Why Choose Norwood Sawmills

In a nutshell: Innovation, Quality & Integrity!


Why Norwood?

In a nutshell: Innovation, Quality & Integrity.

No other company has more portable sawmill patents than Norwood – period. And every Norwood is quality-built in the USA & Canada. They’re designed, and built, to mill millions of board feet reliably and smoothly. Dollar for dollar, you won’t find any portable sawmill that’s more productive, or easy-to-use, than a Norwood.

Norwood Portable Sawmills – brand-name reputation you can trust.

Norwood LumberMan MN26 SAWMILL

More Patents than All Other Portable Sawmill Companies Combined

Norwood Sawmills holds over 50 patents in sawmilling, that make it simpler and more efficient for your milling, like our Auto Locking Sawhead. All of our competitors combined do not hold this many patents. Learn more about Norwood's innovation by watching the video below.



Norwood Is Built to Work

Original Norwood mills from 1993, over 25 years ago, are still running strong! Many of which are operating two 8-hour shifts a day, milling even the hardest exotic hardwoods (that are more than 3 X harder than American hardwoods) in Africa, South America and Australia.

Log Deck Proven to Support 10,000 lbs

The LumberPro uses twin double-plated debossed commercial-grade steel rails in its wide-track log deck. Debossed steel is much stronger and more rigid than flat, unformed steel. Combined with the boxed front & rear-end frames, this log deck gives you greater strength, stiffness, lighter weight, and ultimately greater structural integrity.

But all those manufacturing details don't make the point clearly enough. So, we removed all the supports from the LumberPro's log deck. Then we loaded a whopping 10,000 pounds of logs in the middle.... YAWN!! Nothing happened.

4 Post Carriage Frame Ensures Even, Accurate Milling

Norwood’s cutting head is designed to eliminate any bounce or sag that you can experience on less rugged sawmills.

The fully supported 4-post design is fortified with structurally engineered reinforced 2” X 5” precision-extruded vertical guides, and heavy gauge 2 ½ structural tubular steel rear vertical mounts & front horizontal stabilizer bar.

This means the LumberPro manages higher load inputs for better milling with more accuracy & control.

Built in America

Every component of every Norwood sawmill is made of top-quality steel by highly-skilled operators with cutting-edge fabrication and machining technologies. Norwood sawmills are designed and manufactured so that you will be able to rely on yours for the rest of your life.

Norwood LumberPro HD36

Norwood is Built to Last

The fact that many Norwood customers continue to use earlier-model equipment like the LumberMate 2000, the LumberMate MK1-MK4 and the LumberLite LL24 is testament to the quality and durability of our portable sawmills. And we do certainly continue to support those valued customers with quality parts and accessories to keep their sawmills in fine working order or to expand their capabilities for larger projects.

Commercial-Grade Powder-Coat

Industrial-grade powder-coating protects your investment better, and longer, than old-fashioned spray-paint, which chips, scratches and rusts out in no time. Sure, it costs a lot more to powder-coat steel. In fact, other companies choose to spray-paint their sawmills to save costs and make more money.

You want a sawmill that’s going to work hard, and look good for years to come. That’s why Norwood finishes every critical component on your portable sawmill with the very best powder-coating money can buy.


The Best Value for Your Hard-Earned Dollar

Norwood has the only sawmill that can take you from manual to hydraulic whenever you’re ready. Even Norwood’s manual-only models have more optional attachments and time-saving upgrades than any other brand.

Take a look at Norwood head-to-head with the other guys


Norwood HD36 WoodMizer LT28 What the HD36 Means for You
Price Starts at $7697 Starts at $12995 USD You can stop saving, and start milling, sooner
Log Diameter 36” 32” You can saw bigger logs into wider planks
Engine
  • 16hp Briggs V-Twin
  • 23hp Briggs V-Twin
  • 19hp Kohler
  • 25hp Kohler
  • 17hp Kohler diesel
Patented Laminated Sawhead yes no Exceptional torsional stability improves cut accuracy.
PATENTED Auto Locking Sawhead yes no You save hours of repetitive motion, so you can mill more in less time.
Auto-Lube Standard Extra You save yet another time-wasting repetitive operation.
Carriage Configuration 4-Post Cantilever Higher rigidity improves cut accuracy.
Production Rate 425 bd. Ft./hr 350 bd. Ft./hr Norwood’s patented innovations make the HD36 super-productive.
Finish Powder-Coat Paint Powder-coat stands up better against the elements than mere wet-coating (spray paint).



At Norwood, VALUE is based on five important pillars


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1. Integrity, Honesty, Loyalty & Hard-work

Integrity, honesty, loyalty and hard-work are at the heart of Norwood – who we are, how we work and how we treat our customers. Norwood works hard to engineer and manufacture reliable, efficient and accurate portable sawmills & forestry equipment in North America, and we work hard to keep a large inventory of sawmills in stock so you can get to work right away. We treat each customer with absolute honesty to make sure that the equipment is the right fit for his individual needs. We believe in integrity, loyalty and standing behind our equipment, our customers and our staff.

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2. Equipment Quality vs. Prices

Norwood is committed to offering reliable, high-quality, hard-working forestry equipment at fair prices. Norwood’s roots began when founder Peter Dale wanted to buy a portable sawmill to build a cabin in the woods, but he couldn’t afford any of the sawmills that were available. He decided to build his own – one that he could count on to efficiently mill accurate lumber and yet was affordable. The heart of Norwood’s mission and philosophy was born: quality and fair prices. We won’t sacrifice either.





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3.Production vs Maintenance Cost

Some sawmill companies actually plan on making profits from selling replacement parts – they design their equipment with that in mind! Norwood’s philosophy is totally opposite – we try our hardest to design and manufacture each and every single component on every Norwood sawmill for trouble-free reliability. We don’t want parts to wear out – our goal is that every Norwood owner’s operation runs at peak efficiency. Because there is almost nothing on our portable sawmills or forestry equipment to wear out, we get very, very few calls for parts. But rest assured, if you ever do need anything, Norwood carries everything in stock and can get whatever you need out to you right away.

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4. Norwood Owners Come First

We could tell you that we stand behind every Norwood portable sawmill and every Norwood owner. But then again, lots of companies say that sort of thing. They talk about their service and their customer support, but then you call them and … well … you know the rest. So, we’ll leave it up to our customers – hardworking Norwood owners, to tell you about Norwood’s loyalty and service. Listen to what our customers have to say – read their stories and visit Norwood Connect, Norwood’s Online Chatroom. Or visit a Norwood owner – Contact us and we’ll put you in touch with one near you. We introduced our online

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5. Resale Value

Norwood sawmill owners love their mills. So it’s hard to find anyone willing to sell theirs. But, when well-maintained Norwood sawmills do come up for resale, they often sell for almost their full initial purchase price! In other words, with virtually zero depreciation! Why? First, the price of new Norwood sawmill equipment is very fair and affordable which means no initial “drive-it-off-the-lot” deprecation-hit that comes with machines sold for bloated prices. Second, because Norwood portable sawmills and log skidders are designed to last … and last … and last, there are very few parts on used machines that wear or need replacing. If it works just as well after ten years as it did new, it’s just as useful and just as valuable.

Norwood’s been building sawmills for 25 years. We're proud of the sawmills we build, and proud that Norwood is the number one sawmill choice of hard-working families.

A Tradition of Passion for the Outdoors & the Sawmilling Way of Life


Norwood Sawmills: Proven History

Working on the land, and in the forest, is more than a way of life ... It's a passion shared from one generation to the next. It's who we are and what we become.

You want a sawmill built tough enough to work as hard for the next generation as it will for you. Thousands of Norwood sawmills have survived gruelling conditions far worse than anything you will ever ask your sawmill to endure. From the Norwood testing center, to harsh real-world trials from Alaska’s frontier to Africa’s sub-Saharan hardwoods, it's nothing but brutal.

The reason we do this is simple: it's all about delivering a sawmill that exceeds your expectations - a sawmill that sets industry benchmarks and delivers the kind of reliability and capability that stands the test of time.

You want a portable sawmill backed by a brand-name company that knows milling & knows how to build solid, dependable, accurate equipment.

Norwood fits the bill –


  • Norwood’s been building sawmills for 25 years.
  • Norwood sawmills are hard at work in over 100 countries worldwide.
  • Over 35,000 Norwood sawmills have cut millions of valuable board feet.

Norwood was the very first company to develop affordable personal bandmills and is the only company to focus entirely on this class of sawmills. Since Norwood launched the first LumberMate, other companies followed suit, selling their own lines of personal band sawmills, but only as an afterthought to their main focus on super-sized, and super-expensive, hydraulic mills.

Norwood lives and breathes personal, portable sawmills – Every Norwood team member, from the engineers to the customer-service, devote 100% of their time and energy to making sure you’re proud to be a Norwood owner.

Learn more about the Norwood story here!

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