About Us

Who we are

Helping saw mills get the job done since 1903

Burton Saw and Supply is recognized as the industry leader in offering cost-effective solutions to the saw and milling industries. We offer equipment and products to wood manufacturing plants throughout North America and beyond. By applying the highest ethical and socially responsible standards to our decision-making process, we create parallel goals with our customers and employees. We take pride in helping you take pride in what you do.

Corporate Values

Our decisions will be made with high ethical standards including honesty, fairness, social and environmental responsibility, and open communications.


  • We will constantly strive to exceed our customers’ expectations.
  • We will strive to maximize our individual potential.
  • We will enjoy hard work.
  • We will be open to change and constructive criticism.
  • We will value the commitment of our vendor relationships.
  • We will respect our co-workers and understand that each employee contributes to the company’s success.
  • We will be innovative and creative in recognizing and finding solutions for the opportunities our customers provide us.
  • We will respect and enjoy the unique industry we are in and understand it’s full cycle from the growing of trees to the use of finished wood products.

Mission Statement

Burton Saw will be recognized as the industry leader in offering cost effective solutions for everyday problems to Wood Products manufacturing plants throughout North America and beyond. By applying the highest ethical and socially responsible standards to our decision making process we will create parallel goals with our customers and employees.

Our Products

From saw blades and knives to manufactured goods and consumables, we have just about everything you’ll need to complete your job. In addition to being able to provide you with the equipment you need, we have all of the machinery necessary to grind, tip, and maintain the integrity of your tooling or saw-related equipment. We know that everything we carry serves a very important purpose for the workers of the wood and metal products industries, so we ensure that everything we supply you with is a cut above the rest.

Our History

Burton Saw

A.J. Burton founded Burton Saw and Supply in 1903. When the company started in Vancouver, British Columbia they only sold saw manufacturer supplies to the mills of Western Canada. Once the nature and location of Burton’s business focus gradually changed to supply smaller operations with the equipment they needed. They started supplying the wood products industry as a whole as opposed to just selling to Canadian mills. This is when Burton Saw and Supply realized they had to change the way the once did business with their existing customers. In 1927 The Burton Saw Company moved to Eugene, Oregon and by the 1950’s Burton was an established presence in the Oregon Wood Products industry.

While the business was still growing, the then owners Fred Burton and Ray Ralls, realized they needed to make some changes. They decided to start providing a combination of new and used mill equipment, saws, knives, and consumable supplies. Then, in the 1970’s Dick and Rod Ralls became the sole owners. They then decided to focus primarily on customers in the saw filing and knife grinding rooms, laying the groundwork for what Burton Saw and Supply has become today. This decision to focus on this customer base allowed them to become not only the leaders in the Oregon industry, but also a main competitor in the Wood Products industry nation-wide.

The 80s and 90s saw continued expansion for Burton Saw with subsidiaries opening in Idaho, Alabama, and New Hampshire. With the purchase of Max Manufacturing of San Jose, California in 1983, and its’ ACME brand of post grinders, Oregon Select Inc. was formed to manufacture the machines and specialty products our customers required. In 2001 Burton Saw merged back the business spinoffs it had created to form a single North American corporation. With this merger Duncan McLean and Mike Kehoe were brought in as managing partners. The new millennium was a very busy time, when Burton Saw acquired the assets of several long-term sawmill distributors.

The 2002 acquisition of Postle Owen in Surrey, British Columbia marked our entry into the Canadian market and completed our long journey back to our city of origin. In 2004 the partners of Burton Saw formed a new company for the purpose of acquiring Wright Machine from Betty Wright. Wright Machine is now an important strategic partner with Burton Saw. Our latest venture was the opening, in 2006, of an Eastern Canadian sales office in Rouyn Noranda, Quebec.

Much of the success of our company as we move forward, can be attributed to our rich history. Over 100 years of interesting people and interesting stories provide us with a special connection to our industry.

The Burton Family

Burton Saw Family

Here at Burton Saw and Supply, we understand that each and every one of your jobs is never just a one step process. Each day on the job calls for different steps, different knowledge, and, in turn, different equipment. We know you need the saws to cut through the lumber. We know that you need the grinders to keep the saws sharp, and the tippers to make sure the saws bite hard. We know that you need the tools to put equipment together and the consumables to help make sure everything runs smoothly.

That’s why Burton Saw and Supply has spent nearly 100 years sourcing all of the companies the help you complete your workday puzzle. With companies like Wright Machine, Global Tooling, and Cut Technologies sitting under the Burton family tree, we really do have it all. Working with these great companies is something we enjoy doing and we’re glad that we’ve created such a successful network with all of them in it.