Information & Pricing
Our thin-kerf portable bandsaw offers an
environmentally sensible and financially beneficial option for
valuable lumber from trees rather than cutting them into firewood
allowing them to rot. The thin kerf band removes only 1/8th
inch of wood
with each cut to produce smooth and consistent lumber. We
bring the mill to
you and you only pay for the actual usable lumber produced.
LOG SIZE CAPABILITIES --
We can mill logs up to 20 feet long and 36-inches in diameter. Oversized logs may be split with a chainsaw prior to milling. (For oversize logs see Lucas Slabbing Mill options.)
LUMBER SIZE CAPABILITIES --
We can produce timbers in excess of 20 x 20 inches and 20 feet long and make boards as thin as 1/8th of an inch thick and everything in between. You imagine it and we will try to make it.
FEES FOR MILLING-
$400 minimum charge for milling at remote sites. ($50 minimum for milling at our site.)
There is a $100 roll out fee for all portable sawmilling jobs.
For jobs within ~10 miles there is no mileage charges; For jobs greater than 10 miles away there is a $1.00 per mile charge each way.
The fee for milling lumber is $0.45 per board foot of lumber produced ($450/1000 board feet) for cutting 2x6 and larger dimensional lumber. Cost is $0.55 per board foot of lumber cut at 1" thick or less than 2x6 sizes. These prices are based on logs that are "sound and round" between 8" in diameter and 30" in diameter. Hourly rates of $95/hour will apply to undersized and oversized logs as well as those that are irregular in shape or contain significant rot or defect.
Note: You can calculate the approximate board feet of your logs by using a Scriber log scale book or the online calculator at www.woodweb.com/cgi-bin/calculators/calc.pl?calculator=log_volume
Nails, metal, embedded rocks or other hard debris that cause damage to sawmill blades are billed at $15 per incident.
Beveled Siding can be produced at $0.50 per lineal foot.
Note: Additional charges (or hourly rates) may be required for oversized logs, defective logs, lengths under 8 feet or a quantity of logs under 8" in diameter.
TO PREPARE FOR MILLING LOGS,
Customers need to cut logs into less than 20 foot lengths as desired and center them on skids in a relatively level location where the saw can pull along side. We place logs on the mill by manually rolling them on the ground and using hydraulic arms lift them onto the mill. Extra handling of logs will be billed at $95/hr.
Customers prepare a cut list for the sizes, number and types of lumber you want produced.
CUTTING AND STACKING OF LUMBER
Typically lumber will be sorted and stacked according to size close to the mill as the logs are cut. Upon completing of milling the lumber board footage will be calculated to determine fees for milling. Lumber can be stack on the customer's trailer or truck. Slabs and edgings will also be piled near the mill. Stacking lumber or piling slabs in a way that requires additional time and effort for the mill operator will be charged at $95/hr.
A site visit is customary to discuss details and options prior to milling.
Please call if you have questions not answered above.