Alaskan MK III Portable Lumber Mill, Model# G776-30
Works well for it's intended purpose
I have not used the mill extensively. But a couple of observations. 1. Clean all oil off the bar. I torqued the bolts correctly and it still slipped on the bar. 2. Center the handle over the log/cant. Otherwise it's difficult to start and exit the cut level. 3) Make sure your oiler keeps the chain well oiled. If it's adjustable, you'll probably want to turn up the output from normal. Overall, I'm pleased with the results obtained with the mill. Just don't think you are going to produce a lot of lumber in a short amount of time. But, it is portable. I like being able to take the mill to the log - where I could not take a portable bandsaw mill.
July 24, 2014
Portable Lumber Mill
Attaches easily and adjustments for thickness of cut are simple with the ruler on the mill. Lumber is quickly and easily plained smooth with minimal work. This is a great investment if you have a supply of timber for projects.
February 4, 2014
What I was looking for and for the right price
This isn't my first mill but it is what I was looking for. Wish they offered a remote throttle rig for their mills. That would be grate.
October 8, 2012
Alaskin Mill 30"
Great Product! Would be nice if it included a little more "how to" info.
January 19, 2012
Alaskan MK III Portable Lumber Mill
This was the first machine that I had to put together that had all the parts and all the bolt holes lined up!! I also like that it is American made. Once the first cut was completed on the log, the mill worked great.
I use it for cutting exotic woods for my projects. It is fine for sawing a few logs, but you wouldn't want to use this to build a whole building...unless you live in the "boonies" and didn't have access to cheap lumber.
March 14, 2011
excellent tool, simple design
I bought this to slice up some large oak trees. I used a Stihl 066 chainsaw with a 3' bar. I found a regular chain worked as well as any modified chains, just keep it sharp. Using this setup is a LOT of physical work. It took me from 20-30 minutes each pass to slab the widest (28' - 30" wide) logs (8-10' long), so a couple logs in a day was the most I could handle. Having my face down in the exhaust of the saw was pretty nasty too. Having said those negatives, this device will allow you to go into remote and otherwise inaccessible places, where a tractor or big sawmill cannot go. I eventually got a Woodmizer sawmill for production. I see the Alaskan mill perfect for specialty sawing and limited production. I will still use mine when I can't get to a log to drag it out. I have also used one of these with a pair of 088 motors (one on each end) and that thing was unstoppable! For the price, this thing is truly terrific.
August 30, 2010
works great, saw my problem
I had bought this to rip down old oak timbers (10x8) from a 100 year old log cabin. This product did exactly what it was supposed to but unfortunately the wood was so hard I could only cut a couple of feet before the chain would dull. 3 chains of various cutting type and I am only about 5 foot down a 16 foot timber.
November 2, 2009
Heavy and hard work! If your plan is to turn out hundreds of boards in a day - you won’t.
But the boards you do make are well worth it! In my opinion, this is a great tool for small projects…I just don’t see someone building a house with it.
I love the idea that I can make something out of any kind of wood I can find. Ever seen a home improvement store carry a 1x 12 Osage Orange?
The possibilities are endless with the MKIII. The only limits are your physical stamina, wood supply and imagination. I saw mostly Red oak and Easter Red Cedar, I have sawn some cottonwood, elm and Osage orange.
If I take my time, not to rush the cut, I can cut within 1/8” . It takes me about 2 min. to get through a red oak - 8’ long. I don’t have any soft wood in my area…I bet this bad boy would scream through soft pine!
I use a husky 285xp and sharpen standard chains to 10 degrees. It works great.
I built a steel ladder out of 1” square tubing - for the first cut. I use the mini mill for the 2nd and 3rd cut.
I also built a “log table” about waist high. This was half the battle - I found out real quick, I could work a lot longer standing instead of bent over.
Work smart - not hard.
March 17, 2009
Alaskan MK III
This thing is cool, makes lumber out of what I would have cut up for firewood in the past.
August 12, 2008
This does a great job at a reasonable price. Easy to set up and adjust. I haven't bought a pine board since purchasing this 5 years ago. A word of advise- Do not buy the smallest chain saw that is recommended for this unless you plan on doing very little with it. If you do, you may end up upgrading to a larger saw like I did.
October 31, 2007