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I did a whack of research on bandsaw mills not long ago, From Mebor to Trakmet down to the smaller mills discussed here. Big J. knows far far more than most, has the track record and is generous with his advice.

 

Basically you do get what you pay for.

 

In this instance there would only ever be one I would consider  - The Logosol B1001.

 

The rest seemed like comparing a Zetor tractor with a Fendt.

 

After a short time you will have forgotten the additional cost.

 

Its a bit like chainsaws, which is why Stihl, Husky and Echo are the go to saws every time.

 

 

 

 

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39 minutes ago, arboriculturist said:

In this instance there would only ever be one I would consider  - The Logosol B1001.

What in your opinion is the difference between the B751 pro and the B1001 that makes you not even consider the B751 Pro?

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3 hours ago, arboriculturist said:

I did a whack of research on bandsaw mills not long ago, From Mebor to Trakmet down to the smaller mills discussed here. Big J. knows far far more than most, has the track record and is generous with his advice.

 

Basically you do get what you pay for.

 

In this instance there would only ever be one I would consider  - The Logosol B1001.

 

The rest seemed like comparing a Zetor tractor with a Fendt.

 

After a short time you will have forgotten the additional cost.

 

Its a bit like chainsaws, which is why Stihl, Husky and Echo are the go to saws every time.

 

 

 

 

There are thousands of woodland mill's sold all over the world and people are more than happy with them. Each mill is suited to different purposes so to say you would only buy the b1001 is your choice but does not apply to any one else. Big J was into commercial milling in big way so cannot compare to an entry mill. 

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4 hours ago, Woodworks said:

Thats all very helpful. Got to see a Woodland Mills bandmill yesterday. They do offer great value and couldn't pick much fault with it other than a slightly lightweight track. Easily resolved with good sub bearers though. Pretty much down to the HM130 or the small Logosol 751 like Andys. Not managed to talk to Chris at WM as he is away but the Logosol dealer seemed very helpful and have a machine I can see.

 

Like the belt system on yours. All the ones I have seen have the band running on the drive belt which seems odd but must work. 

The rails are actually pretty strong but we strengthened the whole thing up on ours to be on the safe side. We just had a basic frame welded up from stanchions.

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Earlier woodland mills seem to made out of recycled rust particles and are really shit if left outdoors with no protection. No amount of oil spraying can stop the inevitable decay. I know, I have one. Simple, cheap and basic but very low quality.

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7 hours ago, skc101fc said:

Earlier woodland mills seem to made out of recycled rust particles and are really shit if left outdoors with no protection. No amount of oil spraying can stop the inevitable decay. I know, I have one. Simple, cheap and basic but very low quality.

That is a worry.

 

It will have to live outside until I have milled some wood and made a shed with the wood so next summer realistically. I was going to make a cover for the head from an IBC and the rest would have to put up with what Dartmoor throws at it. 

 

Anyone else had rust troubles or are most of them living inside?

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15 hours ago, trigger_andy said:

What in your opinion is the difference between the B751 pro and the B1001 that makes you not even consider the B751 Pro?

The difference in price is negligible, a lot of timber is not straight and The B1001 will cope with everything that comes our way. Nothing worse than having an underpowered power unit.

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2 hours ago, Woodworks said:

That is a worry.

 

It will have to live outside until I have milled some wood and made a shed with the wood so next summer realistically. I was going to make a cover for the head from an IBC and the rest would have to put up with what Dartmoor throws at it. 

 

Anyone else had rust troubles or are most of them living inside?

Ours had a small patch of rust on the rail where the roof leaked in an old shed but it was just on the surface. Anything will rust outside eventually but as long as the heads covered you can repaint the rails in half an hour if you're worried.

 

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2 hours ago, Woodworks said:

That is a worry.

 

It will have to live outside until I have milled some wood and made a shed with the wood so next summer realistically. I was going to make a cover for the head from an IBC and the rest would have to put up with what Dartmoor throws at it. 

 

Anyone else had rust troubles or are most of them living inside?

I would get the compressor going and spray with engine oil a couple of times in very dry weather before next summer.

Wear a respirator an goggles though.

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