Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How dry does my material need to be to pelletize?
A: Typically, under 14% moisture is premium. We can pelletize up to 40% with certain feedstock; however, for fuel pellets, the feedstock needs to be below 14% to make a burnable pellet. Green woodchips, freshly cut grasses, and other high-moisture materials do not make viable fuel pellets. A drying system would be required for green wood waste. For certain feeds, bedding, and fertilizer (such as chicken manure pellets), the moisture can be higher, but mold can arise in higher moisture pellets.
Q: Do you sell drying systems for wet material?
A: Yes, please contact us for more information!
Q: How big does the feedstock need to be?
A: For most pellets, we recommend 1/4 inch minus grind. Hops and other heat sensitive materials can be ground through our 1/2 inch screen to prevent heat buildup.
Q: Do you have PTO or diesel driven pellet mills?
A: PTO is possible. Please contact us for more information.
Q: What type and size of pellets can I make?
A: We offer a unique system that has many different capabilities. We can make 2mm small feed for fish pellets, and up to 14 mm coal substitute pellets or horse treat size feeds.
Q: Why are your systems pricier than others I see on the internet?
A: As with most things in life you get what you pay for! Our systems are hand built from premium parts from Europe and North America. We do not cut corners on bearings, gearboxes or grades of steel. None of our systems use belts cast metals or other energy-wasting components such as low-grade motors. Our systems are designed to last for years and are built for the hard task of pellet extrusion. Also, our systems include all necessary feed, cooling, screening, and control components all in one package. We also include delivery and installation of all our LM series systems. You enjoy the benefit of the manufacturer setting up and training you on your system.
Q: How long have you been around? Can I see an existing mill?
A: Lawson Mills has been manufacturing and selling in North America since 2008. In that time we have sold many systems throughout Canada, the USA, New Zealand, and Australia. Our sister company in Europe has been selling for 20 years and have over 2000 systems in the European market. Visiting customers is possible, though this must be pre-arranged through us for their privacy. We cannot guarantee a site visit. At nonbusy times, we invite customers to our test facility in PE Canada where we can run a demonstration for you on our 20-hp test mill.
Q: How big an area do I need?
A: Our LM series can comfortably fit into a single car garage sized building with an 8 ft ceiling height. Our BN range is very compact and requires a 4 ft x 4 ft space to operate. Our bigger bale processing and multiple mill lines do require larger areas. We can custom build feed bins etc. to fit into trailers also for our trailerised units.
Q: What's your biggest mill?
A: We build up to 100 hp.
Q: What guarantee do Lawson Mills have?
A: We not only build to the highest quality standards, but we also personally install all our LM range equipment. We also offer a one-year warranty on all our products (excluding wear items such as rollers, dies, cast back augers, and bearings).