Good review, but you left out a note on the amount of sweat equity and
muscle aches you must provide with such mills. I used an Alaskan
Chainsaw mill many years ago, and a friend and I worked our butts into
the ground getting a decent amount of usable lumber, most hard maple,
but some oak and shagbark hickory (chain killer). Chail oil and chains
have a way of chewing up a budget, too, while the time spent
sharpening chains becomes quite significant after a few logs. As you
say, though, the price is way under the cost of a bandsaw mill thus
makes the investment worthwhile...for the younger and healthier among
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