Getting Started Guide

Sawing your own lumber appeals to many different people. Woodworking hobbyists, sawmill business owners, farmers, home builders are just a few of the many different people that buy a sawmill. Many are compelled to buy their own mill after seeing one for the first time, and don't come from a lumber producing background. This section is to help get your familiar with portable sawmills, the lingo used in the industry, and how easy it is to get sawing your own lumber, no matter what your background.

A Portable Sawmill: How it Works

Making lumber with a portable sawmill is simple. Pass a bandsaw blade through a log from end to end a few times, and the result is boards! Wood-Mizer founders Don Laskowski and Dan Tekulve came up with this brilliantly simple method way back in 1982, and basically, it hasn't changed much since. The simple design was perfectly suited for easy transportation. Instead of bringing logs to your mill, you can take your sawmill to the logs. This flexibility is what makes the portable sawmill so popular for custom sawing businesses.

Watch this television feature from 'Eye on America' about Wood-Mizer and how portable sawmills are easy on the environment.

Setting up a Portable Sawmill

Wood-Mizer Drive to logs

Drive to the logs.
The sawmill tows like any trailer with most small trucks.

Wood-Mizer Disconnect Hitch

Disconnect Hitch.
A 50mm ball is used for most Wood-Mizer mills.

Sits Low to Ground

Rough Level.
Wood-Mizer's unique mills do not have to be 100% level.

Wood-Mizer load logs

Load logs.
Load logs onto mill with cant hooks, hydraulic arms, or with a tractor.

Wood-Mizer saw!

Wood-Mizer mills only take minutes to set up and start sawing!

How Do You Turn a Log into Lumber?

Wood-Mizer The first cuts

The first cuts
are made across the top of the log.

Wood-Mizer Flip Log

Flip Log 180°
onto the flat side and saw.

Wood-Mizer The first cuts

Rotate Log 90°
Clamp a flat side of the log against the side supports to cut the 3rd side.

Wood-Mizer The first cuts

Saw the last side
to square the log into a four-sided cant.

Wood-Mizer rotate the log

Rotate the log
several times while sawing to produce the maximum amount of lumber.

Wood-Mizer edge boards

Edge Boards
by standing a number of boards up and sawing the rough edge off.