Complete Woods to Goods Service
Not only do we bring the saw mill to you, we can also harvest your trees and then use the lumber to build something amazing. We work with your current forestry plan and your builder to make sure you get the optimal use from your trees. If you’re considering using timber from your property to build your home, you’ll want to contact us early on in the process to ensure you allow enough time for harvesting, sawing and drying your lumber.
Save Money When We Harvest Your Trees
We also save you money on log prep work and lumber loss. Unlike typical tree services, we’re experts in the end product. Most tree companies will haul your limbs off as waste, when in fact, many can be used for lumber. That’s your money being hauled off to a landfill! We also know what lengths to cut the tree in for the board lengths you want to complete a particular project. We also know how to keep them clean for sawing and how to stack and preserve them for milling. Proper stacking and preservation is essential to prevent rotting or bug consumption before sawing day.
Finally, if you have a building project in mind but not the skills to build it, we’ve got that covered too. Our talented artists can turn your lumber into a finished heirloom item.
Other Valuable Info
To get the best quality and quantity from your trees, it’s essential to have them cut into proper lengths. You may have a specific project in mind that requires a particular length of board. If not, we suggest cutting your logs in 2 foot increments, starting with 8 feet 6 inches (10’6″, 12’6″ etc). The extra six inches allows for trimming the ends when it’s used for building furniture, siding etc. Due to the time involved, we typically do not mill logs shorter than 6′. Log diameter is also important. Logs should be between 10″ and “42 inches in diameter. We can saw smaller logs but be advised it will take longer to yield a specific quantity of lumber this way. You will get more bang for your buck by milling logs larger than 10″ in diameter. Also, our mill can not handle logs larger than 42” in diameter.
To get the most lumber, it is best to saw as quickly as the trees are cut. If this is not possible, there are some steps you can take to preserve the tree for milling. These steps should be taken if more than a month will pass between the time it’s on the ground and the time you have it sawed. First, raise the logs off the ground at least 4-6 inches and keep the grass around them trimmed. This discourages insects. Second, to avoid shrinking and cracking, seal the ends of the logs soon after cutting. You will want to use a wax, a heavy coat of paint or a product like Anchor Seal. Simply “paint” the ends of the logs to seal the end grain. If you are just now reading this and did not seal your ends, no worries! Most likely you’ll only end up with shorter lumber.
Cost Analysis: Using a Saw Mill vs Buying From a Retailer
If you’re reading this, you probably already have a project in mind for that downed tree. But in case you don’t, let’s go over the benefits of having our mill cut your tree. Besides the obvious – you can’t buy 20′ long beams at Lowe’s or Home Depot, there are other differences.
Not only do the big stores limit the species you can buy (try finding spalted maple at Lowe’s!), but you don’t even get what you pay for. For instance, a 2 x 4 really measures 1.5 x 3.5! That’s because their lumber is measured before drying. Mill on Wheels offers true dimensional lumber, either from our inventory or cut from your log. Longer, shorter, thicker, quarter sawn and bookmatched – no matter what your taste, we give you a higher quality lumber at a reasonable price.
Not to mention, if you have a soft spot for that tree because you, your kids and your grand kids all climbed it, wouldn’t it look better as a harvest style farmhouse table in your dining room than a chunk of firewood in your fireplace?
So What Can I Do with All This Lumber?
Here are just a few things you can use your wood for:
You can also sell your wood to recoup the money spent to have it cut. We have people call us for white oak, pine and other species all the time. If we have a buyer, we’ll pass your information along so they can put that cash in your pocket. You’ll make back the money you paid us (and maybe more).