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Historically, sawmills (or “lumber mills”) have played many important roles in society. As facilities that process wood, they have employed workers, provided construction materials, and can even be a source for free firewood. But, technology has dramatically impacted the sawmill industry in recent decades.
Nowadays, the term sawmill (or “portable sawmill”) often refers to consumer-friendly portable wood processing devices, such as Wood-Mizers, which are available in a variety of sizes and prices. However, a sawmill (or “lumber mill”), in a more traditional sense, refers to a facility where raw unprocessed logs are cut into lumber products. Some basic DIY sawmill plans consist of only a chainsaw, a specially fitted jig, and a horizontal surface.
Portable sawmills are not a new invention but with advancements in technology, they have become safer, easier to use, and more affordable. Here’s what you should know if you’re thinking about buying one: