Jan 31, 2018 to Feb 2, 2018

Location: NC State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, NC

There will be live sawmill and firewood processor demos at this show. Blue Ridge Sawmills  will be on hand to answer your questions about Hud-Son Forest Equipment. For more information or directions call 828-964-8977 or email

A few months ago I had a customer looking for 13 different wood species slabs to make a giant “The Last Supper” he hoped to complete by Thanksgiving.
The individual slabs are 1” thick. Overall  it is 35” x 165”.
Indian Rosewood, Wild Black Cherry, Cuban Mahogany, Red Cedar, Sycamore, Water Oak, Bald Cypress, Hickory, Elm, Yellow Pine, Camphor, Pecan & Poplar.

Client Vision- Dreamed, Designed & Built Tapchan, Sawn with Hud-son,  From Halved & Quartered Red Cypress Logs Along With Live Edge Red Cypress Slabs. A Tapchan Is A Raised Platform Used In Central Asia For Relaxing & Reclining Outdoors Functioning As A Table Or A Bed, & Often Has A Smaller Table For Serving Food & Tea And Are Sometimes Used For Outdoor Sleeping On Hot Nights. This Is An Outstanding Example Of A First Class Tajikistan Tapchan.

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I purchased your Oscar 18 sawmill on August 1 and I need to tell you how pleased I am with this saw, your product is top line and what a good price also. I purchased the saw from Thick and Thin Lumber in Sabattus, Maine and the staff was #1. I was pleased with the knowledge of owning and operating the sawmill that they showed me, the customer service was great! I’ll let the word out about your fine sawmill and the service I received. Thanks for an affordable and well constructed sawmill!

Paul Muszynski,
Harrison, Maine

My name is James Smith from Clayton, NY.  I bought a HFE 30 mill from you folks two years ago and have been timber framing a barn with it.
In the process of this project I have started making videos of the project for YouTube and have started to gain a following.  At this point I am getting up to 5,000 views a day on the channel and am quickly creeping up in subscribers.  I have many videos showcasing the saw mill cutting some large timbers for this project and get many inquiries on the mill.

I’ll include a link to the channel below if you are interested.  I have over a 130 videos at this time with a total of 325,000+ views since January 2017.  Here is a brief list of videos:

Thank you for your time,

The 60 has really been working great, I’ve had a lot of monster logs on the deck and producing countless slabs, one western red maple log yielded $2500 worth of slabs. Only took couple hrs. Love the 30″ band wheels. I’ve really got it down running the mill from maximum capabilities to quarter logs to fit TK mill.

The two go hand n’ hand together. I think one day we did 10 or so 30″ diameter cedar logs and milled 4500′ bf of 1×12 barn siding using the 60 to make 12″ slices then set them on TK mill to make accurate thickness with the setworks. Not a bad day for me and my off bearer.

If you ever need me as a reference or want to send someone over for demo I will be glad to show it off.

Happy Customer,
Jeff Daugherty

As a sawyer in general I am relatively new to the industry, about 5 years. Over the course of those 5 years I have spent most of my time running the HUD-SON Oscar 60. The larger than normal frame size is the first thing you notice as you approach. On my mill as I presume most of the Oscar 60’s, has a beastly looking 34 h.p. diesel. The fire engine red color pops against the back drop of the trees surrounding my property. Even the sheer size of the heavy duty ground track is impressive. All of this is before you’re even close enough to touch the mill.

After taking all of this in, it’s time to work. On my track sits the most beautiful log, a 52” black walnut, not veneer, oh no. This is an ugly mess from the outside. I know that inside this hunk of wood, that someone had tossed over a bank to rot, lays the key to why I invested in this unit in the first place.

As I tighten my blade and fuel it up, I’m almost shaking with excitement because I know every log is like a treasure hunt. My first cut is very important, so I am taking my time to set my height ever so perfectly. As I engage the clutch the excitement intensifies, as I ease the blade into my cap cut. Before I know it I’m spitting sawdust and envisioning what this beauty has in store for me.

As I exit my first cut, I disengage the clutch and move my mill to the end of the track. The moment of truth, what does it look like? I slide the cap onto a well-positioned forklift to take the top away. And as if I’m an archeologist cleaning the bones of a million year old T-rex, I gently brush away the layer of sawdust that remains.   There it is!!!  It’s everything I hoped and more. The rich brown color we are all so familiar with, I can’t help but run my hand back and forth across it. The amazing contrast with the light color sap wood only increases the beauty. Of course if anyone is in ear shot I feel the necessity to call them over to see this masterpiece God created. Naturally nobody else cares, at least not as much as I do. “It’s just a piece of wood,”  I’ve heard it a hundred times but I know the truth. As the amazement pours out of me, I soon realize the people around me are looking at me like a puppy who heard a noise for the first time. They don’t get it and that’s fine. The select few of us out there who know this feeling, this is probably the reason we all started doing this in the first place.

I am proud to say, that as I write this, I have successfully milled and sold 5 trailer loads of my product to various locations around the country. The joy it brings to people to have a piece of furniture built from a reclaimed log that was destined to disintegrate back to dirt is not easily described. The HUD-SON Oscar 60, looks gargantuan in comparison to most band mills out there, but cuts with the precision expected of a furniture quality machine.

My Oscar 36 was delivered on 14 January, 2006 @ 1605 hours … about five minutes late. I can accept the delay, because of the inclement weather, and because Tom is probably related to you, by blood or marriage … after all, Hud-Son is a family affair. Besides that, a drop in temperature was the reason I did not assemble the mill until Monday, 16 January 2006, when the morning temperature was 5 F. Even under those conditions, the Oscar 36 went together rather easily, taking a total of about four hours. After lunch, I double checked all the fluids, dimensions, etc, then rolled on the most bony pine log I could find. The 16 HP Vanguard fired right up; the blade lube dripped just fine; so I set the log dogs and ran the carriage down the ways …. I was impressed! Contrary to the congratulations given on the cover of the service manual provided with my Oscar 36, I am not wise… only practical, and I have found that your band saw mill is the best on the market for that price. I know, because I’ve done my homework and have seen a lot of mills in the last 30 years, including the 52″ Lane with a D-6 Cat engine that sawed out my log cabin in 1973. The Oscar 36 I bought from you is the most accurate and efficient mill I have seen, and I will proudly use it to cut quality lumber. Your grandfather must be proud …

Sincerely yours,
John Stockman