It is the smallest one they make now. They used to have a smaller one the was mostly aluminum and could be hauled in a pickup but they quit making it.
This one is an LT-10, still classed as a "week-end saw". They claim about 160 bd. ft. an hour. They also claim a 24" log diameter but that is with a perfect log and good luck. Bed length potential is unlimited as long as you keep buying 7' sections ($$$$) and want to walk that far... I bought enough track to cut an 18' log.
My old small commercial sawmill was a Kasco that would cut a 30" log 24' long. It was a LOT heavier and a lot larger all over. Still I am impressed with just how heavy this one is.
Back when I started looking for another sawmill (more retirement planning) I looked at dozens and dozens of them and a lot of them looked to have been cobbled together by the village blacksmith, functional but not always well thought out. I also observed that a lot of them advertised that theirs came with the "great Woodmizer blades"... I thought that if their blades had that kind of reputation why not just buy the Woodmizer mill.
There was no way that I could justify or was even interested in a commercial model. The base price for this LT-10 is around $3200 and with more bed and blades etc. it ran just over $4000.
Commercial models get really $$$$$ really quick.
I finally settled on a spot to set it up (for now )this morning and started moving the stuff out there. I'll sit it on a temporary base just to get started sawing. I need to build 8 horse stalls this spring and I'll be danged if I will go buy the lumber for them.
I'll try to remember to take some pictures as I go along...
I figure that it should take about 2 hours to get it sat up so maybe I will get it done in about 4 days...
It looks like this one.
Here is a pic of my old Kasco mill when I was cutting 24' runners for a former small town post office I moved years ago.
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I did not equip with Shopsmiths in spite of the setups but because of them.
1 1988 - Mark V 510 (bought new), 4 Poly vee 1 1/8th HP Mark V's, Mark VII, 1 Mark V Mini, 1 Frankensmith, 1 10-ER, 1 Mark V Push-me-Pull-me Drillpress, SS bandsaw, belt sander, jointer, jigsaw, shaper attach, mortising attach, TS-3650 Rigid tablesaw, RAS, 6" long bed jointer, Foley/Belsaw Planer/molder/ripsaw, 1" sander, oscillating spindle/belt sander, Scroll saw, Woodmizer sawmill