Peterson Portable Sawmills

Peterson Portable Sawmills designed the world’s first commercial ‘swingblade’ portable sawmill over 30 years ago, and continue to be leaders in sawmill innovation and design in the milling industry. With a range of high quality models to suit part-time sawmillers through to commercial operators, make Peterson your first choice in portable swingblade sawmills.

Portable Sawmills for a range of applications

Sawmill options to suit your needs

Have you ever dreamed of building your own home with lumber milled from your property? Perhaps you’d like to start, or complement, your own custom sawmilling business?

For over two decades, Peterson Portable Sawmills have been the passion and livelihood of thousands of satisfied sawmillers worldwide; from farmers and woodlot owners, to custom sawyers and commercial operators who enjoy after-sales service that is second to none.

With Peterson, you get what you pay for; a well designed, efficient and versatile portable sawmill with features that will SAVE you money on running costs. Like Butch says, don’t settle for anything less.

“After looking at 1-2 man manual saw mills for 5 years I am certain that a swing mill is the best for most needs and Peterson certainly makes the most versatile of the lot. I am sure glad that I waited to purchase a mill until I could afford the best and didn’t settle for less!” – Butch Cherrington

Improve your production rate with a Peterson

Reports of increased milling productivity come in weekly from commercial operators with some stating that the Peterson is the “best forestry or agriculture machine” they’ve ever purchased. One example is Australian miller Andrew Smith who has almost doubled the production of his previous manual model sawmill (competitor brand) since he purchased a Peterson Automated Swingblade Mill.

Watch this video of Andrew milling hardwood with the touch of a button during his on-site ASM training. Andrew now turns out 80 – 85 cross-ties per day without breaking a sweat.

Portable Sawmill Videos

The King of Portable Sawmills - the Peterson Winch Production Frame

High production of hardwood – click to play in new window

Portable Sawmill Automation - Automated Portable Sawmills

Portable Sawmill Automation with the ASM – click to play in new window

Making vertical adjustments with the mill's Electric Winch

Packing up a Portable Sawmill using Electric Winch – click to watch in new window

Demonstrating in South Africa

Demonstration and explanation about Peterson sawmills at a trade show in South Africa.

Why choose Peterson Portable Sawmills?

Peterson’s blade and frame design is more versatile.Steve Cannon milling with his WPF portable sawmill.

“My friend has a big bandsaw mill (Woodland Pro 4000), but he can’t handle long and large diameter logs.  So my Peterson mill, with extra rails, was just what was needed to do the job.  Now I have more work that no other mill in the area can do!” – Steve Cannon.
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You won’t waste time and money on blades.

  • All mills are sold with two Peterson blades – this will be all you need to start with
  • An electric diamond wheel sharpener is included with each mill sold
  • Sharpen your blade while it’s still on the mill in under 10 minutes
  • A Re-Tipping Jig is available as an optional extra so you can replace the teeth
  • Blades have been known to last more than 10 years!Sharpener for sawmill blades

See the evidence with the Peterson’s Swingblade Maintenance Comparison Sheet

You can mill wide boards and timber slabs.

Witness the ease of Double Cutting with a Peterson Portable Sawmill

Each sawmill is customised to your requirements.

Compare our sawmill range with this easy-to-read one page document

See the evidence for yourself!

Peterson swingblade sawmills need to be seen to be believed. While our mills are manufactured in New Zealand, we have developed a great presence worldwide by way of our Agents, Owner’s Network and Representatives. There are many ways you can see a Peterson mill in action including:

Find a Peterson Sawmill owner operator in your area