This article is an examination of the benefits of having a portable sawmill, and the options available for getting one.
A portable sawmill...It's something you've ever really even
considered before. But now everything seems to be saying maybe it's a
good idea buying one. should you? You've got a little land you want to
clear. Maybe you want to build a
storage shed there. Or perhaps you've got a lot of land and more trees than you know what to do with.
In some areas of the country logging is a very old and respected way of
clearing land and generating new building materials -not to mention
profit. Just about anyone who owns a chainsaw can master the fine art
of felling a tree. The problem is what to do afterwards. Cutting your
own boards has always been a tricky proposition. You never seem to get
them very straight. If you haul your trees to a mill you will have to
buy a heavy duty trailer and a big truck, and pay someone to cut them
down into useful boards - not to mention dealing with all the hassle of
hauling them off site to be cut and then returning them to your
If you had your own portable sawmill, you could do the job yourself and
save the trouble, time and expense of using someone else's mill. In
fact, you could do the job right within the shadow of the trees you
would clear. You would never have to pay for your lumber again. You
could build the shed you want instead of the shed you can afford.
Portable sawmills can save money and be a ready resource for quick
Once you are done with the projects you want to build, you could sell
your excess lumber to your neighbors and friends at reduced rates. It's
up to you. There are two types of portable sawmills available: manual
or hydraulic. A manual sawmill is ideal for the beginning or hobby
lumberjack. You can take on most small jobs with relative ease. With a
manual system you load the logs yourself. There is a hand feed system
that allows you to guide the logs through as fast as you care to go.
The controls are generally easy and intuitive to use.
Because a manual system is less complicated, it can be very reliable
and less expensive. Manual sawmills are compact enough to take just
about anywhere and they disassemble for easy storage in your shed or
garage. For larger jobs you'll want to try a hydraulic sawmill. With a
hydraulic system you get even easier to use power that is reliable and
safe. Loading is easier because you have hydraulic arms that lift and
align the logs for accurate
cutting. The operator just sets the desired thickness and feed rate and
off they go! You can control such things as loading, feeding and
orientation, finishing the work in a fraction of the time of manual
You even have multiple options available such as an add-on seat, a
centralized control unit, a de-barker and a laser-leveling system to
keep things straight.
Either way you go, you will see professional quality results and take pride in having done it yourself.
Don't think you can afford the cost of a new sawmill? There are
several options for you: Perhaps you could shop around for used
portable sawmills, or consider a portable sawmill rental, or even
making your own by tracking down some free sawmill plans.
The point is that, if you decide you want it bad enough, a portable sawmill is within your reach--and could be quite handy for your future needs.