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Milling Your Own Lumber: Granberg's Alaskan Mill Makes It Easy

Great Small Log mill review in Grit Magazine

Granberg Mark III Alaskan Chainsaw Mill

The perfect tool for opening up new markets and new opportunities

Our Handmade Home

We cut our own lumber and built our off-the-grid home for only $5,000.

Saw and Save

If you spend a lot of money on lumber, and would like to slash your costs big-time, have I got a deal for you. I produce thousands of board feet of prime oak, walnut and cherry stock for pennies per board foot. And you can, too! Here’s how.


Magazine Reviews


AMERICAN WOODWORKER "SMALL-SCALE SAWMILLS" July/August 1991 issue, pages 48-49:

"A saw that you can pick up and carry has a lot of advantages. You can take the saw to the log instead of having to lug an enormous log to the saw. That can be an important consideration even if you are equipped to move heavy logs. A suburban tree can be carried out of the backyard as boards, without chopping up the lawn.""A more sophisticated chainsaw-mill approach is Granberg's Alaskan Mark III Chainsaw Mill .....""These chainsaw mills are serious tools. Adequately powered , properly sharpened, run by two experienced operators, they will saw a 2-1/2 ft dia. x 8 ft long oak into 2-in planks in little more than an hour, including a stop to sharpen the chain."

FIELD & STREAM "CHAINSAW LUMBER MILLS" by John Decker, April 1996, page 42:

"Today, milling lumber at the site instead of trucking the trees to a mill still makes a certain amount of sense-especially if your site is far from roads or other signs of civilization. And thanks to modern chainsaw lumber mills, this is actually possible and affordable. We tested the smallest model of this mill the Alaskan). Quite frankly, after assembling the mill and then bolting it to a Makita chainsaw, the whole thing looked as if it couldn't possibly work. Happily, we couldn't have been more wrong.""But the MK III's low cost and ease of use-and the skyrocketing cost of many hardwood species-means it's well worth cutting some wood into lumber instead of firewood, even if you take down trees only occasionally."

WOODWORK "MILLING LUMBER WITH A PORTABLE CHAINSAW MILL" by David Mahaffery, June 1995, pages 47-48;

"When I bought mine around 1983, the mill and two .076 Stihl chain-saw engines and good quality metal detector a necessity) came to a little more than two thousand dollars. This approximated the value of the milled and dried 8/4 walnut lumber from my first two trees."

WOODWORK "ELM: A BESIEGED GIANT" by Bruce Gray, June 1996, pages 62 and 63;

"The current situation with white elm suggests that it makes sense to seek out dying elm and mill it yourself. In four hours, two people can chainsaw mill, move and stack 400 bf of wood, worth about $4,000.00 US. This assumes you are experienced with the equipment, are working a log 40" diameter or larger, and that you are flitch cutting into 2-1/2" thick slabs. City arborists are usually pleased to see wood used in a constructive way, rather than being simply discarded."