The Best North American Portable Sawmills

Portable sawmill manufacturers with good mills are thriving and do-it-yourself sawmilling for lumber is on the rise. If you have energy enough to saw your own, here are the most popular mills sold in North America. 

I've picked these excellent companies because of their popularity and that they are respected by seasoned portable sawmill operators. I also selected these companies because they all have Internet sales with great descriptions of their products.

Below are links to manufacturers that represent the very best in portable sawmilling products. These mills are designed to fit nearly every pocketbook, include many model options and have accessories that enhance the mill readily available. Every company has a proven reputation for quality and sell throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Rule of Thumb on Portable Sawmill Cost: It is generally understood that the less expensive the mill, the lower the production. Most smaller mills can actually be purchased online. New portable sawmills from these companies can range in price from less than $1,000 like this Norwood PortaMill for Chainsaw (Buy From Amazon) or thousands of dollars like this LumberMate Sawmill (Buy From Amazon) depending on the amount of production you need.

Enercraft/Baker Sawmills
Enercraft/Baker Sawmills. Enercraft/Baker Sawmills

Canadian company ENERCRAFT/BAKER has more than 27 years combined experience in the manufacturing of sawmill equipment. Through continuous improvements to the equipment, Enercaft is a leader in the industry for both portable band sawmills and band resaws.

"Before committing to using an Enercraft mill for our business, we did our homework. Enercraft was the best machine on the portable mill market." - Model 30HTL owner, Homosassa, Florida More »

TimberKing. TimberKing

TimberKing is one of the largest portable sawmill manufacturers in the United States. TimberKing offers three different models to serve three very different needs: the 1220 mill is suited to small, occasional cutting projects on the farm or at a hunting or fishing camp; the 1600 has more productive capacity with features like hydraulic power feed, hydraulic blade up/down and available hydraulic log loaders; the B-20 is the choice for using a mill as part of a full-time business venture.

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WoodMizer. WoodMizer

WOOD-MIZER is one of the largest seller of portable sawmills in the U.S. This Indianapolis, Indiana company has been in business for over 20 years with years of experience and thousands of manufactured mills.

Their claim: No other company can match Wood-mizer's selection of mills. They offer two small personal sized mills for small weekend jobs, four professional sized mills for increased production using larger logs, and industrial strength bandsaw mills that can match circular saws in productivity. More »

Although well known for their chainsaws, JONSERED makes quality chainsaw mills. These mills are backed by the excellent reputation of this Swedish company that sells throughout North America.

Jonsered chainsaw mills are supplied complete with a Jonsered 2095 Turbo saw - their largest chainsaw. The chainsaw mill is a cost-efficient alternative for those who do not saw every day. It is also suitable for moving around because of its low weight. More »

Dave Boyt on Portable Sawmill. Dave Boyt Image, Used by Permission

Let me first say that Norwood Sawmills offers a great Internet site with helpful sawmilling references and video. They are a great place to purchase anything associated with small sawmilling. They offer a free book for the beginner called The Ultimate Guide to Portable Sawmills.

Their claim: Each and every Norwood portable sawmill are quality-built in the USA and Canada and the Company emphasizes that you should "never expect an import from China, Taiwan or Poland. You can be assured that every single custom-fabricated component in every Norwood is precision-made in the United States and Canadian facilities. They are never assembled out of foreign-made parts and easily customized to handle post-purchase hydraulic upgrading and increased portability." More »

Hud-son Sawmill
Hud-son Sawmill. Hud-son Sawmill

Hud-Son Forest Equipment, Inc. is located in Barneveld, NY and has on of the largest dealer distributor networks in North America. They have decades of experience in the manufacturing of sawmill and wood processing equipment.

Hud-Son specializes in portable sawmills, bandmills, and sawmilling equipment and offer reasonable consumer loans. Hud-Son manufactures "quality, affordable portable saw mills and wood processing equipment" with competent dealers who work hard at helping you get the sawmill up and running.


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