Jim Meaux Jr.
After traveling to New Zealand in 2014 for a vacation I saw several locations where families were running the Mahoe sawmill. Prior to visiting New Zealand I was interested in the concept of a circular bladed sawmill. I was not sold on the bandsaw concept due to the limited size of the throat of whichever size mill I would purchase. I had been thinking of purchasing a band saw mill by Wood Mizer, but after seeing the volume of wood that was cut in New Zealand I knew the Mahoe brand was for me.
I purchased the mill in 2015 and received it in about April 2016. It was shipped to the New Orleans port straight from New Zealand. I cannot say enough about this particular saw mill. I have cut thousands of board feet of lumber doing numerous projects for me and my customers. The sawmill is extremely easy to learn and operate, the accuracy of the cutting ability is absolutely precise. The maintenance required is almost nothing, keeping the blade teeth sharp is made easy by the Sharpening system that Mahoe provides.
I purchased the mill with the intentions of mostly just cutting lumber for my projects. I am a longtime arborist and general contractor so having access to good lumber is not a problem. I have included several photos of some of my projects. Just my addition on my home along with three equipment sheds has saved me more than triple the cost of the sawmill. I do have many pieces of support equipment such as wheel loaders and skid steers. Also labor is not an issue as I usually have four or five guys helping to run the sawmill. When we are operating the sawmill it produces a piece of lumber about every 15 seconds this is way more than one or two men can handle. I am sure it could be operated solo just not in my opinion the most efficient method. I made some modifications to the mini max as you can see by the photos, I have an electric winch system set up to do the up and down movement of the sawmill also fabricated a train track system for the log clamps to roll on easily. I am very happy with my purchase of the Mahoe sawmill.— Jim Meaux Jr. Kaplan , La. USA
Russell & Linda Linn
We purchased our Mahoe Sawmill in around 2007 and it still runs perfectly. Our mill operates 5 days a week so it’s done over 40,000 hours and we’ve found it to be absolutely reliable.
We continue to produce first class products using our Mahoe sawmill to cut Macrocarpa Cypress/ Pine and Hardwood with ease and accuracy. We love the ease of use and keeping the blades sharp is easy using the blade sharpener which comes with the machine because we don’t need to remove the blades to sharpen them.— Russell Linn
In 2016, we began looking for a firewood processor to increase our capacity and lower the overall physical workload being created by our expanding firewood business. We wanted a reputable New Zealand manufacturer and needed a machine that was very flexible in terms of wood type and size of wood rings. It also needed to be mobile, easy and safe to use, price competitive and handle the amount of custom cutting/splitting we do to suit customers fire box’s.
We came across the Mahoe Whoppa Choppa. After watching the videos of it operating, it was clear that this machine would fit the job description. We were confident of Mahoe by reputation. Mahoe have been a pleasure to work with and the quality of workmanship impressed me from day one, we have had no issues either mechanical or structural.
I can honestly say that the machine has exceeded our hopes. We comfortably process 6 cubic metres an hour with two people. It has handled every type of wood fed to it from plantation pine through to eucalyptus hardwoods and old man pine. It is so addictive to use that I rarely get to operate it and most people who have used it can’t wait to have another go.— Graham & Islay Leov, Blenheim
Where do I start, I have used all sorts of portable sawmills and spent a lot of time changing them. I have had my Mahoe Supermill since 2008 and have not had to change a thing. It is easy to use and low maintenance. The comments I get all the time now is how accurate my boards are and the particularly smooth finish for a rough sawn board.
I love the cut to taper and hydraulic rise and fall so I can really get the best boards from my logs, this is absolutely essential when you are cutting redwood and high quality logs. I love the timber return, some of my boards are big.
The worst thing is the new ones are better again, John and Ben are always improving the mills and I want the new sawdust chute and hydraulic feed.— Brian Campbell, California
Sawmills New Zealand’s range of sawmills are our choice. Our timber is accurately cut, maintenance is straight forward and parts and service are excellent. We use the inserted tooth blades so we can change the worn out teeth on site ourselves.— Oilmin, Papua New Guinea
Here are some things that I love about the Mahoe Supermill.
- Hydraulic lift and fall means quick and easy to change sizes as we cut the log to maximise conversion
- Taper cut means very quick to set up logs and helps to get the best timber out of the log
- Incredibly efficient mill to run easy to maintain and easy to learn
- The Supermill has allowed us to successfully cut logs as small as 20cm diameter right through to over 2 meters through the butt
- Mahoe mills are the best, very safe, very accurate
- We cut a wide range of species such as Macro, Douglas Fir, Larch, Lawson Cypress, Corsican Pine, and Old Man Pine
- The slabber attachment is very well designed and gives a very accurate and smooth finish
- We get constant comments about our accurate sizing and the rough sawn finish is impressive
For what we do and what we get out of our Mahoe Supermill, we wouldn’t use anything else.— Matt Stuart, Halswell Timber