Mobile sawmills have become increasingly popular in recent years, offering a practical solution to processing large pieces of timber on site. This allows timber to be turned into a usable form without the need for equipment or haulage facilities to transport it to the sawmill and back. However, there will always be a need for a static mill. Here, Forestry Journal brings you the best of both with some of the latest offerings out there.


Forestry Journal:

PANTHER chainsaw mills have evolved a great deal over the last year. There is now a three-mill lineup:

  • Panther Horizon – the mainstay of the range, with lengths from 36” up to 120”. Larger Horizon mills are now made from 45 mm profile. The winch has been completely redeveloped by Loglogic to be lighter with more feel.
  • Panther Intersect – capable of both horizontal and vertical cuts, but with a max working bar size of 28”. This mill runs on the Panther first cut track system using a four-wheeled system that gives precise and easy cutting. It’s designed to work with the larger Panther Horizon mills.
  • Panther Cub – a smaller mill; max bar is 20” and cut width is 17”. This runs on smaller chainsaws.

Most parts of the Panther mills are interchangeable and modular. Connection from mill to bar is bolted and takes less than a minute to attach. Height adjustment is precise and tool free – no fiddling with a spanner and trying to hold the mill level while you re-tighten.

The most optimum bars and chains are fitted – low profile for 90cc saws and .404 skip and hyper skip for the larger mills.

The new Mk III Panther Winch now comes as standard on all Panther Horizon mills (and can also be easily mounted to the Panther Intersect).

The first cut system for the Panther Horizon also operates as the track for the Panther Intersect, which can be extended to as long as you want it to be.

Visit the Panther Mill area of for more information



Forestry Journal:

THE success of the Lucas Mill is quite simply down to the brilliance of its design.

Not only is it easily portable into otherwise inaccessible locations and can be quickly set up in approximately 15 minutes around any log up to 6 metres long, in situ and on uneven terrain – but the simplicity of its operation, consistent accuracy, speed and finish of the cut never fail to impress. It inspires confidence and encourages the conversion of felled timber into high-value beams, dimensioned timber, boards and slabs.

There are options of either a swing-blade mill that can have a slabbing attachment fitted as a very cost-effective optional extra or a dedicated slabbing mill. With the capability of cutting timber any size dimensioned up to 500 mm x 250 mm (20 inch x 10 inch) and slabbing logs up to 1.9 metres in diameter, the versatility of these mills is extraordinary.

With the ability to cut both dimensional timber and slabs, the maximum value can be realised from every log by using the Lucas Mill, making this machine highly profitable in a very short space of time.

Lucas Mills are manufactured in Australia and imported into the UK by Fuelwood (Warwick) Ltd. Fuelwood is renowned for its expertise as dealer in a huge range of forestry and firewood machinery as well as its engineering capabilities. Fuelwood designs and manufactures its own range of professional timber conversion machinery from its factory in Warwickshire. All of this means you can be confident that this machine will give years of very profitable service, with the backup and support of one of the most reliable companies within the forestry sector.

For more information, or to arrange a Lucas Mill demonstration, contact Fuelwood on 01926 484673, email or visit



Forestry Journal:

REDUCE your production costs and increase both your profits and the quality of your sawn timber with Ripper37, a new generation of sawmill blade.

From purpose-built 24-hour facilities in Yorkshire, Dakin-Flathers has combined its 125 years of saw manufacturing experience and developed a premium sawmill blade which lasts 37 per cent longer than the competition.

Ripper37 is crafted from high-quality, carbon-rich Western European steel, developed with unique metallurgical properties to deliver the optimum balance between strength and flexibility.

An extensive digitally controlled quality assurance programme, which involves photographic tooth profile checks, set analysis, straightness testing, hardness testing and microstructural analysis, results in a blade that cuts straighter and has harder, longer-lasting teeth, producing one of the best blades on the market. In short, Ripper37 delivers: 37 per cent greater durability than its leading rivals; up to 100 per cent more re-grinds; unparalleled out-of-the-box performance; minimal waste and maximum cutting power; improved quality of finish on the sawn timber; and reduced production costs and more profit for you and your company.

Thanks to its focus on quality and performance, Dakin-Flathers has grown from being the leading supplier in the UK to one of the leading suppliers in the world, exporting to over 100 countries with an unrivalled worldwide reputation for quality and performance.

Dakin-Flathers has partnered with Stephen Cull BladeMaster to distribute its full range of sawmill blades in the UK. For many years, Stephen represented a well-known sawmill manufacturer throughout Wales and the west of England, gaining extensive technical experience of all their equipment, and is well respected within the industry.

Stephen said: “I’m proud to be able to offer this top-quality British-made sawmill blade to those in the trade who, like me, are striving for productivity, profit and perfection in our sawmilling.”

As well as distributing Ripper37 blades, Stephen Cull also offers a full blade resharpen service, sawmill servicing and technical advice borne out of over two decades’ experience.

Remember, the heart of any sawmill is the blade itself. Your sawmill will only ever be as good as the blade used on it, so choosing the correct one is critical to maximising your cutting performance and output.

To discover the full benefits of Ripper37, and to order sawmill blades online, visit for more information or call 07887 544 333

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