The Beam Machine
Yup, this thing looks like some guy made it in his garage. Welded some metal together, dunked it in a bucket of paint and slapped a sticker on it. But tell you what, it works. I took a round log and made a real nice rough cut beam. I'm using it to build a shed and shelters for livestock out of timber on my property. You won't be going into the lumber business or making fine furniture but I'd say you can use it to make lumber for anything you'd use rough cut lumber on. It does what it says it'll do. Very happy with it and already have recommended it to friends.
August 21, 2013
I wanted to cut some logs into benches and looked at all the different offerings, however remembering what my project was, just cutting logs in half, I reluctantly chose the least costly item. After using the beam machine, I was impressed with its simplicity and it did just what I wanted. After I used it, I watched on-line videos of other tools and found that If I wanted to make boards, I would have purchased something fancier. Great tool for application and price.
October 18, 2012
yep a review title beam
the product does what it claims todo theres no bells or whistles with this product and it does not claim to have any'. i will reccumend this to an ybody cause it works. it isnt fancey
October 8, 2012
Good product work and fast to install, w pay for beam, just need a chain saw ;)
August 20, 2012
Overpriced piece of junk
I thought this Canadian made product would be quality. I thought wrong. Poorly welded and horribly painted. Areas are unpainted, the whole bottom is bubbled up and side rails all have excess paint drip. There is no way this will run down a 2X4 guide. I'll have to strip off the paint and redo it. Somebody should be embarrassed for having let this out of the manufacturing plant!
March 26, 2012
A useful tool
I have been using my Beam Machine to make first cuts for my Granberg Alaskan small log Chain Saw Milling attachment (G777). It's pretty fast and easy. I think this product is a good value for the price, especially if you're thinking you might enjoy milling some logs but don't want to invest hundreds of dollars right away -- and if you do move up to the higher-quality mills, you'll still find uses for this one (for example, sawing logs to make benches around your firepit).
January 17, 2012
Not bad for the money
For the money, you can make some lumber. Sure the Alaskan Mills are much better, but if you might be interested in seeing if you even want to get into milling your own lumber this is an inexpensive way of exploring. It takes some geting used to. I basically used srews and shims to mount the 2X4 to the log and got some fairly straight cuts.
October 19, 2011
Don't waste your money
Hard to pass up on the price compared to the other products but spend the extra $$. The bolts that hold the blade are not in center with the backing so it pushes the front of the saw out of line. Also you have to grind down the nail hole the put in the top since they just used a punch and the tabs keep it from sitting level on the wood. Even after the time I spent welding, grinding, and adjusting couldn’t get it make a square cut. Maybe they don’t care if beams are square where this is produced in Canada but save you $$ and time and buy something else.
June 13, 2011
Beam Machine does the job
Works as advertised. Some important things to remember...make sure the 2 x 4 that guides the Beam Machine is secure to the log and level. Take your time with the cut, have a sharp chainsaw blade and while cutting keep the chainsaw close to vertical so the tip of the bar is visible. My cuts got more accurate with a little practice.
June 6, 2011
Better than nothin'
This is a very primative saw guide. You're not paying very much so don't expect very much. While it will provide you with somewhat of a straight line to follow, if you have not invested in a powerful chainsaw and ripping chain, you'll just be whizzin' in the wind. Save your money and look else where.
March 14, 2011