Logosol M8 Chainsaw Mill

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
4.3
out of 5
Brand:
Logosol
Model:
M8
Price:
$2,200

Description

With the Logosol Sawmill M8 you can quickly produce high-class planks and boards from your logs, in the length and dimensions of your choice. The sawmill is simple to use – and easy to own. If you have not cut timber before, the M8 is the perfect choice. You will quickly get started and the sawmill is very easy to use. The first day you will already have produced a good-sized stack of planks and boards. Visible scales and the possibility of sawing in fixed steps make setting quick and accurate. Everything is clearly described in the book that comes with every sawmill. The accuracy is impressive, no matter if you are sawing boards for panelling or squared logs for building log houses. The M8 can cut all sorts of wood both from the forest and the garden: oak, aspen, juniper, apple tree, cherry tree, larch.

The sawmill is built of strong, anodized aluminium, a material that gives it fantastic qualities. Besides being forever rustproof and storable outdoors, it is so strong and rigid that it can easily take large-diameter logs. At the same time it is so lightweight that you can lift and move it by hand. The coating of the sawmill gives a fine and dirt-repellent surface, which also prevents snow and ice from sticking to the sawmill. The sawmill is almost maintenance free, and it will work when you need it, for decades.

The log ramps and the log beds with integrated winches enable you to cut timber without much effort. The log comes up to a level that makes it comfortable for you to secure it on the sawmill. The compact design makes it even easier when the log is to be turned over, since you then can come close to the sawmill and have a good working posture. But another feature that is just as important for your convenience is that the boards come at an easily accessible waist level, making them easy to lift from the sawmill. In other words, the Logosol Sawmill not only saves your time, but also spares your back.

Fixed log supports are fitted at an exact angle to the log beds. The fixed supports save time, as they never require resetting between the saw cuts, and you do not have to adjust the log clamps. This gives you even better accuracy, as the log that is sawn into boards is supported from the log bed and up to the topside.

In addition, the design of the sawmill makes it suitable for sawing in the winter. All important functions of the sawmill are raised from the snow cover and the sawdust is thrown out away from the sawing spot. This is an important quality in the winter, since sawdust acts as a reinforcement and makes the snow hard as stone. When you have finished you can easily move the sawmill from the spot.

Many of Logosols customers have their sawmill for stationary use. You can also take your sawmill with you and put it up on the spot where the logs are, in the forest, on your backyard, or anywhere else.

The Logosol Sawmill is easiest powered by an ordinary chainsaw (not included). The typical saw unit is a Stihl MS660, which with its seven horsepower and thin guide bar cuts the timber quickly and gives a fine and smooth sawn surface. With such equipment you can saw five metres a minute from a 15 cm thick squared log.
Two log-end rests are included as standard – perfect measurements until the last board.
Quick setup with adjustable feet.
Durable, dirt-repellent surface. It never rusts.
Quick setting with fixed height settings.
Adapted for all-year use in a Nordic climate.
Double log clamps
Log ramps are included as standard.
Log beds with winches.
Sawing length for the basic model is 5.1 metres.
A rigid lightweight construction – take the sawmill to the log.
Accessories: Chainsaw, log house moulder, bandsaw, etc.
Note: Will not work with the Husqvarna 3120XP chainsaw unless specific modifications are made.
Technical Data
Weight: 52 kg (150 lbs) without saw unit
Length: Standard length is 5,5 m (18 ft)
Width: 0,6 m (25")
Height: 1,0 m (40")
Space between the logsupports: 2 m (79")
Maximum diameter of logs: 0,9 m (36")
Maximum length of logs: Standard length is 5 m (16 ft 5"), but the sawmill can be extended to any length.
Optional equipment: Gas chainsaws, electric chainsaws, guide bars, chains, log house molders etc.

WOOD magazine review

Mill your own lumber with minimal effort

Review Summary

Logosol’s M8 mill takes most of the labor out of using a chainsaw mill. In fact, I found the M8 as easy to use as a bandsaw mill, but with price and portability advantages. The aluminum-frame M8 has an 18' beam, yet, when assembled, it’s still light enough (about 150 lbs without the saw) for two people to easily pick up and carry. I managed to carry the mostly assembled mill into the woods by myself, set it up, and cut the tree where it fell.
That sure beats dragging a log to the mill through blade-dulling mud and dirt. You can cut logs up to about 16' long, and their maximum diameter depends on the length of your chainsaw’s bar; I cut up logs that were nearly 2' in diameter with my 24" bar. You’ll need a chainsaw (not included) with at least an 80cc motor; lesser-powered saws will struggle. I outfitted a Husqvarna 395XP with ripping chain, and it cut with ease, though slower than a typical bandsaw mill. Rolling the log up the 20"-high stepped platform (you raise the platform and log together to the saw from there) proves the most challenging aspect, but a friend and two cant hooks make it go quickly. Once you mount the saw into the mill’s carriage, you feed it through the log via a crank and nylon cord. It couldn’t be any simpler. The ratcheting depth-of-cut adjustments lock solidly in place for accurate rips. But know that you’ll lose about 3/8" from the thickness with each cut. The M8 and appropriate chainsaw will cost you about $3,200, admittedly a hefty investment. But if you spend a lot of money on precut dried lumber, and have a space to dry wood, you’ll recoup your investment over time. —Tested by John Olson, Design Editor

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

4

Reader Reviews

Logosol log clamps

Review Summary

Well hello I have purchased a new m8 mill from logosol .it has lived up to the all of the logs I have run through it with great results .... The log clamps that come with the mill work best once you have an actual cant.wen working with a odd log the clamps don't seem to hold as well .with a better holding system this would be 5 stars . Thanks and if anyone has similar experience I would like to know what you are doing differently Thanks. Phil

Detailed Ratings

4.3
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

5

Ease of Use

4

Value

4

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