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Convert your logs into valuable lumber with your chainsaw*, a ladder and the Norwood PortaMill chainsaw sawmill It’s the perfect sawmill for milling in remote locations.

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PortaMill PM14 Chainsaw Sawmill

INTRODUCTION
FEATURES
MANUAL OPTIONS
RIPPING CHAIN
TECH DATA

Overview

PortaMill chainsaw sawmillConvert your logs into valuable lumber with your chainsaw*, a ladder and the Norwood PortaMill.  It’s the perfect sawmill if –

  • Your sawmilling needs are occasional.

  • You need to mill in very remote locations.

  • You need to move your sawmill by ATV, small car, boat or airplane.

  • You have limited storage space.

With the PortaMill, use your chainsaw* as the sawhead and your household extension ladder as the track.

  • Mill hardwood and softwood logs up to 14” (35cm) in diameter.*

  • Cut square beams and dimensional lumber up to 8” wide … 2 x 4’s, 4 x 4’s, 2 x 6’s, 6 x 6’s …

Here’s how

1. Clamp your log in place: Use the log rests and adjustable log dogs.

2. Choose your cutting depth: Turn the crank handle to smoothly raise and lower the chainsaw.

3. Make your cut: Engage the handle-mounted throttle and advance the saw along the track.

You probably already have a chainsaw and ladder in your garage right now. What projects could you do if you had your own sawmill?

U.S. Patent No. 8,479,628 
Canada Patent No. 2,541,73
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Chainsaw and ladder not included.
The chainsaw must be equipped with two bar studs and with removable bar nut.
* For small to mid-sized logs (below 10 inches (25cm) in diameter), chainsaws of 50cc or greater, equipped with ripping chain, are usually sufficient.
* For mid-sized to larger logs (10 - 14 inches (25cm - 35cm) in diameter), chainsaws of 65cc or greater, equipped with ripping chain, are recommended.
Photos show PortaMill equipped with optional auxiliary chain and bar oiler kit.

 

 

FEATURES

Super Portable – The PortaMill is entirely quick-connect/quick-disconnect and takes just minutes to set up.  Components are easy to carry, easy to transport and easy to store.

Real Sawmill Function – The PortaMill works just like a real portable sawmill. The log stays stationary, while the sawhead passes along its length, slicing boards at the height that you choose.  Unlike other chainsaw sawmills, there is no time-consuming and fussy rigging or clamping of any brackets to each log.

Smooth Sawhead Action – Smooth operation of the sawhead crank handle precisely adjusts the sawhead height – Clockwise to raise the sawhead, counter-clockwise to lower the sawhead.  Once you’ve set the sawhead height, the locking handle securely locks it in place.

Log Clamping – The PortaMill comes standard with two log rest/log dog assemblies for fast dogging and positive locking.  Also feature back dogs for easy clamping of beams, cants and boards.

Patented Throttle Actuator – The actuator connects the chainsaw’s throttle to a convenient handle-mounted throttle control – permits easy activation of the chainsaw throttle at the push handle.  Patented mechanism fits all chainsaws.

Operator Comfort – Adjustable push handle for operator comfort.  Patented linkage connects the chainsaw’s throttle to a convenient handle-mounted throttle control – squeeze to saw – release for idle.

Professional “Quarter-Scale” – Precisely mill 2” or 1” lumber thanks to the same kind of professional depth-of-cut scale you’d find on band sawmills.  The 5/16th kerf is already calculated in. 

Sawbar and Chain Guard – Helps guard sawbars up to 20” long.

Track Sweepers – Built-in track sweepers next to each carriage wheel remove sawdust and debris from the track for smooth rolling action.

Endstops – Safety feature helps prevent run-off of saw carriage.

Adjustable Outrigger Arm – The PortaMill carriage platform adjusts to fit virtually any extension ladder width.  The adjustable outrigger arm is equipped with two track sweepers and a quick connect/quick-disconnect wheel keeper.

Ladder Anchors – Ladder anchors connect the log dog/log rest assembly platforms to the ladder for solid track set-up. Quick connect/quick-disconnect knobs for easy, no tools set-up.

Step-by-Step Manual – To ensure that you receive the best possible value, Norwood ships the PortaMill in knock-down form with step-by-step instructions and detailed illustrations, exploded views and photos.
 

MANUAL ATTACHMENTS & ACCESSORIES (OPTIONS)

 

Adds extra chainsaw oil when sawing lumber.
Auxiliary Chain & Bar Oiler – Chainsaws only deliver oil to the top of the bar where it is easily thrown off at the nose, especially when mounted sideways for milling.  The auxiliary PortaMill Oiler Kit delivers oil to the sprocket of the chainsaw bar to reduce friction and chain heat. Kit includes bottle, bottle basket, oil line with valve and copper nozzle. (Item No. PM02)

 

 

Additional support for milling longer lumber.
Additional Log Clamping/Bunk Units – The PortaMill comes equipped standard with two log rest/log dog assemblies for fast dogging and positive locking.  For longer milling on extended ladders and for extra log support, additional log clamping/bunk kits are available.  Kit includes one log rest/log dog assembly. (Item No. PM14-BUNKKIT)

 

Ripping Chain for your PortaMill

GIVE YOUR CHAINSAW SAWMILL AN EDGE …
SPECIALTY FACTORY-CONFIGURED RIPPING CHAINS

Chainsaws are normally used to fell trees, and the normal chainsaw chain we are all familiar with is specifically meant for that cross-cutting application. But sawing boards, lengthwise down the grain as versus cutting across the grain for felling, involves different considerations.
 
Ripping chain features a special factory grind for making dimensional boards and planks from timber by "ripping" it (cutting parallel to the wood grain). Equipping your chainsaw with proper ripping chain improves both performance and yield when you saw boards with your chainsaw and Norwood’s PortaMill PM14 chainsaw sawmill.

Specifications and features:   

  • Norwood’s ripping chain features standard chassis and cutter parts. The cutter grind is the only difference from standard chain.

  • Made from patented steel alloy that is more durable in both cold and standard weather conditions, Norwood ripping chain is tested and proven to be 125% tougher at minus 20° Fahrenheit and 20% tougher at room temperature.

  • Norwood ripping chain feature Oregon’s LubriLink™ cavities in the chain tie-straps that act like reservoirs, reducing oil dispersal off the chain by centrifugal force. This helps hold oil in the chain parts when it slows or stops, thereby improving chain performance and helping extend chain life.

Ripping Chain for your PortaMill

Here’s how to pick the right chain for you:
 
All the information is on your chainsaw bar:

  1. Chain Gauge
  2. Bar Length
  3. Number of Links
  4. Chain Pitch (Norwood ripping chain is only available in .375” (3/8”) pitch

Pick the right chain for you. Ripping chain information can be found on your chainsaw bar.

Norwood stocks the following chains:

Ripping Chain
Item Code
Ripping chain (.050" x 18" x 66 links)
PM14-RC05X18
Ripping chain (.050" x 20" x 72 links)
PM14-RC05X20
Ripping chain (.050" x 24" x 84 links)
PM14-RC05X24
Ripping chain (.058" x 18" x 68 links)
PM14-RC58X18
Ripping chain (.058" x 20" x 72 links)
PM14-RC58X20
Ripping chain (.058" x 24" x 84 links)
PM14-RC58X24














 
Or, we can special order the following chains for you:

Ripping Chain
Item Code
Ripping chain (.050" x 16" x 60 links) (Special Order)
PM14-RC05X16
Ripping chain (.050" x 28" x 91 links) (Special Order)
PM14-RC05X28
Ripping chain (.058" x 16" x 60 links) (Special Order)
PM14-RC58X16









Special order chains can take up to a month to ship out; delivery time varies depending on your location.


PERFORMANCE TIP: Start each sawmilling day with several sharpened chains ready at hand, as well as all your chainsaw tools. Having these important items right at your fingertips will save you time and give you more time milling boards!


IMPORTANT: For ripping cuts only. Do not use these chains for any type of cutting other than ripping. In all cases, regular and precise chain maintenance is critical to maximizing your milling efficiency and prolonging chain life. Sharpen your chains at least every couple hours of milling. Always follow all of the safety directives and instructions outlined by the manufacturer of your chainsaw.

Sorry, there is no warranty on consumable items such as blades or chains.

 

Ripping Chain for your PortaMill

GIVE YOUR CHAINSAW SAWMILL AN EDGE …
SPECIALTY FACTORY-CONFIGURED RIPPING CHAINS

Chainsaws are normally used to fell trees, and the normal chainsaw chain we are all familiar with is specifically meant for that cross-cutting application. But sawing boards, lengthwise down the grain as versus cutting across the grain for felling, involves different considerations.
 
Ripping chain features a special factory grind for making dimensional boards and planks from timber by "ripping" it (cutting parallel to the wood grain). Equipping your chainsaw with proper ripping chain improves both performance and yield when you saw boards with your chainsaw and Norwood’s PortaMill PM14 chainsaw sawmill.

Specifications and features:   

  • Norwood’s ripping chain features standard chassis and cutter parts. The cutter grind is the only difference from standard chain.

  • Made from patented steel alloy that is more durable in both cold and standard weather conditions, Norwood ripping chain is tested and proven to be 125% tougher at minus 20° Fahrenheit and 20% tougher at room temperature.

  • Norwood ripping chain feature Oregon’s LubriLink™ cavities in the chain tie-straps that act like reservoirs, reducing oil dispersal off the chain by centrifugal force. This helps hold oil in the chain parts when it slows or stops, thereby improving chain performance and helping extend chain life.

Ripping Chain for your PortaMill

Here’s how to pick the right chain for you:
 
All the information is on your chainsaw bar:

  1. Chain Gauge
  2. Bar Length
  3. Number of Links
  4. Chain Pitch (Norwood ripping chain is only available in .375” (3/8”) pitch

Pick the right chain for you. Ripping chain information can be found on your chainsaw bar.

Norwood stocks the following chains:

Ripping Chain
Item Code
Ripping chain (.050" x 18" x 66 links)
PM14-RC05X18
Ripping chain (.050" x 20" x 72 links)
PM14-RC05X20
Ripping chain (.050" x 24" x 84 links)
PM14-RC05X24
Ripping chain (.058" x 18" x 68 links)
PM14-RC58X18
Ripping chain (.058" x 20" x 72 links)
PM14-RC58X20
Ripping chain (.058" x 24" x 84 links)
PM14-RC58X24














 
Or, we can special order the following chains for you:

Ripping Chain
Item Code
Ripping chain (.050" x 16" x 60 links) (Special Order)
PM14-RC05X16
Ripping chain (.050" x 28" x 91 links) (Special Order)
PM14-RC05X28
Ripping chain (.058" x 16" x 60 links) (Special Order)
PM14-RC58X16









Special order chains can take up to a month to ship out; delivery time varies depending on your location.


PERFORMANCE TIP: Start each sawmilling day with several sharpened chains ready at hand, as well as all your chainsaw tools. Having these important items right at your fingertips will save you time and give you more time milling boards!


IMPORTANT: For ripping cuts only. Do not use these chains for any type of cutting other than ripping. In all cases, regular and precise chain maintenance is critical to maximizing your milling efficiency and prolonging chain life. Sharpen your chains at least every couple hours of milling. Always follow all of the safety directives and instructions outlined by the manufacturer of your chainsaw.

Sorry, there is no warranty on consumable items such as blades or chains.

 

SAWMILL SPECS

It’s easy to pick the Norwood portable sawmill that’s right for you! 

It’s almost as sure as the sun will come up tomorrow that you’ll be looking for more milling capacity and more functions, later on down the road. You need a sawmill that can grow with you.  Norwood believes in making a few sawmills really well and then putting you in charge of where your mill goes from there.
 

Cutting Capacities
Log Diameter: 
14 inches (35 cm)
Board Width: 
8 inches (20 cm)
Log Length: 
Dependant on ladder length
Power Selections
Engine Type: 
Customer supplied chainsaw
(Minimumm >50cc for small-mid-sized logs)
(Minimumm >65cc for mid-large-sized logs)
Dimensions
Bed Length: 
Dependant on ladder length
Blade Length: 
Customer-supplied ripping chain
Set Display: 
2" , 1" and user scale
Manual Functions & Attachments
Bar Oiler Kit: 
Optional
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