Portable Sawmill Maintenance Considerations for Fuel, Filters and More


Portable Sawmill On Homestead 

Portable sawmill's engine maintenance in homestead operations
Photo by Monongahela National Forest

A portable sawmill's engine is a durable piece of machinery, yet as durable as it is, there are certain maintenance practices which can go a long way towards extending the life of the engine and providing its users with many years of satisfying and rewarding service.

Assuming that the manufacturer's regularly scheduled maintenance is followed for your portable sawmill, here are a few essential tips which can help prolong the life of the engine and other sawmill parts. 

Tip 1: Perform Routine Repairs, No Matter How Minor

The first tip may seem cumbersome at first, but it is good operating practice to keep a dedicated tool/supply kit with your portable sawmill at all times. While operating remotely, a minor malfunction could occur. The temptation may be great to continue operating or making an  improvised repair which could directly or indirectly impact the engine. By staying properly equipped, operators stand a better chance of addressing minor repairs as needed, which can prevent major costly repairs to the engine.

Tip 2: Check the Oil Every Time

Check the oil before starting the engine. This acts as a cautionary safety measure which helps preserve the life of the engine. Many sawmills have a low oil shut-off switch, preventing the engine from being operated in low oil states. If your sawmill does not have this switch, make certain that you have enough oil to operate the sawmill for the intended duration and intensity of the job at hand. 

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