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 […]

Autumn Milling

Autumn has to be the best time to run a portable bandsaw mill here in the Missouri Ozarks.  After a summer of enduring 100-degree temperatures, fighting off ticks and chiggers, dealing with dehydration, and entertaining visitors (who usually show up when I am trying to patch up the hydraulics on my old 8N Ford tractor, […]

Spring Cleaning Around Your Sawmill

What is it with spring cleaning? Why spend all that time tidying up during the muddiest season of the year? If it were just the wife and me (our children are grown and out on their own), it wouldn’t be a problem, but with the half-dozen stray dogs my wife has picked up over the […]

Show Your Portable Sawmill Some Love

Ah, Valentines!  While other peoples’ fantansies may turn to love, the true sawyer is dreaming of yarding up some logs and kicking out some sawdust as soon as the snow retreats if not sooner. Whether you mothballed your mill for a few months or toughed it out and kept on cutting through the Winter—or enjoyed […]

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, […]

Running Your Sawmill in the Summer Heat

It’s August, which means there is about a month of sweltering summer heat left. If you’re working outdoors with a chainsaw mill or portable sawmill, the end of the heat can’t come soon enough. However, you might be worried about running your bandmill in the summer heat too much, or maybe you’re wondering how much […]