• Slabs & Sawdust – One Person’s Sawmill “Waste” is Another’s Opportunity

    One of the most common issues for sawyers is what to do with all the waste.  While band sawmills produce less than half the sawdust of circular sawmills, it still adds up, as do the slabs.  To most sawyers, sawdust and slabs are a nuisance—but they can be an opportunity for a little extra income.

    Slabs & Sawdust – One Person’s Sawmill “Waste” is Another’s Opportunity
  • A Log Deck for Your Bandsaw Mill Will Save You Time — And Your Back

    Getting logs onto the sawmill can be one of the most difficult parts of sawmilling. Whether you use a ramp and winch, front end loader, or use the Force to get a 1,500 pound log on your mill (ok, so I’m still working on the Force), having the logs on a raised deck ready to… [Continue Reading]

    A Log Deck for Your Bandsaw Mill Will Save You Time — And Your Back
  • How Much Should I Charge For Milling Lumber With My Sawmill

    The most common reason for buying a small sawmill is to mill lumber for your own projects. Once word gets out that you have a sawmill, people start calling you to mill for them as well. These jobs range from a few boards, to building a dog house, to a house, or a barn. Some… [Continue Reading]

    How Much Should I Charge For Milling Lumber With My Sawmill
  • Slabbing Big Logs for Big Profits with Your Portable Band Sawmill

      Easy tips and tricks to mill wide planks and slabs from high-value logs.

    Slabbing Big Logs for Big Profits with Your Portable Band Sawmill
  • Band Blade Sharpening for Optimum Portable Sawmill Production

    The Ultimate Successful Portable Sawmill Video Series – Tips & Strategies Video Series Episode #1: Optimum Band Blade Performance Tips to easily and professionally sharpen your band blades to maximize the performance of your portable sawmill.

    Band Blade Sharpening for Optimum Portable Sawmill Production
  • 14 Myths About Sawmilling and Trees

    Over the years, a number of myths have evolved about logs and sawmilling. Many have their basis in the experiences of sawyers, while others are just flat out wrong. Here are my observations about some of these myths.

    14 Myths About Sawmilling and Trees
  • Creating Business by Demonstrating Your Portable Sawmill

    There are a lot of ways to get the word out about a sawmill business… business cards, flyers, web site, and social media. But sometimes it helps for people to actually see what you do. Demonstrations can be a powerful tool for meeting people and making contacts. With a portable sawmill, there are a number… [Continue Reading]

    Creating Business by Demonstrating Your Portable Sawmill
  • Using your Sawmill to Mill Short Logs

    How is it that you spend twice as long milling short logs for half the lumber?  The fact is, sawmills are typically designed to take logs 8’4” and longer.  Anything shorter either gets cut for firewood or left out in the woods to rot.  These are often logs with “character”—crotches, burls, bends, and unusual grain. … [Continue Reading]

    Using your Sawmill to Mill Short Logs
  • Log Sawing Patterns To Meet Lumber Customer Needs

    Ask any four sawyers the best way to cut a log and you’ll likely get at least a dozen different opinions. Often the disagreement comes because they use different terms to describe exactly the same procedures.

    Log Sawing Patterns To Meet Lumber Customer Needs
  • Portable Sawmill Support Equipment

    When people consider buying a portable sawmill, they often overlook the importance of support equipment. While the mill itself is a major investment, you may find it is likely to be less than half your total investment in a complete sawmill operation. The other equipment depends on the kind of cutting you will be doing,… [Continue Reading]

    Portable Sawmill Support Equipment

Slabs & Sawdust – One Person’s Sawmill “Waste” is Another’s Opportunity

One of the most common issues for sawyers is what to do with all the waste.  While band sawmills produce less than half the sawdust of circular sawmills, it still adds up, as do the slabs.  To most sawyers, sawdust and slabs are a nuisance—but they can be an opportunity for a little extra income.

A Log Deck for Your Bandsaw Mill Will Save You Time — And Your Back

Getting logs onto the sawmill can be one of the most difficult parts of sawmilling. Whether you use a ramp and winch, front end loader, or use the Force to get a 1,500 pound log on your mill (ok, so I’m still working on the Force), having the logs on a raised deck ready to […]

How Much Should I Charge For Milling Lumber With My Sawmill

The most common reason for buying a small sawmill is to mill lumber for your own projects. Once word gets out that you have a sawmill, people start calling you to mill for them as well. These jobs range from a few boards, to building a dog house, to a house, or a barn. Some […]

Slabbing Big Logs for Big Profits with Your Portable Band Sawmill

  Easy tips and tricks to mill wide planks and slabs from high-value logs.

Portable Sawmills

Mobile Milling

One of the great things about portable sawmills is that they’re portable!   Many people build a successful business on the concept of taking the sawmill to the customer.  This often makes sense, since not everyone has the means of hauling logs safely to a sawmill, and on big jobs, moving the mill can make more […]

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Blade Maintenance

Maintaining Band Blades

The best portable sawmill in world is worth nothing if it’s not equipped with a good, sharp blade.  To start to understand band blades, it’s important first to first understand their anatomy.     © Copyright Trees 2 Money 2011.  All rights reserved.  Band sawmill blades are set “raker style” – in other words, one blade […]

Choosing a Band Sawmill Blade

The best portable sawmill in world is worth nothing if it’s not equipped with a good, sharp blade.  To start to understand band sawmill blades, it’s important first to first understand their anatomy.   © Copyright Trees 2 Money 2011. All rights reserved.   Band sawmill blades are set “raker style” – in other words, […]

Bandsaws vs. Chainsaw Mills and Getting the Right Cut

When it comes to using a portable sawmill your choice comes down to one of two options: either a bandsaw mill or a chainsaw mill.  When considering a sawmill, you have to decide which is the best choice for your specific needs. The denser the wood, the harder it is for the blade to move.  […]

Portable Sawmills, Kerf Ratings and Your Profits

Portable sawmill operators are always looking for ways to maximize efficiency and increase profits, while keeping their costs down.  That’s why it is important to know about portable sawmills and kerf ratings.  This is one area, which can put more money in your pockets without changing your operating style. When producing lumber, the kerf rating […]