Have you ever wished you could turn trees into your very own lumber? Maybe you've got some unsightly dead trees on your lot, and you'd like to make better use of them?
Whether you're looking to clear out an overgrown lot or a pile of old logs, you can turn that wood into lumber with your very own portable sawmill.
There are some different kinds, depending on how many logs you're thinking of milling. From small milling guides that attach to your chainsaw bar for hand-held milling to full-sized portable sawmills with their own dedicated engine, there are options for any project - big or small.
Using the Right Sawmill for the Job
Choosing the right one will depend on your purpose for it. Sawmills are traditionally large stationary band saws or circular saws with dedicated frames designed to guide logs to the blade in order to cut smooth, flat, even boards. However, there are now various styles of saw mills designed to be portable for milling lumber in the field.
Here, we'll focus more on portable sawmills and small, portable chainsaw mills. If you're clearing trees from a heavily wooded lot, and would like a way to turn those felled trees into lumber that can be neatly and easily transported by truck or trailer to another location, a portable sawmill is the perfect solution.
Unlike with larger, stationary sawmills, you don't have to transport entire trees prior to milling. Transporting full trees is much more difficult, and therefore costly. Milling your lumber on-site will save you time, money, and mess. Any sawdust produced during the milling process can be left outside, and the resulting lumber is much easier and more cost-efficient to transport.
If you've only got one or two trees to mill, you may be able to get away with a less-expensive and more compact portable chainsaw mill. However, if you plan to mill an entire lot of trees into lumber, you'll need something larger and more productive.
Quality Cuts With Portable Bandsaw Mills
For larger jobs, there are larger portable sawmills. These sawmills have their own dedicated engine and saw blade. Though circular sawmills were once popular, the industry has begun to set its focus more on band sawmills. Band sawmills create smoother cuts with a better finish, produce less waste, and the blades (though they do wear and break more easily) are much more affordable to replace.
Portable band sawmills work very much like a stationary sawmill, except they are lighter-weight and portable. Unlike stationary sawmills, most portable models don't have hydraulics to help move things along. They are instead manually operated, requiring that you guide the saw along the tracks by hand to cut through the log. However, while they're more labor intensive than a stationary sawmill, they still allow you to mill lumber on-site.