Devin as far as your chainsaw mill. I completely understand about the expense of the thing. Have you ever run a chainsaw mill? It, from what I understand is back breaking work and they are pretty hard on a chainsaw too. I want to suggest that you go to the forestry forum ( http://forestryforum.com/
) and do some reading in the sawmills and sawing section there. Most of the guys have Woodmizer or one of the other big name brands, but there are some that have some of the lower priced mills and have had good luck with them. I'll also suggest that you look at the Woodmizer LT15 mills. While more expensive than your chainsaw mill I think you would be better served by saving your pennies a bit longer and getting one of them. I personally have a Woodmizer LT28. Was planning on a LT15, but when weighing the pros and cons decided to go with the LT 28. Yes it was expensive, but has not given me a minutes trouble and from what I understand the customer service, which I have yet to use, it second to none. One other thing I have gleaned from the Forestry forum is that if and when you decide you no longer need a sawmill the Woodmizer has an excellent resale value.