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Buying a sawmill in Alberta

Oct. 27, 2016 - With the first snow on the ground and winter approaching, woodlot and acreage owners may be looking to cut some lumber during the long winter months.

October 26, 2016  By Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

“You can either pay someone to custom mill your trees or buy a sawmill and do it yourself,” says Toso Bozic, bioenergy/agroforestry specialist, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. “If the latter, there are several things to consider before buying. These include the size of your operation, the sawmill type you buy, what you are going to cut, the production system, and the costs.”

The first step in choosing the right sawmill is to decide how much the mill will be used and how big the operation will be. Is the mill for hobby purposes, or for a part-time or a full-time business venture? “The cost of a mill and the financial obligations for each of these endeavors is quite different,” says Bozic. “A general rule of thumb is the less expensive the mill, the smaller the size of the operation.”

Read the full article by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.


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