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#1 Hydropotesinermis

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Posted 21 July 2015 - 10:20 pm

Does anybody have any experience with these? I have access to quite a bit of wood in the form of windblown hardwoods, some of which seems criminal to log for firewood.

How difficult to use are they physically?

What does the finished article turn out like? I am expecting it to be rough, but how rough, and how square/true are the cuts?
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Posted 26 July 2015 - 01:22 pm

My mate has one, it took some setting up, but he turns out some pretty good planks now he got the hang of it, it's a fairly fit mans game though

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Posted 03 August 2015 - 04:57 pm

Its hard work, and slow compared to a wood mizer, but you can turn out decent planks if you are careful. We ran a few planks out with some nice burl in recently, was planning to make tables over the winter but people bought them all so none left now! If you have plenty to go at see what it costs to hire a wood mizer (bandsaw mill) in for the day we pay about 400 a day, machine and operator, with minimum 2 day hire. You'll need someone handy with a digger too to feed it but you won't believe how much timber it'll turn out in 2 days!



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Posted 03 August 2015 - 05:13 pm

Hi,
My mate also has one and it does a real good job in my opinion. He planks a lot of timber for various customers who make furniture etc.
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Posted 03 August 2015 - 05:21 pm

The quality is the same as a mill if you do it right its just the time it takes that's a pain



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Posted 03 August 2015 - 05:48 pm

Thanks for the replies guys. Very helpful.

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Posted 04 August 2015 - 06:57 am

if its just for hobby use and your not planning on doing it comertially, why don't you make one? ive been watching a few videos on youtube and they are pretty simple bits of kit. All you need is some 1" box section and a welder? im gonna get some steel and make one soon as I get chance, I think it would be a handy thing to have :thumbs:


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Posted 05 August 2015 - 06:57 am

Its the saw  that's the expensive bit, £1500 for an 880 I think



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Posted 05 August 2015 - 02:40 pm

Its the saw  that's the expensive bit, £1500 for an 880 I think

yeah I agree, but ive got a cheapo chainsaw at home with a 20" bar and I reckon I could probably mill logs up to maybe 15"? still get some reasonable timber from 15" logs, just need to do more of them lol but it would be nice to have one of them with a really long bar, and do some table tops or worktops or something? money to be made im sure! (if you have access to the wood in the first place)



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Posted 05 August 2015 - 03:27 pm

I already have a saw that would do the job.

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Posted 05 August 2015 - 03:28 pm

if its just for hobby use and your not planning on doing it comertially, why don't you make one? ive been watching a few videos on youtube and they are pretty simple bits of kit. All you need is some 1" box section and a welder? im gonna get some steel and make one soon as I get chance, I think it would be a handy thing to have :thumbs:


That's a good idea. One I have toyed with myself...

I may well gice it a go.

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Posted 05 August 2015 - 05:08 pm

Let us no how you get on mate! Atb

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Posted 06 August 2015 - 08:03 pm

I have a large dead walnut tree in my garden, its demise will be this weekend and I am hoping it is suitable for planking.

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Posted 24 June 2016 - 01:22 pm

Did anybody get on with this? I've got an ms880 coming with a 48" bar and ripping chain so will hopefully have some nice table tops in the not to distant future ;)
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Posted 24 June 2016 - 11:00 pm

I dropped my walnut and the trunk is in a dry place, but I still need to plank it and dry it properly




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