The Frontier Story

The legacy of Norwood applied to a more affordable portable sawmill

“At Norwood, we’ve never been afraid to take on a challenge. We’ve never wavered in our commitment to provide hard-working people like you with efficient, reliable, accurate, no-nonsense sawmilling equipment at fair prices.

We also believe it is of utmost importance to listen to our Norwood family of sawmill users and remain available and responsive. That means we listen to the comments, questions, and suggestions of those who are still waiting to invest in their first Norwood sawmill.

You’ve Asked. We’ve Listened. And This Is the Result…

Norwood – The World’s Only Portable Sawmills Specialists

Right from the start, we knew exactly what our purpose was.

We’ve never promoted big industrial-sized wood processing equipment, nor have we ever carried mass-produced machines such as wood chippers or log splitters.

Why? Because we didn’t want any distractions or dilution of our commitment to excellence.

Norwood focuses 100% of our passion and energy on portable sawmills, engineered to help you maximize the value of your trees.

We have channeled our love of portable sawmills into creating revolutionary technologies that make sawing faster, easier, and a lot more fun!

That’s why Norwood has over 50 patents to its credit! And that only covers a fraction of our many innovations. In fact, Norwood has more patents than ALL of the combined portable sawmill companies around the world.

Norwood Means Quality

When we at Norwood take our designs off the drawing board and build sawmills, we are fanatically dedicated to using the very latest-technology fabrication machines operated by highly skilled technicians. In the last two decades, steel fabrication machinery has undergone seismic developments with the advent of computer and laser technologies. But, they come at a cost: 5-axis 3D lasers, heavy precision-steel forming and bending machines, and the like are very expensive. Nevertheless, quality is a Norwood priority – look closely, and you’ll ALWAYS see the Norwood difference!

The Unvarnished Truth About the Sawmill Industry Today

We’ve been watching as a number of corporations and “sawmill” companies now get all of their machines made in offshore factories, often from China. They are cheaply made and of inferior quality.

What’s more, they are not being truthful about where they make their machines, either leaving you to guess or, in some cases, being outright dishonest. Countless new sawmill purchasers today have no idea that their “name-brand” sawmill is made offshore, or that the low-cost machine they picked is not going to stand up to the rigorous demands of sawing timber.

Norwood Builds Dependable Sawmilling Solutions for All Land-Owners

Keeping jobs at home is equally important to Norwood as it is to Norwood owners. Plus, we have a lot of faith in the quality of what our workers build with our high-tech fabrication technologies. Our team at Norwood has built tens of thousands of premium-quality portable sawmills, which are milling valuable timber all around the world.

Norwood Sawmills are known for their:

  • Dependability over years, and even decades
  • High productivity
  • Easy, user-friendly operation
  • Versatility, with their many capacity-boosting attachments

… all bundled in affordable sawmills backed by a steadfast company trusted to stand behind their owners.

But, there’s no denying the number of people we’ve heard from, imploring us to produce an even more affordable sawmill – asking us to also offer sawmill models that are made abroad.

This wasn’t an easy decision. We believe strongly in our country and the workmanship of our skilled staff.

But we continued to hear from people who tried other brands of sawmills manufactured offshore and who were deeply disappointed in the flimsy construction, poor performance, lack of versatility and undependability of both the machines themselves and the companies selling them. Sadly, many (maybe even most) have no idea that they have been sold machines built in China!

Land Owners Deserve So Much More.

We couldn’t just sit by and ignore the obvious need for Norwood to offer a broader selection of affordable entry-level portable sawmills.

After a lot of thought, numerous intense discussions, months of strategic research and design, and yes, some sleepless nights, we realized that we have an obligation to all of those who want a flagship Norwood sawmill but who need this even more affordable option.

We feel that it’s wrong that honest, resourceful, and hardworking land owners are being duped into buying inferior-quality sawmills, drawn in by lower prices and slick but misleading marketing.

That being said, there IS a way to achieve a more affordable price point while still building QUALITY sawmills! Without smoke and mirrors, without hiding the truth, and without cutting corners.

We’re here to say …

If you’re going to get an offshore mill, do it with us, a company you can trust.

Frontier Portable Sawmills are our only sawmills manufactured outside of North America.

And, as always, we knew if we were going to do this, we were going to do it right.”