Using a lumber mill or a portable sawmill is an investment in the ability to cut lumber on location. There are several factors to consider when choosing a portable sawmill. Taking the time to consider these factors or features will help an individual or a company to choose the right equipment for the job.
There are three basic styles or types of portable sawmills. The circular and band sawmills are a good choice for a wide range of applications, but for flexibility across a wide range of cutting requirements, a chainsaw lumber mill may be the best option.
Both band and circular sawmills are going to be more costly to purchase and to continue to operate as compared to a well-designed, expertly manufactured chainsaw lumber mill.
For smaller lumber companies or for farm or even small wood cutting use, they are a cost-effective choice. They can also be used for larger projects and for larger cutting requirements, but they do have an offsetting factor to consider. The use of the chainsaw as the cutting method is slower than a circular or band sawmill, which is why the larger companies with high volume cutting requirements tend to favor the other two options.
In addition, there is the need for the right size and option in a chainsaw. Typically, large chainsaws with bars and special chains will be required for the best possible cut.
The blade of the chainsaw is wider than the cutting edge of a band or a circular saw. This means there are wider cuts and a higher amount of sawdust produced, which equates to wasted wood.
For smaller cutting requirements, this is rarely a concern, but for ongoing lumber cutting or continuous use, it can add up for the timber company.