Alaskan MK III Portable Lumber Mill, Model# G776-24
I recently purchased the MKIII as an upgrade to replace the G777 model that I had owned previously. The reason I went with this model and got rid of the G777 is because you get an even cut side to side compared to the G777 where you may end up with a 1/4" difference. This model attaches to both ends of the bar and eliminates this issue. This was important to me as I use this to cut thick slabs for mantels, bar tops and dimensional lumber. With this model I am able to get good square cuts and dimensional lumber is now an even thickness on both sides. This was a big deal to me because it's almost impossible to even out a wide slab cut that's too big to run through a planer. If you are in the market for a chainsaw mill I would highly recommend this product. If you are trying to decide whether to spend the extra bucks on this model vs. the G777 like I did, go ahead and shell out the few extra bucks now, you will be glad you did. This is an excellent product.
October 27, 2014
works as advertised. completely satisfied. first slabs were good but getting better with practice. Have made 1 inch slabs and 3.5 inch slabs that came out beautifully. Changing thickness of cuts was difficult at first but found that using spacer blocks made it a lot easier.
August 1, 2014
Good portable heavy duty chainsaw mill
I found the instructions clear enough, but yes, you need to take your time with it. Get a ripping chain, brand new, for your first cuts, so you know what a sharp chain can do. Remember the sprocket at the tip of the bar is mostly concealed, you cannot clamp close to the bar tip. This means you cannot use anything like the full length of the bar, this proved problematic at first, because my first tree was a black locust, that has really thick crevassed bark. I ended up trimming the bark along the sides of the log to ensure I could complete the cuts without running out of bar.
July 26, 2014
Can't rush assembly
I haven't been able to use it yet since I need to grind a unique chain but it looks like a good product. You've got to take your time on the assembly. The instructions don't match the hardware shipped and the figures are very little help. But if you think about how it will need to work when its done its not hard.
July 8, 2014
Milling your own limber is satisfying
A bit heavy and cumbersome initially but once I start cutting it's smooth running. I can now do something useful with all the oak and cedar trees my company removes to make way for a house.
June 14, 2014
this worked just fine had no problems with assembly. finding a sturdy platform to make first cut was a bit of trial and error. but after that it has worked out great for me. I would recommend this to anyone who has the time and will to cut thier own lumber.
April 15, 2014
Super portable product
This is a very portable milling product. If you keep the blade sharp, it makes very accurate cut.
The set up for the first pass is tricky, and i recommend the guide to simplify it. With that you can get boards that need light planning to smooth. Rough cut beams need nothing.
Remember it is the size of the chainsaw engine in relation to the size of the log that dictates the speed of cutting.
October 15, 2012
If you ever wanted a sawmill for occasional use this is it! Make sure you buy quality ripping blades for your saw. Also use longer bars; it is hard to saw large logs without a long bar.
It makes nice straight lumber. It does take a while to learn how to use, but once you learn it is easy to set up.
You can also use this to rough cut logs to get them out of hard to reach areas or remote locations.
October 13, 2012
Easy to set up and use. Well worth the money. Would buy again. Would recommend. Week made.
October 8, 2012
Does what it's supposed to
I got this jig to mill literally tons of downed logs and dead trees I have on my property. It's slow going, but it works how it's supposed to.
The difficult question was how to cut the first board quickly and safely; things I've seen on the internet have been... lacking, but I've come up with a solution. I have a dedicated set up where I placed two posts in the ground about 11 feet apart with a bracket to support two 2x4's. The log is then placed underneath these boards and the mill adjusted to the right depth to cut off the round top of the log. (See the attached image)
I could then remove the boards and simply set the jig to 1 1/2", and ride it over the log surface, but I choose to leave it set up on the 2x4s. This makes the beginning and the end of the cut perfectly level, and is a lot safer in my opinion. The only inconvenience is I have to keep lowering the saw in the jig 1 1/2" after every cut. Worth it for the added safety in my opinion.
It could really use 4 washers around the U-bolts though, I've managed to dig into the soft aluminum bracket with the nuts from tightening it so many times.
Also, maybe I'm doing something wrong, but I find that plain old crosscutting chain works better than the skiptooth stuff they tell you to use. And intuitively, how can having FEWER teeth help you cut faster?
May 14, 2012