Can you make a living with a portable sawmill?

A portable sawmill can be worth the investment. It can provide a source of wood for your own projects and give you a side business. For a source of lumber, as well as a profitable business, a portable sawmill can be a key piece of equipment on your farm.

How much does it cost to build a bandsaw mill?

The cost of a portable mill is about $1,500 for the base mill, plus an optional $500+ for a mechanical jack-hoist to get the logs up on the bed. A stationary mill, with all components but the engine bought new, would cost $5,000 or $6,000, and about half that used — and you still have to install it.

How many horsepower does a sawmill need?

5 hp per inch depth of cut for slow feed, 10 hp for fast feed. You can saw slow with a 75 hp or fast with a 150 hp. Then you have to add if you are running the feed off the same motor.

How much does a small saw mill cost?

New portable sawmills range in price from less than $4,000.00 to over $80,000.00 depending on the amount of production you need.

How much does a wood Mizer portable sawmill cost?


Base Price $10,295.00
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How much should I charge for sawmilling?

Pricing varies by species and location but ranges from $0.25 to $0.50 per board foot of sawn lumber. This pricing method places all of the risk of productivity on the sawyer since the customer is only paying for the lumber they receive.

Should logs be milled green?

Re: Milling Lumber–Green or Dry? Cutting the logs green allows you to control splitting. If the logs are drying, they have either begun to split or are building stresses that will lead to splitting. So saw your logs as close to green as possible.

Is milling your own lumber worth it?

Milling your own lumber can produce quality material for a fraction of the price of a lumber dealer. In fact, if you purchase your own mill, like I have, you can actually make a profit off of it by selling lumber to other woodworkers and by offering to mill other people’s logs.

Is running a sawmill profitable?

It’s true that owning a sawmill can be a very lucrative business venture, and in the right circumstances it is not only possible but very likely to earn you a significant profit on a regular basis. However, it’s worth keeping in mind that building a business with only profit in mind is not sustainable in the long term.