This article is an extract from our recent sawmill buyer's guide, which also included brands such as Wood-Mizer and Logosol. Read the full feature here. 

FOR almost 35 years, Peterson Portable Sawmills have been the passion and livelihood of thousands of satisfied sawmillers worldwide; from farmers and woodlot owners to custom sawyers, arborists, woodworkers and commercial operators, who enjoy the most efficient portable sawmills in the world, matched with after-sales service that is second to none.

With Peterson, you get what you pay for; durable, well-designed, efficient, and versatile portable sawmills with custom-built features that will save you time and money on running costs. Designed and manufactured in New Zealand and exported globally, from the highlands of Papua New Guinea to the snow peaks of Alaska, Peterson makes machines that are well engineered, adaptable, and built to last.

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They are designed with safety in mind – all Peterson Portable Sawmills are CE Certified.

The CE marking represents the internationally recognized standard for safety compliance, enabling the company to export its sawmills to the European Economic Area.

The Peterson brand began in 1989, when Carl Peterson sold his first portable swingblade mill. Even though it was only a basic version, it was a true invention – the world’s first commercially available portable swingblade sawmill! A machine that combats the issues of portability, limited cut sizes, blade costs, time efficiency and durability.

Today, Peterson boasts a range of five top-of-the-line models catering for a wide range of users, from hobby millers to professional foresters. Widely admired for the world-class engineering of their products, Peterson proudly cut, weld, treat, build, and individually test every single machine with love and care, to the highest workmanship standards.

Apart from the Junior Peterson (made from mild steel to achieve a lower price point), the entire Peterson range is manufactured using hand-polished stainless steel and aluminium. This makes them virtually rust free and means the mills are robust in performance and most importantly they maintain long-term durability in even the harshest conditions. 

Peterson Portable Sawmills’ website is home to hundreds of interesting owners’ stories, and endless testimonials.

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But these clever Kiwis have undoubtedly the greatest resources in the world for people who have never heard of their brand or technology. If you’re researching a sawmill purchase, you would agree that the best people to speak to are those who operate the machines on a regular basis. As a result of identifying this need, Peterson has created an ‘Owner’s Network’: a global map of Peterson owners who have put their hand up to take your calls, answer all your questions and even demonstrate their mill to help you make the most informed decision possible. 

You really can do it all with a Peterson and, with global support only a call away, why settle for anything less?