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, Peterson are your first choice in portable swingblade sawmills.

Portable Sawmills for a range of applications

Peterson Portable Sawmills Automated Swingblade MillHave you ever dreamed of building your own home with lumber 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 sawmill customers worldwide; from farmers and woodlot owners, to custom sawmillers 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 that will SAVE you money on running costs. Don’t settle for anything less.

Reports of increased productivity flow in weekly from commercial operators with some stating that the Peterson is the “best machine” they’ve ever purchased. One example is Australian sawmiller 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 during his on-site ASM operation training with the touch of a button. Andrew now turns out 80 – 85 cross-ties per day without breaking a sweat.

Videos of Portable Sawmills

The King of Portable Sawmills - WPF

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

Portable Sawmill cutting boards

Portable Sawmill cutting 4″ x 2″ – click to watch in new window

Electric Winch on the Peterson WPF

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

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VERSATILESteve 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. Read more testimonials


  • Easy and affordable blade maintenance
  • Sharpen your blade while it’s still on the mill
  • Blades can last more than 10 yearsSharpener for sawmill blades

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


  • Innovative double cutting – the first swingblade mill to allow a true double cut
  • No need to turn the head unit around like cheap imitation mills
  • Wide boards and slabs can be twice as valuable as dimensional lumber

Witness the ease of Double Cutting with a Peterson Portable Sawmill


  • Peterson’s range of portable sawmills are customised to the purchaser’s application
  • Select a standard model and choose the extras or upgrades you needJunior Peterson Portable Sawmill, set up and ready to mill
  • A sawmill for everyone from part-timers (Junior Peterson) to commercial operators (Automated Swingblade) and everyone in between (All Terrain Sawmill, Winch Production Frame and Dedicated Wide Slabber).

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


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 in your area