Chainsaw Mill

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Builders and outdoor enthusiasts have an array of chainsaw mills to choose from, depending on the size of their most pressing tasks. There are "mini-mills" that are designed to work with medium-powered saws in the squaring or flattening of log edges, as well as 56-inch Alaskan MK-IIIs that require 120-cc engines just to get them going. As you might expect, there's also a full spectrum of saws in between.

Many home-improvement types are leery of investing in chainsaw mills for fear of their economic repercussions. After all, the very process of turning logs into usable timber is inherently wasteful in the eyes of many critics. Fortunately, a few companies have taken the lead in innovating products that are designed to minimize environmental impact by improving their machines' efficiency.

What Size Chainsaw Mill Attachment Do I Need?

Choosing the appropriate chainsaw mill attachment is a function of how much lumber you plan on ripping and cutting. It also depends on the size of the trees you're cutting, and the width of the boards you're seeking to cut. For this reason, some manufacturers provide a graduated list of attachments that ascend in size from 24 on up to 56 inches. Ultimately, you'll want to choose an attachment that's congruent with the size of your chainsaw bar, as any discrepancies in size will adversely affect your range.

There are several other important factors you'll want to consider before splurging on a chainsaw mill (or any other high-impact wood working tools for that matter). Among these are the displacement your chainsaw provides and the amount of power its engine requires. Getting the most out of your woodworking power tools means juggling multiple parts of the total equation, for neglecting even the most seemingly trivial matters can undermine your performance.

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