More Powerful Sawmill Motor Options

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portable sawmill engine options

portable sawmill engine options

Peterson are proud to offer the following gasoline options (model-dependent):

  • 13.5hp Briggs & Stratton
  • 22hp Honda GX690
  • 25hp Honda iGX800
  • 27hp Kohler CH752
  • 35hp Briggs & Stratton Vanguard
  • 37hp Briggs & Stratton Vanguard

We also offer you the choice of a 15kW electric engine on our WPF, DWS or ASM mills.

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.

7 comments shared

  1. Christopher Z. says:

    Help me understand the power of the 3phase motor. You say it’s rated as a 20hp engine but performs like a 35ph engine? How is that so? My mill will be stationary. If you had a choice between a 35hp gas or the 3phase which one would be best performance wise, for commercial applications?

    • Liam Dijk says:

      Hi Christopher, i’ll get someone in our sales team to make contact with you and discuss the pros/cons. Cheers

  2. Jim Hardwick says:

    Is there a “practical” single phase electric option, retro-fitable to my WPF? I am seriously considering an indoor shop for it and my other mill. 3 ph is expensive initially to bring to the farm where we are (central VA, USA), tho’ as you say, ops costs are lower.
    Otherwise we may section off the milling area for needed ventilation from the balance of the shop, requiring a bit of out of the box design thinking, and some good old fashioned hassle.

    • Maurice van Liempd says:

      Thanks for your inquiry Jim, one of our sawmill specialists will be in touch with you to go over the various options. Cheers, Maurice

  3. jopsh says:

    The 15kW electric engine can this motor be ran 16 hours 7 days a week? Does this motor have the cutting power as the gas burner 35 hp motors? What is the cost with the motor on a Winch Production Frame? Thanks

    • Maurice van Liempd says:

      Thanks for your query. The 15kW 3phase electric motor can be run for long periods of time 7 days a week as it is a commercial motor. This motor requires at least a 45kVA generator to run, or you can plug it into a fixed 3-phase power socket.

      When converting kW to horse power, a 15kW motor is theoretically rated to a 20hp gasoline engine. Performance wise an electric motor pretty much has instant torque (power output is instant as an electric motor does not have the restrictions of a carburetor and governor system). Sawmilling wise the 15kW 3-phase electric motor performs pretty similar to a 35hp gasoline engine.

      The 3-phase electric motor is a lot more efficient than a gasoline motor and is cheaper to maintain (no air filter, no oil filter, no oil changes, no fuel filter, no spark plugs etc), but is only really practical for use with a fixed site for the mill.

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