The second photo shows the skidway where the logs are rolled up to the mill. The aluminum pieces that connect the skidway to the mill simply slide out of the way to allow the operator access to the machine.
While currently we have only the capacity to saw 8' to 9' logs, we built the bed big enough to accommodate 16'. In the very near future we will add more rails to the bed. The overall length of the
As is, the mill will saw logs up to 21" in diameter but there are ways we can cut larger logs down to fit them on the mill. Frankly, there's not a lot of large timber locally and being we're both retired old men we're not really that interested in big timber unless it is something really special.
Here's another shot of the aluminum bridges that
span the distance between the skidway and the mill. They're lightweight, easily moved with one hand, strong, and hook into position with strong steel latches so they won't fall.
We also plan to build a boom and winch overhead to make handling the biggest logs easier.
As the wood had been down for quite some time
before we cut it I brought it home to use for
Sure, it will rot in a few years but the quality was
not what we would want to sell to customers and I can always get as many as I need.
And I'll never beat the price I paid.