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”A new generation is taking the lead”, managing director Anssi Westerlund summarizes this autumn’s brand new Hakki Pilke 38 Pro firewood processor and the Hakki Pilke Pro series being announced now. ”The Hakki Pilke Pro series takes firewood processors to a new age and level. We provide professionals with the output and speed of a new processor generation. We bring productivity-enhancing innovations and market-leading performance to firewood manufacturers”, Westerlund promises. First introduced in the KoneAgria exhibition in Finland on October 12th-14th, the Hakki Pilke 38 Pro is a result of our development work based on close cooperation with customers – careful listening and responding to wishes. Hakki Pilke delivers thousands of processors to more than 30 countries on five continents each year; a lot of information about the requirements of different markets and conditions is accumulated. ”We know professional firewood manufacturers and professionals know us. For example, 38 Pro’s HakkiCut cutting control, where cutting takes place with optimized speed just by pressing a button, and AC10’s automatic chain tensioning are responses to distinct customer needs. This is the direction where we will increasingly steer our operation and R&D”, says Hakki Pilke’s R&D chief Timo Jussila. Hakki Pilke is the world’s leading firewood processor manufacturer, who has revolutionized the market with several innovations and processor models in three decades. 38 Pro’s cut-enhancing HakkiCut™ and patented AC10 are unique solutions not available from other manufacturers. Furthermore, 38 Pro includes many new functionalities and improved features. ”The splitting power has been increased compared to the previous Easy 38 and it’s easily sufficient for even the hardest wood species in different parts of the world. The cycle time is 3 seconds, making the processor even faster with small and big logs. The enlarged hydraulic oil tank cools temperature and extends the operating life of the parts and oil. The reverse valve of the outfeed conveyor is also one of the new features”, Jussila lists. Apart from power, speed, and productivity, professionals making a lot of firewood demand ergonomics and ease of use as well as uninterrupted operation from their processors. ”In 38 Pro, cutting and splitting take place by pressing a joystick button. All other essential functions are also at hand, delivering top-class usability. With 38 Pro, you can make firewood faster than with competing processors in the same size class”, Jussila says. Hakki Pilke 38 Pro in a nutshell - Max log diameter 380 mm - Max log length 600 mm - Power source PTO, electric, combi - Splitting power 10 t - Splitting blade 2/4, 6 and 8 -way - HakkiCut™ cutting control - Outfeed conveyor speed control and reverse - AC10 automatic chain tensioner - Minimal maintenance needs - Hydraulic oil tank volume 72 liters - Reinforced frame - Updated hydraulics About Hakki Pilke Hakki Pilke produces the best firewood processors in the world with more than 30 years of expertise. We know professional firewood manufacturers and professionals know us. We deliver thousands of processors to our customers on five continents in over 30 countries every year. The international operation and local service network of Hakki Pilke offer the world’s best support and after sales service to processor owners. The manufacturer of Hakki Pilke processors, Maaselän Kone Ltd, is part of the Terra Patris group. www.hakkipilke.fiBy: Maaselän Kone Oy
As it is with most successful lumbermen, Ohio Valley Veneer had humble beginnings. Starting out in 1986 with a two man logging crew and the passion to excel, Ed Robbins was on a mission. That mission, mostly unknown to him at the time, was going to revolutionize the forest products industry in Southern Ohio and beyond. Being a fourth generation lumberman provided Ohio Valley Veneer with a deep appreciation for the people and understanding of the tradition and the lifestyle, but most of all it prepared Ed by instilling what was most important: hard work, honest dealing, quality products and the vision to excel. Founding Ohio Valley Veneer in 1990 to buy, sell and export logs, Ed soon found himself hiring mills to custom saw where it fit market conditions. In 1992 he was able to purchase the land where his father and grandfather had operated sawmills since 1958 and in ‘94 built his first mill on that hallowed ground. The heart of that mill was an eighteen year old Cleereman Model 36 purchased at auction and they ran it every day until 1998 when it was replaced with a Cleereman 36 Proportional carriage. Now Ohio Valley Veneer mills produce more than a million board feet of lumber monthly as well as exporting lumber and some of the world’s finest hardwood veneer logs from the hills and hollers of rural southern Ohio. Those mills now include five linear positioning carriages, four LP42’s, one LP48, and a HS36 Proportional. Ed’s original mission to bring passion and professionalism to the lumber business now directly employs over four hundred and shows no sign of slowing down. He credits a portion of his success to making sound decisions when it came to major equipment purchases, and he’s proud to say that Cleereman carriages have been instrumental in that growth because, as he puts it, “they just run”. Now purchasing an average of one million dollars in new machinery annually, Ed shared why he continues to run only Cleereman carriages. “A company’s salesman can sell you the first of anything, be it a sawmill, loader or whatever, but that company’s service and parts departments will sell the second one”. Over the course of his career Ed has purchased sawmills from numerous manufacturers and one thing is constant, if that mills stays in production for Ohio Valley Veneer, it gets upgraded to a new Cleereman. It’s that simple. According to Ed, choosing Cleereman has been one of the greatest moves of his career and credits Cleereman’s low cost of ownership as instrumental in his ability to continue to grow Ohio Valley Veneer. As he often says, “they just run, they seldom break down and when they do the parts are reasonable AND AVAILABLE WITHIN 24 HOURS”. In addition to a superior sawmill carriage, low cost parts and fast breakdown service, the one thing that most impressed Ed was how Cleereman does business when a Cleereman mill experiences a fire and Fran Cleereman and the entire team do whatever is necessary to get that mill owner back in production. In many cases saving the company and hundreds of jobs with it. That kind of dedication to insure family businesses thrive is one of the many things that separate our industry from so many others. In any other industry, whoever put their deposit down first would be ahead of the burnt mill, but doing what is right – not what is expedient is what separates companies like Ohio Valley Veneer and Cleereman from hundreds who produce similar products. Growth at Ohio Valley Veneer shows no sign of slowing down as the proven formula of efficiency, superior quality and passion to produce the very best lumber and timber products continues. Aggressive, but patient, acquisition is part of Ohio Valley Veneer’s growth plan and Ed is targeting areas known for quality logs such as East Tennessee, Southern West Virginia and Indiana. Following the efficiency path, Ohio Valley Veneer is scheduled to take delivery of their first Cleereman Lumber Pro. Chosen specifically because of its proven low cost of ownership due to reduced electrical consumption, thin kerf, low maintenance requirements, double cut capacity, modular design and its ability to serve as both headsaw and resaw. The Lumber Pro, with its single operator, is expected to replace three or four thin kerf narrow band sawmills greatly reducing overhead and allowing those employees to move into more productive positions.By: Cleereman Industries
The 34th Forest Products Machinery & Equipment Exposition – Expo 2017 – opens its doors June 14 for three days of exhibits housed at Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center. More than 180 exhibitors will display the very latest in technology and equipment that advances the wood products industry into the 21st Century. “This international show promotes the sawmilling industry as high-tech, providing the tools and machinery needed to produce quality products that help build global economies,” notes exposition director Eric Gee. “Like our show two years ago, Expo 2017 is a sold-out showcase of mill upgrades for both softwood and hardwood operations,” he adds. A visit to the show is enhanced this year with the debut of a new app for handheld devices. The app provides full coverage of the event’s exhibitors, the floor plan, special events during the show, with links to social media. It’s available for Android and I-phones – download on the Goggle play or I-Tunes App Store; search: FOREST EXPO. “Here is a handheld tool to manage your show schedule in real time,” noted SFPA exposition director Eric Gee. “Visitors can schedule appointments with exhibitors and take notes about what they see at the show,” he added. They can also connect with other attendees and exhibit personnel, making for a more interactive networking experience. “This app is the latest in exposition event technology and provides the user with a wealth of information in the palm of their hand,” commented Gee. Sponsored and conducted by the Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA) every two years since 1950, this event has traditionally included many of the biggest names in the business displaying everything from sawmill machinery to materials handling equipment, attracting key representatives from the nation’s largest wood products manufacturers.By: Southern Forest Products Association
Hakki Pilke firewood processors are built in Haapajarvi, Finland with over 30 years’ experience. Every year thousands of machines are shipped to five continents around the world. Customers are using the products in varying conditions but mainly for producing firewood professionally for sale. For a manufacturer it is a challenge to fulfill different customer needs with the product, which is why Maaselan Kone listens international Hakki Pilke users and dealers carefully in order to understand the market needs and challenges. All product development is based on customer feedback and extensive testing. Testing is done in close collaboration between the factory, importers and experienced customers. The latest model in the lineup, Easy 43, is designed for professional wood processing. It is a successor of very popular and globally well-known model Easy 42. Most of the inventions and new features of the new model derive from the requests and suggestions made by Hakki Pilke users. Hakki Pilke distributors were already involved in early prototype testing phase to help the factory to find the right direction in the project. Maaselan Kone finds this kind of close collaboration highly rewarding and successful. New Key Features Requested by International Customers Hakki Pilke Easy 43 raises the bar for firewood processing by many world’s first features such as the new cutting mechanism only seen before in forestry harvesters and the delay-free splitting system designed to make processing as effective with both small and big sized logs. “After comprehensive testing in 6 different countries and over 20.000 cubic meters (5.500 cords) of hardwood and softwood species processed, we have developed many long-awaited solutions for international Hakki Pilke users. New ergonomically designed interface and other features such as log landing plates, automatic log infeeding and the patented AC 10 automatic saw chain tensioner are all solutions for the industry’s existing problems,” says Timo Jussila, Development Manager, Maaselan Kone Ltd. NEW TYPE OF CONTROL All the main functions are ergonomically positioned on the joystick. Sawing button performs following functions: - log clamp activates - saw is activated and lowered - log landing plates are raised - log measuring device is retracted HYDRAULICALLY RETRACTING LOG MEASURING DEVICE The hydraulic log measuring device retracts automatically during sawing to allow the cut log to fall freely into the splitting groove. The firewood is measured precisely to ensure right sized final product. LOG LANDING PLATES The log landing plates ensure that the logs land into the splitting section in a controlled manner. Landing plates can be used in automatic or manual mode. Manual operation enables the controlled dropping of the last piece of log. HYDRAULIC AC10 – Saw chain tensioner The AC10 maintains optimal chain tension, preventing it from coming loose or breaking. The correct chain tension notably increases the service life of the chain and bar. The chain can be replaced effortlessly without any tools. LOG INFEED ASSIST MECHANISM The infeed assist mechanism feeds in a new log during every splitting motion, ensuring that a log is always ready for sawing at the right time. When infeed assist is turned on processing a log requires using only two joystick buttons. Resulting productivity and satisfied customers The new Hakki Pilke Easy 43 is an example of a product boasting many features the end users have requested from the manufacturer. It is very easy to use and reliable in all conditions. It is flexible in terms of processing different type of raw materials from small timber to big knotty logs. Processing is continuous and has no disruptions with cycle time below 3 seconds for cutting and splitting. Improved ergonomics in processor control and log handling enable the operator to work longer without getting tired. Further development will be done in collaboration with professional heavy users. “Thanks to the new features of Easy 43, processing firewood is now easier and more efficient than ever before”, praises Anssi Westerlund the Managing Director of Maaselan Kone. “In addition, appearance of the new machine follows the modern and user friendly Hakki Pilke design”, he adds. About Maaselan Kone Ltd Maaselan Kone Ltd has been manufacturing world leading firewood processors since 1984, and exports 80 % of its products to over 29 countries worldwide, being market leader at many of its markets. Hakki Pilke firewood processors are renowned by professional users around the world for high productivity and fast investment payback time. International Hakki Pilke users are always at the heart of the product development process. For more information, see www.hakkipilke.fi We are expanding our distribution network in the US, contact us for more details.By: Maaselän Kone Oy
Moving with the markets is something we’ve always tried to do. So when local markets in Mississippi tightened up back around 2000, we got in the mulch business, then added a hardwood circle mill in Oakland and a scragg mill Winona. After eight years running three operations, in three locations we decided that the time had come to merge into one location, update and modernize our milling operations. Once we made the decision to build a state of the art hardwood sawmill to replace the multiple smaller mills we were running, the search began. And it was a long one. I traveled for a year and a half across the eastern United States and Canada visiting sawmills. The goal from the beginning was to build a mill that would efficiently produce a wide variety of materials so Fly Timber could move with the markets. The mix included cross ties, long timbers, crane mat material as well as hardwood grade lumber. This flexibility would insure that we could always produce what the hardwood lumber market sought and operate with an eye toward maximum return per log. Getting’ the squeal out of the pig as the old-timers called it. We found out early in the planning phase that to meet this goal, we would have to deal with multiple machinery manufacturers and find a way to smoothly connect everything from the debarker to the main production machines like the Cleereman carriages, McDonough band headrigs and optimized edger, gang and trimmer. All the way out the back of the mill, not to mention the challenge of processing and flowing cross ties to rail cars. During my many mill visits, whenever the discussion turned toward log or lumber conveyors, Rosserhead debarkers, log turners, lumber stackers and material handling equipment, Mellott was the name that kept coming up. From a very rugged built Rosserhead debarker, stand-alone decks and complete systems – nearly everywhere I went there was Mellott. That convinced me, I needed to see for myself, so I visited their plant in Pennsylvania and that sold me. Dale and Stacy Mellott and the entire staff at Mellott Manufacturing are fine people to do business with. They did an excellent job of working on this very complex job, dealing with multiple suppliers, engineers and deadlines. Each time we asked for something to be beefed up to meet our spec’s or to make something longer to expand our product line, the staff at Mellott stepped up to the challenge. That’s why the first thing a log sees when it arrives is a customized Mellott LMR 48” Heavy Duty Debarker, Mellott Log Haul trough, Mellott log decks, slab conveyors and the last thing is the custom built tie lifting system and lumber decks and rollcases. Fact is looking back on the project, I can’t see how we could have done it as well without Mellott. They truly became a partner in our new mill and in the future of Fly Timber. Ricky Fly Fly Timber Grenada, MSBy: Mellott Manufacturing Co., Inc.
The paths to success in the lumber business are as varied as the patterns on an oak leaf. So was the foundation and growth of Copiah Lumber Company of Crystal Springs, Mississippi. Founded by Craig Pyron in 1986, this prosperous and growing hardwood mill grew out of a small short pulpwood trading operation. Ever the forward thinker, Craig began buying standing timber, with brother, John Pyron, taking charge of harvesting operations. Always seeking ways to maximize utilization, the brothers installed a Hurdle Portable sawmill in 1990 and began producing ties, cants, matts and lumber. Successful by any measure, by 1996 the ever increasing cost of standing timber and gate logs ushered in the next major growth phase. To improve yield by reducing kerf loss. Bob Rose, of Rose Machinery, a well-respected sawmill equipment dealer who represented Cleereman in the Southeast, assisted with the design and installation of a Cleereman LP-42 with the latest linear positioning and seven foot McDonough band headrig. Over two decades later that original Cleereman carriage is still sawing lumber every day. Not one to shy away from innovation, other efforts were made to realize the ever expanding benefits of thin kerf technology, Copiah Lumber installed a West Plains 660 Resaw system and at one time even attempted primary breakdown with 1 ½” thin kerf systems. These proved incapable of producing the quality and volume of lumber required. So when Cleereman Industries of Newald, Wisconsin, introduced the first modular double cut Lumber Pro ST 54 the die was cast. But there was one thing missing, size of band to maximize capacity. Craig’s experience with smaller band systems made him skeptical of smaller sized band saws, so after several discussions with Fran Cleereman and Rod Chitko both companies agreed to create the largest Lumber Pro mill ever built with a LP-42 lineal positioning carriage and 62” double cut McDonough head. In addition to the larger carriage and headrig, the Lumber Pro at Copiah is also capable of sawing up to thirty foot timbers, offering Copiah Lumber another avenue of maximizing profit with the added capability of sawing the very longest matt and crane pad timbers of any high production mill in the southeast. The Cleereman Lumber Pro design is unique in many ways, from the speed and efficiency of its thin kerf double cut moving head, to drastically reduced electric requirements that have proven to cut long-term overhead costs. The compact modular design coupled with the Lumber Pro’s moving saw head reduce the footprint required and installation time. This deeply reduces installation expense by delivering a truly modular machine that installs in just a few days, not weeks or months. In Copiah’s case their maintenance team worked with the Cleereman staff to handle the installation. Every Lumber Pro comes complete with an infeed log deck built to the customers required length, smooth log charging system that greatly reduces carriage wear by gently placing logs with a minimum of inertia, integrated off-bearer belt, dust and scrap conveyor, multiple setworks choices that includes several optimization selections, set shaft or LP carriage and a comfortable and spacious sawyers control cab that allows for a clear uncluttered view of the log during the entire sawing process. Mill manager, Pee Wee Smith, described the Lumber Pro as a “log eating machine” that line for line was consistently producing the same, if not more, lines per day than the original conventional Cleereman running a shotgun feed and 7’ band headrig. Pee Wee attributed the impressive production rate to the Lumber Pro’s double cut design that eliminates back gigging to load logs onto the carriage, turn the log and setting for the next cut, all of which can be accomplished from either end with the Lumber Pro. In addition to the double cut headrig’s efficiency, production has also been enhanced by well-designed downstream material handling and nearly zero downtime. Within two weeks head sawfiler, Lee Stockton had the double cut saws under control and operating at peak performance. Lee stated that it really isn’t any more difficult, as long as both sides are set to cut straight lines there’s not a problem. Craig and Pee Wee Smith agreed that the combination of properly prepared saws and a mill that came aligned and ready to saw put the ST 62 Lumber Pro in full production immediately. Transitioning periods for the sawyer proved just as smooth as the install, within days Copiah Lumber had trained a resaw operator to assume sawyer duties on the Lumber Pro and within just a few weeks he was up to 85-90 percent of capacity. As with any major mill innovation or expansion there really is only one question that matters, would you do it again? Co-owner Craig Pyron firmly stated, “Absolutely, absolutely…over the long-haul with the cost of logs and cost of production we’re going to be way ahead, way ahead.”By: Cleereman Industries
It’s easier to decide you need a sawmill than it is to make good choices about the mill you eventually buy. Ask me. I almost made the common choice of going non-hydraulic when I bought my first Wood-Mizer. Actually my first mill was an old “portable” circle sawmill a friend had stored “out behind the barn.” It didn’t take long operating it to realize portable band sawmilling was clearly the superior option for me. Today, about five million or more board feet later, I’ve learned a little about what you should and should not consider when choosing a sawmill. I started with that old circle mill because it didn’t cost me anything beyond milling a few boards in trade but for most of us, cost is important once the decision to purchase is made. But don’t make the mistake of thinking cost is all-important. I’ve seen plenty of my fellow sawmill owners regret the emphasis they put on the initial cost of their mill without considering other things that are just as important over the long term. An important question to ask before signing on the dotted line is, “What do I intend to use this mill for and, beyond that, what am I likely to use this mill for?” Research done at Auburn University a few years ago showed me some important things anyone looking to buy a sawmill should consider. The study found, for example, that nearly half of the people buying a portable sawmill were replacing another mill because, “My previous sawmill had limited production capacity and I needed a more productive sawmill.” Another important finding of the study was that nearly 1 out of 3 mill owners might have intended to use their mill mostly for hobby use but, by the time they’d had the mill for awhile they ended up earning all or part of their income with the machine. It’s inevitable. Start milling a few sticks for your own use and pretty soon people will start showing up and asking, “Hey, can you do that for me?” It’s been my observation that whether you are buying a portable mill strictly for hobby use or, to earn all or a part of your living, you are almost sure to find you end up using the mill a lot more often and for milling a wider variety of lumber, timber, and other products than you imagined when you first decided you wanted a mill. My advice is, you’ll almost never go wrong buying a little more mill than you think you need but you will certainly regret not buying enough mill. Do some thinking about the type of product you intend to mill. If you intend to make a full or part-time living with your portable sawmill you will definitely need a mill with full hydraulics to be successful. On the other hand if you’re going to be milling long length boards or timber for your own contracting company you may be more concerned with easily cutting long lengths. You might not need hydraulics and want to focus on something like an LT15 that can easily be extended using bed extensions. Another element to consider is cost and production over the long term instead of the short. When I began to mill, I quickly learned that if I wanted to make good wages from portable sawmilling I needed to have high production and charge by the board foot instead of by the hour. With my LT70 and EG200 twin blade edger I usually average $200+ per hour charging 35 - 40 cents per board foot. I could never charge that much an hour to custom sawmill but because I have the right equipment (especially an edger) and charge for production, not by the hour, I have been financially successful. In my 15 years of portable sawmilling, I have never had my Wood-Mizer not carry its own weight in a month, even when making payments on it. Last, reliability and service are all important. I remember looking at other, and often cheaper, brands when I was looking for my first thin-kerf portable sawmill. I ended up buying a Wood-Mizer and now many years down the road I am so thankful I made the decision to spend a little more for a higher quality machine; and especially for the legendary customer support that comes with every Wood-Mizer. My LT70 is currently 7 years old. It has a remote station and many electrically controlled features. Combine staying outdoors year round in the rainy Pacific Northwest, along with the sawdust, dirt, and dust every operation will have and you will eventually need to do some maintenance on your machine no matter how much you try to baby your mill. My mill is way out of warranty but I still have free access to Wood-Mizer’s troubleshooting service. One phone call and a person that can walk you through a problem to a solution is available. Believe me, having an expert to help you use a voltmeter to figure out wiring issues when you truly do not understand wiring and electronics is HUGE! The troubleshooters know you are stressed and broke down. They are experts at walking someone like me through the diagnostics needed to fix problems both mechanical and electric. You get what you pay for in the sawmill world but by considering your sawmill purchase carefully you can help make sure you are getting what you need to be successful over the many years your machine will serve you.By: Wood-Mizer Products, Inc.
A cold and rainy October day did not dampen Baker Products’ spirits (or performance) in this year’s Sawmill Shoot-Out at the Paul Bunyan show in Cambridge, Ohio. The team of sawyer Hank Somer and tailman Clay Hedrick operated a Baker Blue Streak 3665D mill and a KASCO Maxx-7 blade to out-shoot the completion at this year’s event. Baker Products and KASCO blades earned first place honors in the hydraulic mill category by sawing their way to an impressive production rate of 1,273 BF/hr and a production overrun of 1.07. For the competition Hank Somer brought his new Baker Blue Streak Model 3665D from New Hampshire where he runs a one-man sawmill business. The Baker Blue Streak Model 3665D is a 65 HP Cummins diesel powered band mill that offers a cutting capacity of 36 in. x 20 ft. (D x L). His blade of choice was KASCO’s Maxx-7 blade. KASCO’s high-performance Maxx-7 blade features an aggressive 7-degree hook angle and 7/8” tooth spacing. Hank runs this blade on a daily basis and claims he hasn’t found any other that outperforms the Maxx-7 blade from KASCO. Ask your distributor for KASCO WoodMaxx blades and their new Maxx-7 profile . Contact Baker Products for more information on their complete line of equipment.By: Kasco/Sharptech
Go Fast Manufacturing, under new ownership since early 2015, has been focusing on building the company’s reputation, by prioritizing customer support and product reliability. Dan Berken, president, who became involved with the company in late 2014 before finalizing the purchase, said those are very important aspects of the business under his leadership. “We’re here to provide customer service for any of our customers’ needs,” he said. “We’re also keeping parts on hand for the existing equipment lines.” The company’s dedusters, for example, feature steel brushes that wear down over time, and the band saws have guide blocks that must be replaced periodically. Go Fast keeps these and other replacement parts well stocked and ready to ship out the same day to customers in the sawmill, pallet and container industries all over the country. In addition to having parts ready at a moment’s notice, Go Fast also works closely with its customers to develop solutions to challenging problems. This year it built a new 103 Deduster to help a new customer in Ohio which was having a problem with dust freezing to boards, but needed a deduster that could handle longer lengths. “In Ohio here, we deal with a few months of frozen wood and sawdust so we have a big sticking issue so I wanted to work with a company that had steel-brush construction on their deduster,” said TJ Harvey, operations manager at Hope Timber Pallet and Recycling Inc. in Newark, Ohio. “I found these guys in Wisconsin where it’s even colder than here,” he said. Most companies do not build dedusters with steel brushes, he explained; they have to be added on as an additional component. Also, Harvey said he wanted a deduster with a side-sweeping design, which wouldn’t kick dust back on the boards as they went through, like his old machine. At that time, he was having speed problems with his old deduster and also issues with it not fully removing dust. “I was also constantly having to remove the deduster from the ends of the resaw because it couldn’t handle the lengths,” said Harvey. Even worse, he was beginning to get complaints from customers who were unhappy about dust on their products after the wood thawed. After contacting Go Fast, Harvey found the supplier’s turnaround time to be remarkable. Go Fast customized a machine for him that would handle 96" boards and had it in his plant ready to install in about three weeks. “They were great to work with, and they custom-built me a machine,” Harvey said. “I run it every day. It’s a total tank of a machine and it’s done a great job. I’m very happy with it.” “It’s important to have a good deduster because if the deduster is not working, it puts a screeching halt to your line,” said Kevin Wieser, Go Fast’s design and development manager. That’s because it’s usually toward the end of the resaw line, right before the stacker. The company’s standard model was about 79" long, before designing the longer machine for Hope Timber. “We extended the frame, hopper and belt lengths, and the infeed fences to make them a longer model.” “It was great working with them,” Wieser said of Hope Timber, explaining that Go Fast is now finding there is also a demand elsewhere for the longer deduster model. “We’re selling quite a few of them.” Berken believes having a good handle on customer needs and product performance is key to Go Fast’s future success. He should know since he has a background in the sawmill business, and runs several Go Fast lines himself at his own cut-stock plant. This lets him see the equipment in action on a regular basis, and also helps the company to come up with innovative ideas. For more information, call 800/854-7439 or visit www.gofastmfg.comBy: Go Fast Mfg LLC
Stemming from a father and son’s dream to build their own business, Hunski Hardwoods salvages diseased and dying urban trees and mills them into high quality slabs and lumber. Established in 2010 by James Hunsaker and his son Nick, the California business has increased production and efficiency with the addition of their Wood-Mizer WM1000 headrig that offers a 67” diameter log cutting capacity. Involved in the urban logging industry for over 30 years, James Hunsaker made a habit of taking his son Nick to work with him as far back as he can remember. “Early on, my dad was working by himself salvaging walnut orchards and urban walnut trees for sale to companies making wide slabs and lumber,” said Nick. “After spending some time at a few of these companies and seeing what they did with the logs, we realized we could do the same thing.” Not long after, the father and son team went from selling only logs to also selling wide slabs and Hunski Hardwoods was born. From the start, James and Nick labored with a chainsaw mill that would take up to eight hours to cut a single log depending on the size. That was until 2013 when they watched a demonstration of a Wood-Mizer WM1000 headrig and realized the potential and growth they could experience with their business. “Once we saw the WM1000 in action and how it made easy work of any sized log, we knew we needed one,” said Nick. “Before the WM1000 we could mill one to maybe two logs per day, now we are averaging three to five per day with ease. Not only can we cut more logs per day, but we are gaining one to two more slabs per log as well. We couldn’t run our business without it.” Nick recalls that in the first two weeks of owning their WM1000, they were able to mill 30 logs that yielded approximately 200 slabs. Hunski mills urban walnut logs into wide slabs, lumber, gunstock blanks, billets, and turning wood while supplying their salvaged wood products to a wide variety of clients including woodturners, woodworkers, furniture makers, gunstock makers, interior designers, and even guitar makers. “Since we go out and find the trees, salvage them ourselves and mill them, the whole process stays in house and we can tell our customers the whole story of the tree,” said Nick. Sawing 2,000 board feet and running the mill 5 hours per day, Nick says the WM1000 allows them to be more efficient with their milling by saving time and money. “We are salvaging walnut on a daily basis and the faster and more precise we can mill them, the faster we can sell them,” he said. Visit www.hunskihardwoods.com for more information.By: Wood-Mizer Products, Inc.
Washington, DC In comments filed with the US Department of Agriculture regarding a revised proposal for a hardwood checkoff program, the original entity to request that USDA pursue the establishment of a checkoff program, the Blue Ribbon Committee, proposed yet a third plan. In its official comments, the group wrote: … we believe further refinement is needed to reduce the scope of the program, simplify compliance, and strengthen support within the hardwood industry. The BRC now proposes that green hardwood lumber and green air dried lumber be removed from the proposed definition of “hardwood lumber products” thus leaving only kiln dried lumber to bear assessments under the checkoff. The effect of this definition change, according to the BRC’s official comments to USDA would be, The eligible class would be reduced from over a thousand mills to approximately 375 mills which have dry kilns or contract dry kiln capacity for sale of kiln-dried lumber, a more readily identifiable category of mills and more in keeping with the scale of the other forest industry checkoff programs. According to the USDA, there are more than 2,800 hardwood manufacturers in the U.S., and under the BRC’s original proposal, more than 1,400 companies would have been eligible to vote in any referendum. The latest proposal to include only 375 eligible equates to 13 percent of the industry, which is, in fact, a far smaller percent of the industry than covered in other forest product checkoffs. Under the Softwood Lumber checkoff, the eligible class was 61 percent of producers, with those producing less than 15 million board feet exempt. Under the Paper and Paper Packing checkoff, the eligible class was about 67 percent, with those producing less than 100,000 short tons exempt. Jeff Edwards, of Edwards Wood Products, and co-chairman of the US Hardwood Lumber Industry Coalition, responded to the BRC’s proposal, saying “it is quite telling that the BRC admitted to USDA that it is necessary to exclude 87 percent of all domestic hardwood manufacturers in order to ‘strengthen support’ for this – or any – checkoff proposal.” Edwards continued, “the BRC clearly recognizes that the overwhelming majority of the hardwood industry does not want a checkoff program so the BRC’s strategy appears to be to push one through with the barest minimum of industry input and, then, once established, one can only assume there will be further attempts to pull in more of the industry to pay assessments.” Indeed, in the original proposal published in the Federal Register nearly two years ago in November 2013, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service stated, “the BRC believes that $10 million in assessment income is the threshold for an effective program that could help to improve the market for covered hardwood.” In its latest comments, the BRC states: We continue to believe ($10 million) is an appropriate amount …. The changes we are recommending would significantly reduce that amount, resulting in a roughly $3 to $4 million annual program. … A $3 million program would be a huge step for the hardwood industry According to Jeff Hanks, of Bill Hanks Lumber, and co-chairman on the US Hardwood Lumber Industry Coalition, “while some may consider a checkoff with less than a third of its target revenue a ‘step’ in the right direction, it is, in fact, a huge leap to assume that the BRC’s latest proposal could even generate $3 million. In reality it will generate less than half that amount by our calculations.” The U.S. Hardwood Lumber Industry Coalition conducted an analysis of the BRC latest plan. That analysis was presented at the Virginia Forest Products Association annual meeting held September 11-13 in Hot Springs, Virginia. According to the Coalition’s calculations, there’s likely to be an estimated 2.2 billion board feet of qualifying kiln dried lumber sold as exports and sold domestically for millwork, furniture, cabinetry, and flooring, which valued at average shipment prices from August 2015 and subject to a $0.50 per $1,000 assessment rate proposed by the BRC, would generate approximately $1.25 million in assessment revenue. This amount does not take into account the exemption for companies under the $2 million annual revenue threshold, nor the exclusion of Alder and Pacific Coast Maples as the BRC also requested in their comments. Even assuming that all utilization of kiln dried hardwood lumber was subject to the BRC’s proposed assessment rate, and not taking into account the exemption for companies under the $2 million annual revenue threshold, nor the exclusion of Alder and Pacific Coast Maple, the BRC’s plan would raise only $1.9 million, still far short of their $3 to $4 million claim. Hanks concluded, “A checkoff of $1.25 million isn’t enough to fund effective research, education and promote programs for the hardwood industry, but it is an expensive first step down a road toward a checkoff that the vast majority of the industry does not want to travel.” THE CHART BELOW CONTAINS DETAILED ESTIMATES AND CALCULATIONS OF THE BRC PROPOSAL. # # # The US Hardwood Industry Coalition is comprised of hardwood lumber manufacturers nationwide who oppose USDA’s most recently published Checkoff proposal. In May of 2014, the Coalition commissioned a telephone research study about industry attitudes towards the Checkoff. Conquest Communications of Richmond, Virginia, questioned hardwood lumber manufacturers identified on a list from USDA of eligible companies to vote in any referendum on the Checkoff. A total of 257 companies responded. Those respondents represent 18 percent of the companies eligible to vote on USDA’s proposed checkoff, which is a statistically representative sample of all hardwood lumber manufacturers. When presented with the question, “as the USDA checkoff proposal is written, do you plan to vote for it or against it?” a total of 83 percent of respondents indicated they would vote against the checkoff program.By: US Hardwood Lumber Industry Coalition
It was then, in the 1980s, that harvesting urban timber began to be a focus of attention. In California alone, it was estimated that almost 4 billion tons of solid wood waste was going into the state’s landfills in the late 80s. Assembly Bill 939 was passed partially in an attempt to divert this wood waste, but it wasn’t until the 1990s that salvaging urban timber really took off to become a more well-known business model. Since then, the focus has been: “We know there is still a lot of wood being wasted, what can we do to change that?” Through my role with Wood-Mizer, I have organized and assisted with many urban forestry initiatives, conferences, and seminars to try and find a solution to this waste. One of the plans in place is to have cities plant trees that will have the highest economic value when they come to the end of their life cycle, but this has been slow to catch on. So the big thing we have focused on is training and education. One of the biggest obstacles keeping material from landfills and mulch use is training and incentivizing tree service companies to cut logs into appropriate sawing lengths. Traditional removal of large logs isn’t always possible in small urban spaces especially when trees are surrounded by buildings and infrastructure. Without specialized removal equipment, or the funds to make it economically viable, tree service companies may only be able to obtain logs in short lengths, making it difficult in many cases to warrant sawing into lumber. Over the last few years we have noticed that we are making headway in educating the public as tree owners are beginning to demand that their trees are cut for re-purposing so they don’t go to waste. Tree service companies are also cutting logs to saw lengths when possible and calling us to source a local sawyer who can pick up the logs and utilize them. All those years at the State and County fairs are paying off and tree owners are starting to realize that there are more resourceful options than the status quo. Other than by customer request, tree service companies can also be incentivized by knowing that there are sawyers who are interested in the logs – and will take them. This can be an advantage to the tree service company as it can save on costly disposal fees. In many cases we have trees dropped off at our location from a tree service company, or construction company doing a removal, simply because we are closer than the county landfill – and if there is a good amount of saw quality logs, we will deal with the residue at no charge. But beyond statistics, official measures and assembly bills to reduce wood waste, there are also companies who are utilizing urban timber because it’s economically viable. At the end of the day, if you can’t make a living from it, you aren’t going to be able to do it for very long - no matter how good it feels. There are many companies out there who, like my own, are cutting urban woods because it’s a win-win situation. It’s good for the environment, it’s good for the tree service company, and it’s good for our business. It’s an amazing feeling to be able to give a historic landmark tree, or a tree with sentimental value a second life and allow it to live on for future generations to enjoy. One of the things that we are able to do with urban, salvaged, and reclaimed woods we sell at Far West Forest Products is to give that back story on where the wood originally came from and what caused its demise. Not only do our end lumber consumers find it fascinating, but they also may be able to use the information to fulfill their Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) green building projects for recycled product, or product that was sourced within a 500 mile radius. All over the country you will see craftsmen making unique tables, benches, fireplace mantels, pens, and bowls out of urban wood. There is even a company making bottle stoppers and another making longboard skateboards. Urban lumber is gaining popularity in the U.S. at a rapid rate as people are becoming aware that it is a viable option. If people are presented with two options that are fairly comparable in appearance and price and one just happened to be saved from a landfill or chipper – most people will choose the green, eco-friendly alternative. Also, with the use of a portable Wood- Mizer bandsaw, it is now affordable to mill urban trees that are not commercially harvested on a large scale and allows you to present a variety of unique woods to the marketplace.By: Wood-Mizer Products, Inc.