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 […]

Band Sawmill Blade Performance Factors

The blade is at the heart of the portable band sawmill. Yet, to many, blade maintenance is almost as much art as it is science. There are nearly as many tricks and techniques for sharpening bandsaw blades as there are recipes for the perfect barbecue sauce. To make matters even more complex, there are many […]

Milling Different Tree Species

In the Missouri Ozarks, there is a plethora of tree species to keep things interesting at the sawmill. Technically the forest is classified as oak-hickory, but the nine species of oak and four species of hickory don’t begin to describe the diversity. Sycamore, walnut, cherry, sassafras, persimmon, sweet gum, pecan, elm, mulberry, honey locust, Osage […]

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 […]

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.  […]

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, […]

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 […]

Good Band Blade Maintenance

Good sawmill blade maintenance is critical to making smooth cuts and to prolonging blades life.  Blades should be changed at least every two hours of operation.  Experienced sawyers who mill commercially all day, every day, will often change their blades even more frequently – as many as 4 to 6 times per day.  Settle on […]