Peterson Portable Sawmills

Portable Sawmill News and Articles

Portable sawmill news including articles from a variety of worldwide publications, as well as stories researched and written by members of the Peterson team. In this section of our website, we’ve also included business and general milling articles to give you more insight into the industry.

It pays to do your research when contemplating a sawmill purchase. Read portable sawmill news articles from every brand you’re looking into, discover what that brand’s operators say about their investment and find out about their favourite features.

Included in this section are blog posts from Peterson’s CEO, Kerris Browne (nee Peterson) who lets the reader into her life as the ‘boss lady’ of a majority male led industry, show’s the reader around her farm, introduces you to her family and more. Also included are results from Petersons’ entries into The Great Portable Sawmill Shootout over recent years, it’s worth checking out. Happy reading!

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Portable sawmill opens the door to affordable housing

Panapa Ehau is a co-founder and director of Hikurangi Enterprises Ltd, a group of innovative entities dedicated to regional economic…

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Light earth building: A natural way to build the future

Like many other countries in the world, New Zealand has a huge housing problem. While successive governments have been trying…

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First worldwide JP owner is still enjoying his hobby mill | 2020 Update

Ted Isaacs had no previous experience with any type of sawmill. But that didn’t stop this old timer being a…

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Mobile sawmill ‘key to housing’

Investment in a portable sawmill by a New Zealand development company will open doors to better, more affordable housing. Hikurangi…

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In the 30 years Rotorua sawmill manufacturers Peterson Portable Sawmills have been exporting their products worldwide, they’ve never experienced a year like this one. As with many businesses, the challenges brought about by COVID-19 Coronavirus have been tough to overcome. Being a manufacturing business, Peterson were unable to build new sawmills, or train existing customers, two vital components of their operation. The company were also affected by the cancellation of the largest agricultural show in the country, Fieldays. Having exhibited at Fieldays in 2019, Peterson were looking forward to another successful event. Last year they made a record number of New Zealand sales, largely thanks to their presence at the show. While the New Zealand National Fieldays Society created a ‘back-up plan’, Fieldays Online, Petersons know that the best way to learn about their products, is in person. In response, this week Petersons opened their headquarters on Hyland Street and are inviting members of the public to view live demonstrations of their products. With five sawmills and slabbers set up in Peterson’s yard, the company welcomed over 50 visitors on their first day from as far as Oamaru. While this number is substantially low compared to Fieldays’ attendee numbers, the interest of visitors was very high and resulted in six new sawmills sold in just a few hours. Visitors were particularly impressed with the speed and ease-of-use of Peterson’s range which cut logs into valuable timber, beams and even slabs. The most popular model of the day was the Junior Peterson sawmill, which can also be fit with a planer blade and sanding disc. Peterson’s demonstrations continue on Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm.

Peterson create their own Portable Sawmill Demonstration Days

The Junior Peterson Sawmill sanding a slab with its optional Sanding Kit In the more than 30 years that Peterson Portable…

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Survey: A proposed NZ industry association for specialty timbers and small-scale sawmillers

If you are living in New Zealand and own or operate a small (portable) sawmill or use a contract sawmiller,…

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An Austrian hobby sawmiller following his dreams in Nova Scotia

Horst Puff had been managing a BP gas station on an Austrian Autobahn for some time when in 2009, he…

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Milling in Nepal: a post-disaster response

Written by Bikram Rai, Senior Operations Manager – Samaritan’s Purse A powerful earthquake of 7.8 magnitude struck Nepal on April…

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A versatile mill for a versatile builder

The Ozark National Forest spans 1.2 million acres and is located predominantly in the Ozark Mountains in northern Arkansas, USA.…

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When we can’t sell our logs, New Zealand can produce timber

Originally published in New Zealand Logger magazine April 2020 Written by Hayley Leibowitz The little sawmill that could is holding its…

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