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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.  […]

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.

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, […]

Where To See a Portable Sawmill in Action

Whether you are thinking about buying your first portable sawmill, upgrading your equipment or just looking for new ideas and better ways to run a sawmill, there is no substitute for seeing a bandsaw mill in action. There are a lot of YouTube videos of sawmills, which is a good start, but nothing like seeing […]

Where and How Can I Sell the Lumber I Cut on My Sawmill?

The best part about running a portable sawmill is being out on a beautiful day with a light breeze at your back (blowing the sawdust away from you) and taking one perfect board at a time off each log you cut. However, after a while, it may occur to you (or, in my case, my […]