What Sets Woodmizer Apart?Most Woodmizer sawmills feature what they call a “cantilever design” on a monorail system. What this means is that the sawmill head travels down a single track, and is mounted to a single post. A common thought is that this is a disadvantage because it creates in inaccurate cut. In other words, you would think that having the saw-head mounted to a single post translates into less support allowing the head to flex, resulting in a tapered cut. The fact is, that the exact opposite is true. Woodmizer has overcome any flexing with a monorail system that supports the saw-head on the top and bottom of the single rail track. This feature is truly a technologically innovative design.
Advantages of the Cantilever DesignWith only one post to work around you can saw logs that are larger than you would expect to be able to saw. You don't have to try and squeeze the log between 2 or more posts. This gives you the ability to whittle the log down to a more manageable size right on the mill. An odd shaped log can also be sawn more easily on this cantilever design.
Another advantage of this unique to Woodmizer design is that you can cut logs accurately on an uneven surface. While it is always a good idea to get your sawmill as level as possible, the monorail design gives you more flexibility since the saw-head is always parallel to the track.
Woodmizer BladesMany portable sawmill makers build their sawmills to fit Woodmizer blades. The reason they do, is that Woodmizer makes the best portable band sawmill blade available. I have personally used their blades on a few different sawmills. I have also used other manufacturers blades. I have found that the quality and price of Woodmizer blades beats the other brands every time.
Woodmizer Hydraulic and Super Hydraulic SawmillsTime saving hydraulic and electric automated features are more things that set Woodmizer sawmills apart. I can tell you from personal experience that having hydraulic and electric automation on a sawmill is a blessing. You don't have to load or turn that heavy log by hand and that saves your back making you more productive. Having all the controls at your fingertips is a great advantage when you want to produce larger quantities of lumber in less time.
Having to many saw-milling processes automated may make you more detached from the process. You may find yourself daydreaming about that next piece of timber, because the computer is thinking for you, it leaves your mind to wander. This is a dangerous thing to do when operating a sawmill. You need to be well aware of everything that is going on so that you can work safely.