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About Johnmac

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    Perthshire, Scotland
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    Amateur woodworker, first time Alaskan Miller!
  1. Thanks all for the feedback. i think I'm going to go for it with a HM126 model. Just under £3,700 delivered with ten blades. i'm going to have to look into drying timber now! The sauno kiln from Logosol also looks like a possible addition if it's any good! ill keep you all posted once I've done final sums and if it all adds up I'll order one at the end of the month once I've been paid! cheers. John
  2. Afternoon All. I live in Perthshire, Scotland. I do some woodworking as a hobby over and above my other farming job. Places you can buy kiln dried or air dried hardwood near me is very limited and the place I do go to ain't cheap. My wife needs a horse shelter built. I could buy the HM122 or even stretch to the HM126 model for less than she's been quoted to have one built in softwood. Im thinking I could buy the mill and using standing timber I can access for free from the farm build the shelter myself. Then I could start processing my own hardwood for woodworking and if it goes well invest in a small sauno kiln to speed up the process possibly even moving into selling some sawn hardwood pieces online?!? so, am I being mad or is this a possibility?!? I can can get my hands on as much standing Alder, Ash, Oak, Sycamore and Horse Chestnut as I want for free, plus I can get rounds of softwood for cost price. In addition I have some land for the mill, some unused sheds for air drying and a forklift for the heavy stuff. so those with experience, does it sound viable? Will it make me a few shekels, purely as a hobby, and are the woodlands mill 122 or 126 petrol versions up to the job? thanks for any advice! john
  3. My mistake. Someone hijacked your 'its arrived' post with pics of their 126 model and I thought it was your purchase. any info you can give on the 130 much appreciated!
  4. Hello FTF. Hope you are doing well after your scare! I've been there myself so know the feeling! I'm interested in a woodlands mill for personal use in Scotland. Tell me, how are you finding it now some time has passed? Any issues? Any breakdowns? How many blades do you find yourself using and do you buy them from woodland mills? Lastly, have you bought a second mill? Your earlier posts and photos show a 126 model but now looks like you have a 130? Or am I confused? thabks for any info. best wishes, john
  5. No idea why I wrote blade?!? Sacrilege!
  6. Cheers for the tips folks. I already have a roll nose sitting on the living room table to be fitted tomorrow! Only a 20" bar, but that's all my Alaskan Mill can manage apparently, and to be honest I doubt I'll be wanting to mill any bigger until I've got my technique sorted.
  7. Looking forward to the weekend so I can have some fun with my new saw. One careful owner before me and looks lightly used. It's got a 25" blade on it but I've bought a 20" as I'll be using it on my newly acquired mini Alaskan Mill which I'm told can only be used with bars up to 20"? School boy error for not having the foresight to think big! I don't think I've made the same mistake with the saw. I was thinking of a 441 or a 460, but decided bigger would be better and I've heard good things about the MS660. Hopefully some milled lumber pics to follow!
  8. Thanks Gary. I suppose that'll explain why they are everywhere, assuming they grow and spread as readily as 'regular' Willow. Does this mean (like 'regular' Willow) that it's not much use as firewood or for milling?
  9. Evening all. I've got access to a piece of land that's covered with these trees, all alive and standing of all shapes and sizes. Thinking of chopping a few of the bigger ones down for milling or maybe for firewood, but want to know the species first before I put in the effort! Sorry if this one is obvious, but my tree ID skills only extend to Ash, Oak, Alder, Sycamore and Willow at present as that's what mostly grows around my place! Thanks in advance for any help.
  10. That's cracking Ian, though way above my skill set! One day maybe!
  11. Thanks for the info. Sorry, I should have said the trees I have access to are all alive and standing. There is some oak, chestnut and a few other species but the two most common are Alder and Ash, so for that reason I was considering experimenting with them, then maybe move onto the Oak and such like once I've got my technique perfected. Milling the small Alder (8" to 10" in diameter) was fun and pretty easy with my 181, I just took my time. Can't wait to get stuck into something more substantial. I wish there were a few Yew or Walnut around mine because the pictures on here look stunning! This was tonight's project! A couple of hours yesterday and one today. My first bandsaw box. Far from perfect but my wife likes it!
  12. Hi folks. Thanks for the welcome. Yes, I thought the Wickes comment would get some laughs, but it was a cheap way of practising! I'm in Perthshire, Scotland. Really looking forward to milling my first decent log!
  13. Lastly.... My first attempt with the Alaskan Mill. A length of Alder that I'd had lying outside for around three years. Tiny I know, but I only have a MS181! I think I'll make a little tea light holder from this. I've got a much bigger saw on the way then I can start to mill some of my own planks for future projects. I've got a reasonable (free) supply of Ash and Alder, plus Willow, Birch and Sycamore. Any suggestions which I should target first and why?
  14. My first 'professional' attempt. Having cut my teeth on wickes pine :-0 I made this board out of strips of white ash and walnut with off cuts bought from eBay. It's approx 12" x 12" and 1" thick. I was pretty chuffed with it!


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