Dear Hud-Son Forest Equipment,
My name is Wayne Gosnell. My father (Earl Gosnell) and I opened “Gosnell’s Woodcrafters” about 8 years ago. We are located in Holly Springs South Carolina, just outside of Greenville. We purchased on “Oscar 36” about 3 1/2 years ago and saw wood just for our shop. We built a wood kiln to dry the wood we cut. We used a variety of wood like, black walnut, eastern red cedar, cherry, persimmon, and sycamore just to name a few. All of these items were sawed on an “Oscar 36” and then dried in a kiln to 6% to 8% moisture content. We love our saw mill. The only thing we changed is we added a 15 gallon stainless steel water tank on top and by-passed the small tank on the saw mill. This eliminated having to stop and fill the tank about every other log.
To whom it may concern,
Like most wives, I rolled my eyes in doubt at my husband’s idea of buying a sawmill to help build our house. It sounded crazy to me until I realized the prices of building materials. We live in a doublewide mobile home in the hills of Jackson, Kentucky, we both work full time jobs and have always dreamed of having a “well-built” home from the lumber of our own property. So, since my husband is a very good woodworker we bought the sawmill in Spring of 2005. My husband purchased an Oscar 28” portable sawmill and has been burning it up ever since. Everyone is always surprised at the quality and savings the sawmill has provided us.
When the project is done, it will be something we can be proud of for a lifetime. Hopefully, my son will appreciate what has dad has built. He is only 10 years old, and in a world where most things are prefabricated and low budget made we’re hopeful that he will learn to make things with pride that will last. For the price and quality of something made in the USA we are very satisfied with this machine.
Mrs. Joene Strong
In September 2011 we had the largest fire in Texas in Bastrop County. After running another brand of sawmill to recover the pine wood from the fire. I decided that I wanted to get a sawmill that I could have at the ranch to recover logs. I wanted a simple sawmill that would mill logs without a lot of extras. We did a lot of research trying to find out who had the best sawmill. We came to the conclusion that Hud-Son Forest Equipment had the best sawmill products. All of the other manufacturers did not have a sawmill built with the quality that I was looking for nor did they have a sawmill built that did not required a long lead time. It seemed they wanted my money but could not produce a sawmill for several weeks. The final thing was that they didn't have a sawmill in my price range. Hud-Son has sales people willing to answer my many questions. They had the sawmill in stock and ready to ship on the next day after payment.
We decided to buy the HFE 36. This saw has done everything we have needed it to do. Pushing the saw head down the track is like pushing a shopping cart in the grocery store. The easy to read ruler system works well with the hand crank sawmill head and it will let me cut logs to within 1/8". I have only had issues with 2 blade bearings which Hud-Son was quick to support me with new bearings.
For a one man operation the sawmill does more than what I can keep up with. I cut pine, oak, cedar, and mesquite. After running another brand of sawmill, I would not trade my Hud-Son sawmill for anything.
Thanks Hud-Son Forest Equipment for the great sawmill.
From the Hillbilly Sawmill
Best Sawyer South of the Colorado River.
Custom Sawmilling Avallable - Sawmilling priced by the board foot.
It was good talking to you at the Paul Bunyan Show. I am sending you some pictures from Alaska of my mill, cabin and log skidder. My mill works great, it cuts with no problems, I wish I had a little bigger one, but the Oscar 121 taken a part will fit in a Cessna 206 airplane. Anyone needing any references can call Al Furney at 724-468-4477.
I just purchased an HFE-21 portable sawmill at 12:00 pm on June 5, 2012 and by 5 pm that evening I was cutting logs. This is an outstanding piece of equipment for the price and I'm sure it will last for many years. GREAT JOB GUYS.
Here are some pictures of the 230 mill. That was a 30" x 12' log on the mill. It is cutting very well. I am very pleased with it.
I milled the wood for these instruments using my Hud-Son Oscar 28 sawmill I purchased last year. The fiddles are made out of walnut and sycamore and their matching cases are made out of walnut and cherry. My efforts won me $500.00 in the Most Unusual category in Hud-Son's Sawmill Contest.
To Whom It May Concern:
I have always liked woodworking however the price of lumber is a real setback to some craftsman. This is why I took a chance and bought an OSCAR 18 this sawmill is perfect for the avid woodworker. I have enclosed a picture of the first project I built with my OSCAR 18. This is a solid cherry heirloom bookcase that I constructed from a log I had cut two years ago and never had the heart to cut it up for firewood so when I bought my OSCAR I was thrilled to find how much lumber was in this one log. This bookcase is constructed of solid 3/4 cherry the only plywood used was for the backer other than that its solid cherry I even carved the Cabriole legs. I also do a lot of Intarsia I have enclosed a few pictures of my work. I find that now I have my OSCAR 18 I can saw the lumber to the thickness I need which saves a lot on my plainer and also on wood waste. I really recommend to anyone who crafts with wood and is fortunate enough to buy an OSCAR, to do so. I am totally amazed with mine.
Santa Clara, NY
Dear Hud-Son -
Using trees from my yard I built these projects using my Farm Boss. First is a post and beam style open air firewood shed made entirely out of eastern white pine with cedar shingles, it holds one cord of wood, the second is a wishing well that came from a dead standing cedar salvaged from my backyard. It is 100% cedar.
I bought your OSCAR 18 from Steve White in Dalton, NH. It is a great machine and I have been doing a lot of board cutting for the floor of my home which is under construction. Do you have any information other than the mimeo'd sheets relative to the machine, how it works, proper settings, saw blade settings, etc? Thanks. Got a video?? Yes We Do!!
Here is a photo that was taken about a week ago. Been keeping pretty busy until the temp went down to -20 and it got a bit cold to be out playing .... I will be taking the sawmill out to a remote property that I own on lake frontage to build a cabin. Most of the lumber I have cut here will be used to build a smaller cabin first.
Thanks, Mark DeLoach
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 ...
I purchased an Oscar 30 from Johnson in Ogdensburg, WI yesterday. It took about an hour to set up and we were off and sawing. What a fantastic little machine! The Johnson's were great to work with on this purchase. Want to let you know you have a great product (I'm quite sure you knew this already) KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! Thanks A Million!
Ryan R. Delaney,
I purchased an Oscar 18 last year and to say I like it is an understatement! I never even seen one before, but after a little while I figured it out.
To Hud-Son Forest Equipment Co. -
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!
To Hud-Son Forest Equipment Co. -
I recently bought an 18 from dealer Steve White in NH. I thought you might want to know that Steve was great to deal with and I am very happy with my Oscar 18. Anyway I have been sawing away like mad making lumber for a porch addition on my house and lumber for an addition on my camp. The Oscar is a great little machine and well thought out and constructed. Thanks for making it!
Enosburg Falls, Vermont
I have had my Oscar 30 for about 18 months now. I use it to saw native Texas Mesquite and other Texas woods. I use the Oscar 30 only five or six times per month. It is used outside and is only covered with a tarp, it starts and cuts true every time. This reliability means a lot to me.
San Marcos, Texas
Just wanted to send you a note to say how much I'm enjoying my new mill. So far it has done everything I expected and is even easier than I had imagined to operate. I am still cleaning up storm damaged timber from hurricane Ivan which did heavy damage to my timber land in south central Alabama. I can't tell you how much it means to me to be able to salvage this down timber and make really good looking lumber out of it. Thanks for making a product that lives up to it's advertising. My Oscar 28 is big where it needs to be and still portable enough to move around with ease.
Pine Apple, Alabama
Dear Mike -
After speaking to you the other day we figured we'd get some pictures off to you, sent with a BIG howdy from Texas. Our HUD-SON Oscar 18" saw mill is making our dream home come true. It's the only piece of equipment we've bought that has paid for itself in the first six months of owning it. Our home which will be about 2,800 ft and all wood is depending on your product and so far no problem. We're hoping by late fall of this year to be into our home along with our teenage son who will be upstairs in his own room w/bath. Our neighbor, after seeing the cedar, oak, pine and elm we cut went and bought one from your company too. Bobby quit his job and is now swamped with orders to cut wood for other people and he's making more money now, he also is making his own house. People mention how they like the look of our home and they loved the smell, all natural wood.
Jeannie, Martin and Alan Hoel
Dear Hud-Son Forest Equipment,
Last year I purchased an Oscar 30 from Jack Putman last summer. We had a wind storm a few weeks ago that knocked the barn down on the mill. The whole barn was on it, beams, roof you name it, it was on the mill. I uncovered the mill & nothing was wrong with it. I did my homework before I bought the mill and had figured if it was any other brand of mill there would be nothing left of it. I am very pleased with the way my Hud-Son mill is made and the way it held up to the weight of an entire barn. Thanks for an affordable, quality made product.
Thank you for your help in ordering a new winch for "Little Oscar" My husband loves his sawmill. Anytime he disappears I know where to look for him. I call Little Oscar "The Mistress". I tell anyone who will listen, Little Oscar will save you time, save you money, save your sanity and save your marriage! Thank you again for your quick, professional help.
Dear Hud-Son Forest Equipment -
Hello - I thought you might be interested in these pictures. I just finished sawing a Cherry log that started out as a 38" log with my Little 28 inch Hud-Son Bandsaw mill. I started by shaping the log with a chain saw to fit into the mill opening which is 28"x 28" with a diagonal of 39 inches. I had to take my first cut of about 6 inches because the mill actually does not raise up to the 28 inch bar but after that it was smooth cutting. The log weighed about 4000 lbs so it was a bit of work to turn but we managed. We really enjoy the mill and have cut about 3000 board foot of maple, cherry and some pine. So far it has performed like a champ!- Thanks for making a great little sawmill!
Hello. We are in Vermont, we bought one of your Oscar 228 mills from Steve White in New Hampshire. The service we received from Steve was well above and beyond what anyone could ask for. We were supposed to pick up the mill but, could not make it. Saturday Steve had a pig roast and the next day, Sunday he was at our home at 9 am with the mill. He really made our dream come true. We would like to say thanks Steve and thank you also Hud-Son crew for building such a fine affordable mill.
The Happy Sawyer in Rochester Vermont
The lumber for the building pictured here was cut from an Oscar 228 owned by Earl D. Hill