Last Friday, we took a trip way up to the northwestern corner of the state to pick up our new portable bandsaw mill so we can saw our own lumber for our new barn. We’ll be needing a lot of boards for the hayloft floor, the feed room and milk room, not to mention the outside siding! Buying it at the lumberyard made our wallets scream!
Will researched bandsaw mills for a long, long time before we made our choice of a Hud-son mill, an Oscar 121. Not only did he like many features of the saw, when compared to others on the market, but friends of ours have this saw and have reported good service and years of good sawing.
We called the area representative and reserved our mill. Then we borrowed David’s pickup, which gets better gas mileage than ours, and drove four hours to pick up our mill. We were as excited as expectant parents, we’ve been wanting a mill for such a long time! Years, in fact. It seemed that something always came up that kept us from getting one. Money, usually!
We’re really happy with the overall construction and ease of operation for such an economical mill. Will had it set up the next day and began learning to use it. After a couple of operator malfunctions (like missing reading the part of the directions that indicates the mill is shipped with the blade loose) he soon got the hang of it and began turning out very acceptable boards. I was so excited. I couldn’t believe that the saw cut so quickly! It cuts about as fast as you can walk the blade through the log. After cutting boards and planks with a chainsaw, it seemed like a miracle! What a great addition to our homestead and one more step toward self-reliance! — Jackie