The Dedicated Wide Slabber (DWS) is not a swingmill sawmill like the rest of the range; its sole purpose is to cut logs into high value wide slabs using a chainsaw slabber style bar.
The Peterson DWS portable chainsaw mill comes complete with it’s own motor, bar and chain fitted within our large 1.8m (6ft) production frame. It allows a much faster speed ratio than other slabbers, using a 404 ripping chain, or a multi skip tooth chain. It is consequently easier to push, faster at cutting, uses less fuel, is less likely to burn your bar, and has a longer chain life.
If you already have a large frame Peterson mill and are wanting to produce slabs commercially, the DWS chainsaw slabber unit can sit on the other end of your existing portable sawmill tracks, (which may be extended); so that you can quickly change from dimensional sawing, to slabbing and back on the same log.
Rigid Track System – Unlimited Extensions Available
The Peterson JP, WPF, ASM and DWS have all been designed with a track system which allows for unlimited track extensions (extensions available as optional extras). This allows for the best portable sawmill set up in the world – to fit a DWS and WPF on the same tracks to mill dimensional lumber and high value slabs at the same time from the same log! Check out Mark or Guy’s Set up.
Quality and Warranty
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 2-year frame warranty on stainless and alloy frames manufactured by Peterson.
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Electric 3 Phase Brushless 15kw
Maximum Standard Depth Cut
12″ x 4' (300mm x 1200mm)
9"″ x 6'3" (230mm x 1900mm)
Log Diameter (Standard)*
Log Length (Standard)*
Supplied Track Length
13′ + 13′ (4.2m + 4.2m)
Maximum Track Length
Giant Frame Upgrade
617lbs (280kg approx.)
Aluminium & Stainless Steel
6-30 Slabs per hour
Petersons have a range of portable sawmill accessories that are available for purchase at any time (model dependent). Our range of accessories have been designed to help increase production and add value to the lumber that comes off your mill.
The electric winch allows touch button control of the track height. Not only does it make for faster resetting, but sizing is more accurate due to raising and lowering the tracks at the same time.
The DWS can be upgraded to an automated slabbing machine when fit in the ASM track set-up. Upgrading to automation with the DWS is the most efficient way of getting accurate valuable slabs with minimal effort. If you’re looking for a chainsaw slabber that is reliable and powerful, there is nothing better than a Peterson DWS.
New Zealander Mark Morrison always had a passion for sawmilling. He discovered his love for milling wood at the age of 15, when his first job introduced him to running a portable sawmill (a Mahoe Supermill) in Tongariro National Park. From a young age he also had a passion for earthmoving.
The trick in operating a successful small sawmill business is to find a niche and mill specialty lumber at a premium price. Jesse Kemp of Kemp Fine Woodworking has found such a niche cutting wide slabs as part of his woodworking/sawmill business in Springfield, Missouri.
Robert Mansell is a man living his dream. The NZ based miller has created an enviable lifestyle of doing exactly what he wants – that is working with wood. Robert has combined custom milling, landscaping, furniture crafting and house construction into one megabusiness.
Guy Jackson is a custom sawmiller and a maker. A maker of large outdoor/indoor tables, bench tops, bed frames… and wooden spoons. While working on a farm as a tractor driver, he started milling some of the logs that were lying around with an Alaskan mill.