Thomas Bandsaw Mills is Proud to support the American lumber industry with our innovative Bandsaw Mills. Our Mills have been cutting lumber for home owners, farmers and business owners around the world for the past 25 years. Over this time, we have seen the lumber industry attracts many people from backgrounds that are not based in the logging or lumber industry. We are dedicated to providing our customers, no matter what their level of experience in the lumber industry, with the knowledge they need to saw lumber efficiently.
To fully appreciate the lumber industry, one must understand the history sawmills. The lumber industry was founded in the second half of the 3rd century AD by the Romans with a water-powered stone sawmill. This mill was very innovative for its time because it used cranks and connecting rods to produce a reciprocating motion to cut logs into lumber. In the 13th century, Europeans would start to experiment with creating waterwheel sawmills; however, Dutchman Cornelis Corneliszoon van Uitgeest was the first person to patent the concept of a sawmill on December 15, 1593. The first industrial sawmill utilized the energy produced by the spinning blades of a windmill to move the mills blade up and down.
Sawing boards, prior to the invention of sawmills, usually required a team of people with a whipsaw and saddleblocks to hold the log. There would be a topsawer and pitmen both of whom would have to push and pull the blade through the log all the while guiding the blade to insure a constant thickness board. Most early sawmills would be a variation on the whipsaw.
In the late 17th century, the next improvement for the lumber industry would be invented - the circular saw. This would allow the direct conversion of a rotary motion into sawing power; the early blades would overheat quickly in dirty logs and were very expensive to maintain. Modern circular saws have replaceable teeth and have a set to the blades to reduce the creation of heat. The invention of the gang saw would allow a log to be reduced to lumber in one step.
The first saw mills in America were founded shortly after colonization by recruiting skilled men from Hamburg. Early Americans would acquire metal parts from the Netherlands because there technology was far superior to England’s at the time. The first sawmills would be set up as close to the source of the logs as possible because wood would be brought to the mill with the use of horse and ox. Later mills started to be built into permanent lumber facilities which would be situated near major rivers allowing logs to be floated to the mills. The introduction of sawmills to the colonies would be a stimulative step in the history of America.
In the 19th century, the invention of the steam engine allowed sawmills to become more efficient because log scraps could be burned as a fuel source; however, this would cause the cost of creating new lumber mills to increases exponentially. Smaller steam and gasoline engines would allow sawmills to become semi-portable. The largest sawmill in the world was operated by the Atlantic Lumber company located in Georgetown, South Carolina. The mill received its logs from the Pee Dee River which received its logs from as far away as the Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina.
Portable Thomas Bandsaw Mills have allowed the Home owner, Farmers, and Business Owners to produce lumber which has allowed their dreams to come true and their business turn profitable. Our goal is to provide service beyond the sale while providing equipment that is reliable, top quality, and the knowledge to be successful in sawing lumber. The Knowledge Center will allow our customers to read up on how to saw lumber efficiently with a Thomas Bandsaw Mill. As always, if you have any question please feel free to contact us at 1-866-722-3005.