Whether you’re an experienced sawyer or just decided to pick up a new hobby from watching YouTube, owning and operating your own portable bandsaw mill can be one of the most exciting ways to foster a love of woodworking.
Not only do they provide you with the perfect excuse to get some fresh air and exercise, but turning timber into lumber can be an eco-friendly and lucrative side business with the right plan in place. Here are three great reasons why you should invest in a Portable Bandsaw Mill.
An Eco-Friendly Way to Repurpose Timber
One of the best things about owning a portable sawmill is how eco-friendly it is. Whether you’re a craftsman yourself or you have a purpose for all that lumber, all those trips to the hardware store start to add up, both in gas and emissions. A portable sawmill is an easy way to make use of wood remnants on your property that would otherwise decompose, turning those pieces into usable lumber.
In addition, loggers tend to leave behind anything they can’t sell directly to commercial milling operations. This includes logs deemed too short, too crooked, or odd species, which happen to be the exact type of logs that custom woodworkers love to get their hands on. A log deemed too crooked can quickly become a prize piece of art, while a shorter, unwanted piece of wood can find new life as a laptop stand, picture frame, or even a wooden wall clock.
An Excellent Means of Fresh Air and Exercise
There are few things better than immersing yourself in nature for some fresh air and exercise. For those who love the outdoors, running a portable sawmill is a great way to get both. From loading and turning logs, cranking the head height, and pushing the blade through the logs, operating your bandsaw sawmill can really exercise your core muscles. Not only that, but you’ll likely be working out muscles you didn’t even know you had.
While some portable sawmills offer hydraulic tools for handling logs, you can still use a trusty cant hook to keep those biceps in their best shape. If you produce lots of lumber, it won't be long until you see the benefits of the time spent with your sawmill.
A Rewarding Side Hustle and Family Project
Any craftsman will tell you that there’s nothing more gratifying than creating something with your own hands. Whether you’re new to woodworking or an experienced sawyer, a portable sawmill can be a rewarding way to use the gifts your land gives you, turning the wood you find into home goods, a new toolshed, or any number of projects that catch your interest.
If you live in a rural area, running a portable bandsaw mill can also be an excellent way to immerse yourself in your community and provide valuable side income. Property owners in your community may be looking for quality wood or extra material for fencing or small projects around their properties. If you advertise your services through social media, there’s a good chance you’ll be contacted regularly, even if it’s just a quick stop to see what you have in stock that month. With the right plan in place, you can build a thriving side hustle for you and your family. After all, who doesn’t love a little bit of extra vacation money?
Speaking of family, your sawmill side hustle can easily be turned into a fun family project. Putting the sawmill together can provide lots of entertainment, with the added benefit of teaching loved ones about your hobby. Having your own sawmill bandsaw operation is a great way to start a family legacy or at least a new tradition.
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Milling is a hobby that almost anyone can find enjoyment from. Whether you love to work with your hands outside, want to reduce your impact on the environment, or are looking for a new way to make some extra money while spending time with your family, a Woodland Mills Portable Bandsaw Mill might be the answer you are looking for.