Capability: Logs up to 6 feet in diameter and 16+ feet long.
Our Lucas slabbing mill can produce large slabs from oversize logs on your site.
The mill can be assembled over the log where the log lies. Logs do not need to be perfectly; Milling is possible when the log is on a slight incline. There needs to be clearance around the log large enough to set up the mill – approximately 12 feet wide and 20 feet long with the log in center.
Slabs in a variety of thicknesses can be easily be produced from logs over 4 feet in diameter and up to 16 feet long. Slabs are possible from logs up 6 feet in diameter providing the log is uniform from end to end.
Ensure the log has adequate clearance on all sides to allow erecting the mill.
Verify that the log surface is free of rocks, nails, metal or any other non-wood material.
Have available the means for quick removal of each slab from the milling area upon the completion of sawing it.
Remove limbs and outcroppings from the log, especially those that may exceed the capacity of the mill.
Position the log on 6-10” high skid or blocks to allow clearance above the ground to facilitate cutting of slabs from the lower portions of the log without obstruction.
Rigidly block the log so that it will not roll or move during the sawing process.
Be prepared to pay all sawing related fees in cash or with a good check upon completion of slabbing the log. Be prepared to pay partial sawing fees if the project is unable to be completed due to defect, contamination or other limitation outside the responsibility of the sawyer.
Minimum fee - $400 including the following:
Roll Out - $100
Mileage - $1.00 per mile return trip gate to gate. (our location - 97048)
Slabbing Fee - $0.75 per board foot log scale of log to be cut.
(Use the “Scribner” option on the log scale calculator to determine log board feet at:
$50-$100 chain damage fee per occurrence for hitting surface or embedded metal/rocks, etc.
$100/hour excess slab wrestling or undue delay fee.
Example – to cut a 48” diameter log into slabs 75 miles from our location the cost would be as follows: $100 roll out + $150 mileage + $810 [1080 bft x $0.75 board feet] = $1,060.
We are interested in purchasing large logs 36-60+inches in diameter. If you are unable to deliver we may be able to mill logs on site and remove as individual slabs. Especially interested in Black Walnut, Maple, Old growth tight grain Douglas Fir, etc.
If you have a large log from which you would like to have one or more slabs but do not want all the wood, we can discuss coming and milling the log into slabs in exchange for a portion of the slabs; Depending on the specific type of log and circumstances the log owner would typically end up with one (maybe two) slabs and we would end up with the rest. If you are wanting more slabs then you can pay part of the cost of milling and pay partly by trading the slabs.