FAQs on Milling

Here is a look at some of the most common questions asked about chainsaw mills and milling.

Q1 – What kind of chainsaw is best for a saw mill, USA?

Smaller saws can work but they tend to be less efficient in general and some cannot be mounted on the clamping brackets of the mill, without pitching the rails, because they are too narrow. The good thing about larger saws as well as fitting better is that they are better for ripping.

Q2 – How much power is best for the chain saw?

It is a general rule that when you have an engine with more power you have a chain saw that has a quicker cutting speed. Most engines though will allow you to use a chain saw mill USA, it is just that it takes a lot longer, so think about how much time you want to spend milling.

Q3 – How should the first cut be made?

That depends on what mill you are using. For something like the Alaskan Mark III for example you will need a surface that is flat and even for it to ride on so that the cut you achieve is the same. You can buy slabbing rail brackets sets or you can also buy rail systems.

Q4 – Is it okay to use the usual chain for ripping?

As long as you have it sharpened well the regular chain on the saw should perform pretty well. You want all the top angles to be uniform whether at 35, 30 or 25 degrees. You also want the same height for the depth gauges which should be 35 thousandths or less, under the cutting edge of the tooth. If you are looking to achieve better ripping with your saw mill USA then take your stock chain and re-sharpen it to 0 degrees top plate angle. It will then need less power to rip and you get lumber that is smoother too.

Q5 – How quickly can you rip lumber?

When it comes to how fast you can rip lumber it really depends on not just what the output of the saw your are using but also on the width and length of the cut, the kind of wood it is and the chain type and how sharp that is. Make sure the woof is clean and not full of small rocks and dirt. You should also remove the bark. With narrow softwoods you might get up to 2.5m a minute or drop down to 0.3m a minute for hardwoods that are wider.

Q6 – Tell me more about the Alaskan Mark III

With this sawmill, USA, you can get boards as thin as ¼ inch and then up to 13 inches thick. Set up and make the initial cut then remove and edge it with the edging mill. Now you have a three-sided cant so that you can cut dimensional lumber from it. You can also lower the sawmill and make a second cut that is parallel then roll the log a full right angle and do the third cut.