That's about me. I've a little 23HP tractor w/ FEL and 3pt forks. I've also got a Woodmizer LT 10 BSM.I'm sixty years old, with a bad back. And bought a bandmill a few years ago. Like to work with wood, have lots of trees, and am a tightwad. Preferred to buy a mill over wood. But then you need a skidsteer to go get the logs, and put them on the mill, move boards, and someplace to pile the lumber, and so on and so on. You can use a tractor with fel, and forks, but you need something for lifting. And some guys use an arch with a atv to drag logs out of the woods. See what I mean?
The CSM is for taking to the woods and if need be make the logs small enough to either carry the wood or make the cants so I can drag/carry them with the tractor.
One cut on a 10' 24" wide oak log with my 660 will probably take about 5 to 10 minutes, AFTER SETUP based on stats from another web site. The second cut will take about as long. If I square the log I get about a 17" cant. The "raw" log weighs about 1800lbs, the cant would be about 1300 lbs.
Based on recent experience dragging a 1 ton log requires me to get more wheel weights for the front (I don't like doing wheelies w/ my tractor!), cut off 500lbs and I can sit in the seat.
Or if I just CSM the log in half I can halve the weight I drag.
Now if I had a lumber company and big machines I'd ignore CSM
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