We have a guy come and saw for us about every five years and he has a wood mizer. I cant remember the model but it one of the bigger ones with hydraulic everything and he says he would not use one for a buisnes without the hydraulics SOme sawers charge by the board foot but this guy charges by the machine hour we saw for two days and it costs around $500 for a large pile of 1 inch hardwoods and a even larger pile of 2 inch softwoods. I have looked into buying one myself but i would go through a bank with a loan if you need to the sawmill companys charge pretty high intrest on there payments. You have to do a lot of sawing to even make the payments on the saws plus a truck or somthing to pull them and gas and maintaining them. I think you can buy the smallest basci unit for around $5000 but they take more work but should get the same smooth lumber it just will take more work.
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