One of the best features of Peterson’s range of portable sawmills, are their circular blades. When people discover just how low-maintenance they are, they can hardly believe it, especially if they’re used to the maintenance and replacement costs of a band saw blade.
Peterson’s circular blades generally last up to six years with normal use, and we have even had reports of blades lasting over a decade.
Built to Last
Peterson Sawmills’ 6″, 8″ and 10″ circular blades are made from high-grade steel, with solid tungsten carbide tips. The tips are easily sharpened by the operator in around five minutes and can be replaced when they’re worn.
Save Time and Money
With the ability to sharpen Peterson’s circular blades in around five minutes without having to remove them from the mill, maintenance costs are minimal.
Setting aside for the moment the arguments between bandsaws and swingmills regarding production rates and recovery rates, lets look at typical blade maintenance costs only. This is assuming both mills cut exactly the same amount of timber (1900bft or 4.5cubes) in an 8-hour day, and that neither hit metal. Here is a pretty comprehensive table that has been drawn up from data from two operators using the two different machines in the field. Typical blade maintenance costs and usage periods like these can also be found on the forums mentioned above.