The Logosol M7 Portable SawMill
| This view shows the mechanisms of the Logosol M7 sawmill. The chainsaw is drawn down the guide rail and through the log by reeling in the white nylon cord. At the far end the cord is attached to the guard which is clamped to the rail and has teeth ("dogs") that grip the end of the log.
The log is sitting on two log beds that are raised and lowered by turning the crank to reel in or play out the heavy green cords. At the base of the vertical stainless steel bar on the logbed is a set nuts and bolts that allow the log beds to be fine tuned to each other. The bar has teeth that engage a pawl which has two sets of teeth, coarse and fine. Seen below and left of the cord spool, the pawl ratchets into position on the bar with an audible click; the coarse side of the pawl raises the bed in 1/4" intervals, and the fine side raises in 1/8" intervals.
The guide rail is two sections totaling slightly over 16 feet long, short extensions are available as well as half mills which add 8+ feet and another logbed.
Here is a pair of photos showing the M7 when it first arrived in it's semi permanent position at the lower end of our front field. This is a nice location on many counts, there is easy access to the driveway, the terrain makes loading easy and the mill is in shade from about 2pm on.
I tend to do most of my milling after lunch.
Nothing better than free logs! My wife, Debbie, is sitting on a large poplar log. This is the first two of several large trailer loads of logs donated by our friends Bill and Joslyn Pollock who own Arbor Services of Connecticut, Inc. This view shows the slightly up hill position of the log pile imparting a nice gentle slope to the ramps which greatly facilitates loading.
Under the tarps in the background is our recently arrived timber destined to be the primary component of our house.
Here is yours truly with Rob Bjorklund, the US expert on these mills and President of Logosol Inc., this was my first chance to meet him in person. We had spoken several times on the telephone when I first set up my mill.
Rob was at a woodworking show demonstrating the "new" M7 woodworkers mill, an 8' version of the classic M7 with closer set logbeds giving it a greater capacity to cut specialty lumber in the sizes fine wood workers use most. This mill is set up with the E3000 electric chainsaw which is a nice relatively quiet machine that makes indoor demonstrations possible.
So how difficult is it to operate the M7?
Need I say it...
Think he's caught the milling bug?
There is nothing quite so nice as lifting off a freshly milled board to expose a bright new layer of woodgrain.