Small-scale Forestry

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 389–401 | Cite as

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

  • Edwin D. CedamonEmail author
  • Steve Harrison
  • John Herbohn
Research Paper


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.


On-farm timber processing Small-scale sawmill Green-off-saw timber recovery Smallholder tree farms 


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© Steve Harrison, John Herbohn 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Edwin D. Cedamon
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Steve Harrison
    • 1
  • John Herbohn
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Agriculture and Food SciencesThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.ACIAR Forestry Project, College of Forestry and Environmental SciencesVisayas State University, ViscaBaybay CityPhilippines

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