I have about an acre of 6 to 8 inch red pine that needs to be thinned. I
probably have the patience and time to do 2 or 3 dozen trees a year. There
are about 200 trees in total to be thinned.
Is it a reasonable proposition to jig up a bandsaw to flatsaw these
for miscellaneous low tolerance jobs like roof sheathing and construction
timbers or will using a bandsaw like a mill just wear out an expensive
piece of gear for really low economic benefit? I don't mind so much if it
is uneconomic from the point of view of my time.
Oh, yeah, I want to buy a bandsaw anyhow, unlike a real mill which I don't
want at this point in my life.
That's a do-able project...
The bandsaw should be large enough to clear the largest diameter trunk you
will be dealing with, an in/out feed table setup and a sled of sorts to
carry the bulk of the weight past the blade will likely be necessary.
There is a user forum for Minimax users (and interested parties) at:
http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/MiniMax-USA/?yguid 9925383 where
setups like this have been discussed and some pictures are available.
You won't necessarily need to limit yourself to flatsawing, though... with
the right setup one can do as they please.
Yea, I agree Thomas, they are probably an ideal size for fence posts, maybe
even for deer fence (some 6' above ground). Sell them all "as is" to a farm
co-op or something. They will de-bark and chemically treat to allow long
Problem is I have already peeled about triple the quantity of poles I need
this year. Was hoping to get some boards even if inefficiently. The only
other use for them in the small quantity I have is as firewood, and even
there, I have plenty of maple that needs thinning.
If I can read between the lines, there is no issue with excessive machine
wear in the quantities I am talking about, but most of you wouldn't do it
because the return per log will be so low.
Heck even if I just squared them to 4x4s or 6x6s, they would be more
useful than in the round for some purposes.
As always, thanks for the input.
On 21 Jun 2005 16:34:51 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@FreeNet.Carleton.CA (Jonathan Mau)
Sell them as poles. They're a useful size, so if you have a good
quantity then they should be saleable to a fencepost mill (I know my
local place would jump on them)
As boards they're just too small and they won't dry anything like flat.
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