Just decided to post about this. A few years ago, before the bubble burst, I was thinking about buying a sawmill. I have too many trees and not enough lumber. If you have ever cut down a living tree, you might have noticed that those trees are super heavy! I have a tractor and can move logs, but it can quickly turn into a lot of work. Then I got the idea of bringing a little sawmill to the log, making some lumber and then putting the green lumber, one board at a time, on the truck. Much easier to deal with. I think the ATS at this site is what I'm after: http://www.petersonsawmills.com I can't afford it right now, but I'm working long hours and saving my nickels. Out on the market now there are two basic kinds of mills available: "bandsaw" and "swing blade". This is a swing blade.
I suppose it depends on the docility of your victims, Eugene. I mean, those Petersons models may claim to be "portable" but it's still relatively easy for your victims to evade unless they're comatose. In my experience, you're best off going with that tried-ad-true standard, the chainsaw. That extra mobility really comes in handy at times.
In my experience, you're best off going with that tried-ad-true standard, the chainsaw. HS Thomas is worried about you, Jim. My concern is that you settled for a chainsaw -- couldn't you think of something with more panache?
I think it depends upon the location, Jim. While a Stihl may be perfect in East Texas, it's simply too noisy for an urban setting and can bring the unwelcome attention of more than one set of authorities down on you. Not only the police but the Parks Commission, which may suspect you of maiming the trees. They may be satisfied with an explanation of the real use one is making of the saw but may decide this is an interdepartmental matter and bring one's career to a premature end.
Of course the real mass murderer would be nowhere without his bottle of ether and a swad of cotton in order to subdue his victims. After that the location of the saw is no longer a problem as the victim can easily be moved there in a trunk of a car or maybe rolled into an old carpet tied to the roof. Out on that location a bandsaw might be more appropriate I think as it's easier to keep clean. Just let everything run through a bath of disinfectant and soapy water after you're done and you're home clean. [ May 10, 2004: Message edited by: Jeroen Wenting ]