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HUll Oakes lumber company near Monroe Oregon still runs a steam powered saw mill.
 

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I think steam is an excellent choice with all that sawdust drifting at their feet and clouding the air. A spark could be a real crowd-pleaser in that environment.
 

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I wonder what an OSHA inspection would say about it. ...

There are some modern amenities. The grinder used to sharpen the saws looked like it was air or electric powered with the generator or compressor being powered with steam.
The saws looked like they were carbide tipped.

Decades ago I went on the self guided tour of the mill in Scotia, California where they debarked and cut redwood trees into lumber. The trees were debarked with high pressure water. The main saw was a huge vertical bandsaw that must have been over twenty feet of cutting surface. It wasn't steam powered but it was impressive.
 
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