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Band Sawmill Blade Performance Factors

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The blade is at the heart of the portable band sawmill. Yet, to many, blade maintenance is almost as much art as it is...
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Autumn Milling

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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...
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Custom Milling on Your Portable Sawmill

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The simplest solution to marketing lumber is to sell the service instead of the wood.  A number of sawyers have built successful businesses on...
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Tools of the Sawmilling Trade

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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...

Safely Moving Logs to your Portable Sawmill or Firewood Processor

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If you’ve been around a full-scale logging crew, you’ve probably watched the industrial skidders pull out a 1,000 board feet of logs in a...
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Profitably Market Lumber Cut on Your Own Portable Sawmill

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You can only mill so much lumber with your portable bandsaw mill before you have enough stacked up in the shed, barn, garage and...
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Sawing Imperfect Logs

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When I first started running a portable sawmill, I was confident every board was going to be free of defects; I would have a...
Tree Diversity in the North America

Milling Different Tree Species

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In the Missouri Ozarks, there is a plethora of tree species to keep things interesting at the sawmill. Technically the forest is classified as...
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Upgrading Your Portable Band Sawmill

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Operating a portable sawmill opens up a world of possibilities, both as a source of building material and as a source of income. When...
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Wood Variety is the Spice of a Sawyer’s Life

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When it comes to using a portable bandsaw mill the question should be not “What can you cut?” but rather “What can’t you cut?”,...

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Sawing Oddball Logs

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One of the greatest joys of running a sawmill (in addition to exercise and fresh air), is opening up a log to see the...

Blade Guides – Roller or Ceramic?

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Blade guides come in two basic designs—block guides (usually ceramic) and roller guides. If you’ve been on any sawmill forums, such as Norwood’s “Sawmill...

How Long Should Your Band Saw Blade Last?

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That depends on a number of factors. I generally cut about 600 board feet of oak on a manual band saw mill, if the...