Visit a Sawmill
A  WebQuest for Middle School Students, WebQuest Agricultural Series by Missouri Farm Bureau and Missouri State University

This is a picture of a working sawmill.  Notice the roof overhead to help protect all the expensive equipment.
A logging truck equipped with a  large claw-like hydraulic tool to aid in the loading and movement of logs. 
Notice the "Head Sawyer's perch on the left.  He is responsible for quickly making the decision as to how good the saw logs are and whether the lumber will be used for flooring, lumber, furniture or pallets. 
The logs are rolled onto the mill via the chain driven carriage at the right. Then the logs are rotated, or turned, to allow the bark to be stripped and lumber sawed.  
The sawdust piles are the result of the wood shavings that fly off during the sawing process.
Notice the Stabilizers at the bottom of the truck that keep it from tipping over during the lifting of the heavy logs. 
This is the Log Skidder.  It helps move the logs in and out of the logging woods and at the sawmill.


All of these logs came off of one truck.  Truckers have to make sure they are carrying the legal amount of weight so they don't receive huge fines from state and national regulatory agencies.
Most sawmills want at least an 8-inch log in diameter, and either and 8, 10 or 12 foot long log to work with.
This is a picture of a log truck loaded with logs headed to the sawmill.  Note how evenly and uniform the logs are stacked.

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This page was developed by Ramona Andrus, reviewed by Lyndon and the late Barbara Irwin and maintained by Missouri Farm Bureau.

Please address questions to Diane Olson at Missouri Farm Bureau.