Five stars out of five. That was their rating when Wood Magazine tested the Logosol M8 for the February/March 2014 issue.
Getting five stars from Wood is a huge achievement. Receiving top marks from the magazine’s own Design Editor, John Olson can most accurately be described as invaluable. Olson is an expert carpenter with extensive experience of advanced woodwork projects, from logs through to finished items of furniture.
American magazine Wood was founded in 1984 and is now one of the world’s most popular woodworking magazines. The principle of the magazine, that tools and machines are tested and evaluated by knowledgeable editors before publishing, gives its content extra credence. All building projects presented are also tested and pre-built in their own carpentry workshop.
The Logosol M8 was tested with a chainsaw in a forest environment. In the text John Olson describes how he saws up a log, step by step. In conclusion, he gives the sawmill top marks for design and performance.
“We are naturally extremely pleased with the review, as it is in complete accordance with our own perception of our product. He includes the sawmill’s strong points, that it is light and portable and also easy to use, with log ladders that raise the log to working height,” says Malte Frisk, CEO of Logosol.
Enthusiasm between the lines
The review has been written with an objective tone, but there’s no mistaking the writer’s enthusiasm when he discovers functional details and well-thought-out solutions. When Olson states that sawing with a bandsaw would be faster, he doesn’t see it as a problem, since the Logosol sawmill offers unbeatable benefits in terms of price and portable design.
“We couldn’t have said it better ourselves,” says Malte, who believes that this review will have huge significance for the Logosol M8 as a product, not least in the USA, which has been a Logosol market for many years.
Logosol’s range is currently sold via Bailey´s, one of the USA’s biggest mail order companies for tools and machinery within forestry and woodworking.
“This collaboration is hugely significant to us, and I know that they have already begun using these test results in their marketing,” says Malte.
This distinction from Wood gives us, among other things, entitlement to a 5-star logo that will be displayed with the Logosol M8 for a long time to come.
Logosol’s distributor in the USA:
Facts: WOOD Magazine
Publisher: Meredith Corporation
Subscribers: over 500,000
Editors: Boone, Iowa
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Mill your own lumber with minimal effort
Logosol´s M8 takes most of the labor out of using a chainsaw mill. In fact, I found the M8 as easy to use as a bandsaw mill, but with price and portability advantages.
The aluminium-frame M8 has an 18´beam, yet, when assembled, it´s still light enough (about 50 lbs without the saw ) for two people to easily pick up and carry. I managed to carry the mostly assembled mill into the woods by myself, set it up and cut the tree where it fell. That sure beats dragging a log to the mill through blade-dulling mud and dirt. You can cut logs up to about 16´long, and their maximum diameter depends on the length of you chainsaw bar; I cut up logs that where nearly 2´in diameter with my 24” bar. You´ll need a chainsaw (not included) with at least 80cc motor; lesser-powered saws will struggle. I outfitted a Husqvarna 395XP with ripping chain, and it cut with ease, though slower than a typical bandsaw mill.
Rolling the log up the 20”-high stepped platform (you raise the platform and log together to the saw from there) proves the most challenging aspect, but a friend and two cant hooks make I go quickly. Once you mount the saw into the mill´s carriage, you feed it through the log via a crank and nylon cord. I couldn´t be any simpler. The ratcheting depth-of-cut adjustments lock solidly in place for accurate rips. But know that you´ll lose about 3/8” from the thickness with each cut. The M8 and appropriate chainsaw will cost you about $3,200, admittedly a hefty investment. But if you spend a lot of money on precut dried lumber, and have a space to dry wood, you´ll recoup your investment over time.
Tested by John Olson,