Portable Commercial Sawmilling with an Automated Mill Peterson Sawmills

By: Peterson Sawmills  09-12-2011
Keywords: Sawmills, Portable Sawmills

High production, minimal effort
The Peterson ASM has revolutionised the portable mill market, delivering increased and consistent commercial sawmilling production with little effort. This mill can make horizontal and vertical cuts, change the size or depth of the cut, and offers the option of removing the previous board cut all at the touch of a button from the operator.

Milling high volumes
The ASM was designed with high production in mind, therefore it can maintain fast and consistent production throughout the entire day. It is difficult to say exactly how many board feet/cube you will mill in a day because of all the variables in tree type, set-up, log and board size. But the following case studies will show you how productive it is for existing ASM owners.

Automation at its best
The ASM can operated with a patented Board Remover which can return the milled boards to either end of the mill. For single person milling this is ideal as it allows you to keep production rates up. The board remover also acts as a great stabilizer, which means it increases the rigidity and stability of the blade, making for a smoother cut with less deviation.

The ASM can do everything our manual portable sawmills can do but with less effort and at a greater production rate. The ASM Double Cuts with ease without having to turn the head of the mill like other brands of swingblade sawmills.

The Efficiency of the ASM
Using simple set works that don’t take a mathematician to operate, two buttons change the width of cut, and two buttons change the depth. The drive speed is controlled with a lever, which you move forward to go, and pull to bring back. It’s that easy to get incredibly accurate boards with high production.

Hi/Lo tracks come standard on the ASM allowing easy log loading and effective sawdust ejection under the Hi rail. Track extensions can also be added if required.

Specifications Table

Blade 8" 10"
Motor Options Petrol Motors: 24hp Honda, 27hp, 30hp, 38hp† Kohler
Electric Motor:
20hp 3-phase 15kw†
Maximum Cut 8" x 8"
(203.2 x 203.2mm)

10" x 10"
(254 x 254mm)

Double Cut

8" x 16"
(203.2 x 406.4mm)

10" x 20"
(254 x 508mm)
Max. Log Diameter 6′ (1.8m) 5′ (1.5m)
Max. log length on std tracks 20′ (6m)
Average Production* 2500 – 4200bft+ per day
6 – 10+ cubic meters per day

* Production numbers may vary due to species and size of cut
† Only available on 10" models

Accessories Available for your ASM Mill

Weight Breakdown

Main Carriage 238kg 525lb
116kg 256lb
36kg 79lb
47kg 104lb
20kg 44lb
10kg 22lb
9m Lead 2kg 4lb
Remote Control 1kg 2lb
Drive Shaft 5kg 11lb
Total 475kg 1047lb

Easy Set-up

1. Set up your skids and uprights at each end of the log, relative to the length of track.

2. Place the low track and then the high track onto the skids/uprights.

3. Install the Center supports/ track levelers, electrical control box and cable link. Ensure the tracks are parallel.

4. Wheel in the carriage and place onto the tracks. Remove the wheels. The sawing process can now begin.

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