Alaskan Chainsaw Mill Off-grid Homestead Project




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Richard Hilbert: I noticed in a lot of your videos you carry a side arm and you stated that you are a First Responder but did not say what type. Firefighter, sheriff. or some other not getting personal just wondering if you could share. thanks for great videos I really like them 

luketdrifter2100: I dream of being able to make a few extra bucks doing this. I start as soon as the snow melts.

MrBugsier5: Totally agree with your opinion Code!, skilled workers is wat wee all need, no pencil pushers! I agree that education to some point is a good thing, butt learning to work with your hands and making things is mutch more usable!,

Sandy Lloyd Jr: Very well done video. Why any one would give this video a thumbs down is beyond me.

Computer-Chkn: lol at the smoking drill 9:12

Warren Smith: lol "mad skills" 

Rich Hays: A video with an Open Carry! LOVE IT. Nice to see a great made video and a person who still thinks it is politically Ok to open carry. Nice work young Man

kenneth lorne Simpson: how many people do you employ?

Bantax69: I really liked the bit at the end.

David Hales: Regarding your speech on trades at the end. Bravo!!! You should check out Mike Rowe's Profoundly Disconnected. It is good to see the push to get skills back in the hands of our youth.

Michael Hutin: Invaluable is the best word to describe the chainsaw mill, once you got it, you can build anything.

bobkins270: I agree with you about learning a trade. My grandfather died when I was 20. Up untill that time I was his shadow. He constantly told me, "a man that can work with his hands will never go hungry". In the early 30s he had 5 children and was fired from his job because he lived on a farm. He had a rag tag sawmill, which he cut fire wood and lumber, that he sold. The buildings on his old farm are still standing and strong, even though they have been standing 80 years. Also I forgot to mention he had a 1st grade education. so when I see your videos I think of what this generation is really missing out on. Pride Thanks Brad

Robert Watson: What is the drill attachment you are using which automatically finds the center of the board?

TX Domer: Hi Cody, just wondering what your thoughts on the mill are today versus when you made this video. I wonder if your years of use would lead you to conclude the mill is worth the $300 investment or you might now make a different decision rather than the one you initially made? Great work! Keep it up.

Paul Cardosi: that little talk you did there towards the end is something more of our young people need to hear. coming from a family of various craftsmen, it amazes me that more folks don't learn multiple trades.

ih1206: I absolutely agree with your comments at the end of your video. I personally am going to school for mechanical engineering. But I was born and raised on a farm so not only can I do the more brainiac school stuff, but I can also weld ( to an extent), do basic metal machining, repair a lot of equipment, handle livestock, pretty much everything you mentioned I have done a little of. I'm no expert in anything but I think its important to be a jack of all trades even if your a master on none!

astrialinda H: Great vid! Great attitude! Yes - skills are needed,-the more you have the better off you can be. And skills can be learned through dedication and the will to further ourselves! TY!

ekhaat: I really salute you for keeping those craftsman skills alive.

Carl Parsons: TNX!

Harvey Nichols: Thank you sir, there is so many young and even middle aged people both men and women that have lost their jobs that needs the good advice you gave on this video. I grew up in the hills of Northeast Oklahoma with Arkansas just out the back door and Missouri just out the front door so I know what you mean by being a jack of all trades, being able to make a living doing several different types of work . We have a lot of good hardwood timber so saw mills have always been a part of our lives.. In my 63 years using the skills my Father taught me has put groceries on the table many times. Being able to just cut your own lumber with a small mill has saved me thousands of dollars in building materials besides making money by cutting for a lot of other people. If you have a small tractor and a small truck and chain saws you can always make a dollar, besides you can build your own roads or put in your own septic system, lay your own water lines or do it for your neighbors. Keep giving the good advice , your good at it and today many besides the young can benefit from it. Good advice is needed from someone besides the book experts..

tek9tim: I like using half an extension ladder for a guide instead. Just use 2x2s with square or torx decking screws leveled and screwed into each end of the log, and just use clamps on the far end (switch to the end I started on once I get to the end) to hold the ladder still. That way, I don't worry about exact length of the logs, and am not locked into exactly what the guide is. (To be fair, I am usually slabbing for furniture, or other such things that do not require precise length at the time of milling) Then you have rungs of the ladder right above the top of the log, slide a falling wedge between a couple rungs for extra support. Straighter and stronger than 2x4s. Been using my Granberg that way for a decade. Also, 66cc? Good joke.I will say that I use my ported and polished Stihl 660 (92cc) for my setup, and have run an 088 (121cc) on the same setup, and the 088 did not give nearly the performance I expected. If a guy runs a 066/660, and feels it's too slow, just port and polish it (and gut and port the muffler, unlimit the carb, advance the ignition, and increase the compression) and it will perform near enough to not care to a stock 088 in a AK mill. 

TheSalsy1: You have to be able to bring food home for the family. Nothing wrong with having a job and working on the side to save money.

100braindart: yep, better get my pistol.I got to build this chainsaw mill kit. suspenders and a belt...this guy is cool.

Granberg International: Hey Wranglerstar, thanks for the nice things you said about our Alaskan MKIII! There's nothing like unsolicited endorsements from regular people. I am enjoying all your other videos too. Keep up the good work!

Gary Parker: Thank you for making this video. I'm looking to do this living off the grid and your videos are giving me some very good ideas.. The mill looks to be well worth the price you paid... i'm looking into get one of those to mill my own wood to build my home or add on to the home.. thanks again.. 

HarryG Marshall: Almost bought one, afraid it would be to slow , but the way you explained it I can see the real benifits,I invested in a woodmizer which faster but at fifty times the cost,well done.

tyomen: Thanks for the beautiful vid, as always. Do you prefer this set-up vs the ladder with the portable chainsaw mill?

Geoffrey Crego: Loved you thoughts near the end of the video. I firmly believe that someone who is a jack-of-all-trades is a valued commodity in today's society. I am glad my Dad taught me that nothing is to challenging to try and learn to do.

Colin Green: I got a BeamMachine, it just attaches to the blade of your saw, you screw a 2x4 to your log, and the channel guides your saw along then the 2x4 and along the log. Plus, it was delivered to my door for $60....very versatile and compact.

newportbeachsailor: OFF THE GRID? Usually means you don't need the big power and utility companies. It means you can supply your basic needs off the land you own. It does not mean you don't have any modern tools. To live a primitive life would mean you don't have any modern equipment that use gas an electric energy and you use only Hand Tools and animals. Even the Amish who use a lot of hand tools and animals to do their work still use some modern conviences and power equipment. The famous Ralph Edwards of Lonesome Lake fame in the British Columbia Rockies... who eventually did build himself a float plane, was definitely Off The Grid. He was a 1-2 day hike to the nearst settlement of 7 buildings. He did have some modern tools and sources of energy that he eventually got to his homestead but they were independant of any outside utility power or water companies.

MsDAFUk: does having a gun on you get in the way of your work?

James DeLarvin: That was a great presentation and I particularly like the holds bard approach on name brands. Looking for your demonstration of with this setup. I too enjoyed your closing thoughts. Madsen has a good officer working for them.

lars gullqvist: bay a mill for som tausens$

Gary Holmes: Great video Sir!

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58belvedere: Ordered a Granburg Mill from Baileys I can't wait to get it. Great videos take care stay safe.

lars gullqvist: do you rily 2x4 or kan you do it bay 2x2????

DemonHide: Great thoughts, Cody. I agree with your statements for many of the same reasons. Although, earlier in life I was perhaps too opposed to those with degrees and a college education. Since then, I've come to respect anyone who works hard, whether it be for a degree (even though I still don't hold that goal high on my list) or working to get something physical done.

Ruben Rojas: I'm a carpenter in the north pacific where we are surrounded by redwood timber and everyone here mills there own lumber. There is nothing like having the means to mill a large volumes of beams on demand. The satisfaction of milling and building is well worth the labor. Keep it up.

Apollo1van: I totally agree about working with hands and building something how do these people think we have arrived where we are today if not for the skilled tradesman . You are right a guy can do what he has to with what he can find and work with there are so much wasted wood just laying around to made into something or heat your home .

caverkevin: First of your videos that I have watched. You do a great job with your video work as well as your trade work. Also like the hardware!

Nucc's Garage: that long ass video and you didnt even show video of you milling wood...

Mrx9999999: If I ever get toxAlaska I will try to find you, you seem like a really nice young man. Good luck with all that you do. I am stuck here in Ajax, Ontario, Canada and at 70 i guess this is about as far as I am going. Nice group of videos.

KrypticPatriot: Cody, like what you had to say at the end about tradesmen. Some very smart talented individuals out there.

BleedingBullets4U: Reminds me of the Philippines you need some lumber a guy shows up at your house with a chain saw that's all they do it all free hand.

Roca89: thanks Cody, awesome tool, can't wait to see it in action !!! keep posting great stuff !

adaminma: Thank you for the video Cody. Any idea what saw you will be using on it?

MrMRDUGIE: I see in your other video's, When you where working outside you not wearing a gun. But safe in your shop you have your gun strapped on why is that????

save610: what you say in the end is right!! peopel lose the respect from ohter peopels wich do work by hand!! very sad ver!!! gread vid

TheGeo46: where can i get one of these? what brand is?

Living Social: I got a groupon from Miami and almost got tricked. The description was way off for that the deal they were offering. I found groupon reviews that several people had the same issue. Luckily Groupon honor a refund, but my time was wasted.
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