose most of the end checking.

 

simooner
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hey guys thanks for the replies, good idea about taking   the bark  off hopefully it will  keep the beatles  down,i just hope my loader can  pick up  the bigger pieces,lol

Post Oakie
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Welcome to the forum, Simooner!

simooner
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thanks post oakie great forum, lots of use full information , I drool everytime I drive by norwood offices  on hwy 11  northbound  to the cottage ,hopefully I can  snag the sawmill they have on  display out front when  the time comes, fall of 2017

r.garrison1
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I finally sprung for mine today. I've been lurking and posting so long here, I felt bad about not having one yet, but the time wasn't right.

I went with the LM29 with the trailer package and the 14 HP Kohler engine.

Bill
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yes good for you Roland your in for a fun summer.

wayne busse
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Rolland, it's great to hear you'll be making dust this summer. I can't wait to see the mods you'll come up with for your new mill...

Post Oakie
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Congratulations on the sawmill! You've done your homework, school's out, and it's time to put all you've learned into practice!

r.garrison1
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I've already got plans for some solid wood stops... I think someone has an example of them. To start, I'll use it as it comes, just to set the basics. I won't know if my mods will be improvements unless I know how things work from the factory.