Granberg Mini Mill, Model# G555B
Works good for making beams
I've only used this to make some beams. It worked well for that. The only issue was with the chainsaw - not the mill. My chainsaw oiler was not pumping bar oil in the position you see in the standard photo. So, I had to mount it more vertical and even then added oil manually once in a while. I was using a husqvarna 340 - which is not a pro grade saw.
June 25, 2014
Mini mill pretty good with some problems
Recently purchased a mini mill for creating cants/flitches. Works well. Just keep your chainsaw chain sharp and remember to have your log up higher than the length of the chainsaw bar. Getting the log up high enough so the bar doesn't touch the ground is the biggest problem I have. May need to buy a shorter bar than 24" since manually lifting 9' x 20" diameter red oak logs on other logs to cut is next to impossible.
I had a problem with the screws that tighten the bar to the mill. Can't unscrew them very far before they get too tight and hard to screw back in. Called Granberg and they had never had problem before. Also the bar with the screws that screws on to the chainsaw bar looks like it is bowed out. Still works. Asked Granberg about that too. Also a problem that had never had. For both problems they said they could send me new screws. The mill bar itself is welded on so they couldn't just replace that. I would have to buy another mini mill. So far I can keep using it with no problems. Don't know if long term I will have problem or not.
June 12, 2014
I have used the Mini Mill to mill about 20 logs at my rustic camp. I works so great that I am going to buy another one and attach it another chain saw (different length blade) so I don't have to switch it back and forth when I want a different cut. I love it and highly recommend it!
June 2, 2014
Product worked well. Have made some really nice
oak and cedar beams which would have cost hundreds if I had to purchase them.
February 4, 2014
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