Milling Made Easy

Milling Made Easy


Spectrum Innovations (trading as Turbo Sawmill) was established in 2007 by Jake Peterson, son of sawmill pioneer Carl Peterson.

Carl developed his first prototype swing blade sawmill in the remote islands of Fiji, and after immigrating to New Zealand in the 1980's, set about creating the world's first commercial swing-blade sawmill.  

Carl's swing-blade sawmill was launched to great acclaim, and with the NZ government backing his innovation, over one thousand mills were manufactured and sent worldwide. 

In 2007 - with Carl's help and support - Jake Peterson launched Spectrum Innovations. Father and son worked together to design and build The Gladiator swing-blade sawmill, utilising Carl's inverted 'T' concept to offer a very clean, open access portable sawmill. 

In 2013, the company launched the Warrior, our chainsaw/small engine-driven sawmill - the most portable swing-blade sawmill available today. 

Used Worldwide

Our sawmills are currently in use in the USA and Canada, Fiji, Australia, South Africa, Hawaii, the Solomon Islands and New Zealand.



1) Open access to load your logs and remove timber (without the possibility of damaging your tracks. You're not stuck in a portal restricting your options.

2) The mono rail means you're mill will always pull straight - its not dependent on how or where you pull. It will cut straight no matter what.

3) Our mills now have a 40hp capacity heavy duty Curtis gearbox (made in the US). The driven pulley is also mounted on the other side of an outrigger bearing - meaning the pressure provided by the belt is off the gearbox. This is the number one fault with most swing blade sawmills.

4) We have full taper ability along with single end sizing options available making our mills very easy to align to the log and to set you're sizes.

5) Our mills are very light to push and pull. The other mills may look impressive in size but its certainly not fun pushing/pulling a tank all day.

6) The swing apparatus is effortless. We also have weather board options available to coincide with its simplicity.

7) All our mills have the ability to double cut straight off the log - no turning the mill around (its designed into the concept). Our mills don't require any 180 degree swing function - this facility has no relationship to any extra ability regarding double cutting so don't get caught out with this thinking!

8) Portability. Our mills can be provided with a simple dolly trailer system. They can also be transported via a small jockey arrangement. They do break down too. Lots of options for easy 10-30 minute setup/breakdown. Our chainsaw mills take portability to the next level.

9) A major hidden advantage with our saw is that there is no need to start vertical first followed by horizontal as your finishing cut. Simply start horizontal and finish with vertical - no wedging required. Just grab your sawn board and start again.

10) Sharpening takes literally seconds with our simple 4-tooth saw blade. This design means our mills put LESS strain on the blade prolonging the life of your gearbox, bearings and belts.

11) We have thin-kerf blade, slabber and planer blade attachments available for all mills. 

12) We will be offering insert tips by Simonds very soon (blades made in the US). This provides much more options whensawing domestic logs with the possibility of steel within them.

13) We have an amazing LOW COST automated swing blade available as a simple upgrade to the manual option.

14) Saw any diameter logs.