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 […]

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, […]

Tools of the Sawmilling Trade

When you go out on a cutting job with your portable sawmill, what do you take with you? If you’re working close to home and can make a quick run for gas or a 9/16” socket wrench, forgetting a vital piece of equipment is no big deal. But when you drive 40 miles to a […]

Sawing Imperfect Logs

When I first started running a portable sawmill, I was confident every board was going to be free of defects; I would have a nearly unlimited supply of straight, clear lumber for building projects and to sell to expectant customers. But nature designed trees to survive long enough to reproduce and in surviving their lives […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]