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Magicman

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Do you check your logs with a metal detector before sawing?
No, I do not scan for metal/nails. I only saw customer's logs and I provide two metal scanners if they choose to use them. If I hit metal it cost the customer $30 for the blade so it is their responsibility to provide metal free logs. It is very rare to strike metal so the time spent scanning is basically wasted time.
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I sawed these logs today..
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And got 2533 board feet of 2X4, 6, & 8 framing lumber plus 14, 4X4's. It was a good day.
 
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Magicman

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Here are the first logs before sawing began:
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I sawed a bit over 7 thousand board feet of mostly 2X6 & 2X8 framing lumber from them last week in 3 days.
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The customer is skidding more logs this week and I will resume sawing beginning June 7th.
 
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GreensvilleJay

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so, in 3 days you paid for the mill I just sold......
as I lost my milling site, I didn't need to mill the 20ac of red pine I have free access to.kina saves me a lot of work though with 2by4s at 13$ up here, kinda rethinkning it.....KNOT.
 

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I'll resume sawing at this site Monday (weather permitting). There are about 30 more logs left to saw .

I am 100% portable sawing at the customer's site.
 
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I finished sawing this framing lumber job Friday which will all be used in the customer's new 4K+ square foot home. The lumber prices have greatly increased the demand for portable sawing but I have not and will not increase my sawing rate.
 
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Magicman

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Thanks, here is what I sawed Monday and Tuesday:
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Eighty three 2X10's for another customer's new home.
 
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Papadiver

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Thanks, here is what I sawed Monday and Tuesday:
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Eighty three 2X10's for another customer's new home.
Nice! How long should fresh sawed lumber dry before it can be used? and I notice it’s all stacked outside and not covered so that must be ok also.

Ron
 
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Magicman

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I recommend covering it with metal roofing but black "visqueen" is OK as long as it doesn't droop down and cover the sides which would impede the air flow which dries the lumber. A couple of months will dry Southern Yellow Pine quite nicely.
 
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David Page

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Our son is making a portable sawmill, might be a good idea. I just paid $15.61 for 2x6x8 PT #1 which was bad enough but also paid $16.43 for 2x6x8 KD grade #2. Thats the first time I paid less for one that was hauled up here from way down South than for some that are grown right here. And that wasn't even the good premium grade that they were out of. Makes bidding carpentry jobs a little tricky.