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the minute you bolt the sawmill onto your trailer, it ceases to be a trailer, it then becomes a piece of plant, or an agricultural implement, and a whole different set of rules comes into play........its not a trailer anymore, as it doesnt carry any loads.

and as for building material, the woodlands drawing calls for a 6x2x1/8 box, the best uk option is 100x50x5, this gives a beam with the "Z" (bending load) very similar, watch how you build it and your all up weight will just under 750kg, so no brakes needed.

if you look at the woodland drawing, it shows a ladder pattern of 1x1's along the top, these are to clear the bolts holding the rails together, if you;ve got the newer versions of the mill with the 16mm levelling screws, you bont need these 1x1's, ataching the bilts direct to the 100x50's gives enough clearance and allows for the mill to be trued up very easily, taking out any twist and bending, just make sure the suport legs are up to the task of taking the weight of the timber your going to place on it.

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the minute you bolt the sawmill onto your trailer, it ceases to be a trailer, it then becomes a piece of plant, or an agricultural implement, and a whole different set of rules comes into play........its not a trailer anymore, as it doesnt carry any loads.

and as for building material, the woodlands drawing calls for a 6x2x1/8 box, the best uk option is 100x50x5, this gives a beam with the "Z" (bending load) very similar, watch how you build it and your all up weight will just under 750kg, so no brakes needed.

if you look at the woodland drawing, it shows a ladder pattern of 1x1's along the top, these are to clear the bolts holding the rails together, if you;ve got the newer versions of the mill with the 16mm levelling screws, you bont need these 1x1's, ataching the bilts direct to the 100x50's gives enough clearance and allows for the mill to be trued up very easily, taking out any twist and bending, just make sure the suport legs are up to the task of taking the weight of the timber your going to place on it.

 

Thanks for that.

It clears up a few issues that Chris at Woodland Mills wasn't able to clarify.

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Be careful when you set the wheels, I had a slight mishap that could have been a lot worse.

The manual says something along the lines of tension the blade to xx, back off the tension lever one full turn, track the blade, and then put the full xx tension back on and then rotate the wheels by hand, this I did and the blade sprung off the front of the wheels catching me on my forearm and the bridge of my nose puncturing both.

The worrying thing is that the puncture on my nose could easily have been my eye!

In the end the only way I could get the blade to stay on at full tension was to track it at full tension which makes more sense logically then the method in the manual.

 

Thanks for the warning, I'll bear that in mind.

Having read the manual cover to cover I think some of the instructions are open to compromise

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So Agrimog are you saying that the new trailer rules don't apply to a mill?

 

We are planning on getting a trailer made for our HM130 too but was worried about these rules so was concidering bolting it to a narrow horse trailer chassis instead (although not entirely sure if this fit within the rules either?)

 

Something purpose built would be preferable if it is still legal

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You could build one yourself or have it built, and take it for a single vehicle approval test at a vosa testing station.

 

It is worth noting that manufacturers of trailed plant such as chippers are going down the full type approval route.

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yes, when you bolt the sawmill onto the chassis, it ceases to be a trailer and becomes a piece of specialist plant, or an agricultural implement. A trailer is designed to carry a load, and be easily loaded and unloaded, would you class a caravan as a load carrying trailer.....same reasoning,

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yes, when you bolt the sawmill onto the chassis, it ceases to be a trailer and becomes a piece of specialist plant, or an agricultural implement. A trailer is designed to carry a load, and be easily loaded and unloaded, would you class a caravan as a load carrying trailer.....same reasoning,

 

Can you point me to the legislation that says that so I can print it off please

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The trailer I got from Chris Pearce, although made to woodland mills design needed some alterations to make it safer to transport the mill.

Clamps to lock the mill in place have been fitted as well as removable wheel arches for when loading trunks, just got to make the ramps and winch attachment then good to go.

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