OUR BIGGEST REGRET? Selling our TimberKing 1220. So we bought another one.


Brianna Hand says, "Thumbs Up" for TimberKing sawing. She often handles the mill while her husband, Bobby, pulls the boards off the mill. And snaps the pictures!
Brianna Hand says, “Two Thumbs Up” for TimberKing sawing. She often operates the mill while her husband, Bobby, pulls the boards off. And snaps the pictures!

Bobby Hand tells his TimberKing story….

“Years ago, I bought a TimberKing 1220 sawmill. I sawed up a bunch of wood and used it to build our house. Then I sold the mill. That was the worst mistake I ever made. I realized I just had to have one. So I just bought another one.

“So I bought another TimberKing”

Here's Brianna with a stack of boards the couple sawed recently.
Here’s Brianna with a stack of boards the couple sawed recently.

My wife, Brianna, and I have a 15-acre farm with a cabin by a pond in the back where we go to hang out. The first thing we did with our new 1220 was sawing out shiplap siding for it. That paid for half the mill just on that one job.

I have a full time job working with hydraulics. My wife works full time, too. Each year, we grow and sell around 40,000 pumpkins on land we lease. And we saw out lumber with our TimberKing 1220 sawmill. Every Christmas, we make kids rocking horses out of oak, poplar, and cherry. We’re giving them to friends as gifts right now but plan to start selling them soon.

The Hands have an arrangement with a neighbor. Bobby and Brianna harvest the neighbor’s blown-down trees…the neighbor gets lumber…and the mess gets cleaned up.

It’s Wife-Approved

Brianna knew I wanted a sawmill. Ever since we started sawing with it, she’s said she’s glad we got it. In fact, she has started running the mill and she loves doing it. She says it’s easy to use, safe, and fun to run. I end up pulling the boards off the mill as she’s sawing. So our TimberKing is ‘wife-approved!’

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A neighbor has 350 acres of trees, a lot of pine. There are always trees blowing down and we have an arrangement: I get trees, he gets lumber, and the blown-down trees get cleaned up.

Saves us a lot of money

Our sawing isn’t really a business but it helps us save a lot of money. I got started sawing years ago when a friend of mine had a sawmill. I got into woodworking and wanted a mill of my own. I got my first TimberKing a dozen years ago. I used it then sold it and I’ve regretted it ever since.

The Hands build rocking horses as Christmas gifts. But their plan is to make and sell them.

I decided to buy a new mill and I looked at all of them out there. TimberKing looked better built, strong, and had a better warranty than others. I got another 1220 because it’s priced right for what I need. It’s very reasonably priced.

This new one is better than the older one because TimberKing has made improvements. I like the new cam-operated log dogs. And TimberKing’s 4-post head is unbelievable. It’s strong and keeps the sawing true. I can actually saw wood as thin as a sheet of paper. You can roll it up when it comes off the saw.

No problems with the machine or the company

I definitely recommend TimberKing to others. It’s really easy to use, they’ve got good financing with no money down and no payments for a long time. That way, you can make the mill pay for itself. The customer service is excellent. I even talked to the president, Will Johnson, and he was great.

Sawing's all in a day's work at the Hand farm. Brianna says, "It's easy and fun."
Sawing’s all in a day’s work at the Hand farm. Brianna says, “It’s easy and fun.”

We’ve had no problems with the machine or the company. Everything’s great. It does what it’s supposed to do and that’s all you can ask for.”

— Bobby & Brianna Hand, TimberKing 1220 Owners, Springfield TN

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Their business plan – GRIT, GUTS and a TIMBERKING SAWMILL

“We know our wood business is going to be great – the phone is blowing up already! We will succeed and grow, we’re just that kind of people. And we believe people with grit and guts can do something like this. If you have drive and faith, you can do anything.” – Robert & Amy Bigler

Man and wife workmates, Robert and Amy Bigler have launched a woodworking business with TimberKing and Woodmaster equipment. "We will grow and succeed because that's the kind of people we are!"

Man and wife workmates, Robert and Amy Bigler have launched a woodworking business with TimberKing and Woodmaster equipment. “We will grow and succeed because that’s the kind of people we are!”

“I’ve been a woodworker my entire life. For 30 years, my wife, Amy, and I worked in the insurance industry. I was a general contractor doing insurance reconstruction. Repairing damaged houses, piecing-in flooring in water-damaged homes, restoration, rebuilding, and much more.

We grew tired of working in insurance restoration and decided to take a leap of faith. We quit 6-figure jobs and started our own business. With all those years in insurance restoration, we clearly saw there was a need for custom woodwork, trim, hardwood flooring, custom millwork, and more. Too, we saw a big need for custom-matched trim — the ability to match original trim in houses where the molding’s been damaged.

Time to start earning for ourselves

So, two years ago, we decided it was finally time to stop making money for others and start earning for ourselves. We bought a TimberKing 1220 sawmill and three Woodmaster Molder/Planers and started gearing up to start our own hardwood products business.

We already had the space and resources for it — we live on what you’d call a gentleman’s farm. It’s 40 acres in a rural area just within the Kansas City, Missouri city limits. We hay half of it and the other half is in timber. We fell and harvest our own trees selectively, mostly walnut and oak. We have a TimberKing sawmill and a big outbuilding to hold lumber.

We’ve also developed working relationships with local tree services. They bring us trees they’ve cut – nice oak, hickory, and ash — or we go and pick them up and put them on our sawmill. Between our own trees and those from the tree services, we have a steady supply of logs.

And, through the insurance rehab work we’ve done, we know all kinds of woodworkers, contractors, and subcontractors. We know exactly what they need in trim, flooring, and hardwood products.

Grit and guts – drive and faith

At first, we had some trepidation about leaving our jobs and starting a business. But we planned for it, gave notice and walked away. We’re in this together, working together. We know this is going to be great – the phone is blowing up already! We will succeed and grow in this business, we’re just that kind of people. And we believe people with grit and guts can do something like this. If you have drive and faith, you can do anything.

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A friend knew people at TimberKing

My wife and I shopped together for sawmills. We searched online, and a friend knew people at TimberKing. We saw how well built and how strong their mills are – the quality and engineering is superior to other mills we looked at. Others are cheaply made and don’t have TimberKing’s quality. We went to the factory in Kansas City and into the caves where they build the mills.

Amy works right alongside Robert. “I’m a mega Martha Stuart do-it-yourselfer,” she says. “I’ve driven tractors, forklifts, and been around construction for decades.” These days, you might find Amy running the couple’s TimberKing.

Amy works right alongside Robert. “I’m a mega Martha Stuart do-it-yourselfer,” she says. “I’ve driven tractors, forklifts, and been around construction for decades.” You’ll often find Amy running the couple’s TimberKing.

TimberKing’s mills are so well made, and put out such high-quality lumber, we had confidence to go forward with our plan. Everyone at TimberKing has been extremely accommodating and friendly and they know their mill and sawing very well. I met with the president, Will Johnson. And I’m on a first-name basis with sales guys like Matt and Jake. Every time I need something or have a question they treat me very well and give me good information.

Made in Kansas City, USA

A big selling factor, of course, is they’re made right here in Kansas City, USA. For us, it’s all about Made in America. The price was right and from a size standpoint, the 1220’s right for everything we saw. If business grows, and we expect it will, we’ll upgrade and get a second sawmill – definitely a TimberKing.

One of the Biglers' money-makers is duplicating antique trim for home restoration after a fire or flood. They send a piece of original trim to Woodmaster, and Woodmaster manufactures an exact-match molding knife.

One of the Biglers’ money-makers is duplicating antique trim with their 3 Woodmaster Molder/Planers. Robert sends a piece of original trim to Woodmaster, and Woodmaster manufactures an exact-match molding knife.

The Biglers have 3 Woodmaster Molder/Planers. Their 25" model is set up as a dedicated planer. One of their 18" 718's has a 3-side Molding System attachment. The second 718 is set up for full-time molding.

The Biglers have 3 Woodmaster Molder/Planers. Their 25″ model is set up as a dedicated planer. One of their 18″ 718’s has a 3-side Molding System attachment. The other is set up for full-time molding.

We like TimberKing’s 4-post head and the sturdy, welded construction including the welded steel frame. A lot of less expensive brands don’t have nearly the same strength frame. The machine’s well- balanced and easy to run.

Amy and I work side-by-side but sometimes she cuts by herself. 5’4” and she runs the mill by herself. The way it’s engineered and built, it’s very user-friendly and simple to run.

Customer service is very important to us and TimberKing has been great. I feel like I have people in my corner. I call down to the factory and talk to Matt, Jake, or Will and I’m not talking to some big conglomerate. They’re real people. You know how it usually is; you call some company with a question and they don’t have time to talk. Maybe they’ll call you later. TimberKing is Johnny-on-the-spot. They take the time to talk you through whatever question you have.

We could have bought any mill, we chose TimberKing

All I can say is we’re very pleased. We could have bought any brand out there and we chose this one. I’d certainly recommend TimberKing to anybody. Good products, good people, and great customer service. If anybody’s looking for a sawmill, I’d certainly steer them toward a TimberKing.

We’re happy and excited. We have a lot at stake in this endeavor but we’ll make it work because that’s who we are!”

— Robert & Amy Bigler, Heartland Millworks, TimberKing and Woodmaster Owners, Independence MO

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A FAMILY BARN RAISING – building Grandma’s legacy with a TimberKing Sawmill

Bryan (right) and his brother John with their 1400 TimberKing sawmill

Bryan (right) and his brother John with their 1400 TimberKing sawmill

“I’m one of four siblings from a big family in Louisiana. We family members live all over but, together, we own family land in Sabine Parish. It was our grandparent’s 220-acre farm that’s been handed down through the generations. This old farm is about half in timber, hardwood and pine.

The whole Andries family gathered to build a large barn-style building so their big, extended family can spend time there together. Their 220 acres was a farm passed down by Bryan's grandparents; now it's a vacation retreat for the whole family.

The whole Andries family gathered to build a large barn-style building so their big, extended family can spend time there together. Their 220 acres was a farm passed down by Bryan’s grandparents; now it’s a vacation retreat for the whole family.

20 years ago, we built a log cabin here the whole family shared on weekends and vacations. It gave our children the experience of living in the country. Now we have 13 kids between us and we’ve brought them all here as they’ve grown up.

The whole family raised the barn framework. Since this photo was taken, they've been at busy with roofing, siding, and finishing the inside.

The whole family raised the barn framework. Since this photo was taken, they’ve been at busy with roofing, siding, and finishing the inside.

That worked wonderfully for 20 years but recently our mom – our kids’ grandmother – passed away and we wanted to memorialize her. We wanted to build a family legacy as our family continues to grow, get married, and have children.

Part way through raising the barn, the Andries took a moment to snap a family photo. Then back to work!

Part way through raising the barn, the Andries took a moment to snap a family photo. Then back to work!

 

Bryan (left) and his cousin, Tommy Joe, sawed well into the night on occasion.

Bryan (left) and his cousin, Tommy Joe, sawed well into the night on occasion.

Project Grandma

The family decided to build another building with more space for our whole big family. We searched for plans and generated ideas. We found a website by an old timber frame expert and selected a plan for a Kentucky-style horse barn. We decided we could use the aisle as a communal area and the stalls as bedrooms and bathrooms. We call the new building the ‘Grandma Annex.’ And we called the whole project ‘Project Grandma.’

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It takes a whole family to raise a barn and a whole lot of wood from their TimberKing mill. A young Andries hops a ride on the lumber trailer -- just a fraction of what the family sawed

It takes a whole family to raise a barn and a whole lot of wood from their TimberKing mill. A young Andries hops a ride on the lumber trailer — just a fraction of what the family sawed

We did the math and saw that we could buy a sawmill and pay for it with money we’d save sawing our own lumber. So we researched sawmills. We talked to others and TimberKing’s selling feature for us was all the hydraulics. Long term, you get much longer life from hydraulics than electronics. Plus, the TimberKing’s 4-post head is very stable. It’s easy to use and it’s just been great. So far, we have 135 hours on it.

We got a TimberKing 1400 sawmill and sawed our own timber from this old farm. It’ll take logs up to 20’ long and 34” in diameter. Of course we’ve maxed out on the width. You learn as you go.

There was much discussion at the command center.

There was much discussion at the command center.

Whole-family barn raising

All 24 members of our family got involved in a big family barn raising – all the kids, all the siblings, and all the spouses. We’re all in the video. We cut all the posts, beams, purlins, and more from Southern yellow pine, oak, hickory, and sycamore. And we cut the siding from cypress.

Everybody got in the act

Everybody got in the act

Better boards than big box stores

The quality of the boards is comparable to what you’d buy in a big box store — better, actually. I taught the kids to ‘crown’ a board but they’re so straight you hardly can find a natural crown.

We stacked the boards in a covered barn with a good base and we stickered them. Even so, I’ve been amazed at how little warping we’ve had. We estimated we’d have 20% loss to warping or mistakes so we sawed 20% more than the plans called for. But we lost only 5% to warpage. We sawed all our posts 6 x 8”. And we resawed other 6 x 8’s into 2 x 6’s we used for framing.

Amazing to take a log and turn it into lumber

We’re very happy with the TimberKing. It’s really amazing to take a log and turn it into lumber. Amazing! We’ve had no mechanical issues at all. And we’ve cut a lot of wood.

We all have regular day jobs so this project will take a year or so to finish. We still have a lot to do – frame the inside and side the outside. We’ll have an outdoor kitchen and fireplace, and all the Annex will be wood inside. 100% wood, no sheetrock.

We're betting "Project Grandma" is a legacy event the Andries family will remember and talk about for generations

We’re betting “Project Grandma” is a legacy event the Andries family will remember and talk about for generations

A precious family experience

The most valuable result of this project is being able to engage all our kids in the construction. Right now, they’re putting in bracing and raising rafters. They’re all 20-somethings and building the ‘Grandma Annex’ gives them a chance to do something together and learn about construction.

It’s really gratifying to build a family barn from our own timber on our own place. It’s the way we could build something valuable, even precious. And all our children got involved and invested in it.”

Watch the Andries’ barn raising video!

— Brian Andries, TimberKing 1400 Owner (with his siblings John, Rob, and Yvette), Baton Rouge LA

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THE MONEY’S GREAT – TimberKing’s LIKE OWNING AN ATM MACHINE

"Owning a TimberKing sawmill is like owning your own ATM machine," says owner, Brian McClain. "It paid for itself within the first year."

“Owning a TimberKing sawmill is like owning your own ATM machine,” says owner, Brian McClain. “It paid for itself within the first year.”

“I was born in Texas and worked commercial construction all my life. I decided to work for myself and running a sawmill business seemed like a good choice. I could work from home and start a niche business right here. It’s working out very well.

Brian saws out extraordinarily beautiful slabs in his sawmill operation, Bull Basin Woodworks. Lots of 1" material, too.

Brian saws out extraordinarily beautiful slabs in his sawmill operation, Bull Basin Woodworks. Lots of 1″ material, too. Mesquite, eastern red cedar, more.

I have family in New Mexico who has an older model TimberKing sawmill. They’ve run it for 30 years and that mill always piqued my interest. The opportunity came for me to get a mill and work for myself and I went for the TimberKing 1400. It paid for itself within the first year I owned it.

Open for business -- This is what a sawmill business looks like. A yard with a TimberKing mill, some raw materials, and sawn boards ready to go.

Open for business — This is what a sawmill business looks like. A yard with a TimberKing mill, some raw materials, and sawn boards ready to go.

This is full-time work for me. I saw all day, every day. I work by myself as a one-man operation. It’s really easy, actually. It takes a little time to set it up for what I want to saw but that’s easy. My 1400 has basic hydraulics – forward, back, up, and down.

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Prettiest wood in Texas

My customers are mostly individuals and some contractors. About 70% of what I saw is dimensional lumber and the rest is slabs. I saw a lot of wood for mantles.

Brian does value-added inlay work on some of his pieces. Here's turquoise inlaid into red cedar.

Brian does value-added inlay work on some of his pieces. Here’s turquoise inlaid into red cedar.

I air dry my lumber. The air’s so dry here, I don’t need a dry kiln. 90% of what I saw is eastern red cedar. It’s the prettiest wood in Texas, in my opinion. It’s native around here and I have logs trucked in from East Texas. The remainder of what I saw is mesquite. I make some furniture, and lot of 1” material for outbuildings and sheds

I do inlay work, too. I get turquoise from the Kingman mine in Arizona and incorporate it in some of my custom-inlay tables. It adds a lot of character and value to what I make.

Couldn’t find a used TimberKing

I looked at all the mills out there for two years before I pulled the trigger. It seemed to me like TimberKing was the best built mill with its 4-post head. It’s a solid product and stays true and level. That’s what sold me on TimberKing. I tried to find a used TimberKing but just couldn’t find one. I took it as a good sign that folks who buy them, keep them.

I had a budget so price was important. TimberKing costs a little more than other mills but I got more. I don’t know how it could get any better. I got the 1400 but I wish I’d bumped up to the 1600 to get full hydraulics. And in hindsight, I could have used a TimberKing 2200.

Square, true, straight, and level

I love this mill. I haven’t had one single problem from the day I got it. I go through it once a week to keep things tight and true. I don’t have to second-guess it; it cuts straight and true. It’s level and square, everything stays where it needs to be, and I don’t have to do any maintenance or adjustments. I couldn’t be happier.

Owning this mill’s like owning your own ATM machine. If you want to work at it, you can make good money. For me, it’s a full time job and the money’s great!”

— Brian McClain, Bull Basin Woodworks, TimberKing 1400 owner, Lipan TX

 

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Secrets to a value-added wood business – diversify products & integrate processes

Here's Casey at the controls of his TimberKing 1600 bandsaw mill

Here’s Casey at the controls of his TimberKing 1600 bandsaw mill

“My cousin, Nathan Stewart, and I are in the wood business together. I started this as a commercial firewood business but it’s evolved and grown into making and selling slabs, furniture, and kindling. We’re sawing for ourselves and others. And we’re still processing and selling firewood. There’s a real value-added aspect to what we do. Logging, sawing for ourselves, custom sawing for others, firewood, furniture, woodlot improvement – we’re integrating them all and they all work together.

Cousin Nathan shows off some of their high quality sawn lumber

Cousin Nathan shows off some of their high quality sawn lumber. When Casey got a TimberKing, Nathan joined him in the business.

100 acres of timber

This all started because I have a farm with 100 acres of timber – walnut, red cedar, oak, ash, sycamore, and more. My grandparents had some of it logged and it had been left a real mess. I started the firewood business by cleaning up the slash and leftovers the loggers left behind.

I got bigger chainsaws and tractors to clean things up and turn it into firewood. I worked at it for several years. Meanwhile, I started going around to sawmills and asking what lumber was worth. Then I started logging.

Old vs. new logging practices

Older logging practices simply take out the high value trees and leave everything else behind. That can leave a mess like what happened at my grandparent’s place.

Their handsome and rugged red cedar picnic tables should last a lifetime with very little care

Their handsome and rugged red cedar picnic tables should last a lifetime with very little care

Nathan and I use more current timber stand improvement techniques like those from the Missouri Department of Forestry. We harvest while doing the least damage. And we improve the quality of the overall woodlot at the same time. One phrase we go by is ‘worst first harvesting’ – we take out the dead, dying, damaged trees and inferior species first. Some of the slash should be left in the woods to return nutrients to the soil. Other things, like standing trees that have been damaged, should be removed.

We harvest trees selectively for lumber and for firewood. I’ve studied a lot about timberland improvement and how selective cutting improves the quality of a woodlot. We also offer forest landowners the service of timber stand improvement. We cut ‘worst first’, selectively taking out the lower grade trees to improve the overall stand.

Depending on the job, we sometimes offer woodland improvement services at no charge to the homeowner. They get an improved woodlot and we get the trees we take out.

Alaskan chainsaw mill

I started making furniture with an Alaskan chainsaw mill. That’s a very slow sawing process so I recently invested in a TimberKing sawmill. That’s when Nathan and I started working together. It has really boosted my production of slabs, tables, benches and more.

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We sell the furniture we make to locally and nationally. For example, I built a walnut conference table for our local Chamber of Commerce. We also sell products all across America via the internet. We sell through Etsy  https://www.etsy.com/  and also through our own website.

Shopping for bandsaw mills

When I got into furniture making, I looked at TimberKing and also mills like Hudson, Wood-Mizer, even handmade mills the Amish community makes. TimberKing’s 4-post head and the measuring system looked really good. I looked at Norwood but it looked flimsy – it has holes in the frame. TimberKing seems more rigid than other saws and really was the only choice for us.

A sample of Casey and Nathan's inventory -- neat, clean, even, smooth-surfacef boards fresh off the mill

A sample of Casey and Nathan’s inventory — neat, clean, even, smooth-surfaced boards fresh off the mill

I was considering the 1400 but the 1600 has more hydraulics – like one little lever to raise the log stops, hydraulic log lifters, log turner, and more. It’s pretty automatic and I’m very impressed.

The Computer Setworks system is great. The computer does all the thickness measuring and boards come off the mill within 1/32” or less. Sawing is virtually identical board-to-board and the surface quality is impressive. Clients of our often compliment us on the quality of our boards.

Tickled

The TimberKing company has been really great to us. I have nothing negative to say at all. They’re really helpful and every time I email them I get a quick response. I’m quite satisfied. I’d tell others that if you’re interested in a sawmill, get the next bigger one than you’re thinking about. As I say, I thought I’d get the 1400 but actually needed the 1600.

I’m definitely tickled with my TimberKing. It’s easy to operate and changing blades is not hard at all. All the adjustments are simple and it has a big capacity – logs up to 36” diameter and 20’ long. Business is good. We have big plans for the coming year: we want to add more space including a showroom for our customers to shop in.”

— Casey Holman, H & S Sawmill & Furniture , TimberKing 1600 Owner, Richmond MO

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GRANDMA RAN A LUMBER MILL

THUMBS UP for do-it-yourslf sawyers all across America...like Hank Dimuzio and his TimberKing 2000!

THUMBS UP for do-it-yourslf sawyers all across America…like Hank Dimuzio and his TimberKing 2000!

“I was an emergency physician in Vermont for 33 years. Now I’m retired and I work at farming, logging, and sawing lumber with my TimberKing 2000. My wife, Rhonda, is a nurse-educator at a large Vermont hospital and my ‘right hand gal Friday!’

Hank has what many consider the perfect set up: a homestead with a lot of land including acres and acres of forest, plenty of hands-on projects to do, and a TimberKing sawmill to help him.

Hank has what many consider the perfect set up: a homestead with a lot of land including acres and acres of forest, plenty of hands-on projects to do, and a TimberKing sawmill to help him.

Grandma ran a lumber mill

I’d had some sawing experience because my family was involved in sawing generations ago. My mother’s side owned a lumber mill in Philadelphia generations ago. They made doors, sashes, cabinets, and more. After my grandfather died, my mother and grandmother ran the mill themselves! So I guess there’s wood in my blood somewhere.

In 1992, I skidded out oak logs, pine, ash, soft maple, cherry, basswood and more, and helped a friend saw them on his sawmill. That gave us 8,000 board feet of hardwood, all stickered.

Natural catastrophe was a D-I-Y opportunity

We had major wind storms in 2009 and 2010 – winds up to 112 mph. Storms took down trees, tore down buildings, and really made a mess. On top of that, our 1700’s farmhouse needed a lot of work, too. We really had to do something to rebuild but how could we do it? Well, we had 62 acres of woodland in Vermont and another 375 in nearby New York. I figured it was time to get a sawmill. I was retired by then and bought a TimberKing 2000 sawmill in 2013 to build, repair, and replace our farm’s buildings.

Here's Hank strapping down two 24' beams he sawed out with his TimberKing. The vehicle? "THE BEAST" is Hank's 1988 dump pickup.

Here’s Hank strapping down two 24′ beams he sawed out with his TimberKing. The vehicle? “THE BEAST” is Hank’s 1988 dump pickup.

We definitely wanted full hydraulics

I looked at mills and I liked TimberKing’s design with its 4-post head and full hydraulics. The design’s simple and the mill is easy to use. We aren’t sawing for income so we figured the 2000 would be big enough for our needs. And we definitely wanted its full hydraulics. We have tractors to skid logs and get them on the TimberKing’s hydraulic log loaders. After that, it’s just sawing and lifting the boards off. It’s easy and fun.

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The 2000 is rated to handle logs up to 21’ but to redo our farmhouse, I needed 2, 24’ x 14” x 8” beams. The 2000 TimberKing’s hydraulic command post swings out of the way so we could just feed 24’ logs right through the mill and turn them into beautiful, 24’ hemlock beams.

Hank and Rhonda built their home addition like old-time Vermonters did, with handsome post and beam construction. And they did it themselves.

Hank and Rhonda built their home addition like old-time Vermonters did, with handsome post and beam construction. And they did it themselves.

We sawed out all our beams of pine, hemlock, and some oak. We make the timber frame, raised it, closed it in, and we’re now living in it. We used red oak boards from the sawing we did in 1990 as flooring. So our ceilings are cherry, beams are pine and hemlock, and floors are oak. I told my wife the project would take two years — that turned into four and it’s still partially under construction. I’ve got a very patient wife!

Hank and Rhonda raise Fallow deer. This one's one of their breeding males. Rhonda named him Owen.

Hank and Rhonda raise Fallow deer. Here’s one of their breeding males. Rhonda named him Owen.

LedgEnd Farm – 252 acres, 400 head of deer

Together, Rhonda and I raise a herd of 350 to 400 Fallow deer on our 252 acre farm, LedgEnd Farm. These deer were native to northern Europe and Persia. They’re spotted with large antlers like a moose and they’re very tasty! This is a meat business; we sell venison mostly in Vermont, directly to restaurants, general stores, and the public. All by word of mouth.

Rhonda's putting hemlock and pine ceiling beams in place in their 24' x 14' addition. Today, the downstairs is finished off while the upstairs is still a work in progress.

Seated in what will be the upstairs of their new 24′ x 14′ home addition, Rhonda’s putting hemlock and pine ceiling beams in place. Today, the downstairs is finished off while the upstairs is still a work in progress.

Hank’ll never have to buy lumber again

I’m still busy sawing wood for my farm buildings. I’m concentrating on trim to finish the inside of the farmhouse. In the next couple of years, I plan to saw lumber to restore our barns and build a garage. As I said, we raise deer and they’re very hard on structures, fences, pens, and so on. They rub against them and rub their antlers on

Meet Hank Dimuzio and Rhonda Roberts - sawyers, deer farmers, and TimberKing owners from Vermont!

Meet Hank Dimuzio and Rhonda Roberts – sawyers, deer farmers, and TimberKing owners from Vermont!

them. I constantly have to replace boards. It’s really nice to know I can take trees – even those that are only good for firewood — and turn them into lumber I can use around the farm. And I don’t have to buy wood at the lumberyard!

I recommend TimberKing to others who’re interested in sawing. I’d encourage them to visit sawmill owners to see how they work. And they should decide if they’d saw for business or pleasure, think who their customers would be, and put together a business plan.

I’m very happy with my TimberKing. For us, it is the right size and having full hydraulics is great. If I were sawing for a living, I’d probably go bigger but for what we need this is just right. And sawing’s a lot of fun!”

— Hank Dimuzio and Rhonda Roberts, TimberKing 2000 owners, LedgEnd Farm, Middlebury, Vermont

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Some guys have bass boats, I have a TimberKing sawmill  

“I started woodworking in high school and I always loved it. The wood I wanted wasn’t available at lumberyards — burls, grains, and better species of wood. And if they were available, I couldn’t afford them!

Here's Charles Lee and his TimberKing 1400. A man...a mill....a great stress reliever!

Here’s Charles Lee and his TimberKing 1400. A man…a mill….a great stress reliever!

I wanted a sawmill for years and finally got my TimberKing 1400 in 2014. I now have access to really nice lumber.

Stress reliever

I don’t try to make money with my TimberKing. I saw lumber and build things strictly for my own enjoyment, not for speed or production. Of course I could make money with my TimberKing but I already have a job! Sawing allows me creativity I couldn’t have otherwise. I’m not restricted in any way. If I can dream up a wood project, I can pretty much make it in my shop.

Here's a peek at Charles' stash of premium lumber. He can saw it any way he wants it sawn, then turn it into furniture and projects for his family.

Here’s a peek at Charles’ stash of premium lumber. He can saw it any way he wants it sawn, then turn it into furniture and projects for his family.

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What would you estimate Charles is sawing -- a 30" diameter log? 32"?

What would you estimate Charles is sawing — a 30″ diameter log? 32″?

I’m more interested in wood’s colors and grain patterns than getting into production and making money. I saw walnut, cherry, and a little bit of oak. Everybody’s using oak but it’s pretty cantankerous. I saw weekends and evenings. It’s a stress reliever that takes my mind off my job as director of maintenance, buildings, and grounds for a school district. Some guys have a bass boat. I have a TimberKing sawmill.

 

I do some inlay work and build furniture projects for my family and myself. I burn the wood scraps in my shop’s woodstove. Sometimes I burn better wood than people can buy!

What would you pay for a cedar log like this one? Charles paid $0. He's bought only one log in the time he's been sawing. Folks are glad to have him haul them away.

How much does a cedar log like this one cost? Charles paid $0. He’s bought only one log in the time he’s been sawing. Folks are glad to have him haul them away.

Free Logs

In all the time I’ve been sawing, I’ve bought only one log. I get trees for free from  landowners and tree companies that have cut them down because they’re in the way or they’ve died. I just talk to people and let them know what I’m looking for and they simply give me logs. I have so many logs stacked up to saw, I don’t have room for more!

A very understanding wife

I looked at lots of sawmills and I thought the TimberKing was the sturdiest one built. I was going to buy the 1220 model but my wife said, “I know you, and you’d be happier with the 1400.” I have a very understanding wife!

This is a really good mill for the hobbyist like me. It’ll cut longer, heavier logs than I have equipment to handle. But for production, you’d need hydraulics like on the larger TimberKings.

Awesome

The TimberKing company has been awesome to work with. They take care of anything I need and are glad to fix me up. I even get my sawblades from TimberKing. I tried others but went back to TimberKing’s. Some other blades cut faster but TimberKing’s cut smoother. The blades leave a good, clean surface.

From what I’ve seen, the guys who work at TimberKing really like the company. Good people and a good machine. Thanks for a great mill.”

— Charles Lee, TimberKing 1400 Owner, Ozark MO

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