All Terrain Sawmill (ATS) – Portable Sawmill for Tough Conditions

A versatile, low maintenance portable sawmill 

all terrain sawmill

The All Terrain Sawmill (ATS) is a portable sawmill designed for operation in remote locations and rough terrain. It meets our clients’ demands for an affordable and portable sawmill that can handle the tough conditions of farm, beach, snow or jungle.

A popular choice for the Pacific Islands, the ATS can be walked onto the milling site and set up, whether the ground is flat or sloped. The tracks adjust to the terrain easily and make light work of many timber types including hardwood. The quality of the ATS is lightweight and durable being made almost entirely from stainless steel and aluminium, making portable milling a far less daunting task.

The mill requires less maintenance than other portable sawmills on the market. Peterson blades have a robust plate which reduces the load on each tooth, meaning the need to re-tension is less frequent. Also, the mill operator is able to service the ATS gearbox with a simple service kit, unlike imitation mills which require a return to factory “swap-out” service.

The ATS uses a raised track system, allowing it to be assembled on nearly any terrain type – tracks are raised and lowered with both winches at the operator’s end for more efficient portable milling. An ATS makes milling valuable wood in hard-to-reach areas easy and profitable with its distinguished recovery rate.

“Mill almost any log diameter you wish without buying any other upgrades or attachments. This can be achieved by chocking the uprights higher with blocks. If you have a supply of large oversize logs, the ATS is the way to go!” – Read more reviews

Top Features Of An All Terrain Portable Sawmill

Both vertical sizing winches on the ATS are at the operator’s end to minimise walking time, unlike imitation models by other companies, that position the winches at each end. Additional crank handles for the ATS allow you to adjust to log taper easily, meaning more efficient cutting for portable milling and greater recovery from your log.

Peterson’s ATS mills have a patented track raising system to allow either side or end to be lowered and raised independently, depending on what grain you wish to follow. i.e. if you have a log with a very large end and a very small end, you can change your cutting angle as you move through the log, so you always get good straight timber.

Peterson blades last for 2-6 years with normal use and maintenance. However, some saw mill owners have been using the same blades for over 10 years! With our blades, maintenance is minimal as our circular blades can be sharpened right on the mill.

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.

Peterson’s left/right sizing system is run by chain and sprocket, with a turning handle and lock. So that means it will only move when you unlock it, and you can position the sizing very accurately to within 1mm. No slippage, and top accuracy for every board.

Petersons are proud to offer various big-block gasoline motor options on our 10” sawmills. 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 portable sawmill.

These state-of-the-art filters separate clean air from debris and liquids by the design and rotation of the air intake. Petersons have many unskilled operators in remote areas that often forget to clean/change their air filters regularly, but their  Kohler or Vanguard Briggs & Stratton motors with cyclonic filters just keep going anyway! Heavy duty cyclonic filters can give up to three times the life of standard duty air filters.

To decrease downtime, the Peterson blade can be sharpened while it is still on the mill; in less than 10 minutes, and without having to remove any guards. For your convenience the sharpener is pre-set to fit your blade size. This saves downtime for more efficient portable milling.

We manufacture the Peterson Portable Sawmill range using quality materials such as hand polished stainless steel and aluminum that make them virtually rust free. This also means the mills are robust in performance, and most importantly – have long-term durability in even the harshest conditions. Because we have faith in our manufacture, and we want you to as well, we offer a two year frame warranty on stainless and alloy frames manufactured by Peterson.

Peterson mount their sawmill engines higher than other manufacturers for two reasons: firstly, to ensure the air filter intake is further away from the sawdust output. This prevents sawdust build up and overheating of the motor. And secondly, to allow the ability of double-cutting to full depth, without the motor and gearbox restricting the opposite side of the blade.

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ATS Mill Specifications

Motor optionspetrol: 22, 25, 27hppetrol: 22, 25, 27, 35, 37hp
Maximum cut8″ x 8″ (203mm x 203mm)10″ x 10″ (254mm x 254mm)
Double cut8″ x 16″ (203mm x 406mm)10″ x 20″ (254mm x 508mm)
Log diameter (standard)4′ – 6 ‘ (1.2-1.8m)4′ – 6′ (1.2-1.8m)
Log length (standard)*20′ (6m)20′ (6m)
Track length (standard)*19′ + 9′ (5.7m + 2.85m)19′ + 9′ (5.7m + 2.85m)
Weight606lbs (275kg approx.)606lbs (275kg approx.)
Set up time10-20 minutes10-20 minutes
Materialsaluminium and steelaluminium and steel
Average production**850-2,500bft (2-6m3) per day850-2,500bft (2-6m3) per day
* Extendable with upgrade
** Production numbers may vary due to species and size of cut

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Easy Portable Sawmill Set Up

The ATS can be set up in around 15 – 30 minutes by yourself, and around 10 – 20 minutes with two people. The mill is packed down in under 10 minutes.

1. Set up the skids at the ends of the log.

2. Install the uprights and peg the diagonals into the ground.

3. Clip in the tracks and ensure they are parallel by looking down them at eye level.

4. Clip in the telescopic winding shaft.

5. Wheel the carriage to the tracks and install, then raise the tracks.

6. Remove the jockey wheels. The portable milling process can now begin.

All Terrain Sawmill In Action

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