Have a big tree out in the middle of nowhere that you’d like to turn into lumber? This attachment mounts to your chainsaw and positions it correctly to make the straight cuts required to mill lumber directly from the tree — and it’s a lot cheaper than a full mill.
Called Alaskan Saw Mills, they’re available from Forestry Supplies, Inc. in four sizes: a “compact” model for 20″ and smaller saws, and “Mark III” models for 24″, 30″ and 36″ saws. They start at around $125 and run up to $205. It does require a ripping chain.
I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t understand exactly how they work. Clearly this is a “moving jig” of sorts, but I’m still having difficulties. Can anyone explain this for me, and maybe give me an idea of how well it actually works?
Alaskan Saw Mills [Forestry Supplies, Inc.]