All Terrain Sawmill (ATS) – Portable Sawmilling in Tough Conditions

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The All Terrain Sawmill has been designed with remote locations and rough terrain in mind. It meets our clients’ demands for an affordable mill that can handle the tough conditions of farm, beach, snow or jungle.

A popular choice for the Islands, the ATS can be walked in to the milling site and set up whether the ground is flat or sloped. The tracks adjust to the terrain easily and make light work of many timber types including hard wood. The quality of the ATS is lightweight and durable being made almost entirely from stainless steel and aluminium.

The mill requires less maintenance than other portable mills on the market. Peterson blades have a more robust plate and less load on each tooth meaning the need to retension is less frequent. Also, the mill operator is able to service the ATS gearbox with a simple service kit, unlike imitation mills which require a return to factory “swap-out” service.

ATS big redwood 3_smlThe ATS uses a raised track system, allowing it to be assembled on nearly any terrain type – tracks are raised and lowered with both winches at the operator’s end for more efficient portable sawmilling. An ATS makes milling valuable wood in hard-to-reach areas easy and profitable with its distinguished recovery rate.

PETERSON MILLING 101: With an ATS, you can almost do any log diameter you wish without buying any other upgrades or attachments. This can be achieved by chocking up the uprights with blocks. If you have a supply of large oversize logs, ATS is the way to go!

 

Top Features of an All Terrain Sawmill

 

ATS Feature - Side by Side Sizing

SINGLE POINT SIZING
Both vertical sizing winches on the ATS are at the operator’s end to minimise walking time, unlike imitation models by other companies, that position the winches at each end. Additional crank handles for the ATS, allow you to adjust to log taper easily meaning more efficient cutting and greater recovery from your log.

ATS Feature - Parallel to Grain Cutting

PARALLEL TO GRAIN CUTTING
Peterson’s ATS mills have a patented track raising system to allow either side or end to be lowered and raised independently, depending on what grain you wish to follow. i.e. if you have a log with a very large end and a very small end, you can change your cutting angle as you move through the log, so you always get good straight timber.

Standard Feature – Durable Circular Blades

DURABLE, LOW MAINTENANCE BLADES
Peterson blades last for 2-6 years with normal use and maintenance. However, some saw mill owners have been using the same blades for over 10 years! With our blades, maintenance is minimal as our circular blades can be sharpened right on the mill.

Standard Feature – Double Cutting Wide Boards

CUT WIDE BOARDS WITH EASE
A unique feature of all Peterson Portable Sawmills, is the ease of double cutting timber slabs by a single operator. A double cut is the joining of two horizontal cuts together to obtain a wider board or slab using both sides of the blade.

Standard Feature – Positive Lock for Left-Right Sizing

POSITIVE LOCK FOR LEFT/RIGHT SIZING
Peterson’s left/right sizing system is run by chain and sprocket, with a turning handle and lock. So that means it will only move when you unlock it, and you can position the sizing very accurately to within 1mm. No slippage, and top accuracy for every board.

ARTICLE - Milling in Sth American Forest

AN ATS IN SOUTH AMERICA
No clear-felling, no ugly scars to the landscape, no erosion, no dirty rivers, no messy roads or noisy trucks, and minimal disturbance to native plants and animals. Imagine a small portable mill winched into the forest by cable, trees selected by sustainability, and just the sawn timber carefully removed by hand. Yes it can be done, and EcoMadera have now proved it. Read more…

OWNER STORY: Scot Postle

MILLER STORY – SCOT POSTLE
“I use the double cutting much more than I ever expected too. I sure am glad I picked Peterson every time I double cut, it’s just so easy.” One of Scot’s customers wanted several 2in. x 14in. boards from logs that were too large to cut on most of the local mills. Another customer needed 8in.-12in. diameter logs cut right through the centre for a log cabin he was building. Read more…

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Comparisons

ats4_jpgPeterson Swingblade Cutting Vs Bandsaw Mill

ATS Track Raising System vs Swingblade Competitor

Board Quality Vs Bandsaw Mills

Double-Cutting Wide Boards Vs Swingblade Competitor

 

Specifications

Blade 8″ 10″
Motor Petrol Motors: 22/25hp Honda, 25/27/35†/37†hp Kohler, 35hp† Vanguard Briggs & Stratton
Diesel Motors: 23hp Lombardini*
Maximum Cut 8″ x 8″
(203.2 x 203.2mm)
10″ x 10″
(260 x 260mm)
Double Cut 8″ x 16″
(203.2 x 406.4mm)
10″ x 20″
(254 x 520mm)
Max. Log Diameter 6′ (1.8m) 5′ (1.5m)
Max. log length on std tracks 20′ (6m)
Average Production** 850 – 2500bft+ per day
2 – 6+ cubic meters per day
Vertical Sizing 2-point sizing at the operator’s end
Set-up 10 – 20mins – weight: 260kgs
Materials Aluminium and stainless steel

* Check for availability in your country
* * Production numbers may vary due to species and size of cut
† Only available on 10″ models

Optional – More Powerful Motors

Petersons are proud to offer 35hp and 37hp Kohler, 35hp Briggs & Stratton Vanguard big-block gasoline options, and 23hp Kohler Lombardini diesel motors on our 10” sawmills. More horse power makes it easier on the engine when you’re cutting hard wood, and also allows you to cut through a log more quickly. When you speak with our sales team, make sure you ask about these high end motor options for a more powerful sawmill.

Standard Feature – Cyclonic Air Filters

These state-of-the-art filters separate clean air from debris and liquids by the design and rotation of the air intake. Petersons have many unskilled operators in remote areas that often forget to clean/change their air filters regularly, but their  Kohler or Vanguard Briggs & Stratton motors with cyclonic filters just keep going anyway!

Heavy duty cyclonic filters can give up to three times the life of standard duty air filters.

Standard Feature – Faster Blade Sharpening

To decrease downtime, the Peterson blade can be sharpened while it is still on the mill; in less than 10 minutes, and without having to remove any guards. For your convenience the sharpener is pre-set to fit your blade size.

Standard Feature – 3-year Frame Warranty

We manufacture the Peterson Portable Sawmill range using quality materials such as hand polished stainless steel and aluminum that make them virtually rust free. This also means the mills are robust in performance, and most importantly – have long-term durability in even the harshest conditions. Because we have faith in our manufacture, and we want you to as well, we offer a 3-year frame warranty on stainless and alloy frames manufactured by Peterson.

Standard Feature – Elevated Sawmill Engine

Petersons mount their sawmill engines higher than other manufacturers for two reasons: firstly, to ensure the air filter intake is further away from the sawdust output. This prevents sawdust build up and overheating of the motor. And secondly, to allow the ability of double-cutting to full depth, without the motor and gearbox restricting the opposite side of the blade.

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Weight Breakdown

Main Carriage 150kg 331lb
4 x Uprights @ approx. 15kg 60kg 132lb
2 x Center Supports @ approx. 10kg 20kg 44lb
2 x Tracks @ 51kg each 102kg 225lb
2 x Skids @ 15kg each 30kg 66lb
2 x Cross Members @ 15kg each 30kg 66lb
Total 392kg 864lb

Accessories Available for the ATS

Tapered Boards Attachment Clip On Slabber
Dedicated Slabber 2 Meter Track Extensions
Tachometer

Easy Set Up

The ATS can be set up in around 15 – 30 minutes by yourself, and around 10 – 20 minutes with two people. The mill is packed down in under 10 minutes.

1. Set up the skids at the ends of the log.2. Install the uprights and peg the diagonals into the ground.3. Clip in the tracks and ensure they are parallel by looking down them at eye level.4. Clip in the telescopic winding shaft.5. Wheel the carriage to the tracks and install, then raise the tracks.

6. Remove the jockey wheels. The sawing process can now begin.

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