Tree Dictionary

Peterson sawmills are designed to easily cut through a large range of log varieties. They handle both softwoods and hardwoods, and the timber produced can be used for a variety of purposes – to build a house, barn, fences, indoor and outdoor furniture, custom milling and more.

Listed below are a number of tree species often used on Peterson sawmills. The listings include their range, characteristics and common purpose.

If there is another species that you would like included, one you would like to know more about, a personal experience to share, or a correction to one listed, let us know!



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Tree species information provided to us by Diadot


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Petersons export worldwide from our factory in Rotorua, New Zealand.
Encountering fluctuating freight, raw materials, currencies and export costs, therefore we have tailored pricelists pertaining to each country. We also have over 40 different mill options to suit all applications, so it often helps to call and speak to us about your particular needs.
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