Friday, August 3, 2018
The most recent innovations from global sawmill manufacturer Wood-Mizer were on display at a recent event held in Linlithgow, Scotland.
Attendees ranged from wood-working hobbyists to those in charge of some of the UK’s largest sawmills who were keen to see the breadth of technology on offers.
UK general manager David Biggs said the company’s largest mill on display – the WM1000 – drew a large crowd because of its scale, but added that it was some of the smaller machines which generated more enquiries.
He said: “The WM1000 saws large softwood, hardwood and tropical logs up to 1.7 metres in diameter so it is a very capable machine for our industrial-scale customers.
“But a lot of the people who came along were interested in the smaller mills and new products we were demonstrating. For some it was the first time they have seen these products in the UK.”
One of the more eye-catching additions was the four-sided planer/moulder.
“The MP360 is a high-production, large capacity machine engineered for professional workshops,” Mr Biggs said.
“With a larger capacity and higher hourly production levels than the our MP260 model, it can plane and mould boards on all four sides in a single pass.”
Firewood processors from Jas P Wilson and a 400hp Musmax whole tree PTO chipper from Pentland Biomass were also on show at the site.
The next key event where millers can see working demonstrations of Wood-Mizer’s product line is at APF 2018 at Ragley Hall from 20-22 September.
“Nearly everything we will have on the stand will be new to the UK this year and will be a great opportunity for all businesses and individuals to see up close what these machines are capable of,” said Mr Biggs.
The LT70 wide head with a two-inch blade is expected to generate a lot of interest. It is capable of cutting logs up to one metre in diameter.
The incredibly versatile LT15 sawmill is also one which will appeal to a variety of users.
The LT15 cuts logs up to 70cm in diameter and 5.4m long with the standard bed options, but extensions can be added to extend the sawmill bed to any required cutting length.
It will also be the first time the full range of Wood-Mizer planer/moulder products has been on show.
Planers, table saws and spindle moulders will be set up for attendees.
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