What is “Urban Lumber” and Why is it Important?

“Urban Lumber” is wood that has been harvested from residences, businesses, city parks, and areas being cleared for development.  Most of these trees are chipped for mulch or buried in a landfill.  The magnitude of this “waste” is staggering.  According to the U.S. Forest Service, five billion board feet of usable lumber—about 1/3 of all […]

Milling Damaged Wood

Life out in the woods is brutal, even for a tree. During its lifetime, a tree can sustain damage from fire, insects, lightning, drought, floods, freezing weather, wind and whatever else Mother Nature decides she wants to throw at it. Add man-made damage from careless logging, grazing and the consequences of recreational use (deer blinds, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Starting a Portable Sawmilling Business

Making the decision to start your own milling business with a portable sawmill can be as profitable as you wish, depending on the amount of work you are willing and able to put into it.  Whether the business will be designed to supplement your present income, or replace it entirely, you can generally make as […]

Portable Sawmill Quality

  Quality-Built in the USA & Canada – Where is the sawmill made and by who?  It’s not uncommon to see Chinese and Polish-made mills on the market.  And the companies selling them don’t tell you that’s where they’re from!  Good luck getting parts for some of those foreign mills!  Protect yourself!  Make absolutely sure […]