, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 389-401

Comparative Analysis of On-Site Free-Hand Chainsaw Milling and Fixed Site Mini-Bandsaw Milling of Smallholder Timber

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Abstract

Sawing trials were conducted to determine the green-off sawn (GOS) timber recovery rates of chainsaw milling and mini-bandsaw milling and determine the potential returns from timber sales (stumpage value) of smallholder tree farmers in the Philippines. The GOS recovery rate of 52 % for fixed site mini-bandsaw mills was found to be significantly higher than that of on-site chainsaw milling (39 %). It was further found that when hauling distance from barangay to customers exceeds 13 km, chainsaw milling generates higher revenue due to the lower transport cost of sawn timber.