I am going to cut down some trees, assuming they do not hit the house, I want to use the trees in someway. No need for firewood so I thought I would cut into boards. Problem is: no sawmill. I know I could buy or rent a sawmill but what would be the fun in that.
I thought about making a bandsaw mill, looks simple but I have no ready access to the large tires needed for the wheels.
So I thought I would make a reciprocating mill from a bowsaw blade, # 50 chain, sprockets, etc.. but would need approx 15 inch diameter crankshaft to move the blade. I think it would work well, slow, lots of vibration.
Last thought was for a chainsaw mill. I hate noise so I would power the chain with a 3.5 to 6.5 hp engine, mount on a frame similar to a bandsaw mill. I have read both good and bad about the chainsaw mills. I do not care if they are slow since the process would be automated for each board, I would not stand there while the board was cut but would be doing other things and come back to the mill when a board was done, reset, and cut another.
Anyone with any experience with this type of mill? Speed? Smothness of cut? For planks or beams or will it cut fine enough to make boards.