Norwood Sawmills Inc.

Norwood, your trees to money partner, is dedicated to helping you make money and save money processing lumber in your woodlot. Resourceful timber owners around the world look to Norwood Portable Sawmills to maximize the value of their forest resources. More than 25,000 Norwood sawmills are hard at work in over 100 countries, processing millions of dollars of valuable lumber. Norwood has been building top-quality portable sawmills for over 20 years. With over 50 patents, more than all the other sawmill companies around the world combined, Norwood is the global leader in portable sawmill technology. The outcome of Norwood’s innovation is band sawmills that are dramatically more productive, profitable and affordable than any other. Norwood sawmills ship economically anywhere in the world in kit-form on a single pallet.

Company details

730 Young Street, Suite 900 , Tonawanda , New York 14150 USA

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Industry Type:
Agriculture - Forestry
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)

Norwood has earned the reputation as the brand-name you can trust – a reputation for building hard-working, reliable, productive, affordable & easy-to-use machines. In fact, it’s the tens of thousands of Norwood sawmills cutting millions of board-feet of lumber in almost 100 countries worldwide that have earned Norwood this reputation.

Norwood began over 20 years ago with one man’s dream to build a quiet lakeside cabin. But Norwood founder, Peter Dale, couldn’t afford the high prices at the lumber yard. He looked at milling his own, but couldn’t believe the high prices expected by sawmill companies.

He made his decision – He would develop a portable bandmill saw that was accurate, reliable, easy-to-use … all at a fair price. And so, the very first LumberMate was born.

That was the first time many hardworking people could afford a portable sawmill of their very own. Families built homes they had only ever dreamed of. Woodworkers milled specialty lumber products and crafted unique and valuable furniture. People made money selling their lumber and milling for others. The LumberMate revolutionized the world of portable sawmills, and in doing so, changed the lives of thousands of families.

To this day, Norwood is still rooted in those same values – To engineer and build portable sawmills and forestry equipment that are rugged, productive, dependable, versatile and affordable. Norwood owners count on their machines to get the job done, every day.

Integrity, resourcefulness, determination and hard work – these are the values we share with Norwood owners. It’s a real privilege that Norwood sawmills play a part in the magic that they make with wood. We hope that you take some time to read their stories, look at their photos and see their achievements. Their dedication is truly inspiring. Perhaps, one day, you’ll see your photos and achievements displayed here too.

In a nutshell: Innovation, Quality & Integrity.

No other company has more portable sawmill patents than Norwood – period. And every Norwood is quality-built in the USA & Canada. They’re designed, and built, to mill millions of board feet reliably and smoothly. Dollar for dollar, you won’t find any portable sawmill that’s more productive, or easy-to-use, than a Norwood.

Norwood Portable Sawmills – brand-name reputation you can trust.

When you invest in a Norwood, you can be sure it was quality-built in the U.S.A. and Canada. Every component of every Norwood sawmill is made of top-quality steel by highly-trained, highly-skilled operators with cutting-edge fabrication and machining technologies.

You might hear other companies claim the same thing, but be careful – Many only package their mills here out of parts imported from China, Taiwan or Poland. 

Portable Sawmills take a beating – They have to handle heavy logs and cut accurate lumber in tough conditions. When the chips are down, you want a sawmill that can stand up to the challenge. Don’t trust your milling operation to an offshore import made by low-paid workers, no matter how cheap the price seems – If they can’t get the job done, they’ll cost you way more in the long run.

Norwood sawmills are built to cut hundreds of thousands, even millions, of board feet, day-in and day-out. Simply put, every Norwood is built for the long-haul.

We’re just as committed to keeping jobs at home as we are to making the best sawmills in the industry.  We’re committed to keeping families healthy and whole. We’re committed to our country. When you invest in a Norwood, you get more than a top-flight sawmill – You stand with us behind our country.

You want a portable sawmill backed by a brand-name company that knows milling & knows how to build solid, dependable, accurate equipment.

Norwood fits the bill –   

  • Norwood’s been building sawmills for 20+ years.

  • Norwood sawmills are hard at work in over 100 countries worldwide.

  • Over 25,000 Norwood sawmills have cut millions of valuable board feet.  

  • Nearly 50 patents, more than the combined total of all the other sawmill companies around the world put together.

Norwood was the very first company to develop affordable personal bandmills and is the only company to focus entirely on this class of sawmills. Since Norwood launched the first LumberMate, other companies followed suit, selling their own lines of personal band sawmills, but only as an afterthought to their main focus on super-sized, and super-expensive, hydraulic mills.

Norwood lives and breathes personal, portable sawmills – Every Norwood team member, from the engineers to the customer-service, devote 100% of their time and energy to making sure you’re proud to be a Norwood owner.

You want a sawmill that’s productive, accurate, reliable, versatile, flexible, solid, easy-to-use… all at a price that’s fair. That’s how Norwood engineers… and builds… sawmills.


With more than 50 patents, more than the combined total of all the other sawmill companies around the world put together, Norwood is the proven global leader in portable sawmill innovation.

Norwood continues to advance the frontiers of portable sawmill innovation, focusing its research and development on technology that reduces the time it takes to mill a log into lumber.  By eliminating operator functions and increasing capacity, Norwood sawmills are dramatically more productive and profitable than any other.

At Norwood, VALUE is based on five important pillars–

  • Integrity, Honesty, Loyalty & Hard-work
  • Equipment Quality vs. Prices
  • Production vs. Maintenance Cost
  • Norwood Owners Come First
  • Resale Value

1.    Integrity, Honesty, Loyalty & Hard-work

Integrity, honesty, loyalty and hard-work are at the heart of Norwood – who we are, how we work and how we treat our customers.

Norwood works hard to engineer and manufacture reliable, efficient and accurate portable sawmills & forestry equipment, we work hard to keep a large inventory of sawmills in stock so you can get to work right away.  We treat each customer with absolute honesty to make sure that the equipment is the right fit for his individual needs. We believe in integrity, loyalty and standing behind our equipment, our customers and our staff.

2. Equipment Quality vs. Prices

Norwood is committed to offering reliable, high-quality, hard-working forestry equipment at fair prices.  

Norwood’s roots began when founder Peter Dale wanted to buy a portable sawmill to build a cabin in the woods, but he couldn’t afford any of the sawmills that were available.  He decided to build his own – one that he could count on to efficiently mill accurate lumber and yet was affordable.  The heart of Norwood’s mission and philosophy was born: quality and fair prices. We won’t sacrifice either.  

3. Production vs. Maintenance Cost

Some sawmill companies actually plan on making profits from selling replacement parts – they design their equipment with that in mind!  

Norwood’s philosophy is totally opposite – we try our hardest to design and manufacture each and every single component on every Norwood sawmill for trouble-free reliability. We don’t want parts to wear out – our goal is that every Norwood owner’s operation runs at peak efficiency.  Because there is almost nothing on our portable sawmills or forestry equipment to wear out, we get very, very few calls for parts.  But rest assured, if you ever do need anything, Norwood carries everything in stock and can get whatever you need out to you right away.

4. Norwood Owners Come First

We could tell you that we stand behind every Norwood portable sawmill and every Norwood owner.  But then again, lots of companies say that sort of thing.  They talk about their service and their customer support, but then you call them and … well … you know the rest.

So, we’ll leave it up to our customers – hardworking Norwood owners, to tell you about Norwood’s loyalty and service.  Listen to what our customers have to say – read their stories and visit Norwood Connect, Norwood’s Online Chatroom.  Or visit a Norwood owner – Contact us and we’ll put you in touch with one near you.

We introduced our online 'Norwood Connect' chatroom over a decade ago so Norwood owners from around the world could chat with one another and share ideas & experiences.  No other portable band sawmill manufacturer has enough confidence in their own equipment, their service or their customers to do the same.

5. Resale Value

Norwood sawmill owners love their mills.  So it’s hard to find anyone willing to sell theirs.  But, when well-maintained Norwood sawmills do come up for resale, they often sell for almost their full initial purchase price!  In other words, with virtually zero depreciation!  

Why?  First, the price of new Norwood sawmill equipment is very fair and affordable which means no initial “drive-it-off-the-lot” deprecation-hit that comes with machines sold for bloated prices.  Second, because Norwoodportable sawmills and log skidders are designed to last … and last … and last, there are very few parts on used machines that wear or need replacing.  If it works just as well after ten years as it did new, it’s just as useful and just as valuable.


Every Norwood portable sawmill is quality-built right here at home in the USA and Canada – not in China, Taiwan or Poland.  Does that make a difference? – You bet … a huge difference.

Other companies might try to fool you – They say their mills are made here, but they’re really only packaged here.  They don’t tell you that the parts are made offshore by low-paid, unskilled workers.

You can count on the fact that every component of every Norwood sawmill is made of top-quality steel by highly-trained, highly-skilled operators with cutting-edge fabrication and machining technologies. The result? – Your Norwood is built to mill hundreds of thousands, even millions, of board feet, day-in and day-out. Put simply, your Norwood portable sawmill is designed - and built - for the long-haul.


Strongest Log Deck in its Class
The LumberPro’s log deck is the strongest in its class.  Ph.D.’s in materials’ engineering have crunched the numbers and it’s official – the Pro’s log deck is stronger than the competition, and more than twice as stiff.

The Pro’s wide-track log deck is built of twin, double-plated, debossed-steel almost a full quarter of an inch thick.  Formed in our massive 400-ton press, the unique structural indentations boost rail strength and double the frame rigidity of your sawmill.

The Pro’s super-strong log deck not only gives you accurate, straight lumber. It also gives you peace-of-mind … Your sawmill is built to handle whatever you throw at it.

Rigid 4-Post Carriage Frame
The cutting head on both the LumberMate and the LumberPro  feature a fully supported 4-post design to ensure even, accurate, stable milling.  With solid 4-post support on both sides of the sawmill, it’s impossible to get any of the bounce or sag that you see when a heavy sawhead is suspended from only one side.

Commercial-Grade Powder-Coat
Industrial-grade powder-coating protects your investment better, and longer, than old-fashioned spray-paint, which chips, scratches and rusts out in no time.

Sure, it costs a lot more to powder-coat steel. In fact, other companies choose to spray-paint their sawmills to save costs and make more money.

You want a sawmill that’s going to work hard, and look good for years to come.

That’s why Norwood finishes every critical component on your portable sawmill with the very best powder-coating money can buy.


Built to Last

The fact that many Norwood customers continue to use earlier-model equipment like the LumberMate 2000, the LumberMate MK1-MK4 and the LumberLite LL24 is testament to the quality and durability of our portable sawmills.  And we do certainly continue to support those valued customers with quality parts and accessories to keep their sawmills in fine working order or to expand their capabilities for larger projects. For information on the attachments available for these sawmills, click here. For information on the attachments available for theLumberMate Pro MX34, click here. For information on the attachments available for the LumberLite ML26, clickhere.