Blade Guides – Roller or Ceramic?

Blade guides come in two basic designs—block guides (usually ceramic) and roller guides. If you’ve been on any sawmill forums, such as Norwood’s “Sawmill Connect”, you have no doubt seen a lively discussion and debate over the relative merits. First, I want to clear up the common misconception that those sawmills that come with block […]

How Long Should Your Band Saw Blade Last?

That depends on a number of factors. I generally cut about 600 board feet of oak on a manual band saw mill, if the logs are decent size, and everything goes perfect. You might get close to twice the board footage when cutting softwoods. Now that you have the answer, you can skip the rest […]

Philosophy of a Tree-Hugging Environmental Sawyer

Every now and then, I get criticized for operating a portable sawmill service as just another crazy lumberjack whacking down trees, clearing forests, and destroying habitat.  I’m sure other sawmill operators have had similar experiences, so let me set the record straight … again (I wrote about this a couple of years ago but it […]

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.

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.

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.

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 […]