Peterson Proves Portable

Constructing a raft from bamboo on the edge of the river is not your average millers means of transporting a mill to a milling site, unless you belong to the Moraia Pentecostal Club in Fiji.

These Fijian sawyers own a Peterson portable sawmill and frequently travel into the heart of the forest to mill timber for use by the local community.

They were accompanied on their first trip with the mill by Peterson sawmill experts to train the club on how to use the mill.

A raft, or bilibili, made from bamboo had to be constructed so that the mill could be floated down river to their destination in the middle of a Fijian forest.

Training the Fijian sawyers on the mill operation was an easy task as the mill is simple to use.

The timber being milled was mahogany and an average of about 1 cubic metre (400 bft) per hour was achieved with the Peterson Production Frame mill.

The timber was then carried away from the milling site by bullock sled.

Peterson’s have a large number of mills dotted across the Pacific Islands, employed in community, commercial and private operations. Emosi Dagoya of REDCO, Fiji recommends the Peterson mill. “It produces a good recovery rate necessary for sustainable logging and creates employment for the local community.”

Related Tags
Related Articles
Scroll to Top

Looking for our sawmill prices?

Peterson Portable Sawmills manufacture and export worldwide from our factory in Rotorua, New Zealand. Encountering fluctuating freight, raw materials, currencies and export costs, therefore we have tailored pricelists pertaining to each country.
We also have over 40 different mill configurations to suit all applications, so it often helps to call and speak to us about your particular needs.

If you would like to recieve a copy of our digital Info Pack and Price List, please click here.