Turbosawmill compared with other Swing-blade designs & the Bandsaw Mill

Turbosawmill manufacture the world’s first commercially available single beam Swing-blade sawmill. We are the pioneers in this technology, with our frame system utilizing our unique open side design.

Our automation is robust and extremely simple, giving years of flawless design - no hydraulics, no buggy electronics. Our blades utilize our unique safer replaceable tip design. We have granted patents on these designs.

Turbosawmill over a bandmill?

Turbosawmill blades take only around 60 seconds to sharpen. Bandsaw blades require specialist gear and have 100s of teeth to sharpen. You will also need to set the teeth and dress the gullets!

Turbosawmill cutting teeth are replaceable on site. Bandsaw blades are switched out at around three hundred board foot. Turbo teeth get switched out around 10,000 + board foot. Turbo blades last for years.

Turbosawmill - over other Swing-blade designs?


Bandsaw manufacturers push the thin kerf idea. Band mills typically waste timber when making the first four cuts around the log. The slabs that get removed are usually VERY wasteful. An extra 4-8 boards are available if care was taken. The reason:

  • The operator wants to cut to the chase and get producing - re-sawing these slabs slow you down.
  • The operator does not want to drag the band through the bark, dulling the blade.
  • Finally, a squared log rests on the mill ready to rip roar into boards. But there is one problem… that last board at the very bottom is too narrow and needs to get thrown into the rubbish pile.
  • Turbo’s recovery wins easily. Straight timber and every board, sawn out of the log right down to the bark!
The simple illustration below shows the minimal difference between bandsaw kerf and Turbosawmill’s range of kerf options. Sawing 2" boards out of a typical sized 20" log. The drawing is to scale and is not exaggerated as other websites show.
A nice advantage of our manual mill range is the push pull weight of the carriage. As there is no associated frame to support the carriage, the weight is kept to a minimum. The M6 manual carriage weighs only 154 pounds (70kg), the motor weighs only 80 pounds (37kg). Giving a total push pull weight of 107 kg or 235 pounds. Now compare that to other competitors which start at 330 pounds (150kg). You will have energy to spare at the end of the day!

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