The Woodbug was designed as a personal sawmill for farmers, resort owners, prospectors, rural homeowners and woodworkers. The simplicity, ease of operation and accuracy of this machine is due to a simple straight forward design, nothing tricky to adjust or tinker with while milling.
"WOODBUG Chain Technology" has overcome the shortcomings of chain milling such as slow rate of cut, high feed pressure, frequent filing, rapid bar wear and chain breakage. The chain is sharpened with a file in a modified, "Oregon", filing guide to, "Woodbug", specifications. This is easily learned and provides a hard chrome cutting edge that stands up much longer than conventional sharpening methods. This hard edge gets sharper and stays sharp longer as well as reducing feed pressure and resulting friction.
Together with improved cutter geometry, all contribute to an outstanding rate of cut. Lubrication is important to chain and bar life. Woodbug Ripping oil should be used if possible, Do Not use sticky bar oil. If Woodbug Ripping oil is not available use motor oil.
The Woodbug mills comes in two sizes: Woodbug up to 20" diameter logs, and the Baby Bug up to 11" diameter logs. These mills are constructed in modular sections 10' long that bolt end to end up to the desired length. The frame of the larger "Woodbug" is 2' high and 2' wide, each section weighs 140 Lb. Hardware for this mill is no more than 20 Lb. of small parts (less saw). The "Baby Bug", is a 15" High and 14" wide unit with each section weight at 89 Lb. Hardware for this mill is no more than 10 Lb. of small parts (less saw). As you can see the mill can be easily transported to remote sites, even by air (will fit in the float gear of small aircraft).
These mills process logs that would be poorly done on other mills, because we designed to eliminate tension warping of small logs (this is what causes lumber and timbers to be tapered thinner on ends as can be seen on lumber cut from small logs on other mills, anyone who has milled small logs will know what we are talking about).
The Woodbug turns small logs and leftovers into accurate, sliver-free lumber. Beat the high cost of lumber with a "Woodbug" one-man sawmill. For more information or to order your own mill please contact us at the address below. Thank you!
Woodbug Small Log Sawmill Ltd. Ph 250-923-7773
toll free 877 966 3284 (1 877 WOODBUG)
Box 138-1435 West Rd Fax 250-923-4413 Heriot Bay, BC V0P 1H0 Canada E-Mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Development of The Woodbug Sawmill
The "Woodbug" was developed from a need for a sawmill on my acreage in Coastal B.C.There is a lot of second growth timber on my place that could be used as building material if only I had a mill.
I had an "Alaska Sawmill",a very good tool with larger wood.My father had built a chalet style house of large cedar planks four inches thick up to two feet wide.These were stood vertically and the support timbers were jointed through these walls (he was a boat builder) He also cut a major portion of the material for a forty six foot schooner(another work of art) My brother-in-law,built an entire forty six foot schooner with my "Alaska sawmill". There was no doubt in my mind that the "Alaska" could "cut it"by the way the saws themselves showed no signs of fatigue after these work outs,they love to work.
Well I started with the "Alaska" with my wife on the other end, to cut this small second growth timber,setup time was tedious and the yield for a days work was dismal (production with large wood is good). My conscience started to bother me about having my wife on the tip end with that ,"090 Stihl", barking in her face without benefit of a baffle in the exhaust (no hearing protection either, it was not something you bothered with back then). We needed both of us to run this thing, that required us to make time in our other tasks at the same time, this reduced the opportunity to mill. We were not going to make it with building this way. I needed a mill to mill small logs quickly, easily, accurately and alone.
After hunting around I accumulated most everything for a circular sawmill and was about to start assembly when my father, who also has extensive experience with saw mills, told me that for the amount of wood I would cut the circular sawmill would be a burden of labour that would not be worth the effort. He said that I should try something in the way of a chainsaw mill, do whatever it takes to make it work. It turned out to be sage advice from a man of much experience (he defined experience as ...a long series of mistakes...).
The first mill built saw twenty four feet long and roughly the size of the, "Twenty Inch Bug" , with a square steel tube frame, wooden guides at the bottom and wooden bunks. The saw carriage was a simple slider,no wheels or sawdust deflector.Once the accuracy possible in this design became apparent changes were made to realize it's potential. Much experimenting was done on chain types, sharpening geometry, power density as well as lubricants the "Woodbug" was an excellent test bed,we now know how to make chain work.There are still areas where much improvement can be had but this will have to wait for another round of testing.
This mill should be looked upon as a fundamental rural economic tool.It demands a minimum of effort to own, It runs everytime you are ready to mill, no monkey wrenching workouts every time you need some lumber (a small footprint in your life). The reality of rural life is that it is seasonal, you have to save enough money to live on in the off season. You have no money to spare for building projects when you have "time"and will find the time off totally wasted. The "Woodbug" will give a means to providing infrastructure in the off season.The significance of this should not be overlooked, it will provide much in economic stability and progress in our lives.
Rural life is an ongoing economic challenge.
Here are some photos from the," International plowing Match," in Ontario, Canada.
this is one heavy log to nibble down Poplar has an interesting grain. Cutting Douglas Fir on Vancouver Isl.