Frequently Asked Questions about Buying a Used Mill

  • What are the benefits of a new mill versus a used mill?
    • 1. The Warranty
      The peace of mind that comes from knowing your mill is backed by the strongest warranty in the industry goes beyond a price tag. And our warranties aren’t just words on a page. We go beyond most manufacturers in making sure you’re pleased with your mill. They feature five years on the bed, two years on everything else accept wear items like belts, and a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee click here. Our warranties are transferable beyond the original owner. Call 866/646-1954 with the serial number on a mill you’re investigating and we can give you the specifics on its warranty.

      2. The Latest Technology
      Our team of 30 engineers is constantly working to improve our world class sawmills.

          • Features – Many of today’s most advanced features are not available on older mills such as the bi-plane hydraulic clamp which was introduced in late 1996
          • Options – Most of today’s options are not retro-fittable on 1996 or older Wood-Mizers. Some are not retro-fittable at all.
          • Revisions – although we’re proud of our 1982 LT40, the 2009 LT40 is a better sawmill. Our customers have provided us with valuable input during our 27 year history and many of their suggestions are now standard on our mills. Wood-Mizer carefully tracks each and every revision, and the LT40 is now on Revision K3.00. To read more about revisions, click here: (put a link to WM’s Revision history here)
          • Longevity – the longer we’ve been in business, the more we’ve learned about building mills that last and last and last. Wood-Mizer has customers that have logged over 20,000 hours on our mills, working 3 shifts, 7 days a week.

      3. “Somebody else’s trouble”

          • Maintenance – no two customers maintain a mill exactly alike. Even meticulous written records can’t guarantee that the seller has maintained his equipment the same way you would.
          • Abuse – it doesn’t take long to tear down even the most durable machine if you run over it with a concrete truck! Skid steers and forklifts can also wreak havoc on a sawmill.
          • Alterations – some guys just can’t leave their 8th grade shop class behind! Once a mill is welded on or altered outside of Wood-Mizer specs, it’s no longer something we can help you maintain.

      4. Training
      Training by a Wood-Mizer technician is included when you purchase a new or used mill from Wood-Mizer. But you may or may not receive training when you purchase a used mill direct from the owner. Some of our customers are superb sawyers and could doubtless teach us all a thing or two about operating a sawmill. But few if any of them have the training necessary to make sure you understand everything you need to know to get the most out of your mill. If you buy your mill from a private owner you can still get factory training. Schedule a Service Plan with Training Appointment Click here to get your Wood-Mizer checked out by a factory-trained technician. He’ll teach you what he’s doing while he also explains the finer points of good sawyer technique.

  • What do the mill model numbers stand for?
        • LT10 – the smallest model we make. Built 2005 to the present. This mill sits on the ground is designed somewhat like the LT15 with a semi-cantilevered head. It is all manual meaning the head movement up and down and the head feed through the cut back and forth is done by pushing or pulling.  All the log handling is done manually, too, with a cant hook or other owner-provided equipment.  This mill requires 4 by 6 runners under the bed and is transportable in the back of a pickup truck.  No trailer option is available.
          • See more about how this model is being built today here: click here
        • LT15 – our most popular model.  Built 1997 to the present. It is manual up/down with most units sold as manual head feed through the cut back and forth.  Beginning with mills made on or after May 1, 2004 and Revision E4.00 and higher, a power feed option is available and retro-fittable.  A trailer option was available during many years and will be available again soon. 
          •  See more about how this model is being built today here:  click here
        • LT20 – this mill was made during the 1980’s in two different versions.  The smaller version (1984 to 1987) was designed to disassemble down into a small crate for transport back into wilderness areas. Most of these have ended up on the mission field and finding one in the US is rare. The other version (1987 to 1991) is much like the LT25 (see below) except that the head is aluminum.  There is no current equivalent to this mill, although the LT15 is closest in features and power.
        • LT25/LT25L/LT27  Built 1992 to 2005   This is the predecessor to the current LT28.  It is not available with power feed and is an all manual mill.  Today’s improvements to the LT28 are not retro-fittable to this mill. There is no current equivalent to this mill. 
        • LT28 Built 2005 to the present.  This is an all manual mill with available optional power feed. 
          • See more about how this model is being built today here:  click here
        • LT30 Built 1982 to the present   From 1982 to 1986, this mill differed slightly from the LT40 and was offered with smaller engines.  Since 1987, the LT30 has the same head and engines as the LT40 but is on a shorter bed.  An LT30 can cut logs up to 16’ (1982 to 1992) or 16’8” (1992 to present).  It is only available with diesel engines today and is the same price as an LT40. 
        • LT40  Built 1982 to present.  Handles logs up to 21’ in length.

      See more about how this model is being built today here: click here

      • LT30HD/LT40HD The “Standard” hydraulic has been offered from 1987 to the present.
      • Super Hydraulic – The Super Hydraulic was first introduced in 1996 and simply offered bigger engines than the Standard Hydraulic.  In late 1996 and throughout 1997, we made changes to the entire mill line-up to handle the faster cutting capabilities of the bigger engines.  Since 1997, the Super Hydraulic has also featured a board return and much larger and faster head and feed motors as standard equipment.
      • LT50 – 2006 to present – It has the same head as the Super Hydraulic and the same bed as the LT70

      See more about how this model is being built today here: click here

      • LT70  - 2001 to present – the largest portable Wood-Mizer. 

      See more about how this model is being built today here: click here


  • The differences between a "Standard" hydraulic and the Super hydraulic
    • A Super Hydraulic is built to operate at much higher speeds than a standard hydraulic. It has twin hydraulic pumps compared to the standard hydraulic's one. It has a built in board return that is optional on the standard hydraulic. The belts on a Super are larger, the trailer package is beefier, the hydraulic hoses are bigger, the up/dn and power feed motors are much bigger and faster . . . you get the idea. Here are some differences specific to the year of manufacture:

      Year and Model

      Hyd pumps

      Hyd Clamp

      Bed

      Engines

      1987 to 1996 Standard Hydraulic

      1

      flipper

      small frame

      E15, G24, D20

      1997 to present Standard Hydraulic

      1

      bi-plane

      big frame

      G24, G25, G28, G38, D30, D33, D34, D35, D36

      1996 to early 1997 Super Hydraulic

      1

      either

      either

      E20, E25, G35, D40

      1997 to present Super Hydraulic

      2

      bi-plane

      big frame

      E25, G35, G36, G38, D40, D42, D47, D51

  • How much is the used Wood-Mizer I’m looking at worth?
    • Give us all the info you can about the used mill you’re looking at, and we’ll send you a free estimate of its current market value. Click here Get an Orange Book Estimate Or, if you’d rather call or write to us about a used mill, here’s what we’ll need:

      We will need the number of hours currently showing on the hour meter in order to give you an accurate value. Hours on a mill effect the value of a mill the same way miles on the odometer effect the value of a car. Without the hours, all we can do is guess! If the mill you’re looking at does not have an hour meter, ask the owner to guesstimate the number of hours or the number of boxes of blades he has used.

      Once you have an hour meter reading and also have any one of these 3 pieces of information handy, and we can get you a quick and accurate estimate of the mill’s value:

      1. At least the last 5 digits of the serial number or
      2. The year and model of the mill including the engine type and HP or
      3. The name and zip code of the current registered owner

      Call us at 866/646-1954 with this info or e-mail one of our Used Mill specialists below
      ashearer@UsedMills.com
      mhanlon@UsedMills.com
      PartsandService@UsedMills.com

      Or write to us at:
      Used Mill Value Estimate
      8180 W 10th St
      Indianapolis, IN 46214
  • What should I watch for when shopping for a used Wood-Mizer?
          • If it has a gas or diesel engine, the first thing you should do is check the dipstick. If it’s dry, run away! Or consider the cost of a replacement engine or serious engine servicing when making an offer. E-mail us for an estimate mhanlon@woodmizer.com
          • Check out the main rail. Our monorails are designed to last tens of thousands of hours with proper maintenance. But a damaged or unevenly worn rail spells trouble.
          • Look for damage! Wear and tear is one thing. But accidents do happen and damage from collisions makes the mill value questionable.
          • Avoid non-factory alterations, especially by do-it-yourselfer welders! We cannot help you maintain an altered mill.
          • Avoid home-made hydraulics. We cannot help you maintain an altered mill.
          • Have the owner/seller turn the key, load and cut a log and see if everything works.
          • If all of this checks out and the price is in line, buy it!
  • Why do some used Wood-Mizer mills have replacement engines?
    • That’s simple. Our mills last longer than engines do! Wood-Mizer offers many different engine upgrade kits to our owners but some choose to install other brands or sizes. Fill out this Orange Book Form to get factory information on the mill and engine you’re looking at.
  • Can I get a warranty on my used mill?
    • New mill warranties are transferrable, but we do not offer an extended warranty on used mills. You can search for ONLY those used mills that still have some original factory warranty remaining. Click here If you want a full warranty, you can search our demo units



Frequently Asked Questions about Selling a Used Mill

  • How can I consign my mill through Wood-Mizer?
    • How?
          • ONLINE - You can consign it online!  If you’re already logged in as a registered customer with your  customer number attached, go to “My Equipment”, select the mill you want to consign, click on “Consign my mill” and click on the Submit button. 
            • If you’d like to consign it online but aren’t registered yet, go here: click here
            • If you’re already registered and want to consign it online but haven’t attached your customer number, go here click here
          • Or by E-mailE-Mail us the information (ashearer@woodmizer.com)  on this form if that’s easier for you <link to click here
          • Or by phone – call us at 866-646-1954
          • By Mail – address the information we ask for here to:

          Used Mill Consignments
          8180 W 10th  St
          Indianapolis, IN  46214

      How much?

          • The listing is free for all Wood-Mizer equipment.
          • No other fee is due unless the mill sells within the consignment period.
          • If it sells within the consignment period:
            • We charge 8% to Wood-Mizer original owners (bought new or used directly from Wood-Mizer)
            • 10% to second hand buyers (did not buy new directly from Wood-Mizer)
            • 10% for competitor’s mills
          • Since the equipment is under consignment, no matter who it sells to during the consignment period, the selling fee is still due to Wood-Mizer.  If you would like to put it up for sale on some other site first, you can post-date the Consignment Agreement.  We won’t post it on our site until you’re ready. 

      Where?

          • You can park the mill at any of our locations for no additional charge. We will handle demonstrations and inquiries.  When you park it at our facility, we do not handle payment for you.
          • You can also leave it at your own location, but we recommend you have logs on hand for demonstrations.

      How long?

          • Consignments are for 90, 120 or 180 days.
          • We will not list a mill past 180 days without a significant price reduction.

      Pictures?

          • If you don’t have a digital camera, we will mail you one for free. If you don’t return it in working condition within 45 days, you will be charged $250.
          • If you do have a digital camera and computer, you can e-mail pictures to mhanlon@woodmizer.com or upload photos to our page from your own computer. Call us when you’re ready and we’ll walk you through it.

      Contacts?

          • Inquirers must call us to get your contact info.  We only give your contact info to qualified buyers. No more “tire kickers”!
          • Since the equipment is under consignment, no matter who it sells to during the consignment period, the selling fee is still due to Wood-Mizer.

      The buyer’s money?

          • You collect the money from the buyer.
          • We recommend you only accept cashier’s checks or cash.
          • Do not ship your mill to someone until it’s paid for!
          • Wood-Mizer will not process payment for the equipment.

      The Selling Fee?

          • Contact us when it is sold to tell us the final selling price
          • We mail you a bill
          • You mail us a check
          • We’re done!

      Delivery/Shipment?

          • We cannot help with shipment or delivery of consigned mills. They aren’t ours!
  • Can I sell my mill to Wood-Mizer without buying another one?
    • Not usually. There are times we offer to buy a mill that is not part of a trade-in, but it’s rare. Give us a call if circumstances require you to sell your mill in a big hurry at a rock bottom wholesale price. Otherwise, consigning your sawmill with us is the best option.
  • How can I get more for my mill if I’m ready to sell it?
      • Change the oil! The first thing we tell a buyer to do is pull out the dipstick. If it’s dry, we tell them to run away!
      • Clean off the rail.
      • Look here for other things we tell buyers to look for
      • Get it serviced by Wood-Mizer