Knot Farm brings Mill to your Logs or at our Lumber Yard
If it is decided that Knot Farms will be at your Place to turn your Logs to Lumber at our lumber yard, setup will be important. We will have talked about it beforehand and exchanged pictures. When access or log quality or yield is questionable, a site visit and evaluation is advised. There is a $50 one time charge, for the visit, however that cost will be deducted from the final milling bill.
We show up at the scheduled time pulling the Timberking 2000, a single axle trailer about 34 feet long with an F-250 Ford 4×4 full size truck that is 22 feet in length. At 56 feet we do not turn too tight, but it is surprising where we can slide into. It is often necessary to unhook the mill and use a tractor with a 3 point hitch to maneuver a tight trail or around tight corners.
When the sawmill is unhitched, we can be into the first log in about 20 minutes. Depending on the contract the milling rate charges begin at this point. While the mill is being set up the Log Owner should be using their equipment or labor to position the first few logs in front of the Hydraulic Loading arms of the mill.
It is best if the logs are all arranged in a pile, on level or the uphill side of the mill, before our arrival.
They should ideally have all the smaller ends in the same direction and be as free of dirt and mud as possible. We like to be able to tow the mill past the pile of logs to be processed and unhitch in front of the logs 4-10 feet away, before we pass the small log ends.
Keep in mind, Saw milling generates 3 products that we will have to plan to deal with. Finished dimensional lumber of varying sizes, slab wood and sawdust.
1) As we mill, the slab wood and waste will need to be carried to a pile, out of the way, to be disposed of latter.
2) As we cut your lumber it is best if a truck or trailer is available to place the material into so it can be moved and stickered for drying after the sawing is completed. The slabs off the first log can be placed cut side up and a temporary deck created to store the lumber on while the saw mill is onsite. We have also placed cut material on the back of a tractor 3 pt hitch so each logs yield can be moved as a group when the mill is loading the next log.
3). The sawdust will be discharged on the side opposite the log pile, and may have to be flattened or removed once in an 8 hour session. We have found snow shovels do a great job for this, and a 20 foot long tarp can be placed on the ground also, to catch it. When the weather is perfect we want a light breeze blowing across the piled logs, the mill and away from the operation. When the wind is wrong we will all be wearing dust masks. Safety glasses and hearing protection is Required, 100% of the time, to be worn by anyone around our operation.