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Mini Portable Chainsaw Mill

This mature Green Ash tree fell on my lawn so I picked up a Bozeman Mini Portable Chainsaw Mill to get more than just firewood for my side-hustle. Transcript provided for the hearing impaired.

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My old STIHL 038 Super-Pro

My 1989 STIHL 038 Super Pro still pulls like a beast.

So I bought this saw brand new in 1989. It’s earned me a lot of money over the years. This mini portable chainsaw mill attachment is going to open-up a whole new side hustle for me. More on that later. So I went with three eighths of an inch track clearance, but you maybe want to try a quarter inch. You see? I chewed the edge here. And I refer to this as a car because it runs on a track.

Smaller than I thought

I thought that with my twenty inch bar I would be able to mill eighteen inch logs – but, given the clearance for your chain brake and the grabs I think it’s better to look at cutting in the twelve to fourteen inch range*. So for a crib I just threw three heavy, odd shaped pieces of wood into a hole in my carport floor so they wouldn’t slide around. I put a couple of drywall screws in to secure the rail and one toe-nailed into the carport for added stability. (SAWING) So it’ll be a year or two before these are dry enough to push through a planer and sell as kitchen cutting boards and in the mean time I’m just going to grab myself a longer bar and chain and dig into these pieces next.

* If I had known before hand I would have left some long, straight limbs to mill planks out of but this wood is so dense and hard it will make excellent Kitchen Cutting Boards. Stay tuned I’ll be planing them flat as soon as they’re dry! Now back to work with my mini portable chainsaw mill!

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