Alaskan MK III Portable Lumber Mill, Model# G776-24
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
Easy to put together. Works great - just take your time and have patience. Easily portable, saves a lot of time and money because you don't need to spend a lot of money on additional big cumbersome equipment.
January 16, 2012
If you are wanting to make boards from logs and cannot afford a $4k bandsaw style, then this works great. I use it with a 20" bar and a 24" bar on my chainsaw. It isn't pretty, it isn't easy, but it works well. I recommend it for anyone on a budget, or in a very remote region. Be sure and spend the extra money on top of the line skip or ripping chain to preven burnout and bar wear. Well designed and built.
October 17, 2011
Great product and works as advertised. Everything is square and true. I added an aux oiler and would recommend it even on the 24-inch model. The Carlton ripping chain works well too. I'm running a Stihl 044 with 26-in bar and wish I was using a little bigger saw even for the Ponderosa Pine I am milling. There is a lot more to know about chainsaw milling than is included in the basic instructions that come with the mill, but a web search will produce more info and opinions than you care to know about, such as technique, chains, sharpening, chainsaw mods, mill mods, wood drying, oils, etc...
October 10, 2011
great for wood working shop
This product does everything it is supposed to. It is value priced when purchased thru Northern Tool and they are really helpful with the process of getting your orders.
December 6, 2010
A Must Have
If you do your own woodworking and have a chain saw this is a must have! I bought this product because I hate seeing maple and oak trees taken down and the loggs hauled away. This attachment has helped me not let these trees go to waste as well as paid for themselves in the first two uses! Pair it with a mini-mill and you will have no problem cutting your own lumber. Make sure that you attach it to a quality chain saw with a ripping blade for best results.
June 1, 2010
Alaskan MKIII Portable Lumber Mill
Our remote location precludes getting to a mill, so thought I'd try it myself. This tool works well, but slower than one might expect. It takes about 20-30 minutes to make a 9 foot cut. Also, ripping with a chain saw is not what the typical chain is designed for. I bought more chains to keep going after chain dulls (after 2-3 cuts max). But the results are nice, planable boards.
February 22, 2010