If you’re in the market for a commercial sawmill in Australia, you’ve come to the right place. There are many resources offering differing opinions available online and from people in the industry which can make the research and due diligence phase overwhelming. Ultimately the question you are asking yourself is the same regardless of your individual situation and circumstances; Will investing the money in a new portable sawmill save me and my business time and money in the long run? Below are 5 factors to consider before making the final decision:


Initial Price


There is a lot more to consider when it comes to cost of a commercial sawmill than just what is the cheapest available. What are the non-negotiables you need from the new mill? How much wood will it be required to cut per day? Questions like this will have a massive impact on whether it’s a wise investment in the long run.


Time Savings


It goes without saying that your time, and that of everyone else in your business, is worth a lot. How much time will a new commercial sawmill save you compared to your current solution or how much extra stock can you produce as a result of the new sawmill you purchase? The opportunity cost of not having a new commercial sawmill needs to be strongly considered as part of your decision-making process.




Have you any plans to diversify into new products or ranges or to further increase production levels in the future? Consider the extra revenue this could bring to the company and ensure the commercial sawmill you decide to purchase supports these future plans, and how this can offset the initial investment.




Realistically this is one of the most important factors to consider, yet it’s often nowhere near the top of the list of priorities when it comes to purchasing a commercial sawmill. No financial savings are worth putting the health and safety of yourself and your staff at risk. Once again consider the desired production levels of the sawmill and take the time of purchasing it as an opportunity to fully review the safety procedures your business takes in general.


Reputation of Manufacturer and Retailer

As the saying goes “Word of mouth is the greatest form of advertising”. Talk to people in your network who know about the strengths and weaknesses of commercial bandsaw mills, and their personal experiences with different makes, models and the retailers who sold the products to them. What is the aftercare situation? Are there warranties and guarantees? How much will blades, spare parts and servicing cost? A partner your business can trust over the years is worth its weight in gold. Here at Hardwood Mills, we offer 3 years warranty on all engines and 12 months warranty on all other sawmill parts and accessories.


Consider these 5 areas when researching a new sawmill for your business in Australia. To discuss your individual situation and needs, speak to one of our friendly experts at Hardwood Mills today.

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