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Operating a Peterson sawmill

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How our swingblade circular sawmills work

Designed to cut the log horizontally and vertically, the single thin kerf blade of a Peterson swingblade circular sawmill pivots from the horizontal position to the vertical position with ease. Each cut of the log intersects at a precise point resulting in perfect boards every time.

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Double Cutting Wide Boards & Timber Slabs

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.

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Cutting patterns

Peterson Portable Sawmills are extremely versatile and able to make a number of different cuts for various purposes. These include flat (plain) sawing, quarter (grade) sawing, wide slabs and resawing, and tapers, beams and doublecuts.

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Sawmill video gallery

It can be difficult to explain exactly how Peterson’s range of portable swingblade sawmills work, so we’d like to show you instead! Check out a varied selection of Peterson videos.

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Sawmill Photo Gallery

It can be difficult to explain exactly how Peterson’s range of portable swingblade sawmills work, so we’d like to show you instead! Luckily Peterson Portable Sawmills can be found in all corners of the world and our mill owners are always happy to share photos of their sawmills, site set-ups and timber.

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Efficient Sawmilling Tips & Tricks

Millers are always coming up with new ideas, tips & tricks that make a better, more efficient sawmilling experience. Some ideas have been incorporated into the design of the mills, as we are constantly looking for ways to improve our mills.

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Running costs

To give you an idea of the costs involved in running a Peterson sawmill, we sum up the general costs involved in an average day milling, both in NZ and US prices.