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McDonough Manufacturing


Helping customers, communities and families thrive by building a foundation of trust since 1888.

Since 1888, McDonough Manufacturing Co. has focused on providing durable sawmill machinery, while providing the efficiency and speed required by the modern sawmill. With a focus on band mills, carriages, resaws and edgers, McDonough is the choice for the best.

The reason we do what we do can be found in our company story.

Board Edgers

McDonough's complete line of board edgers ranges from some of the fastest optimized edger systems in the world to manual edgers and combination edgers for smaller sawmills everywhere. Our OptiFit linear edger has become the most popular edger system for modern hardwood sawmills based on its ability to deliver exceptional yield, short payback and long term durability based on our proven linear edger sawbox.

McDonough Board Edger


From 54" to 8', our double column air strain mills set the standard all others are compared to. With time tested standard features like our exclusive Air Strain system, cartridge type pressure guides, cast iron wheels, hydraulic wheel lifts, saw cleaning and lubrication and Timken railroad car bearings, the McDonough bandmill simply outlasts and out performs all others.

McDonough Manufacturing Bandmill


McDonough has a complete line of resaw choices and options including Linebar Resaws, Center Split Resaws, Twins, Quad and Horizontal Resaws, as well as a complete line of high speed infeeds, computerized setworks and operator cabs to fit your product and production needs. From design, engineering, manufacturing and installation, the professionals at McDonough are the choice for all your resaw needs.

McDonough Manufacturing Linebar Resaw 6


McDonough Carriages are designed with accuracy and ease of maintenance in mind with state-of-the-art features you will only find on a McDonough. Models to fit your operation with 36", 42", and 48" openings and configured the way you need it with options like; round way knees, 17 degree slant, UHMW cant kickers, Brownsville turners, chain turners, Tong Dog, rail, operators cabs, carriage drives, and setworks. Before you replace or retrofit your carriage, call the professionals at McDonough, you'll be glad you did.

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McDonough has a complete selection of gang edgers available to suit any sawmill of today. From the most rugged Curve Sawing Gang available to help you recover the most from your crooked hickory and white oak logs, to high speed thin-kerf gang solutions for your softwood mill, or a manually fed gang or combination edger to boost production, McDonough can design and build the exact gang sawing solution that you need.

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Material Handling

McDonough Manufacturing supplies the forest products industry with precision engineered and built material handling equipment of all types, for all applications. From simple lumber transfer decks to our MAXX Resaws Infeed, THE fastest linebar feed system for all brands of resaw, McDonough can supply all of your material handling needs. Whether it's the installation of new McDonough line, used McDonough or any other brand, your first call should be to the engineering professionals at McDonough Manufacturing to insure your machinery produces at its maximum potential.

McDonough Manufacturing Material Handling

Going strong since 1888.

Old McDonough factory from railroad
McDonough Mfg. Co. is a family owned and operated manufacturer of custom sawmill machinery. McDonough buys steel and all parts, fabricates, CNC and manual machines, assembles, tests, and paints all our machinery. McDonough has had its head office in the Chippewa Valley of Wisconsin since 1888 and has recently expanded its operations internationally with a manufacturing facility in Mactaquac, NB, Canada that opened in October of 2017, and the acqusition of BID Canada Ltd. in early 2023.

Work and people we can be proud of.

So long, but not farewell. Wishing Mike McAvoy well in retirement.

“May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of his hand.” – Irish Blessing

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Slalom skier by weekend, sales rep by week. Meet Bob Bell.

McDonough recently welcomed Bob Bell to the team, a new sales representative located in the Northeastern US.

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Jamie Wilson - Explaining Electrical

Jamie Wilson is our electrician working out of our Mactaquac location, having started his career in residential and commercial settings before enrolling in the electrical program offered at NBCC. Jamie graduated from NBCC with honors and began his practicum at the Mactaquac Generating Station...

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Mitch - a Rush in more ways than one

Mitch Rush, a welder at McDonough in Eau Claire, certainly lives up to his surname. Originally from Black River Falls, WI, Mitch has always been into outdoor activities like climbing, hiking, hunting, fishing, etc. Climbing is always #1 on his list when it comes to having some free time.

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Joylyn & Sherri - Eau Claire's Dynamic Duo

We would like to congratulate Joylyn Hanson Bauer on being named Controller and Sherri Lancour on being named Office Manager for McDonough Manufacturing! Both Joylyn and Sherri work out of our Eau Claire location.

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What our clients say

"It’s (OptiFit edger) a very fast and accurate machine that is easily handling the production from our 7 ft resaw and 8' headrig while yielding us far more value from our lumber."

Greg Wells - McDonough testimonial
Greg Wells
VP, Greentree Forest Products

McDonough products are "well built, productive and (they) provide exceptional post-sale service"



Ray Tharpe
Ray Tharpe
Owner/President at RTM Industrial Maintenance Inc.

As a result of the upgrade, we "have significantly improved mill uptime and created a much better work environment for our Operator."


Tyler King
Tyler King
VP Operations

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