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 […]

Winterinzing Your Sawmill

It’s that time of year again, when I go out into the freezing night with a flashlight to drain the radiator and block of the old Ford tractor.  Once again, I had put off putting antifreeze in it until the last minute. The first freeze, which had only been in the forecast for the last week, […]

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.  […]