Granberg Mini Mill, Model# G555B
works well for the money
Have used the mini mill several times now and it worked well. I have an 24" chain saw with a rip chain and I made a log stand by making a pair of cross stands from some 4x4's. The first cut is the most difficult. But take your time and set up the rail straight and level and then you have a flat surface to cut the rest of the log. I have not cut anything longer than 5' but longer cuts shouldn't be a problem.
April 23, 2013
Great Tool !!
The set up is easy (comes with instructions) And best of all you dont have to handle big logs, take the tools to your logs, I use a 71cc, saw ( I recomend) a sharp chain (a must !!) and a bit more chain oil than usual. Set-up is key for straight and plum lumber, once you figure that out, time to cut. The mill is solid, And pretty light, I dont feel like it is going to fall apart, no vibration, (I keep check on everything, every time i start the saw) the rails and 2x8 is what i use, I put rails on both sides of the 2x8 and go down one side, then the other side, flip the log on the flat side, set-up, cut both sides, now i have a true 8x8 piece of lumber to cary out. Another Key piece of advice "GO SLOW" take your time! BE SAFE!! Enjoy the end result, FREE LUMBER!!
October 8, 2012
I had to rip down some old beams to match existing. Was very useful and accurate, saved my table saw. Would recommend.. Easy to put together and use.
October 8, 2012
does a good job for the money
I was suprised how well it worked. My saw is not big enough for a ripping chain so had to take it very slow as I was cutting a 15 inch diameter log with a 16 inch chain saw. Take the time to square up both ends of the of the log with the 2x6 on top. Make some small wedges to help keep the 2x6 straight for that first cut.
January 18, 2012
This attachment works wonders! It is easy to set up and use and creates straight edges with minimal effort. A must if you have the Alaskan Mill!
June 1, 2010
I use the mini mill as an added tool to the Alaskan MKIII. I have an older saw that I keep it attached too, so I don’t waist time changing out the mini mill back to the MKIII. If you only have one saw, it is still an easy change.
I was sold on it as an edger, however I can see where one could use this alone to cut boards. I like the way my saw stays in an upright position. This keeps more oil on the chain in warm weather. I also think I can cut through a log faster with this vs. the MKIII. I have never checked the accuracy though. For the overall cost it’s a great tool to get started with.
Don't kid yourself if you think you are going to turn out hundreds of boards a day with this or the MKIII - you won't. It is hard work and taxing on the saw. This is for the "weekend warier" who needs a few boards for a project.
I use a Husky 385xp and sharpen a standard chain to 10 degrees. It works just fine. I also built a "log rack" to roll the logs up about waist high.
Work smart - not hard. Happy sawing.
March 16, 2009
Sure, the mini mill G555B is not the thing to get quartersawn lumber straight away.
(It's a method of cutting a log that results in the growth rings intersecting the face of the board at an angle between 60 and 90 degrees.)
But in combination with a carriage mill (like the LOGOSOL M7 or others) you get a substantial complement.
Especially, if you are dealing with large diameter logs.
In fact, I have the opportunity of quarter sawing white oak here in the "Grand Duchy of Luxembourg" (Europe). They typically are 24" in diameter and due to their weight, it is a real issue to get them on the top of the mill!
It's not only time consuming to raise them up but also dangerous to quarter them in the usual way.
With the aid of the mini mill, I'm now able to quarter them virtually on floor level. Doing so, weight is also quartered.
The accuracy of the (4) right angeled pieces is amazing!
No stress and much less sweat!
April 22, 2008
Easy for first timer
Somehow I got a bug to create my own beams and boards, as I have many Pine and Oak trees in my back yard....After doing the research I ended up purchasing this mini-mill....Very impressed at the simplicity and ease of operation.....The aluminum rail that is mounted to the 2X8 is a bit weaker than I had hoped, but a few extra drill holes and screws and I was good to go. It obviously helps to have a solid chain saw and sharp chain, but creating your own lumber is fun, green, and economical. I plan on building a tool shed with the lumber.....good purchase.
April 21, 2008
Works exactly as advertised! Be sure your chain is sharp and oiled. You may want to get a chain sharpener, too. I am using it to quartersaw a red oak we had to cut down this summer. The wood is beatiful!
Don't kid yourself though, chainsaw milling is hard work and very time consuming.
I guess I'm just crazy enough to enjoy it.
October 15, 2007