Resources

Step by step guide on how to operate a Peterson Swingblade Sawmill and we break down the running costs of operating a Peterson

We have collated information provided by Peterson Mill Owners from all around the world and produced a series of Owner Field Results

Millers are always coming up with new ideas, tips & tricks that make a better, more efficient sawmilling experience.

Metric or Imperial, which one are you? From calculating board feet to converting a measurement, these simple calculators have it covered

Not sure what “ripping” means? Or what the milling abbreviation “DBH” stands for? Look it up in our glossary!

Peterson Portable Sawmills are designed to easily cut through a large range of log varieties, handling both soft and hardwoods. Here you’ll find a selection of tree species often used on Peterson sawmills. The listings include their range, characteristics and common purpose

JP as a stepping stone

The JP is the perfect sawmill for a part-time miller. It’s a simple machine really, and easy to use. For me, it was the logical first step to blade milling.

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The JP is the perfect sawmill for a part-time miller. It’s a simple machine really, and easy to use. For me, it was the logical first step to blade milling.

Always making a profit

Contract and tree work is as competitive as it's ever been - winning the bid depends on finding ways to reduce costs where others can't. With my Peterson mill I can always make profit out of the driest and knottiest wood out there.  When the tree work isn't coming in, I'm pulling a profit from logs that most others are sending to the landfill or burning in the stove.

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Contract and tree work is as competitive as it's ever been - winning the bid depends on finding ways to reduce costs where others can't. With my Peterson mill I can always make profit out of the driest and knottiest wood out there.  When the tree work isn't coming in, I'm pulling a profit from logs that most others are sending to the landfill or burning in the stove.

Buy the best, you only cry once!

The swing blade sawmill is genius. I wish I had thought of it. I recommend swing blade sawmills to anyone who doesn't have all the heavy equipment. Price might be the one you consider the most. But I say "Buy the best, you only cry once!".

Mike Schaas, USA

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Mike Schaas, USA

The swing blade sawmill is genius. I wish I had thought of it. I recommend swing blade sawmills to anyone who doesn't have all the heavy equipment. Price might be the one you consider the most. But I say "Buy the best, you only cry once!".

Peterson just always seemed to come out on top

The bandsaw millers I talked to all complained about one thing – constantly having to replace saw blades. It was something that I wanted to avoid and the circular blade of the swing mill seemed to be the perfect solution.

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The bandsaw millers I talked to all complained about one thing – constantly having to replace saw blades. It was something that I wanted to avoid and the circular blade of the swing mill seemed to be the perfect solution.

It never skips a beat

We here at Johnson Bros Sawmill still use our Peterson WPF regularly, and are completely satisfied with its performance over the several decades we’ve had it. It never skips a beat.

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Bill Johnson, NSW, Australia

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Bill Johnson, NSW, Australia

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We here at Johnson Bros Sawmill still use our Peterson WPF regularly, and are completely satisfied with its performance over the several decades we’ve had it. It never skips a beat.

I don’t know any American companies that stand by their products or care the way you guys do

I am writing to tell you that I have sold my sawmill. Thank you for your years of excellent customer service and fabulous product that you provided me with. I had the mill for 13 years and it works as good now as the day I bought it. What an amazingly strong and wonderfully engineered piece of equipment. Sad to see it go. I hope the new owner appreciates it as much as I did.

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Hans Petersen, California, USA

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Hans Petersen, California, USA

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I am writing to tell you that I have sold my sawmill. Thank you for your years of excellent customer service and fabulous product that you provided me with. I had the mill for 13 years and it works as good now as the day I bought it. What an amazingly strong and wonderfully engineered piece of equipment. Sad to see it go. I hope the new owner appreciates it as much as I did.

Unless you’re hiking into the bush, the WPF is honestly the only viable option

When I looked at sawmills to buy, I thought I wanted "simple/ basic". And unless you are hiking into the bush and need portability, the WPF is honestly the only viable option. The concessions to raise and lower the saw and or tracks manually are just not accurate or rapid enough to be efficient. With a labourer pulling boards off the log a WPF can be sawing easily 95% of the time, the other units just can not be that efficient.

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Jim McGuiness, California, USA

 

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Jim McGuiness, California, USA

 

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When I looked at sawmills to buy, I thought I wanted "simple/ basic". And unless you are hiking into the bush and need portability, the WPF is honestly the only viable option. The concessions to raise and lower the saw and or tracks manually are just not accurate or rapid enough to be efficient. With a labourer pulling boards off the log a WPF can be sawing easily 95% of the time, the other units just can not be that efficient.

I sure am glad I picked Peterson every time I double cut

My family and I have been having so much fun using our new mill and I can’t seem to stop talking about it. Thanks for such a great mill. I use the double cutting much more than I ever expected to. I sure am glad I picked Peterson every time I double cut.

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My family and I have been having so much fun using our new mill and I can’t seem to stop talking about it. Thanks for such a great mill. I use the double cutting much more than I ever expected to. I sure am glad I picked Peterson every time I double cut.

The Peterson just made more sense

I spent many hours researching both the Peterson and the Lucas on the net before I decided. I chose the Peterson over the Lucas because of the ability to more easily double-cut and the fact that both vertical winches are on one end of the mill just made more sense.

Tracy Brittson, Oregon, USA

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Tracy Brittson, Oregon, USA

I spent many hours researching both the Peterson and the Lucas on the net before I decided. I chose the Peterson over the Lucas because of the ability to more easily double-cut and the fact that both vertical winches are on one end of the mill just made more sense.

My Peterson is one of the best investments I’ve ever made

My Peterson is one of the best investments I’ve ever made, it is by far the best swingblade sawmill on the market. While I don’t use my sawmill every day, it’s always ready for me when I need it. Even though I use the saw mostly in the same place it’s always good to know if I need to move it, it’s fairly easy to do so.

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My Peterson is one of the best investments I’ve ever made, it is by far the best swingblade sawmill on the market. While I don’t use my sawmill every day, it’s always ready for me when I need it. Even though I use the saw mostly in the same place it’s always good to know if I need to move it, it’s fairly easy to do so.

Still going strong after 14+ years

My Peterson Production Frame Mill has served me well for over 14 years with many cubes of quality timber produced in that time. With the stainless steel and aluminium materials used in its construction it is still going strong and is likely the best investment I’ve ever made in machinery.

Trevor Thompson, New Zealand

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Trevor Thompson, New Zealand

My Peterson Production Frame Mill has served me well for over 14 years with many cubes of quality timber produced in that time. With the stainless steel and aluminium materials used in its construction it is still going strong and is likely the best investment I’ve ever made in machinery.

A pleasure to work with

Y’all have a recipe for customer service success like I’ve never seen. It seems there are always hassles to get things done or made right but never once with Peterson. Thank you so very much for being such a pleasure to work with.

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Y’all have a recipe for customer service success like I’ve never seen. It seems there are always hassles to get things done or made right but never once with Peterson. Thank you so very much for being such a pleasure to work with.

Truly portable

I move around a lot and the Peterson is truly portable and easy to operate. The mill is quick to set up and break down, light and easy to carry around and operate, yet stable and safe.

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I move around a lot and the Peterson is truly portable and easy to operate. The mill is quick to set up and break down, light and easy to carry around and operate, yet stable and safe.

The mill is well built and thought out

I got the mill last week and have milled two logs so far. The mill is well built and thought out. Very happy with the purchase. I’m excited to start milling some large logs that have been piling up, thanks again for building a great mill.

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Ron Armstrong, ON, Canada

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Ron Armstrong, ON, Canada

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I got the mill last week and have milled two logs so far. The mill is well built and thought out. Very happy with the purchase. I’m excited to start milling some large logs that have been piling up, thanks again for building a great mill.

A fantastic machine

My sawmill is an early model yet still allows me to turn old native logs I recover from the local river into beautiful straight timber. It’s really easy to operate by myself and very precise. Fantastic machine.

John Henare, New Zealand

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John Henare, New Zealand

My sawmill is an early model yet still allows me to turn old native logs I recover from the local river into beautiful straight timber. It’s really easy to operate by myself and very precise. Fantastic machine.

We paid off our house mortgage quicker thanks to Peterson

In 2004 we bought a Peterson WPF to supplement our bandmill. We use it to cut any logs over 30” in diameter. It has increased our production so much that we now sell lumber on eBay to customers around the world and were able to pay off our 30 year home mortgage in less than 11 years.

Mark & Tammy Allen, Illinois, USA

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Mark & Tammy Allen, Illinois, USA

In 2004 we bought a Peterson WPF to supplement our bandmill. We use it to cut any logs over 30” in diameter. It has increased our production so much that we now sell lumber on eBay to customers around the world and were able to pay off our 30 year home mortgage in less than 11 years.

A swing mill is the best for most needs

I purchased a Junior model back in January, my mill had a couple small issues that they took care of pronto. I now have close to 50 hours on the mill. About 20% of my needs so far have involved  double cutting.  After looking at 1-2 man manual saw mills for 5 years I am certain that a swing mill is the best for most needs and Peterson certainly makes the most versatile of the lot. I am sure glad that I waited to purchase a mill until I could afford the best and didn’t settle for less!

Butch Cherrington, Ohio, USA

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Butch Cherrington, Ohio, USA

I purchased a Junior model back in January, my mill had a couple small issues that they took care of pronto. I now have close to 50 hours on the mill. About 20% of my needs so far have involved  double cutting.  After looking at 1-2 man manual saw mills for 5 years I am certain that a swing mill is the best for most needs and Peterson certainly makes the most versatile of the lot. I am sure glad that I waited to purchase a mill until I could afford the best and didn’t settle for less!

Peterson is the most accurate

It’s funny, you would think that other mills would be able to get a square cut but of all the mills I’ve come across, the Peterson is the most accurate to give you a square corner on a beam.

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It’s funny, you would think that other mills would be able to get a square cut but of all the mills I’ve come across, the Peterson is the most accurate to give you a square corner on a beam.

Two mills working in tandem

I love how I don’t have to reconfigure the setup and that I can use both my WPF and my DWS anytime.

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I love how I don’t have to reconfigure the setup and that I can use both my WPF and my DWS anytime.

Check out Peterson Portable Sawmills

Peterson Portable Sawmills are the best portable sawmill available and the people that produce it are wonderful. They’re there to help you every step of the way and, amazingly, they listen to us, their customers, and make improvements based on our needs. I can’t say enough good about them or their product. In fact, I would not even consider owning a different sawmill. If you are EVER THINKING about owning a portable sawmill, save yourself the time and check out Peterson Portable Sawmills."

Chad Burrell, Vermont, USA

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Chad Burrell, Vermont, USA

Peterson Portable Sawmills are the best portable sawmill available and the people that produce it are wonderful. They’re there to help you every step of the way and, amazingly, they listen to us, their customers, and make improvements based on our needs. I can’t say enough good about them or their product. In fact, I would not even consider owning a different sawmill. If you are EVER THINKING about owning a portable sawmill, save yourself the time and check out Peterson Portable Sawmills."

The best part of the Peterson Sawmill is the whole package

To us there is no saw that compares. As we are on a remote island lacking any roads or vehicles, all transport is done with man power. The Peterson is so portable!

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To us there is no saw that compares. As we are on a remote island lacking any roads or vehicles, all transport is done with man power. The Peterson is so portable!

Ready to saw in around 20 minutes

It was amazing how quick the mill was assembled and how quickly we were sawing. The two of us were able to unload and have the mill ready to saw in around 20–25 min. Not too shabby for our first set-up. I really couldn’t believe how easy it was and how smoothly everything went. We produced 2 dozen 12’ 1x6’s in almost no time at all. And they were perfect! I would like to take the credit for how well they came out, but I think that the credit goes to the mill. My WPF was worth every penny. I bought an 8” with a 27hp Kohler and couldn’t be happier. I still can’t believe the amount of lumber that I have gotten out of it in a very short amount of time.I’m sure you will enjoy your Peterson as much as I do mine. The word is starting to spread that I have a mill, and everybody was right... logs are finding me!

Jerome Lauzon, New York, USA

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Jerome Lauzon, New York, USA

It was amazing how quick the mill was assembled and how quickly we were sawing. The two of us were able to unload and have the mill ready to saw in around 20–25 min. Not too shabby for our first set-up. I really couldn’t believe how easy it was and how smoothly everything went. We produced 2 dozen 12’ 1x6’s in almost no time at all. And they were perfect! I would like to take the credit for how well they came out, but I think that the credit goes to the mill. My WPF was worth every penny. I bought an 8” with a 27hp Kohler and couldn’t be happier. I still can’t believe the amount of lumber that I have gotten out of it in a very short amount of time.I’m sure you will enjoy your Peterson as much as I do mine. The word is starting to spread that I have a mill, and everybody was right... logs are finding me!

Top-notch support

I’m happy with the top-quality dimensional lumber which I’m producing by myself. I received top-notch support from the Peterson team and expect to be able to recoup a large part of my sawmill investment, once I sell the mill after this project is finished.

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I’m happy with the top-quality dimensional lumber which I’m producing by myself. I received top-notch support from the Peterson team and expect to be able to recoup a large part of my sawmill investment, once I sell the mill after this project is finished.

Exquisite craftsmanship

I’ve worked on high-tech aerospace hardware for nearly 30 years and this mill is built as well as anything I’ve ever seen launched into space. The craftsmanship is exquisite, and I’m simply astounded that such a machine can be purchased for such a reasonable price. I will work for NASA the usual two days this week, and the space telescope work is great, but it actually pales a bit when compared to the satisfaction one gets from producing such beautiful and useful material with the Peterson mill. You folks bring a lot of joy to the world, not to mention some of the best machinery, lumber, exercise and peace of mind available anywhere. The sawmill has been working flawlessly and it was exciting to see that 40 foot beam getting lifted off the mill.

Jeff Sincell, West Virginia, USA

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Jeff Sincell, West Virginia, USA

I’ve worked on high-tech aerospace hardware for nearly 30 years and this mill is built as well as anything I’ve ever seen launched into space. The craftsmanship is exquisite, and I’m simply astounded that such a machine can be purchased for such a reasonable price. I will work for NASA the usual two days this week, and the space telescope work is great, but it actually pales a bit when compared to the satisfaction one gets from producing such beautiful and useful material with the Peterson mill. You folks bring a lot of joy to the world, not to mention some of the best machinery, lumber, exercise and peace of mind available anywhere. The sawmill has been working flawlessly and it was exciting to see that 40 foot beam getting lifted off the mill.

Compared to other brands, a Peterson seemed to be much more versatile and efficient

I still enjoy milling, even now that I’m nearly 80 years old. Taking on the challenge of a log feels bloody good!

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I still enjoy milling, even now that I’m nearly 80 years old. Taking on the challenge of a log feels bloody good!

Very impressed with the WPF

I'm very impressed with the WPF. The whole concept of the mill is well thought out, it's well made and easy to operate. Full credit to everyone who was involved with the design and process of developing and building  the WPF. It really is a great mill.

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I'm very impressed with the WPF. The whole concept of the mill is well thought out, it's well made and easy to operate. Full credit to everyone who was involved with the design and process of developing and building  the WPF. It really is a great mill.

Great product and super staff

Thank you for all your support beginning with the purchase, the technical support, and the selling of the tracks.  You have a great product and a super staff.

Mike Heili, Missouri, USA

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Mike Heili, Missouri, USA

Thank you for all your support beginning with the purchase, the technical support, and the selling of the tracks.  You have a great product and a super staff.

Doing my research

While I could see the advantages of a swing mill, I wasn’t impressed with the quality of the Lucas mill brand. Further research led me to Peterson and it was obvious to me that the Peterson mills were of better quality.

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While I could see the advantages of a swing mill, I wasn’t impressed with the quality of the Lucas mill brand. Further research led me to Peterson and it was obvious to me that the Peterson mills were of better quality.

Very impressed with the engineering and ease of use

My company has a Lucas Mill, but we will probably need to add a second mill within the year and the Peterson, especially the ASM, is high on my list. I was very impressed with the engineering and ease of use that I saw at Sawlex, the sawmill & logging expo.

Tom Kimmerer, Kentucky, USA

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Tom Kimmerer, Kentucky, USA

My company has a Lucas Mill, but we will probably need to add a second mill within the year and the Peterson, especially the ASM, is high on my list. I was very impressed with the engineering and ease of use that I saw at Sawlex, the sawmill & logging expo.

The Peterson is simply much better made than the Lucas Mill

One of our members, a qualified engineer, looked at the mechanical engineering of both the Lucas Mill and the Peterson, and concluded that the Peterson is simply much better made than the Lucas Mill. We have owned it and run it since 2003 with 10 operators in our group and have had no serious mechanical failures.

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One of our members, a qualified engineer, looked at the mechanical engineering of both the Lucas Mill and the Peterson, and concluded that the Peterson is simply much better made than the Lucas Mill. We have owned it and run it since 2003 with 10 operators in our group and have had no serious mechanical failures.

Durable design

The mill is easy to use and simple design that is durable. Cuts are extremely accurate and consistent from end to end. I just wanted to let you know what a good job Russell Wilkins is doing representing Peterson. I e-mailed him with some questions about Peterson mills on Sunday and this Monday evening he called me to answer my questions. We talked for about an hour, and I had all my questions throughly answered. I did not expect to receive this kind of personal service, so needless to say I was very pleased. This is the kind of help that keeps customers happy and coming back for more business.

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The mill is easy to use and simple design that is durable. Cuts are extremely accurate and consistent from end to end. I just wanted to let you know what a good job Russell Wilkins is doing representing Peterson. I e-mailed him with some questions about Peterson mills on Sunday and this Monday evening he called me to answer my questions. We talked for about an hour, and I had all my questions throughly answered. I did not expect to receive this kind of personal service, so needless to say I was very pleased. This is the kind of help that keeps customers happy and coming back for more business.

So productive

I could very easily cut over 1,000 bd ft of hardwood lumber in a days' time when I had just one helper. If I had the luxury of having one person to feed me logs, and a couple more people to off-bear the lumber, there is no telling how much production I could have achieved. I’m really amazed at how little waste there is with the Peterson. Petersons are GREAT people to deal with from before the sale to way afterwards! Even after I had owned my mill for a year they were still calling me just to chat and see how it was doing. Several of my friends own Lucas Mills, and since they had a chance to see them both and compare, they were sold on the Peterson sawmill.”

Ken Hodges, Florida, USA

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Ken Hodges, Florida, USA

I could very easily cut over 1,000 bd ft of hardwood lumber in a days' time when I had just one helper. If I had the luxury of having one person to feed me logs, and a couple more people to off-bear the lumber, there is no telling how much production I could have achieved. I’m really amazed at how little waste there is with the Peterson. Petersons are GREAT people to deal with from before the sale to way afterwards! Even after I had owned my mill for a year they were still calling me just to chat and see how it was doing. Several of my friends own Lucas Mills, and since they had a chance to see them both and compare, they were sold on the Peterson sawmill.”

You can’t do this with a Lucas

For background, my principle interests are cutting very long and large beams for timber frame-type applications and quartersawing. These goals narrowed my selection down to a swing blade as opposed to a band mill. First, Peterson basically invented the swingmill concept that both they and Lucas use. Second, you can double-cut with a Peterson mill without having to pick up and turn the carriage. You can’t do this with a Lucas. I often work alone and this was an important feature for me. Third, their customers consistently rave about them. Fourth, you can cut a bigger cant with the Peterson than you can with the Lucas. Considering my goals, this was also important.

Scott Smith, North Carolina, USA

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Scott Smith, North Carolina, USA

For background, my principle interests are cutting very long and large beams for timber frame-type applications and quartersawing. These goals narrowed my selection down to a swing blade as opposed to a band mill. First, Peterson basically invented the swingmill concept that both they and Lucas use. Second, you can double-cut with a Peterson mill without having to pick up and turn the carriage. You can’t do this with a Lucas. I often work alone and this was an important feature for me. Third, their customers consistently rave about them. Fourth, you can cut a bigger cant with the Peterson than you can with the Lucas. Considering my goals, this was also important.

The Peterson is the only mill we’ve come across that cuts true and square

As a log home company we have built in excess of 60 homes using the mill. We are using our Peterson all the time, it has definitely been a key component to our success.

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As a log home company we have built in excess of 60 homes using the mill. We are using our Peterson all the time, it has definitely been a key component to our success.

The ultimate in portable sawmills

We are really pleased with our amazing machine! I think it is the ultimate in portable sawmills. I have sawn approximate 12,000 board feet of high-quality lumber with it in under a year. I bought it because I had property with quite a bit of timber on it and I needed a quick and inexpensive way to make it into lumber for my buildings.

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We are really pleased with our amazing machine! I think it is the ultimate in portable sawmills. I have sawn approximate 12,000 board feet of high-quality lumber with it in under a year. I bought it because I had property with quite a bit of timber on it and I needed a quick and inexpensive way to make it into lumber for my buildings.

I’m impressed with the accurate cuts I can get with my Peterson mill

It really is a remarkable machine that can take on any job. I have used a Norwood bandsaw in the past, but I prefer working with a swingblade because it’s much more hands-on. You get a feel for each individual piece of timber that you cut as you work through the log, as opposed to turning the log all the time to square it off.

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It really is a remarkable machine that can take on any job. I have used a Norwood bandsaw in the past, but I prefer working with a swingblade because it’s much more hands-on. You get a feel for each individual piece of timber that you cut as you work through the log, as opposed to turning the log all the time to square it off.

Highly satisfied all around

I went to a demo of the Lucas and was about to buy one when I saw an ad for the Peterson in Sawmill & Woodlot, called the 0800 number and they sent me a DVD. The quality of the machine was very clear. The winches both at the head end of the mill and no overhead cross link to duck under as the Lucas had. So I bought the Peterson. I have sawn a 32 x 36 barn for myself as well as assorted other lumber for the farm. Altogether a very nice basic portable mill and the people at Peterson are outstanding to work with on any problems or questions.

(Additional feedback, received after David has been milling for over 12 years:) I think anyone who looks at both Lucas and Peterson will buy the Peterson mill. I know that I have never regretted buying mine. It's a good, solid, well-engineered machine. Easy to set up, tear down and move. I mostly work alone and can set it up in about one to two hours, depending on how level the terrain is.


David Emerson, New York, USA

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David Emerson, New York, USA

I went to a demo of the Lucas and was about to buy one when I saw an ad for the Peterson in Sawmill & Woodlot, called the 0800 number and they sent me a DVD. The quality of the machine was very clear. The winches both at the head end of the mill and no overhead cross link to duck under as the Lucas had. So I bought the Peterson. I have sawn a 32 x 36 barn for myself as well as assorted other lumber for the farm. Altogether a very nice basic portable mill and the people at Peterson are outstanding to work with on any problems or questions. (Additional feedback, received after David has been milling for over 12 years:) I think anyone who looks at both Lucas and Peterson will buy the Peterson mill. I know that I have never regretted buying mine. It's a good, solid, well-engineered machine. Easy to set up, tear down and move. I mostly work alone and can set it up in about one to two hours, depending on how level the terrain is.

A lot of pluses

I’ve been using my Peterson 9" swingblade since 1998. We make a good deal of trailer planking and flooring stock. It lets me get at almost all the quartersawn lumber a tree has to offer. The blades hold up well against incidental hardware and urban logs have more than their share. Being able to face off and flatten trees too large for my circular mill is another plus. Resawing and ‘surface skinning’ rough stock are weekly requests. Breaking down large trunks into movable cants for further processing helps in situations where time and tempers won’t allow unlimited cutting. I’d buy another one.

Charles Prymula, Illinois, USA

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Charles Prymula, Illinois, USA

I’ve been using my Peterson 9" swingblade since 1998. We make a good deal of trailer planking and flooring stock. It lets me get at almost all the quartersawn lumber a tree has to offer. The blades hold up well against incidental hardware and urban logs have more than their share. Being able to face off and flatten trees too large for my circular mill is another plus. Resawing and ‘surface skinning’ rough stock are weekly requests. Breaking down large trunks into movable cants for further processing helps in situations where time and tempers won’t allow unlimited cutting. I’d buy another one.

Quick to set up

The first time setting up the mill took us 45 minutes and breaking down the mill took 45 minutes too. Now we can do so in just 15 minutes.

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The first time setting up the mill took us 45 minutes and breaking down the mill took 45 minutes too. Now we can do so in just 15 minutes.

Life is good with my JP

In 2013 I bought the very first JP sold in the US. I haven't purchased any dimensional lumber since then. One of the major reasons I chose the JP is that I can operate the JP by myself, and I do.

We heat our home and shop with the waste and sell the chips to horse folks to use in their stalls. I love my JP!


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In 2013 I bought the very first JP sold in the US. I haven't purchased any dimensional lumber since then. One of the major reasons I chose the JP is that I can operate the JP by myself, and I do. We heat our home and shop with the waste and sell the chips to horse folks to use in their stalls. I love my JP!

The build quality is of the highest order

I am very happy with the mill. The build quality of the mill is of the highest order; I’d originally looked at getting a Lucas Mill but really wanted the Peterson due to the aluminium/stainless content, Honda engine, plus it’s the original portable sawmill and clearly from the most innovative company.

Eric Stavrand, Maine, USA

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Eric Stavrand, Maine, USA

I am very happy with the mill. The build quality of the mill is of the highest order; I’d originally looked at getting a Lucas Mill but really wanted the Peterson due to the aluminium/stainless content, Honda engine, plus it’s the original portable sawmill and clearly from the most innovative company.

Thanks for a great mill and great staff

I wanted a mill that I could use by myself, that was low in maintenance, was accurate, durable, and that I didn't have to have 2 or 3 people with me to run it. I own a tree farm and have been in the metal fabrication for 35 plus years. I was VERY pleased with the welds and workmanship of your mill. A friend of mine who is a woodworker just couldn't believe how even my boards were in thickness and how smooth. Aluminum and stainless steel are not the easiest metals to work with. So I bought a Peterson. I want to thank all of you for a great mill. All of you have been very easy to get along with, answering questions and concerns and anything else. Please accept my thanks for a great mill and a great staff.

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I wanted a mill that I could use by myself, that was low in maintenance, was accurate, durable, and that I didn't have to have 2 or 3 people with me to run it. I own a tree farm and have been in the metal fabrication for 35 plus years. I was VERY pleased with the welds and workmanship of your mill. A friend of mine who is a woodworker just couldn't believe how even my boards were in thickness and how smooth. Aluminum and stainless steel are not the easiest metals to work with. So I bought a Peterson. I want to thank all of you for a great mill. All of you have been very easy to get along with, answering questions and concerns and anything else. Please accept my thanks for a great mill and a great staff.

None of the other mill brands are as versatile

While doing my sawmill research, I was looking for a mill that was portable, easy to set up and that I could use to mill trees that were getting wasted during earthmoving jobs. None of the other mill brands are as versatile as my Peterson Winch Production Frame.

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While doing my sawmill research, I was looking for a mill that was portable, easy to set up and that I could use to mill trees that were getting wasted during earthmoving jobs. None of the other mill brands are as versatile as my Peterson Winch Production Frame.

I can take on work that no other mill in the area can do

My friend has a big bandsaw mill (Woodland Pro 4000), but he can't handle long and large diameter logs.  So my Peterson mill, with my extra rails, was just what was needed to do the job.  Things worked out great and the client is very happy.  He loves the rustic look of the circle saw cut timbers.  While we were out there working, a log truck owner came by and saw the Peterson in action.  He asked me if he could bring some logs to my property and have them milled up into large, long beams.  More work that no other mill in the area can do!

Steve Q. Cannon, California, USA

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Steve Q. Cannon, California, USA

My friend has a big bandsaw mill (Woodland Pro 4000), but he can't handle long and large diameter logs.  So my Peterson mill, with my extra rails, was just what was needed to do the job.  Things worked out great and the client is very happy.  He loves the rustic look of the circle saw cut timbers.  While we were out there working, a log truck owner came by and saw the Peterson in action.  He asked me if he could bring some logs to my property and have them milled up into large, long beams.  More work that no other mill in the area can do!

No problems whatsoever

I didn’t have any problems with shipping or communications whatsoever. The mill fired right up. They even called a couple of days after I started sawing just to see how things were going. I’m not sure how much more support a person could ask for. If I had to do it again, the only thing I’d do different would be to have bought it sooner!

Tom Doepker, Indiana, USA

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Tom Doepker, Indiana, USA

I didn’t have any problems with shipping or communications whatsoever. The mill fired right up. They even called a couple of days after I started sawing just to see how things were going. I’m not sure how much more support a person could ask for. If I had to do it again, the only thing I’d do different would be to have bought it sooner!

It is very exciting working with this machine

We enjoy working with the Peterson mill! The one I am using was bought in 2005 and to date nothing has gone wrong. Now, with good experience, me and my little brother can set the machine with the log and mill it at once. The ATS is very light and versatile to go on any slope. It is very exciting working with this machine.

Wale Tobata, Solomon Islands

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Wale Tobata, Solomon Islands

We enjoy working with the Peterson mill! The one I am using was bought in 2005 and to date nothing has gone wrong. Now, with good experience, me and my little brother can set the machine with the log and mill it at once. The ATS is very light and versatile to go on any slope. It is very exciting working with this machine.

Believe in your machine – you have the very best

It's exhilarating when seeing tree trunks rapidly converted into usable timber accurately and with minimal effort. At timber shows the Peterson stops people in their tracks, they have never witnessed the like.

Andy Harvey, Guildford, UK

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Andy Harvey, Guildford, UK

It's exhilarating when seeing tree trunks rapidly converted into usable timber accurately and with minimal effort. At timber shows the Peterson stops people in their tracks, they have never witnessed the like.

Very Happy With The Service That Peterson’s United States Agent Has Provided

As our Wood-Mizer aged, we started to realise that the downtime for maintenance and repairs was higher than the uptime. We were running in to problems that just don’t occur with a swingblade mill.

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As our Wood-Mizer aged, we started to realise that the downtime for maintenance and repairs was higher than the uptime. We were running in to problems that just don’t occur with a swingblade mill.

Robert loves his Peterson mill…

When I told my wife Darlene I was going out to hug my mill she said (due to the cold weather): “You are going to get your lips stuck to that sawmill!” Apart from that, running my ATS is safer than driving a car.

Robert Revnell, Michigan, USA

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Robert Revnell, Michigan, USA

When I told my wife Darlene I was going out to hug my mill she said (due to the cold weather): “You are going to get your lips stuck to that sawmill!” Apart from that, running my ATS is safer than driving a car.

The epitome of eco-recycling

Small portable sawmills are the epitome of eco-recycling. The three legs of sustainability (environment, social, and economic) are all served well by the Peterson machines.

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Ark Yingling. Illinois, USA

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Ark Yingling. Illinois, USA

eco-recycling

Small portable sawmills are the epitome of eco-recycling. The three legs of sustainability (environment, social, and economic) are all served well by the Peterson machines.

Still happy with my Peterson sawmill after 21 years

I would like to thank Petersons sawmills for their customer service and support over the last 21 years. I love my sawmill just as much today as I did when I first started using it.


Operating a 10" Winch Production Sawmill

Paul Noordanus, Tasmania, Australia

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Paul Noordanus, Tasmania, Australia

Operating a 10" Winch Production Sawmill

I would like to thank Petersons sawmills for their customer service and support over the last 21 years. I love my sawmill just as much today as I did when I first started using it.

Bandsaw vs swing blade

I’m very happy with how it has made my life easier compared to operating my old bandsaw mill. That machine produced wavy boards and involved a lot of manual handling of logs and blade sharpening. With the Peterson, my job is much less physical, which suits me well.

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I’m very happy with how it has made my life easier compared to operating my old bandsaw mill. That machine produced wavy boards and involved a lot of manual handling of logs and blade sharpening. With the Peterson, my job is much less physical, which suits me well.

Maintenance is easy

It’s relatively easy to perform general maintenance and to replace wearable parts like bearings etc. myself, especially when you compare the relative simplicity of this mill to fully hydraulic ones.

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It’s relatively easy to perform general maintenance and to replace wearable parts like bearings etc. myself, especially when you compare the relative simplicity of this mill to fully hydraulic ones.

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