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    I am looking for a place to purchase my tools. I have a Farm Boss by Stihl and a nice double bit axe. I have a drawknife. I would like a nice Peavey, Bark Spud, Alaskan mill, I probably need a ripping blade for the saw (20"), 1/2" x 16" auger bit and a nice gouge.

    I am in Idaho. I could pick them up in ANC or Fairbanks or even have them shipped here if somebody knows of the best place.

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    Woodcraft in Boise has some real nice hand tools; and these guys have good deals on tools (with free shipping sometimes): http://www.northerntool.com/....and you need a bigger chainsaw.
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    Yep,
    Getting some good sites to look at. A quick view shows just about everything I'm looking for.
    cdibbin--bigger saw for ripping, is that what you mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by the nikster View Post
    cdibbin--bigger saw for ripping, is that what you mean?
    That's right...I haven't done any chainsaw milling yet but I've had several convos with experienced guys and they all say 75-80cc saw head minimum....100cc pro saw being considered a realistic starting point.
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    Nickster, I found everything that I needed so far at:

    http://www.jackovich.com/anchorage.htm (Post Road in Anchorage),
    http://alaskaspecialtyequipment.stih...-saws/#filters (Old Seward in Anchorage)
    and at AIH - http://store.aihalaska.com (Old Seward Hwy in Anchorage)

    The Saws and the milling chain where cheaper at Jackovich.
    The Alaskan Mill and safety apparel was cheaper at Alaska Specialty Equipment.

    AIH has all the draw knives, peavey, pulleys, cable and rope that I needed.

    (I went with the Stihl MS441c and the 36 in Mill) From the saw perspective, they said it's all about the power head and the MS441 is the recommended minimum, Which made sense to me. Everyone said go big on the mill, I did. I wish I would have went with the smaller one, as a 36" bar , and the mill is a bit over kill for "most" of the trees around Talkeetna. It all works, just bigger, more work.

    I highly recommend getting some good wedges, and a ladder. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEmXvwhP1oI

    My main purpose was to mill the bigger beams, not to mill all the lumber. I spent about 1K on the chainsaw, mill, and tools. Milling a few big beams for floor support, and room beams will make it a break even in my mind, and I have the tools now. Milling all the lumber...possible, but very time consuming.

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    I found everything I needed between these 3 local stores.

    Jackovich - http://www.jackovich.com/anchorage.htm
    Alaska Specialty Equipment -http://alaskaspecialtyequipment.stihldealer.net/products/chain-saws/#filters
    AIH -http://store.aihalaska.com/index.php?main_page=aih_locations

    Jackovich had better prices on the chainsaws, and milling chain.
    Alaska Specialty Equipment was better on the Alaska mill price, and the safety equipment.
    AIH had all the draw knives, pulleys, rope, bore bits, tools of the trade stuff.

    Granberg - makes the mill and they have an online store. http://granberg.com/catalog/granberg-chainsaw-mills

    If building in Alaska, these are your best bets. If building in Idaho...i'm sure you could save more by places in the lower 48, due to shipping costs.

    Make sure you pick up some good wedges and a ladder. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEmXvwhP1oI

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    Sorry for the double/tripple post, every time I tried to post, it asked me to log back in, and then took me to the main page.

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    I like the video.
    I think I have everything I need now on order, Thanks guys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdubbin View Post
    and you need a bigger chainsaw.
    Amen to that. I have an Alaskan Mill. It ain't easy. And it ain't quick.

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