The chain saw mill is inexpensive and appealing for homestead and farm use where access is limited. Chain saw mills are OK tools but offer back-breaking work when compared to a portable sawmill. They can also be inefficient.
Chainsaw mills run off a framework constructed around the log you cut. Most mills require heavy-duty power heads on saws to operate the mill. Special-purpose ripping chains and bars are required. Note that I have included one rip saw that offers similar characteristics.
This chainsaw mill is created by Hud-Son Forest Products, Inc. of Barneveld, NY. The Hudson chain saw mill comes with a 14", 2-piece track that is compatible with other Hud-Son bandmills. You can upgrade this chainsaw mill to a bandmill whenever you like. The mill uses a "rip" chain and bar and comes with 2 complete dog & squaring pin assemblies. A hand cranked height adjustment gives the sawyer more log and lumber cutting control.
Granberg International of Vallejo, CA makes the Alaskan Mark III portable chain saw mill with attachments that allow the user to efficently saw trees on site and produce dimensional lumber suitable for building or woodworking projects. You can buy their C2 mill that comes complete with everything you need except the powerhead. Included are double end saw bar, ripping chain, oiler kit, slabbing rail bracket set, helper handle, and chainsaw sharpener.
Made by Southeastern Industrial Resources this 45 pound, one-person operated Ripsaw
is technically not a chainsaw mill but is used as an efficient substitute. It can easily be carried and operated by one person. The Ripsaw
allows you the flexibility of producing dimensional lumber from logs up to approximately 20" in diameter as well as re-sawing precut timbers. The .050" blade kerf maintains a smooth and accurate cut and also minimizes wood loss that is prevalent with standard chainsaw mills.
Logosol is a Swedish based international company that makes the Logosol M7 Chain Saw Mill. The Logosol has adjustable log beds that move up and down separately allowing for easy leveling of the log plus giving you the most productive cut. You can also produce tapered cuts and angle cuts with this mill. The M7 easily lifts logs up to 1100 lbs. The mill weighs only 115 lbs. and is easily transported to the site by trailer or in the back of a truck.
The J100 from Tilton Equipment Company is a chainsaw-powered mill designed to be used with any chainsaw model that exceeds 60cc. Its track system design weighs 170 pounds without the chainsaw. The J100 comes complete with two 7-foot rail sections, two log bed/base stands with adjustment screws, the saw carriage and a dust skirt. Various optional accessories include a log lifter winch kit, locking vise for filing directly on the mill, and adaptors for sawing custom wood products.