Peterson Portable Sawmills

Running Costs

To give you an idea of the costs involved in running a Peterson mill, below are the general costs involved in an average day milling, both in NZ and US prices. These are the approximate running and service costs, based on working an 8-hour day, five days a week, on an 8″ Honda powered Winch Production Frame (tables created 2012).

New Zealand

4-6 litres petrol p/hour NZ$1.70 p/litre NZ$34 p/day
Blade teeth, approx one set of 6 teeth retipped per 1 to 2 weeks NZ$60 p/blade NZ$9 p/day
Wheel (track roller) replacement when worn, approx 6 months NZ$64 p/set NZ$0.49 p/day
Oil Filter replacement (service) per 1-200 hours depending on motor NZ$20 each NZ$1.33 p/day
Air Filter Element replacement (service) per 100 hours NZ$15 each NZ$1.25 p/day
Oil Change every 100 hours (service) NZ$8 p/litre NZ$1.33 p/day
Gearbox oil, grease, coppercoat (top-ups and cleaning etc) NZ$2.50 p/week NZ$0.50 p/day
V-Belts replacement when worn, approx every 6 months NZ$45 p/set NZ$0.37 p/day
TOTAL DAILY RUNNING COST NZ$48.27 per day
VERSUS INCOME
Daily output of approx 4 cu/meters
@ NZ contract rate:
$160 p/cube = NZ$640

United States

1-1.5 gallons gasoline per hour US$3.00 p/gallon US$24 p/day
Blade teeth, approx one set of 6 teeth retipped per 1 to 2 weeks US$30 p/blade US$4 p/day
Wheel (track roller) replacement when worn, approx 6 months US$116 p/set (4) US$0.89 p/day
Oil Filter replacement (service) per 1-200 hours depending on motor US$6 each US$0.24 p/day
Air Filter Element replacement (service) per 100 hours US$13 each US$1.04 p/day
Oil Change every 100 hours (service) US$2 p/quart US$0.24 p/day
Gearbox oil, grease, coppercoat (top-ups and cleaning etc) US$5 p/week US$1 p/day
Blade Retensioning when required, approx every 300 hours US$40-75 p/b US$1.07-2.00
Vee Belts replacement when worn, approx every 6 months US$11 each US$0.28 p/day
TOTAL DAILY RUNNING COST US$33.69 per day
VERSUS INCOMEDaily output of approx 1000 bf (1 person)
@ US contract rate: $0.15-0.45 p/bf sawn = $150-450
Daily output of approx 2000 bf (2 person)
@ US contract rate: $0.15-0.45 p/bf sawn = $300-900