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  1. We've considered it several times. We always get bogged down with how to offer it to the rest of our branches and dealers in Europe, and the admin aspect. We just launched a new UK website built on a new web platform that should help solve some of the issues in the past. So keep checking back! 🙂 That's also a consideration we have as well. It would be ideal for the marketplace if the directory included any/all sawyers.
  2. Something like this? Wood-Mizer USA started this about 6 years ago to help connect people who were looking for sawing services to our customers who often had difficulty with marketing themselves online. https://woodmizer.com/us/Services/Find-a-Local-Sawyer Wood-Mizer Germany set one up as well. http://www.woodmizer.de/Lohnsäger
  3. Yeah, the association is a great group. Love the 'Full Circle' magazine - it's one of the best sawmilling magazines available. It's great to have a magazine and group focused specifically on sawmilling, usually most of them are so broad. If I remember correctly, you're just down the street from Sandy?
  4. Thanks Big J for calling us out on that. Sorry for the inference that others weren't offering similar services/capacity in the area. It wasn't the intention, and the article has been amended accordingly. Also, additional photos have been added to the article, and a video interview with Sandy is coming soon.
  5. “Put me in a harness and a rope and a chain saw, and I’m at home.” Nestled in the rolling green hills west of Edinburgh, Sandy and Fiona take pride in their handmade furniture and beautifully landscaped yard. For 17 years, Sandy ran a successful tree surgeon business called Treeshape. “I came back from New Zealand in 1999,” Sandy shares, “with nothing at that time, after already having 20 year’s experience. I saw there was an open market for tree surgeons and just went for it, basically because it was new, real competition. I’ve built up my yard, the field, equipment, forestry mulchers, chippers, grinders, stump grinders…but after reaching a certain age, it started to hurt, and bureaucracy kicked in as well.” He laughs. “It was just too much and it wasn’t enjoyable anymore. So I sold a lot of my equipment and bought sawmills and sharpeners and setters.” Sandy and Fiona previously had a Wood-Mizer LT20 sawmill, which they used to process trees on a nominal basis, and used the timber to build some personal projects. “It was such a good sawmill that I went for another Wood-Mizer,” Sandy comments. “Not only because the machine is good, but the backup too. I’ve always been well looked after by Wood-Mizer.” Sandy’s purchase of the brand new WM1000 wide-cutting sawmill was the first of its kind in Scotland. With the WM1000, logs can be sawed in half, into quarters, or into wide slabs directly for special projects. The operator safely controls all cutting functions while standing on a platform that moves with the head. The WM1000 was perfect for Sandy’s budding business, so he ordered the highest specs for a more powerful machine, a wider blade, and a full blade sharpening package. Wood-Mizer’s Scotland agent, Keith Threadgall shares. “Since nobody was doing it in Scotland at the time, he thought it would provide a good service, being able to mill up big large bits of timber.” Sandy and Keith were especially excited about the blade sharpening package. “A lot of customers in Scotland are starting to buy their own blade packages,” Keith shares. “They prefer to do their own blades.” Sandy was surprised at the ease in which he could clean, lubricate, and sharpen his blades. In the eastern region of Scotland, the weather is pretty changeable. But with the WM1000, Sandy doesn’t need to go outside to operate his sawmill. “It’s electric, it’s inside—it covers all my needs. And it’s very affordable for what it does. With a quick clean and lube, it’s ready to saw.” “I’m doing it because I like doing it, and I can take time to learn to do it correctly. Hopefully at the end of it, I can have some furniture and be able to provide a service to mill for other people.” And, shortly after making a few pieces of furniture, Sandy’s friends began requesting more. “So my business is basically going to be an in-house, contract saw miller. I can haul timber with my Unimog 2100 forestry trailer/crane. And I can be part tree surgeon when I feel like it, and a furniture maker too,” Sandy said with a smile. “A lot of oversized timber just gets turned into firewood and wasted, or just gets burned,” he explains. They make it a point to salvage the trees they work on as tree surgeons and use the leftover wood in their own projects. “Even the sawdust is a product,” Sandy says. Sandy’s business has just started, but it’s already rapidly growing. Sandy is planning ahead and working to find some new contacts so his hobby can become a service for others. “With a good job, you get rewards,” he explains. “The main thing is, be honest. And then be thorough!” By Bethany Faubion
  6. “Put me in a harness and a rope and a chain saw, and I’m at home.” Nestled in the rolling green hills west of Edinburgh, Sandy and Fiona take pride in their handmade furniture and beautifully landscaped yard. For 17 years, Sandy ran a successful tree surgeon business called Treeshape. “I came back from New Zealand in 1999,” Sandy shares, “with nothing at that time, after already having 20 year’s experience. I saw there was an open market for tree surgeons and just went for it, basically because it was new, real competition. I’ve built up my yard, the field, equipment, forestry mulchers, chippers, grinders, stump grinders…but after reaching a certain age, it started to hurt, and bureaucracy kicked in as well.” He laughs. “It was just too much and it wasn’t enjoyable anymore. So I sold a lot of my equipment and bought sawmills and sharpeners and setters.” Sandy and Fiona previously had a Wood-Mizer LT20 sawmill, which they used to process trees on a nominal basis, and used the timber to build some personal projects. “It was such a good sawmill that I went for another Wood-Mizer,” Sandy comments. “Not only because the machine is good, but the backup too. I’ve always been well looked after by Wood-Mizer.” Sandy’s purchase of the brand new WM1000 wide-cutting sawmill was the first of its kind in Scotland. With the WM1000, logs can be sawed in half, into quarters, or into wide slabs directly for special projects. The operator safely controls all cutting functions while standing on a platform that moves with the head. The WM1000 was perfect for Sandy’s budding business, so he ordered the highest specs for a more powerful machine, a wider blade, and a full blade sharpening package. Wood-Mizer’s Scotland agent, Keith Threadgall shares. “Since nobody was doing it in Scotland at the time, he thought it would provide a good service, being able to mill up big large bits of timber.” Sandy and Keith were especially excited about the blade sharpening package. “A lot of customers in Scotland are starting to buy their own blade packages,” Keith shares. “They prefer to do their own blades.” Sandy was surprised at the ease in which he could clean, lubricate, and sharpen his blades. In the eastern region of Scotland, the weather is pretty changeable. But with the WM1000, Sandy doesn’t need to go outside to operate his sawmill. “It’s electric, it’s inside—it covers all my needs. And it’s very affordable for what it does. With a quick clean and lube, it’s ready to saw.” “I’m doing it because I like doing it, and I can take time to learn to do it correctly. Hopefully at the end of it, I can have some furniture and be able to provide a service to mill for other people.” And, shortly after making a few pieces of furniture, Sandy’s friends began requesting more. “So my business is basically going to be an in-house, contract saw miller. I can haul timber with my Unimog 2100 forestry trailer/crane. And I can be part tree surgeon when I feel like it, and a furniture maker too,” Sandy said with a smile. “A lot of oversized timber just gets turned into firewood and wasted, or just gets burned,” he explains. They make it a point to salvage the trees they work on as tree surgeons and use the leftover wood in their own projects. “Even the sawdust is a product,” Sandy says. Sandy’s business has just started, but it’s already rapidly growing. Sandy is planning ahead and working to find some new contacts so his hobby can become a service for others. “With a good job, you get rewards,” he explains. “The main thing is, be honest. And then be thorough!” By Bethany Faubion View full article
  7. Hello all! Wood-Mizer UK cordially invites you to attend our June Open House in Graythwaite, Cumbria. 23-24 June. 9am - 5pm both days. Come see! - WB2000 wideband sawmill from the new Wood-Mizer TITAN wideband processing equipment range. - THE NEW LX450 and LX150 twin-rail sawmills will debut for the first time in the UK! The LX150 features a wide cut - LT15 hobbyist/farmer sawmill in action - LT20 mobile sawmill in action Location: GRAITHWAITE SAWMILL GRAITHWAITE ULVESTONE CUMBRIA LA12 8BB More details! June Open House - See the WB2000 wideband sawmill & more! | Wood-Mizer UK Video from the Scotland Open House in April
  8. Here's the link to register, with map, etc.! Wood-Mizer April Open House - See the WM1000 in action and more! | Wood-Mizer UK
  9. Hi, just a comment about blade usage - the technique you mention at the end of your post there is a good way to prolong the life of the blade. It lets the metal rest. Wood-Mizer recommends doing this :-)
  10. New video from Bullith Welles, Wales! ModuLog Glamping Pods (glamping = glamorous camping) A father and son team use their own woodland to grow timber and use an LT40 sawmill to process the timber for use in their custom garden offices/glamping pods.
  11. New video from Germany! MR Holz - Visit a small German fencing company - MR Holz - and find out how they diversified their logging company into a wider range of products and services with an LT15 sawmill.
  12. Latest video: Missionary uses LT15 sawmill in Zambia In order to be self-supporting and not rely so much on donations to keep his work going, as well as provide work and training for locals, John Enright started a woodworking shop with an LT15 in northern Zambia. Out of that project grew another project - making and giving away beehives - in order to help locals improve their ability to generate incomes... Great story, check it out! http://
  13. Nicely done! You should enter a project or two into our customer project contest! 'My Project' Contest page. Deadline is in two weeks.
  14. I can imagine that filming while focusing on the job at hand is truly a challenge! Share some with us when you do! Some narration about what you're cutting, and how you're going about it always makes the videos quite interesting.

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