Peterson Portable Sawmills

Frequently Asked Questions

Have you browsed our website and still have some questions? The answers may be below, but if not, please send your question through to us and we will contact you as soon as possible.

The Product

What materials do you use?
One of the features that set Peterson mills apart are the materials that we use. Made of aluminium and stainless steel the mills won’t rust like others do, even if you have to leave it out in the harsh elements. It won’t be badly damaged by nails or bullets in logs, and because it is powered by reliable Honda and Kohler engines they won’t drive you nuts with breakdowns.

Is the mill hard to set up?
Peterson mills can be assembled in 10 minutes. They are so simple! (See set up diagrams forATS,WPF,ASM). You don’t need flat ground for set up either – although milling up a hillside isn’t much fun. The mill allows 360 degree access to the log and timber, and can be changed from portable to fixed-site setup. It can also utilize the same tracks for the Dedicated Wide Slabber mill.

Can I operate the mill by myself?
A Peterson mill can easily be run by one person. It doesn’t take a masters degree to operate, nor does it require big burly men to lift and move! The mill can fit in the back of a pick-up, ute, or small trailer and then wheeled or hand carried to the site by one person. For safety reasons, we do recommend a second person at the milling site during all operations, including tree felling and pruning.

The Blades

How accurate is the cutting?
Peterson mills can achieve over 80% recovery from good logs. They have 1-point sizing,are accurate to 1mm (.04″), and do not cut wavy boards even with tension.

How long do the blades last?
Peterson’s bladeslast for 2-6 years, depending on their frequency of use and how well they are maintained. Some owners have been using the same blades for over 10 years.

What about blade maintenance?
Blades are not a problem at all. They can be sharpened on the mill in 1-2 minutes easily, and they can be re-tipped in your own garage. Each mill purchased comes with a sharpener and two spare blades.

The Operation

What kind of logs can I saw?
The Peterson mill can handle almost any kind of log, and is able to cut any size and length that you require. It works great on bothhardwoodsand softwoodsand you can cut efficiently in both directions. You can take the mill right to the log, so an entire log can be milled without even moving it! Read up about different tree species in our tree dictionary.

What type of cuts can I saw?
The Peterson mill is so versatile it can do almost any cut you need. It can cut solid wide slabs, beams bydouble cutting,(without turning the mill around), and also produce perfectlydimensionedlumber. You do not need to double handle or re-saw (unless the log has hightenstioned), and you can mill the entire log without moving it. The Peterson mill can easily quarter saw a log, and is also great for specialist sizes like cants, pole barns andtaperedweatherboards. Find exact measurements on each mills’ Specification Chart – ATS,WPF, ASM, DWS. See also our range ofCutting Patterns.

The Purchase

Why don’t you have the prices on your website?
Petersons export worldwide and encounter differing (and fluctuating) freight, currencies and export costs, therefore we have tailored pricelists pertaining to country. We also have over 60 different mill options to suit all applications, so it often helps our customers to call and speak to us about their particular needs.Request an information pack here.

What training is provided when I buy my mill?
When purchased from an agent or within an State Rep’s territory, every Peterson sawmill comes with a half-day’s training. Outside these areas, a detailed instruction and training video is supplied prior to your mill delivery. Peterson’s also offer unlimited free phone support, using ourinternational free phone numbers.

What else will I need to get my mill up and running?
Our mills always include a complete kit to get you milling right away. We also have a wide range of accessories and merchandise available.

Can my mill get damaged in transit?
The mills and tracks are packaged within a solid crate (2×4″ frame, 6×1″ base and fully covered in 12mm (1/2″) ply sheets). All mill components are strapped down to prevent damage within the crate.

All mills are covered by insurance from when they leave the factory up until they reach the customer. In the unlikely event of damage occurring during shipping, Petersons will immediately airfreight damaged components or source replacement parts from our Agents/State Rep’s. Petersons will then handle dealings with the insurance company leaving the customer to get on with sawing lumber.

The Extras

Do you offer any upgrades?
Standard frames on the 6″ and 8″ WPF mills (1.2m/4ft) can be upgraded to a larger dimension (1.8m/6ft) at the time of order for larger logs. All 13hp motors are fully upgradable to 20hp and 24hp Honda motors at a later date, and all 6″ cut units are fully upgradable to 8″ cut at a later date. When upgrading models, but keeping the same size motor, output is reduced by about 5%. Upgrading from 20hp to 24hp can increase output by up to 15%.

How long do I have to wait for spare parts?
Spare parts can usually be delivered to your door within 2-5 days, depending on availability and location.AgentsandState Rep’sstock a number of high-turnover parts so that you are not waiting for extended periods of time.

Are Peterson mills safe?
Peterson’s ATS, WPF, and ASM mills are allCE certified. A number of features were added to the mills for them to attain this. As pioneers in swing blade sawing technology, Peterson’s have acquired a great deal of experience over the years in dealing with hazards associated with single blade sawing. We have used that to design and build a portable sawmill which is second to none in terms of operator safety and ease of use.