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 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 […]

Cutting Your First Log on Your New Mobile Sawmill

So, you’ve purchased a brand-new portable band sawmill. Now what? Here are ten helpful tips and a beginner’s project to successfully mill your first log and gain valuable learning experience along the way. Check over your mill set-up Setting up your new mill is a relatively straightforward process as portable sawmill manufacturers provide detailed instructions, […]

Custom Milling on Your Portable Sawmill

The simplest solution to marketing lumber is to sell the service instead of the wood.  A number of sawyers have built successful businesses on the basis of custom milling. The simplest custom milling job is for the customer to provide the logs and hire you to mill them on your bandsaw mill either at your […]

Upgrading Your Portable Band Sawmill

Operating a portable sawmill opens up a world of possibilities, both as a source of building material and as a source of income. When working weekends or in your spare time, those aching muscles are just part of a good day’s work.  But as your confidence grows and you take on more challenging jobs, you […]

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 […]

How To De-Stress “Stressed-Out” Trees When Sawmilling

Ever cut into a tree and watch the board curve up away from the cant as the saw goes through it? Or have a portable sawmill band blade make a dip every cut in exactly the same place? Or wonder why you can’t make a straight cut, even with a new blade and the tension […]

Cold Weather Sawing

Winter milling can be a challenge for both the sawyer and the machine. While staying warm is important for the operator, this article will focus more on the portable sawmill side of the equation.  The interaction between man and machine can get more complex and, in some cases, more dangerous when the thermometer dips below […]

Portable Sawmill Safety

Sawmills have a well-deserved reputation as being one of the most hazardous places a person can work. My first experience was with an old Bellsaw circle mill, which in its day, was typical to find in small sawmills scattered throughout the Ozark hills. The power source was an old Massey Harris tractor, which powered the […]

Portable Sawmills and the Environment

As the manager of a family tree farm in southwest Missouri, I find it ironic that the tools I use to improve the health and diversity of our forested land are the very ones that, to many people, symbolize the destruction of forests worldwide. In fact, I have been on the receiving end of many […]