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Farmers and mobile sawmills

His own boss with a mobile sawmill How Pavel Kadlec became involved in his local timber industry as a mobile sawyer. Once a bus driver from the Czech village of Dacice, Pavel Kadlec remembers how he once overheard a colleague mention that she needed to return home because a sawmill was coming. When he inquired more, she explained... more
Copford invests for a bigger slice of the oak market A sawmill may not be the first thing you expect to see on a beef cattle and sheep farm, especially when the mill, sited next to the farmhouse, houses the largest Wood-Mizer horizontal bandsaw in Europe. The WM1000, which can cut logs up to 1.7m diameter in the centre, was originally designed to... more
The Oskar Sawmill Adventures
An “Oscar” worthy sawmilling story
Oskars Kejss from the Latvian village of Kubuli is a young forestry engineer by profession. He graduated from the Faculty of Forestry of the Academy of Agriculture in Jelgava and began working as a forester, working with forest inventory and market assessments of forests. In the 90's, this... more
Mills that make the cut
A portable Wood-Mizer sawmill is a great asset for any farm
Most farms have woodlots that have been planted or are feral or have resulted from subdivisions or have sprung up over obstacles that prevent the farmer from using the land. Wetlands or riparian zonesmight also have primed their growth andso too commercial logging operations where profitable... more
New generation chooses Wood-Mizer
A young sawmiller, Jurica Spoljar, from the village of Pila continues his father’s and grandfather’s business
For five generations, this family has been working in forestry ever since Jurica’s great grandfather bought his first forest tract from the local aristocrat in the 19th century. Today, the Spoljar family owns forests on 3 ha and when Jurica was 25 years old, he decided to begin developing a plan... more
Despite UK credit crunch, ex-RAF man adds value to mobile sawing A former RAF engineer is expanding his one-man mobile sawing operation in the West of England with a narrow band sawmill. He cites the mill's accuracy, easy handling, sustainability, mobility and quick set-up as important factors in the operation's growing success. Although he doesn't saw an... more
Versatile drying chamber permits tailored lumber More than twelve years ago, Frank Nied, a customer of Wood-Mizer Germany discovered a passion for timber. Initially he had worked as a toolmaker, becoming a master in his profession but eventually, he embarked on a career as a contract sawyer with a Wood-Mizer LT40. His service consists of rather... more
French farmer's son enjoys contract sawing in mid recession A 29-years-old farmer’s son from the Pas de Calais with a new contract sawing service seems to be riding the downturn in timber processing. Although the amount of timber Baptiste Jansens is processing in his first year is not high, his business is markedly stable. Furthermore, it is boosted by... more
Optimum moisture kiln drying accelerates Oxford timber business A new timber processing and tailored products operation near Oxford, in England has taken a leap forward soon after start-up by kiln drying its own timber. The move will slash the felling-to-final-form time and further speed the commercial development of the enterprise founded by 21-years-old... more
French village sawmill bucks closure trend with thin kerf technology A small sawmill in the Therache region of Northern France has bucked the French trend to municipal sawmill closure over the past quarter of a century by manufacturing components for clients to assemble their own pallets. 4,300 small, local sawmills have closed since 1980 because of a mixture of... more
Contract sawing with Wood-Mizer band saw in France still profitable
A Burgundian demonstrates: not all ‘band sawyers’ go static!
Despite a marked change in band sawmill use in France, with the European trend to a static role in semi-industrial timber processing set-ups, there is still a resolute band of travelling contract sawyers achieving handsome incomes with them. Take William Testa whose successful on-the-spot sawing... more
Bandsaw-based timber processing restores farmer's profit An Essex pig farmer who almost went of business has replaced his loss-making herd with a profitable small scale timber processing operation, whose hub is an electrically-powered band saw operated as stationary equipment and supported by a multi-rip, a Baker resaw, a planer and other equipment.... more
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