The Pros and Cons of a Portable Sawmill



My husband spent a great deal of time researching the reviews and costs of different brands of sawmills before we finally could invest in our own portable bandsaw mill in July 2015. While I will not be discussing any specific brands, I do want to talk about our experiences in order to help anyone who may be considering purchasing a portable sawmill for themselves. The prices will vary, but I will tell you to expect to spend a few thousand dollars for a good mill. Even for a used bandsaw mill, expect to spend only $500 under the price to buy it new!


You have the option of choosing an electric engine (which requires a battery), or gas engine. You can also add on many other features such as a track/bed extension, log loading/ramp package, lap siding and shingle kit, log rollers, and even a package that allows you to haul the sawmill as a trailer.

By the time you start milling up wood, you can sell boards to help cover the costs of more blades (and gas if you choose that type of engine). In a day's work, we make more than enough to cover the cost of a box of blades and a full tank of gas.

Even scrap lumber can be sold or used for many projects. (Refer to end of this article to see how much we've made from selling/crafting with scraps.)

A well cared for bandsaw mill can last you over 10 years. Taking the time to maintain and protect your sawmill is worth it. If you do ever get in a rough spot, though, you can sell them for only slightly less than what you paid for it.

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