The 6 Best Chainsaw Mills
This wiki has been updated 11 times since it was first published in June of 2019. After felling a tree, you can either break it down into firewood or, if it is worth it, take it to a local sawmill to turn it into lumber. And with a chainsaw mill, you can use your regular chainsaw to turn any straight logs into useful building materials. If you have the necessary experience with this sort of equipment, our selections can help you choose the right tool for your needs. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
June 25, 2019:
When using chainsaw mills like the Granberg G777, the Granberg Mark-IV, or the Rctec RCLJJ-48, it is recommended that you use a chainsaw with a 65cc motor or higher. This is important as using a weaker chainsaw can result in frequent stalling and bad cuts, especially when milling large logs. If using a small mill like the Logosol Timberjigg, a 50cc chainsaw is acceptable given that you will probably be cutting small diameter logs.
The quality of your planks will also depend heavily on the quality of the first cut - given that your mill will base subsequent cuts on the flatness of your first cut. For a successful milling process, you'll need to make sure to account for several things. Perhaps most importantly, you'll have to level your first cut using guide rails that are adjusted to the rough shape of the log. Many also use aluminum ladders with good results. A rip chain is essential for easing the stress produced on the chainsaw and to produce cleaner faces on the lumber. This is particularly important if the wood will be used on furniture or carpentry as using a regular chain would add a significant amount of time to getting the surfaces ready for finishing. You should also try to cut out a slab in one clean pass and make sure to use plenty of wedges to support the cut.
Using a chainsaw and mill is a dangerous activity that should only be performed with adequate attention to safety. Always use a face mask to avoid prolonged inhalation of sawdust and earplugs to avoid hearing damage.