Since 1982, Wood-Mizer has become the world’s largest manufacturer of portable band sawmills with tens of thousands of bandmills sold. Today, Wood-Mizer offers portable & industrial sawmills, resaws, edgers, kilns, log splitters, bandsaw blades and blade maintenance equipment for woodworking hobbyists and forestry professionals all over the world.
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.
Wood-Mizer LLC, the world’s leading sawmill manufacturer, releases a new line of lumber drying dehumidification kiln kits. The Wood-Mizer KD Series of kilns, ranging from 1,000 to 35,000 board feet capacities, offer a variety of lumber drying solutions for any sized operation. Joining the Wood-Mizer KS50 Solar Kiln, the KD Series of Dehumidification Kiln Kits feature 100% corrosion resistant aluminum cabinets and specially coated dehumidification coils to ensure quality performance and an extra-long life. KD150 • Capacity: 300- 1,000 board feet KD250 • Capacity: 1,500- 4,000 board feet KD450 • Capacity: 4,000- 15,000 board feet KD550 • Capacity: 10,000- 35,000 board feet “The KD Series gives both entry-level and mid-size lumber operations an opportunity to maximize the value of their lumber in-house while eliminating the need to rely on outside vendors for drying lumber,” said Darryl Floyd, Wood-Mizer COO. “With the addition of our new kiln line, Wood-Mizer continues to remain committed to expand our equipment and services in order to satisfy our customers’ sawing and lumber needs from forest to final form.” The Wood-Mizer KD Series of Dehumidification Kiln Kits is available for purchase. Visit www.woodmizer.com/kilns for more information. ### As the leading manufacturer of portable band sawmills for more than 30 years, Wood-Mizer offers an extensive line of portable and industrial sawmill equipment. The company supports its equipment with legendary customer service, blades, and blade maintenance equipment. For more information about Wood-Mizer, call 800.553.0182 or visit www.woodmizer.com.
In less than three months after taking ownership of the family sawmill business, 3rd generation owner Mike Junk and brother-in-law Shawn Fowler made a big change in order to get big results out of their grade lumber operation. By installing a Wood-Mizer WM4000 industrial headrig to replace their old circular sawmill, Mike and Shawn increased efficiency, yield, and profits for their business. Sawing hardwoods to produce grade lumber for moulding, caskets, veneer, stair treads, flooring, cross ties and pallet cants, the Pennsylvania basedcompany used a circular sawmill as the center of their operation for more than 70 years. By using old technology and inefficient production methods, Honey Grove Hardwoods was struggling to keep up with competitive timber prices and increasing industry demand. With more than two decades of experience in the lumber business, Mike noticed a shifting trend in the competitive industry. “For many years, the lumber business has been based solely on production. This is no longer the case,” he said. “The industry is changing from ‘how much you produce’ to ‘how much profit you can make’.” To keep up with the evolving lumber industry, Mike and Shawn came to the conclusion that their circular saw with conventional wide-kerf blades had reached the end of the line. “We realized we were running outdated equipment when we weren’t getting the footage and grade yields that we thought we could get with thin-kerf technology,” Shawn said. Looking to learn more about thin-kerf, Mike and Shawn travelled to Wood-Mizer headquarters located in Indianapolis, where they witnessed the WM4000 industrial headrig in action. “After seeing the WM4000, we realized the potential production and yield increase advantage over the circular mill we were currently using,” Mike said. Seeing proof that a narrow band, thin-kerf blade sawmill could produce less waste, more product and use less energy to saw, Mike and Shawn decided to move forward with their operation and installed a complete Wood-Mizer system including a WM4000 headrig, Log Deck, Three-Way Conveyor, Green Chain, and EG400 Edger. Mike and Shawn admitted to working through a learning curve with the new equipment. “We were used to operating with a log carriage instead of the log placed directly on the bed of the headrig, so we had to learn how to use the controls and setworks of the WM4000,” Shawn said. “We also had to learn the correct adjustments and mill alignments in order to keep the band finely tuned in order to produce accurate lumber. I’d like to give Wood-Mizer a special thanks for their customer support and helping to educate us on these issues,” he said. Mike says the WM4000 is the all-in-one primary breakdown and resaw for their operation. Compared to their old circular sawmill operation, Mike said their yield has improved greatly with Wood-Mizer equipment. “The much greater yields of the thin-kerf and the accuracy of the setworks are second to none and has positioned us to be very competitive on a daily basis,” he said. Being able to produce more product from fewer logs also cuts down on transportation costs and increases the profit per log. “We are getting the same amount of lumber while using 25% less timber and raw materials, which in turn, reduces transportation costs across the board,” Mike said.“We saw every log from start to finish on the headrig in order for the sawyer to get the most value out of each log,” he said. Although Honey Grove Hardwoods basically produces the same products as with the old circular sawmill, Mike says that they have reevaluated what is cut out of each log with the huge savings coming from thin-kerf Wood-Mizer DoubleHard blades. “The larger kerf of the circle mill was causing us to purchase so much more raw material,” he said. “We were just turning more dollars and sawing logs faster, but not getting the yield returns we wanted on the lumber. Although our system looked productive, it wasn’t profitable.” With their new Wood-Mizer system, Honey Grove is sawing 10,000 board feet of lumber every day. “Wood-Mizer has been great,” Mike said. “I must say, the concepts from a traditional mill to their industrial mill style are some of the most ingenious ideas. I have come to realize you can do more with less.” By utilizing the Wood-Mizer industrial system and thin-kerf technology, Mike and Shawn have positioned Honey Grove Hardwoods, LLC for success in the lumber industry for generations to come. “The WM4000 put us right back up to the competitive edge on utilizing and maximizing yields for our business,” Mike said.
Wood-Mizer LLC, the world’s leading sawmill manufacturer, introduces the new BMST50 Blade Sharpener and Tooth Setter. The BMST50 will join Wood-Mizer’s extensive line of blade maintenance equipment ranging from personal to professional blade sharpeners and tooth setters. The Wood-Mizer BMST50 enables blade sharpening and setting with a single machine. Manually operated, this efficient, space saving unit will lower operation time and costs by providing a complete blade ready for sawing. With a capacity of 1” to 1.5” blades, the BMST50 offers many adjustable features to maintain blade precision and accuracy. Main Features - 1” to 1.5” wide blade compatibility - 4,7, Turbo 7, 9, 10, 13 degree with 7/8” tooth spacing supported blade profiles - Tooth Setter Gauge included for consistent and accurate setting - CBN full profile technology used for precise sharpening “Wood-Mizer has always focused on providing a variety of blade maintenance solutions for the industry,” said Wood-Mizer Blades Manager John Storm. “The BMST50 gives individuals and small business owners an affordable opportunity to sharpen and set their own blades, eliminate downtime, and continue sawing with the precision and performance Wood-Mizer blades are known for.” The BMST50 is currently available for purchase worldwide. For more information on Wood-Mizer’s complete line of blades and blade maintenance equipment, visit www.woodmizer.com/blades. ### As the leading manufacturer of portable band sawmills for more than 30 years, Wood-Mizer offers an extensive line of portable and industrial sawmill equipment. The company supports its equipment with legendary customer service, blades, and blade maintenance equipment. For more information about Wood-Mizer, call 800.553.0182 or visit www.woodmizer.com.
Wood-Mizer LLC, the world’s leading sawmill manufacturer, introduces the LT70 Super Hydraulic sawmill – a mill that allows zero to sawing in ten seconds! Engineered to saw logs faster than ever, the SUPER70 will join Wood-Mizer’s industry leading line of portable sawmill equipment. Combining the rugged power of a 55HP diesel engine with the functionality of engine-powered hydraulics, fully-proportional joystick controls, and an enhanced operator interface, the SUPER70 is faster than ever- all at your fingertips. The compact and efficient hydraulic system integrates directly into the engine’s power for the ability to withstand rugged and mobile environments, even in harsh, below zero climates. Serious sawyers will also benefit from an increased production rating of up to 1,050 board feet per hour. To demonstrate the increased production speed of the SUPER70, Wood-Mizer Service Technician Nick Burdine proved the ability to load, clamp, and begin sawing in under ten seconds at the 2014 Paul Bunyan Show in Ohio. John Robertson, Wood-Mizer’s head sawyer and owner of Lumber Worx – a custom sawing operation in Indiana, described the new sawmill as “extremely fast and productive”. Main Features -Engine-powered hydraulic system for peak performance -40% faster head positioning and up to 50% faster bed functions -Increased 1,050 board feet per hour production rating -Enhanced operator interface for optimal control -55HP diesel power “Wood-Mizer has always been committed to constant innovation to provide the most advanced and reliable sawmills on the market,” said Wood-Mizer National Sales Manager Dave Mann. “The SUPER70 continues this dedication by offering powerful sawing faster than ever to meet the demands of portable and high production sawyers around the world.” Wood-Mizer is currently accepting orders for the new SUPER70 sawmill available for delivery early spring. As the leading manufacturer of portable band sawmills for more than 32 years, Wood-Mizer offers an extensive line of portable and industrial sawmill equipment. The company supports its equipment with legendary customer service, blades, and blade maintenance equipment. For more information about Wood-Mizer, call 800.553.0182 or visit http://www.woodmizer.com.
It’s one thing to dream about building your own home, but it’s another to accomplish this endeavor. Working as an electrician in Oregon for more than a decade, Nathan Shewchuk came to the realization one day that there must be more to life. With determination on his side, Nathan decided to ditch city living for greener pastures. “I was tired of the city and wanted nothing more than to move into a remote part of Canada and build a house, so I did,” said Nathan. With eight years of focus and hard work, along with a few helpers and a Wood-Mizer sawmill, Nathan was able to accomplish his lifelong dream of building a home. After moving from the Pacific Northwest to British Columbia in 2007, Nathan began preparing his land for his dream home. While looking for a supply of lumber, Nathan found that he had a few options to choose from. He could either buy lumber and transport it to his remote location or produce the lumber himself utilizing local resources from his land. Call it coincidence or fate, while driving up the coast one day Nathan ran into someone using a Wood-Mizer portable sawmill. “I thought that this was the only way to go, what a handy tool,” he said. “I looked into a few different sawmills but found nothing compared to the Wood-Mizer.” Shortly after, Nathan purchased an LT40 Hydraulic and was set to continue his new life chapter. Believe it or not, Nathan didn’t have any previous sawmill experience before buying his Wood-Mizer. “I just went in headfirst and figured it out,” he said. “I spent basically my whole life in the trades, framing, and Finish carpentry, so [building and woodworking] wasn’t anything new to me.” Nathan did receive a week long training from “one of the best sawyers,” he said, but with sure determination and a Wood-Mizer sawmill, the foundation was built for big things to come. After setting up necessary utilities such as roads, power, and water supply, Nathan shifted his focus to his home. He wanted 100% of the wood used in his home to be sawed on his Wood-Mizer, so that meant lots of trips to the kiln and many years of drying lumber. “It took eight years, that’s from clearing the property to the last nail,” he said. Nathan used half of the timber from his own property and sourced the other half from a friend who owns a nearby woodlot. With mostly cedar and birch on his property, Nathan needed a supply of douglas fir from his neighbor for framing and beams. With winter setting in around November and the snow sticking through April, Nathan said he had to work efficiently with the seasons in mind. The first year of construction, he completed the roof and milled all the cedar materials needed for the windows and doors of his home. Nathan’s short-term goal was to live in his new home in the Fall of the second year of construction. With help from his neighbor and master Finish carpenter, Kit, the windows and doors were completed and Nathan was able to move into his home for the first time that Fall. “The Wood-Mizer was a wonderful tool, it was perfect for the job," he said. Over the next few years, Nathan milled birch and douglas fir needed for the rest of the interior of his home and worked on all the finishing woodwork needed for the windows. He also built a rock fireplace and shower and milled all the tongue and groove wood for the walls and ceiling. When it was all said and done, eight years of hard work and sawing 100% of the 22,000 board feet of douglas fir, larch, birch and cedar on his LT40HD, Nathan had finally finished his dream home and woodworking shop. With help from many friends and neighbors, Nathan completed his home from the ground up, inside and out just how he had dreamed. “My neighbor, Kit did all the cabinets, doors and Finish carpentry and my friend Doug was there hand-in-hand for carpentry work and many brainstorming nights,” said Nathan. “Many people helped along the way, there is no way to count them all really, but I think this project was inspiring to many and I am very fortunate to have a lot of good friends and co-workers.” The living quarters are estimated at 1,200 square feet, while the shop is 1,500 square feet and the deck is 500 square feet. Nathan estimates he saved between $70,000 and $80,000 by sawing his own lumber for his home. “I get an overwhelming response to my home, but I am not sure that the average person really understands the amount of work it takes to build something like this,” said Nathan. “All in all, I had the time of my life building my home and owe many people for their knowledge and skills,” said Nathan. “This would not have happened without that.” As for the future, Nathan is looking forward to what’s next and there’s no rest in sight. “Eight years is a long time to build a house and it takes a lot of discipline along the way,” said Nathan. “It kind of became a full-time job for me and it was very enjoyable to figure it out along the way. I think I’m just very happy it’s done and can’t wait to get onto the next project.”
Wood-Mizer LLC, the world’s leading sawmill manufacturer, introduces a new Debarker for the LT35 portable sawmill. Engineered to extend overall sawmill blade life, the redesigned LT35 Debarker improves functionality and efficiency for LT35 owners. Featuring a powered in-and-out function, the LT35 Debarker is now controlled completely at the operator’s fingertips. With this automation, sawyers experience an increase in overall sawing efficiency by eliminating manual setup time and effort. Additionally, the cutting blade rotates to direct debris away from the operator, enhancing visibility for the sawyer and providing a clean groove for the sawmill blade to pass through. The new LT35 Debarker is also positioned behind the rotating pivot arm in order to reduce operator difficulties if the Debarker blade catches irregular knots in the bark. Main Features Fully powered in-and-out controls Upgraded ¾ HP motor Directs debris away from operator More efficient operation and functionality “Wood-Mizer has always placed an emphasis on providing the highest quality products on the market,” said Wood-Mizer’s COO, Darryl Floyd. “The newly designed LT35 Debarker improves automation, control, and blade durability while providing our customers with the industry’s best they have come to expect from Wood-Mizer.” The redesigned Debarker is currently available for all new LT35 sawmills. For more information, call 1.800.553.0182 ### As the leading manufacturer of portable band sawmills for more than 30 years, Wood-Mizer offers an extensive line of portable and industrial sawmill equipment. The company supports its equipment with legendary customer service, blades, and blade maintenance equipment. For more information about Wood-Mizer, call 800.553.0182 or visit www.woodmizer.com.
Wood-Mizer LLC, the world’s leading sawmill manufacturer, introduces the Green Chain, Roll Case Conveyor, and Cross Roller Table as part of their growing line of industrial material handling equipment. By expanding equipment options for material handling, Wood-Mizer is enhancing efficiency, automation, and customization for industrial sawmill operations around the world. Green Chain Loaded with extra features, the Green Chain will move sawn lumber to its destination at a controlled rate. With a deck height of 33”, the Green Chain is a three or four-strand, modular design that can be extended to 60’ using 10’ extensions. Roll Case Conveyor The powered Roll Case Conveyor facilitates the transfer of material to other operations downstream of the sawmill. The legs are adjustable from 35” up to 50” tall in order to match existing equipment and a wired remote control comes standard for optimum convenience and safety. Cross Roller Table Available for the Smart Log Processing line (SLP) and HR500 Resaw, the Cross Roller Table is a straight-forward, heavy-duty table for cross transferring boards back into the material flow for additional processing such as resawing and edging. “An efficient lumber operation only begins with the sawmill,” said Wood-Mizer Chief Operations Officer, Darryl Floyd. “By expanding our material handling equipment line, we are creating more opportunities and solutions for the efficient production of lumber in an industrial setting.” The Green Chain, Roll Case Conveyor, and Cross Roller Table will join Wood-Mizer’s industrial line of equipment which includes headrigs, resaws, edgers, and material handling equipment. Wood-Mizer’s industrial line is designed to produce accurate lumber while reducing capital, labor, material, energy, and maintenance costs. For more information on Wood-Mizer industrial equipment, visit www.woodmizer.com/industrial. ### As the leading manufacturer of portable band sawmills for more than 30 years, Wood-Mizer offers an extensive line of portable and industrial sawmill equipment. The company supports its equipment with legendary customer service, blades, and blade maintenance equipment. For more information about Wood-Mizer, call 800.553.0182 or visit www.woodmizer.com.
Wood-Mizer LLC, the world’s leading sawmill manufacturer, introduces the LT15WIDE manual sawmill – a mill that expands the capabilities of the already versatile LT15 sawmill. Engineered to saw wider logs economically, the LT15WIDE will join Wood-Mizer’s industry leading line of portable sawmill equipment. With an 8-inch wider cut capacity than the standard LT15 model, the LT15WIDE is designed for sawyers looking to maximize cutting capabilities while minimizing investment. In comparison to the standard LT15, the LT15WIDE provides a heavier & wider bed frame, taller & heavier head supports and a higher production rating of up to 375 board feet per hour. Main Features 36” maximum log diameter 17’ 8” maximum log length, no limit with bed extensions 25HP gas, 17HP diesel, 10HP electric power options Six reinforced side supports with rollers “The LT15WIDE will give you the versatility of our LT15 sawmill with the cutting capacity of a larger mill,” said Wood-Mizer’s COO, Darryl Floyd. “The LT15WIDE features a healthy amount of upgrades suitable for maximum production from a manual sawmill.” The LT15WIDE uses Wood-Mizer thin-kerf blade technology to reduce waste and maximize yield and is currently available for purchase. Wood-Mizer will continue to offer the standard LT15 sawmill, the LT15WIDE will be offered as an additional sawmill model option. ### As the leading manufacturer of portable band sawmills for more than 30 years, Wood-Mizer offers an extensive line of portable and industrial sawmill equipment. The company supports its equipment with legendary customer service, blades, and blade maintenance equipment. For more information about Wood-Mizer, call 800.553.0182 or visit www.woodmizer.com.