anyone used a chainsaw mill?
I want a way to cheaply convert windfalls into lumber on my family's property. For example, Hurricane Irene recently knocked down a few big red oaks. It would be nice to be able to make lumber, not just firewood, right where they come down. I'd be looking at milling maybe half a dozen trees a year, tops, and air drying them in sheds.
I have a Makita 6401 that is my big/backup saw and could take a big-bore kit. I'd like the ability to cut slabs and beams out of 30" oaks and other tough hardwoods. I don't have the ability to skid the huge logs I'm interested in, so I need to be able to mill them where they came down.
Bailey's sells kits for Alaska chainsaw mills that run in the hundreds of $$ instead of thousands for bigger setups. Anyone have any experience with them?