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Geoff
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Watch a Norwood 36" put together

To assist with installation of a new Norwood 36".. check out "The ABC,s of assembling a Norwood sawmill" on You tube.  I wish this was on You tube last summer !  I had a bit of a struggle, even with some mechanically inclined friends!  She runs now and I am impressed .

countryboymike
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I agree with you.  The video s (2) ​are good​.  Part one (deck) and part (2) carriage.  Now, Norwood needs to video the complete assembly of the TOTAL HD36 and add  Part (3) HYD accessories.   

That would save a lot of time.  A picture is worth a 1000 words..........and a video would save several hours of reading and study.  A video would be relatively easy for them to do while they build a complete hyd mill.

We spent 40+ hours and are waiting for the trailer package. My friend is a retired AGCO mechanic with 50 plus years building big farm equipment. 

We can not finish the hyd spools or the pump until the tongue is installed with the trailer package (on backorder).  So, we wait.  No sawdust yet!

 

Geoff
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I am surprised you are the only one to respond to my post!  I was blown away when I saw the video on the installation process.

I too had to wait for a part that was welded backwards for my toe board roller, so it  wouldn,t line up.  As for the trailer , that was a challenge in itself.(without the video)    When you do get the trailer and are ready to turn the key and get milling , there are a couple of other things I could share with you.  When loading a log onto the deck, make sure the little brackets fall back down out of the way of the bandwheel!  We ran into that problem and sliced my new shroud into two places.  I was choked!  I later fiberglassed the cuts and did my best to match the resin colour with the shroud.  The other I should mention is make sure all wiring is clear of your runway.  Zap straps are a beautiful thing to use!  Ya I never did log in my time putting the mill together and with friends but in the end its a pretty cool machine !

countryboymike
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Yes, the video was helpful. The manual and pictures are good.  A third video of the Hyd attachments would have speeded up "construction".  I figure two of us each had weeks worth of hours in the project.   We did have to wait for the trailer package to arrive.   We could NOT do the hyd package or spools with out the tongue parts.   We are novice to sawmills, but years of experience with "fixing" farm machinery.  

I know that the folks at Norwood could build a complete Hd 36 with all the extra goodies in about 2 1/2 days.   Wish they would video that process and include it in those 3 pallet s of boxes that i unloaded from the UPS semi.  

Do you mean the brackets on the log loader?   Or the fingers that return the slab after the cut? 

My first log will be a very special big cherry log.  It was about 80 ft long and broke off and landed on my Case 580 hoe.............with me watching it fall while i ws in the cab.   That Case hoe has a terrific ROPS built into the cab.  I was not hurt, but had lots of angel feathers  in the cab with me after it hit.  Of couse, that tree fell along a fence row where every neighbor could see close to a busy county road.  Fixing the backhoe cab............that was another project  

I enjoy reading all the posts.  I know will be questions when i get the mill fired up.  I will have a lot of cull logs this winter after logging out our mature white oak, walnuts on one of the family homesteads.

 

 

Geoff
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Hello Mike.  The bracket I was refering to is one of the two hydraulic toe board system that the roller (spool as you call it) sits in. Part of the bracket was simply welded in backwards!  I must admit I am very envious of your variety of logs stocked in your yard.   I am also glad to hear you survived one coming towards you !  That is definitely the scary part of this kind of operation!  Hopefully you and I wont need one.  Can I ask you what part of the country are you at?  Just thinking of how nice it would be to have your type of woods in my backyard for milling too.

 

Geoff
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Hello Mike.  The bracket I was refering to is one of the two hydraulic toe board system that the roller (spool as you call it) sits in. Part of the bracket was simply welded in backwards!  I must admit I am very envious of your variety of logs stocked in your yard.   I am also glad to hear you survived one coming towards you !  That is definitely the scary part of this kind of operation!  Hopefully you and I wont need one.  Can I ask you what part of the country are you at?  Just thinking of how nice it would be to have your type of woods in my backyard for milling too.

 

countryboymike
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I am located in N. central Ohio.  Mid way between Cleveland and Columbus.  Nice variety of trees and unfortunatey we have lost ALL the ash.   That is so sad to see dead ash in the woods.  I saw this coming about 10 years ago and we harvest ash trees that were huge and before the price went south.  I cleaned up tops in bottom ground, flood plain,  for years before the wood rotted.   The Outdoor furnace will burn all of it.

I am still playing with fine tuning the mill.   It is still CLEAN.  I applied clear coat spray and will do a second application before the mill gets dirty.   That clearcoat brought back the orginal shine to my Case 580.  Am sure it always set outside.   I want to protect the mill.  $$$!   

Lots of hyd lines on this machine and they really need secured (((after u run the hyd)  and see what play is needed in the lines.   There are hyd connections on cylinders on the lower side.   They would catch during off road.  I know my plan is to bring the logs to the mill after the timber guys are done.  Will be many tops for shorter lumber and a mountain of firewood.   They will not log until leaves are off and my crops are harvested.   They need lot of space to load out the White Oak and Walnut.  Brother and i have done timber stand improvement several times in our woods.   That job paid our way thru college.   When i figure out how to get pictures on here I will take them off my phone and post.............may be snow flying by then.   

Jason T.
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Hi Mike I'm Jason. I'm new here. My LM29 will be delivered Wednesday. About the clearcoat. Are you happy that you did it? I never thought of that, but it makes sense as an added protection. Just wondering if you think it's worth it? I might consider it on mine. I'm just using it as a hobby. Something I've dreamed of doing for years. It will eventually be under a structure, but clearcoating seems like a good idea regardless. What brand clearcoat do you recomend?  Just wondering, thanks!

countryboymike
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Jason, welcome to our group.  I used clear coat on my Wood processor.   It sits out all winter and used every day.   The paint still looks good.   When i bought the HD36 and it was CLEAN and NEW in the shop I sprayed on 3 coats of clear coat.  Rust-Oleum is a good name.  Look for a sale price.  I used spray cans for convienence and bought them at a Rural King here in Ohio.  

Your mill will never be any cleaner.  I would do it for the cost we paid for the mill.

Geoff
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Hi guys.  I  like to see how people  like to take care of things in general.  Particularly a big mill purchase would be a smart idea.  Clearcoating is a great protection and if you can cover the mill from elements , not a bad idea too.

I had an issue with my mill after putting it together wherein some of the pieces were scratched up and I found that a little disappointing, being a brand new mill.  I realize its not imperative but I just had to look into getting spray paint to blend in the scratches so it wouldnt look so beat up in places.  So i finally found a place that could accommodate me with my issue!  Lordco parts (in some stores) have people that can take a computer picture of your paint colour and match it pretty close.  I think the spray paint may have cost me about $30 but I am happy to have it on hand.  I took a small part of the mill which gave them the colour to match.  I asked Norwood about paint and it was basically left up to me to find out where or how to match it.

Now with clearcoating on top of the scratched parts , it doesnt bother me now!  Hope this helps!

r.garrison1
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I don't use clearcoat, but when I worry about rust, I sand or clean it, then hit the part with a light oil. A couple coats of that, when it dries, gives a bit of protection. Seems to keep the rust minimal, but doesn't stop it.

 

Jason T.
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Thank you for the clearcoat and other protection advice guys. Sawmill comes tomorrow!

I have some basic skills in video editing (and I'd like to think enough patience) to do an assembly video of my LM29 w/trailer package and 4' extension. I'm a visual learner with everything and I agree that a picture is worth 1000 words. Aside from maybe a timelapse video I haven't seen anything real comprehensive for my model. If I decide to document it I'll post the youtube link here.

Post Oakie
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Hey, if Norwood will send me a hydraulic package, I'll add it to the mill and video the process.  Never thought about clear coat, but I bet if you do that & keep it under a shed it will always look new.  What next?  Turtle Wax?