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    Any portable sawmills in Wake Forest/Raleigh area?

    We had four sweet gum trees taken down in our yard and I thought I could use the mill, dry and use the wood in my shop. Does anyone know a portable saw mill that could come over and mill the logs into boards?

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    Re: Any portable sawmills in Wake Forest/Raleigh area?

    I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.

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    Re: Any portable sawmills in Wake Forest/Raleigh area?

    Jack (saw4you here) has one in Rolesville. He has not been active lately but might respond to a PM. He also usually advertises on CraigsList under materials. Been quite a while since I've talked to him.
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    Re: Any portable sawmills in Wake Forest/Raleigh area?

    Quote Originally Posted by luckyGoose View Post
    We had four sweet gum trees taken down in our yard and I thought I could use the mill, dry and use the wood in my shop. Does anyone know a portable saw mill that could come over and mill the logs into boards?

    Thanks!,
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    Yogi, I rarely take my equipment mobile but I can highly recommend Roy Lynch and Bob Kellog.

    Roy's been operating a portable Woodmizer setup in the triangle for quite a few years, and mobile milling is all that he does.

    You can reach him at 919.414.0565

    Bob Kellog is another good mobile miller. You can reach him at 919.724.9956

    Tell them that you were referred by Scott Smith.

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    Re: Any portable sawmills in Wake Forest/Raleigh area?

    Just for info, I did contact Jack Murdock, and was told that he doesn't travel any more.

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    Re: Any portable sawmills in Wake Forest/Raleigh area?

    Assuming you can find a couple of local sawyers to help you, but before you make that plunge there's a few things to consider before spending the $$$ to bring them to your yard.

    1. How large are the four tree trunks, diameter of each at the narrowest point, fairly (somewhat straight) and how long (feet)?

    2. I have read/heard that sweet gum is difficult to dry and make usable lumber that isn't a bunch of gnarly pretzels. Air-dried or solar kiln dried with a sterilization cycle to get any bugs, etc. Maybe our sawyers can advise you about that.

    Keep us posted on the details for general information.

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    Re: Any portable sawmills in Wake Forest/Raleigh area?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff View Post
    Assuming you can find a couple of local sawyers to help you, but before you make that plunge there's a few things to consider before spending the $$$ to bring them to your yard.

    1. How large are the four tree trunks, diameter of each at the narrowest point, fairly (somewhat straight) and how long (feet)?

    2. I have read/heard that sweet gum is difficult to dry and make usable lumber that isn't a bunch of gnarly pretzels. Air-dried or solar kiln dried with a sterilization cycle to get any bugs, etc. Maybe our sawyers can advise you about that.

    Keep us posted on the details for general information.
    + a million.... sweet gum doesn't even make good fire wood.
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    Re: Any portable sawmills in Wake Forest/Raleigh area?

    In general I pick up logs (or have then delivered) rather than take the mill on the road. The critical info is diameter and length. My max is 32" dia and 20' for sawing and 16' for hauling. Four logs could easily overload my truck/trailer so knowing log size is important. Given the distance from me (~40 mi) my preference is to have someone deliver them. I understand that may be prohibitive but otherwise I could saw them.

    Sweet gum should be quarter sawn for stability otherwise twisted and bowed lumber will be the result.

    Thanks to Scott for the recommendation and Jeff for the referral.

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    Re: Any portable sawmills in Wake Forest/Raleigh area?

    Here is what sweetgum looks like when quartersawn. You really need a log with small end diameters in excess of 20" for quartersawing.




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    Re: Any portable sawmills in Wake Forest/Raleigh area?

    Roy Lynch came over, brought his woodmizer and some donuts and milled the logs(Quarter sawn) for me. He even gave me pointers on how to stack and dry them, and when I'd be ready to use them. I'd recommend Roy to anyone looking to mill their logs in the Wake county.

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    Re: Any portable sawmills in Wake Forest/Raleigh area?

    That is a nice stack of lumber! Are the ones on top 2x4's? What are your plans for the lumber?

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    Re: Any portable sawmills in Wake Forest/Raleigh area?

    Some nice looking wood there.

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    Re: Any portable sawmills in Wake Forest/Raleigh area?

    Quote Originally Posted by FredP View Post
    + a million.... sweet gum doesn't even make good fire wood.

    I disagree...

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    Re: Any portable sawmills in Wake Forest/Raleigh area?

    Glad you found a sawyer and got them sawn.<br>Bob<br>

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    Re: Any portable sawmills in Wake Forest/Raleigh area?

    Quote Originally Posted by DSWalker View Post
    That is a nice stack of lumber! Are the ones on top 2x4's? What are your plans for the lumber?
    They're a mix of 2.5" thick and 1" thick. I think the widest board i got was around 8". I'm going to wait for a year or so for them to dry, then I'll figure out what to do with them

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