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About wills-mill

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    Senior Member, Raffle Sponsor 2007, 2008, 2014, 2015
  • Birthday 17/02/1977

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  • Location:
    Stuck in the Wealden Clay, Surrey/ Sussex
  • Occupation
    Mobile Sawyer, lapsed climber and woodlander
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  1. This one? it looks decent enough, the saw guides are a bit Axminster, but for pottering about I'm sure it's a useful little lump. 2.2kw or 3hp motor isn't going to set the world on fire either, but probably balances up with the rest of it. HOLZMANN Blochbandsäge Bbs 350 WWW.EBAY.CO.UK Holzmann log band saw BBS350 Engine data Motor power S1 in W 2.2 Voltage 400 V / 3/50 Hz General dimensions Band... head band saw / BBS350 400V / head band saw - HOLZMANN Maschinen GmbH WWW.HOLZMANN-MASCHINEN.AT The BBS350 is designed exclusively for cutting soft, hard, dry, raw or frozen timber or wooden prisms. ✓ all types of timber...
  2. Sorry Mr Hook. 30 seconds in and the voice is grating. I'm out.
  3. wills-mill


    I'd love to sell Elm and Oak slabs at £96 per cubic ft too There's been a surprising amount of big Walnuts hitting the floor this year and being milled. I've seen some stunning photos recently from Patrick Turk at Forest2Furniture and from Richie McBride at Holly Cottage Tree Services.
  4. I do like the Cuckfield Cedar. There was a photo knocking about of the same spot in about 1910 or so, it really didn't look much different.
  5. Great thread. Very partial to a bit of Lawson's Cypress, maybe some more love for Alder on soggy spots too. I'm getting slightly sweaty palms looking at the lovely stand of Leylandii in @The avantgardener 's photos. I actually reckon it's time for a bit of salesmanship and carry out a rebranding exercise to give the timber some mysticism and exotic charm for the customers who would ordinarily scoff and spit out the word "conifer".
  6. If you can put the grunt in, then the Monkey has well enough grunt to drag one of those sets of roots out of the ground. We can place bets if it's going to be the standing tree that you'd like to retain or the stump that you'd like removed. I know which one Murphy's Law is likely to choose ?
  7. Ta Steve, very clever bit of software there Do the image titles act as an alt text?
  8. Always good to hear. I seem to have ended up with a DeWalt fleet, and the most respectable battery life I've achieved has been by putting a Flexvolt battery (from a big drill) into the 18v grinder. Have always liked the twin battery idea that Makita use, a friend of mine really rates the circular saw.
  9. Late to the party, hello all. I like to use the mini digger analogy. Most people can hop on a mini digger with minimal instruction and scratch out a half decent hole, ditch or hard standing on a sunny day on a level, open site. But I know I'd be absolutely floundering on a tight site with multiple requirements for services, levels, materials going in and out etc. And it's just the same with milling, it's not rocket science to nibble a few dozen boards out of random logs and have a memorable and enjoyable time producing some lovely looking timber. Working up to the more complex levels with constraints from time, timber, customers, weather, crappy access, kit breakdowns and minimal handling equipment is where the fun starts properly. That's always when a lot of folk find it a struggle, and unfortunately a lot of the lessons only get embedded after bitter (and sometimes costly) experience on your own equipment in your own region. Like so much of working life, it's down to managing customer expectations of what can be reasonably achieved without hugely traumatic financial costs or herculean expense of human muscle and sweat. Always happy to chat, and I'm still thinking of doing some "mill management" training days that look at all the other relevant links in the chain of a milling operation.
  10. Ahh come on, you old curmudgeons I'm sure a few hundred yards of bunting and a dozen solar lights would cheer you up.
  11. I would always go with as much weight as possible, adjustability when worn and parts back up. I haven't used any of the twin rail Mizers but they look as good as other offerings out there, people seem to love their Woodlands and Hudson Oscars, and the Trak Mets always look nice and beefy.
  12. I quite fancy one as well, can you shout if you find a shed full? I think it's probably easiest to buy a decent one direct from Germany, they have to put the them through the TUV test so they are usually very tidy.
  13. South East Wood Fuels are worth contacting too. https://www.southeastwoodfuels.co.uk/
  14. They're properly keen on high pruning in NZ. A lot of their Radiata is ending up here (and elsewhere) as Accoya branded timber for window frames and external joinery, it's absolutely immaculate in terms of knot content. I'd love to see this level of knowledge, passion and commitment from UK landowners...


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