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Buyers Show Up to Major Event, Supplier Innovation Identifies Machinery Trends
Every two years the pallet and lumber industries converge on Richmond, Va. in May for EXPO Richmond, which has become the largest pallet machinery show in the country.
By Dr. Ed Brindley, and Chaille Brindley
Date Posted: 7/1/2012
Every two years the pallet and lumber industries converge on Richmond, Va. in May for EXPO Richmond, which has become the largest pallet machinery show in the country. Sponsored by the Virginia Forest Products Association (VFPA), this show has become a bellwether indicator for the health of the pallet industry. Despite marginal growth in the overall economy, the initial news coming out of the show was positive.
Total attendance was down just a bit compared with 2010 with just under 5,000 people coming through the doors. But the total number of exhibitors grew from 265 to 278 this year.
“Although attendance was down a bit, the quality was good according to exhibitor surveys that we have received,” said Mike Washko, the show manager. “Response ranged from best show ever to just average all depending on the industry focus and exhibitor.” People the Enterprise staff talked with at the show indicated that many attendees came ready to buy not just browse.
Walking the aisles of EXPO Richmond, it was hard to get very far without seeing another familiar face. EXPO Richmond has become the best place every two years to see equipment being displayed and operated. It has also become a popular event for new products to be unveiled. This year didn’t disappoint. Check out the latest and greatest equipment innovation in the handy Richmond Equipment Review starting on page 22.
After the show closed on Saturday afternoon, most exhibitors agreed that the show was a success. Washko said, “Money changed hands. The show did what it was supposed to do bring buyers and sellers together.” This is a sign that the pallet industry continues to grow and has not started to fall back into a recession. Generally, equipment purchases slow down as pallet and lumber companies worry about waning sales.
Popular topics for discussion at the show included the upcoming elections, tight core supplies, the 9BLOC cooperative pool launch, and pallet prices and margins.
Put on by the VFPA and supported by Virginia Tech, EXPO Richmond has become a favorite for suppliers due to its established strong buying activity, low costs, limited hassle, and favorable location. Be sure to mark your calendar for the next event in May 2014 when the show returns again to the Richmond Raceway Complex. It is tentatively scheduled for May 16-17, 2014.
This Richmond Equipment Review carries individual reports on a number of new products and services at this year’s show. This review probably missed some exhibitors who had new announcements related to pallets and low-grade sawmills. Anybody with additional information about new or improved products and services from EXPO Richmond is encouraged to call us at 804/550-0323. An expanded version will be placed on the Pallet Enterprise website this summer. Please contact us as soon as possible to make sure that your new product or service is included.
Pallet Assembly Machinery
GBN Modifies its Patriot Nailing Machine to Build Complete Perimeter Based Block Pallets
Prior to EXPO Richmond, GBN had modified its well-known Patriot nailer so that its new version can build a complete perimeter based block pallet in one step. Prior to this development, a Patriot nailer had to go through two steps to build a CHEP, PECO, or 9Block pallet.
This new Patriot version of a GBN nailer was designed for and shipped to John Rock Pallet in Pennsylvania. The new machine was not demonstrated at the EXPO because it had already been shipped out to John Rock. Many readers are familiar with the Patriot and its flexibility. Now it can be modified to do the complete block pallet nailing job that is being demanded by the expanding block pallet market. It is no longer necessary to take two steps to make perimeter based block pallets on a Patriot. Many pallet builders prefer the Patriot to a high speed block pallet GBN system because of its economy and flexibility. Now it is even more flexible because it can be modified to build the block pallet which seems to be merging as the North American pallet of the future.
GBN indicates it is the only one that has developed a versatile single head system that will build both perimeter based CHEP style block pallets and stringer pallets correctly and productively. The Patriot can be quickly changed from one pallet to another, either block or stringer, making it a good starter nailing system for people who want to make block pallets with a lower investment.
Other single nailer systems have to pre-assemble the top deck mat and make the complete block pallet in two steps. The pre-assembled top deck is necessary due to the tight tolerances and nail patterns demanded by this spec. This includes using different nail sizes and clinching. A two nailing machine system has been required until now.
For more information, call 800/446-9871.
Pallet Machinery Group Promotes Rebuilt Nailing Machine Service
Pallet Machinery Group showcased its rebuild services for pallet nailing machines. Boost productivity for half the price and get a like new machine performance by having Pallet Machinery Group rebuild your own system. All the electrical components are off the shelf and readily available at a lower cost.
Rebuilds include a fast turn turner. The turner sides open to discharge a pallet on number two machine. This assures a faster cycle time. Rebuilds also come with overhead hydraulic valves with oversized tubing. For more information, call 540/644-9220 or visit www.palletmachinery.com
Storti Displays Flex 50 for First Time
Storti, distributed in North America by Pallet Machinery Group (PMG), has its Flex 50 nailing machine as one of its pallet nailing machines. This year Greg Wine and his Pallet Machinery Group displayed the Flex 50 for the first time at the Richmond EXPO. Storti is well known in Europe for its pallet nailing systems, which can nail both stringer and block pallets.
The Flex 50 nails a whole board at a time using mechanical drives. I nails at a speed of up to 70 deck boards a minute. Because it nails all of the fasteners in a joint with a single stroke, it can nail a six-inch board as fast as a four-inch board.
One of the most impressive engineering qualities of the Flex 50 is that it is available with a hydraulic across the grain clinching system. Greg Wine of PMG said, “This is the best clinching system I have ever seen. During the show, a number of pallet people commented about the superiority of this clinching system versus the common clinching systems available.”
The Flex 50 can be used to nail both stringer and block pallets, as well as nailing mats and skids. The machine is particularly quiet and very efficient. All chains and drives use electricity. Unlike many sophisticated nailing systems, the Flex 50 has only one hydraulic pump. An option is to put two Flex 50 nailers together to form a tandem nailing system.
For more information, call 540/644-9220 or visit www.palletmachinery.com.
Bronco Showcases New Stringer Remover
Bronco Pallet Systems, which has reputation for manufacturing simple and efficient pallet automation machines, has developed a stringer out machine that is designed to remove exterior stringers (runners). Called the Bronco 3-2-1 Saw, it enables a pallet recycler to easily turn a “B” grade pallet into an “A.” It uses a circular blade instead of a bandsaw which provides for a nice clean cut. Made with readily available parts, this new Bronco machine is easy to maintain and find replacement parts.
Morris Self of Bronco Systems said, “This machine uses a basic skill saw to cut. It is simpler than a bandsaw, which will take longer to use.”
For more information, call 800/458-5462 or visit www.broncosys.com.
Excelsior Marking Promotes X-Out Stamp Kit
Excelsior Marking brought its new X-Out Stamp Kit to the show. The X-Out Stamp is designed for letting recyclers cover up a previous marking for repaired pallets and wood packaging without the hassle or expense of cover-up paint. It is a continuous self-inking roller which can be used with the existing stamp or Excelsior can place a company’s IPPC logo on it instead. The X-Out Stamp kit contains a roller with X-out die, ink, and felt replacement ink rollers. The kit components can also be purchased individually.
Contact Excelsior Marking at 800/433-3615 or online at www.excelsiormarking.com for more information.
Innovative Data Adds Scan Capability for 9BLOC System, Stacked Pallets
Always looking to make inventory tracking easier, Innovative Data Systems demonstrated at EXPO Richmond a new scanning device and integration designed to allow a forklift driver to accurately scan a stack of pallets without having to get off the forklift. It can be setup where a forklift drives to a scan station and stops briefly to allow a scan device to run down the side of the pallets. This system scans all the pallets in the stack and tells the driver the total number scanned and gives him a green light to continue moving the pallets to the proper place.
In addition, Innovative Data is working with 9BLOC to integrate its various scanning technologies with the 9BLOC proprietary database. This will enable 9BLOC participants to efficiently count pallets coming in and going out of facilities. John Swenby of the 9BLOC leadership team said, “We are happy to be working with Innovative Data to integrate its tracking devices and software with our proprietary 9BLOC database and tracking system.” A wide variety of scanning options can be used to integrate with the 9BLOC system including the scanner towers, inline scanning, hand scanning, etc.
Also, Innovative Data recently added an online ordering module that makes it easy for customers to add orders directly into Mill Manager. Alan Miceli, president and owner of Innovative Data, said, “It’s as if you entered the order directly into the system, but your customer is the one who actually does the work.”
For more information on the track and monitoring systems available from Innovative Data, call 631/244-0069 or visit www.pallettrack.com.
Noble Machinery Introduces Two New Pallet Hawg Machines
Noble Machinery introduced two new machines at the EXPO – the Pallet Hawg Cut-Off Saw and the Pallet Hawg Power Feed Trim Saw.
The cut-off saw is manufactured by Built With Skill and sold exclusively by Noble Machinery. Designed to end trim both new and recycled lumber, it comes with a 10 horsepower, 3 phase motor, three full height board stops, built-in fork pockets and double palm button actuation. If chosen with an 18” blade, it has a capacity of five inches by six inches, or if chosen with a 20” blade, a capacity of six” by six”.
The power feed trim saw is manufactured by Waechter Machinery and sold exclusively by Noble Machinery. It has an 18" nail resistant carbide tipped blade that is direct motor driven by a 10 horsepower saw arbor motor. The overhead blade design helps to hold the material down during the cutting process, and helps to eliminate kickback. The saw has four adjustable board stops, and will trim boards from 16" to 66" long up to 2-1/2" thick. It has a production rate of approximately 15,000 boards per hour.
More information is available by calling 800/348-0703 or visiting www.noblemachine.com.
Pallet Repair Systems Displays New Mechanical Repair Station
Pallet Repair Systems (PRS) revealed its new Mechanical Repair Station at the show. The station makes deckboard removal fast and easy by utilizing pneumatics to quickly remove any deckboard from a pallet. The machine operates on 100% pneumatic power, with a simple foot pedal control to actuate the cycle. A pallet is placed on top of the station and with the quick press of a lever, the desired deckboard is instantly removed. The removed board drops into the integrated lumber chute, which can be used as a conveyor port. The standard repair station is designed to handle 48”x40” pallets, but other models are also available.
More information on this machine is available by calling 866/546-8864 or online at www.pallet-repair.com.
Smart Products Introduces Front Discharge Dismantler
A new “front discharge” style pallet dismantler was introduced in Richmond by Smart Products. The machine, which has standard capacities of either 52” or 64”, was designed to allow disassembled boards to exhaust between the front and rear adjustable tables, to the front side of the machine, where a belt conveyor easily carries them to the next stage of lumber recovery. The machine was also built with the company’s new hydraulic blade tensioning system. This method of hydraulic blade tensioning allows for tighter bi-metal blade tensioning, which contributes to easier operation, more productivity/throughput, and improved blade life. Other safety and operational features include 4-corner perimeter guarding, door limit switches, and hydraulic pressure safety switch. The dismantler’s versatile design allows it to be operated as either a one-person or two-person dismantler. If the two-person operation is chosen, a removable pass back canopy guard is installed. The machine comes standard with a 10hp, 3-phase motor, with options for single-phase or high speed motors.
For more information, call 765/284-9545 or visit www.smartproductsinc.com.
Pallet & Lumber Treatment
Kiln-direct.com Enhances Kiln Lines for Lumber, Pallets and Firewood
Seeking continuous improvements is a big part of what has made kiln-direct.com a successful supplier offering economical kilns for complying with international wood treatment requirements.
Kiln-direct has upgraded its MiniQuick firewood kiln with a chimney and vent heat recovery system that preheats incoming air with hot exhaust air. This makes the entire process more economical and efficient. The conveyor has been enlarged and Kiln-direct now offers deeper bins that hold more volume for longer operations. Improved controls include upgraded software on the kilns and on PCs for recording better safety systems and redundant thermocouples. Inside the firewood kiln, new stainless steel fire grate will last much longer than the previous construction.
Kiln-direct has improved its computerized controls and the design of its pallet kilns over the past year. Existing kilns can be easily upgraded to take advantage of these developments.
Niels Jorgensen, president of Kiln-direct, said, “Poor maintenance is expensive. An estimated 10% of kilns have safety systems bypassed. Make sure this is not you.”
Jorgensen explained that there are real economic benefits to having a kiln-direct technician make sure your kiln is operating correctly. The benefits of upgrading with a service visit include: thorough inspection of the chamber, ensure that the kiln is operating correctly, ensure that safety systems are not by-passed, total gas burner maintenance, visual + Amp check on all motors, install latest safety systems, update with new PLC software, intelligent re-ignition of burner, intelligent fan reversal, advance error codes for troubleshooting, new easier to use PC software, retraining operators and much more.
For more information, call 910/259-9794 or visit www.kilndirect.com.
SMETCO Presents X-Mold Spray Booth
SMETCO Inc. presented information on a new spray booth for applying X-mold treatment to pallets. The S-Fusion Electrostatic Pallet Sprayer offers a solution to the problems presented by dip tanks that soak wood that has been previously kiln dried. The sprayer applies enough anti-mold treatment to dampen only the outer surface of pallets, without soaking the pallet, leaving the core of the kiln dried wood remains untouched, thus reducing drying time.
Features include six to eight electrostatic spray nozzles, variable speed stainless steel conveyor rollers, self-priming pump for chemical delivery, overspray reclaim system with filtration and a touch screen interface. The sprayer can be placed inline with an existing manufacturing line or be setup as a stand-alone system with SMETCO’s optional De-stacker and Stackers or in any customizable configuration to meet production needs. It can also be used to apply disinfectants and anti-fungal treatments.
Additional information is available by calling 971/678-3081 or visiting www.smetco.com.
Universal Machinery Sales Now Active with Pallet Branders
At the EXPO Richmond, Mona Tracy and her Universal Machinery Sales, Inc. represented a wide spectrum of machinery and service options to the pallet industry. Last year we carried an extensive article concerning the many new machines that Mona was offering the industry through Universal Machinery Sales. This year one of the new options Mona offered at the EXPO was her expanded branding options. People often ask us where they can find hand branders since Everhot no longer manufactures them. You need to look no further any more.
This propane pallet branding kit is a rugged, professional grade propane-based IPPC pallet brander. The HT stamp, which is included with this kit, is milled from a new aluminum bronze alloy that is extremely durable and provides remarkable heat transfer. All HT stamps are made in accordance with ISPM-15 guidelines and are heated with heavy duty Model 2100 Porto-Pro.
This brander is ideally suited for mobility and working outside the shop. The economical branding kit offers the ability to quickly interchange HT stamps or other custom branding heads. Also included is a steel carrying case ruggedly designed to store and protect your branding equipment.
For more information, call 812/298-8090 or visit www.traceequipment.com.
Baker Products Introduces Improved NotchX2 Machine, Upgraded Dominator Band Sawmill
Designed for top-notch performance from top to bottom, the new and improved Baker NotchX2 packs dozens of smart productive features together in one sturdy, efficient machine.
The unscrambler is built right in. When stringers (runners) fall into the base of the unscrambler, they singulate and move individually into the hopper of the notcher. Timed kick-off fingers help singulate boards. Other features include: mechanical feeding, which eliminates the need for air, belts, or pulleys; greater reliability; and easy-as-can-be cutter access.
The NotchX2 can process as many as 4,000 notched stringers per hour. Hand cracks allow for cutter head positioning and notch height adjustment. Also, metal shields and rubber belting totally enclose the table for the operator’s protection.
Maintenance is made very easy because the machine is equipped with easy-to-access, indexable replaceable tip cutters. The cutter heads reside in two separate heavy duty carriages for maximum versatility. Built with sturdy construction, the NotchX2 has a solid steel plate table and a solid steel back plate.
Also, shown for the first time at EXPO Richmond was the upgraded BP Dominator stationary band sawmill. It now comes with hydraulic controls and electronic setworks. It is the biggest and heaviest mill that Baker offers. A 50-hp electric motor comes standard to power your way through softwood and hardwood logs measuring up to 36” in diameter.
For information or to purchase either one of these machines, contact Baker at 800/548-6914 or visit www.logtolumber.com.
Brewer Unveils New Golden Eagle Board Conditioner
Versatility is the primary idea behind Brewer’s new three-way board conditioner. It is designed to provide up to three different lumber processing functions. This machine can be purchased with the following options: chamfer machine/board edger, chamfer machine/board edger/board planer by changing tooling on a single arbor, or chamfer machine/board edger/board planer that can edge boards and plane in one single pass on two separate arbors.
This board conditioner converts 5-1/2" # 2 cull boards into 3-1/2" premium boards without leaving edging strips. It will process boards ˝” to 1-1/8” thick, 3-1/2” to 6” wide to 30" minimum to 60" maximum with a four dog set up.
The chamfer can make typical two chamfer grooves on each side of a board. Full length or one side only. Cutters are raised and lowered by an air cylinder that is activated by limit switches. Limit switches can easily be adjusted by loosening star handles and moving switch. The chamfer cutter uses 10" diameter (8) wing indexable carbide inserts. This is an outstanding improvement. Cutters stay sharp longer and run noticeably quieter.
Variable speed can easily be turned up to high volume and run with two operators or slowed down to run as one man operation. Controlled by knob on hydraulic unit. The arbor comes with a 15 HP TEFC 3600 RPM 220/440 3-phase motor. It is equipped with an outfeed accumulator. This is a gravity stacker that slides new boards under existing stock. It is a simple and effective way of accumulating boards.
For more information, call Brewer at 800/345-6516 or visit www.brewerinc.com.
Newman Machine Company Reveals Equalizing Double Planer
Newman Machine Company announced its new EQ3 Equalizing Double Planer while in Richmond. The EQ3 prepares boards to improve finishing quality with fewer defects and reduced splitting of cupped lumber. According to Newman, it is the first planer that properly pre-surfaces boards, which provides an improved divided cut over existing self-centering, opposed cut planers.
Defects that are common to the species as well as those that are introduced through sawing, drying or handling all combine to affect the quality and yield of the surfaced board. The EQ3 deals with this by equalizing the surfaces prior to finish planing, to produce an increased yield, higher quality finish and reduced split cupped lumber.
The EQ3 has three cutterheads, the bottom first (conditioning head), and top and bottom finishing heads. Both bottom cutter¬heads are equipped with automatic cut control. With feed speeds between 50 feet and 350 feet per minute, it is available in widths of 18”, 24”, 30” or as a retro-fit module that can be added to most existing double planers.
For more information, call 336/273-8261 or visit www.newmanwhitney.com.
Pallet Machinery Group and Automated Industrial Technologies Showcases New TS Stacker
Continuing its innovation in high-speed stackers, Pallet Machinery Group and Automated Industrial Technologies demonstrated its new TS Stacker, which is capable of stacking up to 300 boards per minute. The TS Stacker will stack up to 25 layers per minute and will process boards 3/8” to 3-1/2” thick and 24” to 72” long. There is a full range of options that can be added to this stacker to tailor it to a wide variety of applications.
The TS Stacker will stack with or without a pallet and offers programmable tie strip placement. It also has programmable on/off controls for upstream equipment.
For more information, call 540/644-9220 or visit www.palletmachinery.com
Pendu Exhibits Its Model 4700 Board Stacker
Pendu is well known in the pallet industry for its lumber stackers. It probably has more lumber stackers in the field than any other pallet machinery supplier. At this year’s EXPO Richmond Pendu demonstrated its Model 4700 Board Stacker which is engineered to stack up to 25 layers of lumber a minute.
The 4700 board stacker is flexible enough to stack boards from 3/8" to 2" thick, from 2" to 6" wide, and from 2’ to 6’ long.
For more information on the 4700 or any other Pendu stacker or lumber processing machinery, call 800/233-0471 or visit www.pendu.com.
Wood-Mizer Industrial Upgrades the WM3500
Focusing on making log handling easier, Wood-Mizer Industrial has upgraded its WM3500 Horizontal Thin-Kerf Headrig with a new clamp. The heavy-duty design of the clamp and added functions give the operator ultimate control. It turns cants fast and offers extended height and width range.
The WM3500 is designed for a wide range of production capabilities. Use it as a principal standalone headrig or as a integrated breakdown saw in a large production operation for sawing high grade logs. With 10HP hydraulic pump for fast log handling and advanced PLC setworks controls, this machine breaks down logs into cants and boards with accuracy and speed.
The new WM3500/3000 Pantograph replaces the traditional cat-track (cable carrier) system by running the cables overhead rather than along the bed. The new Pantograph is a money saving upgrade that eliminates maintenance costs involved with the cat-track.
The invaluable setworks come standard with each WM3500. The computerized controls of the WM3500 equal or exceed the functions of those in larger mills whose setworks alone can cost more than the entire WM3500. These full functioned controls give the operator several options to open and break down a log. They also allow straight grade cutting, patterns, or multi-sized cants or ties.
The WM3500 blade guides incorporate integrated blade lubrication ports, flanged heat-treated rollers with high speed bearings, and double block guides. The flanged roller eliminates the need of a backer bearing, reducing maintenance time and replacement parts costs.
The WM3500 operator stand is intended to be positioned at the end of the mill with the head sawing towards the operator. The operator seat is located so that the angle provides a clear, unobstructed line of sight. Ergonomic joysticks designed to reduce repetitive motion injuries are mounted at the end of each arm rest. The logical functional layout decreases the time and cost of operator training.
A third hydraulic side support is standard on the WM3500 (optional on WM3000) for sawing short (6’-8’) logs such as walnut or other high value hardwoods. For more information call 800/553-0182 or visit www.awmv.com.
Grinding/Wood Waste/ Biomass
Cresswood Develops Innovative Grinder Design for RPL
Cresswood announced at EXPO Richmond the development of a new fully-integrated Two-Stage, Low-RPM Chip Processing System, complete with closed-loop material handling, and magnetic separation, custom engineered for the Rehrig Pacific Logistics (RPL) Fiberboard Plant, recently opened in Easton, Penn.
“We’re really excited to be a part of this ground-breaking project for RPL, and for its supply chain distribution partners,” stated Jack Cress, CEO, of Cresswood. “In our opinion, with its focus on energy-efficiency, and on producing a uniquely ‘green’ fiberboard product, RPL Easton is raising the sustainability profile of wood pallets to a new level, and that’s a positive for the industry as a whole.”
According to RPL, its Easton facility utilizes scrap GMA pallets as raw material for producing RECB™ – Recycled Engineered Composite Board – a new proprietary wood product constructed of 100% recycled wood bonded using a formaldehyde-free MDI resin.
Describing the application, Jack commented that “the demands of RPL’s Easton plant for processing truckloads of scrap pallets at some really big volumes – up to 30,000 lbs per hour – down to a very uniform product size required a system with what we call ‘combo technology’. A two-stage system was the key to both processing spent pallets at high-volume, and delivering precise output results.”
Cress said that specific factors drove the design of Cresswood’s two-step process for RPL’s chip production. “The first was the strength of our pre-shredder to handle batch-loading of bulky pallet material while being very tolerant of metal from nails and plates, and the second was our ability to optimize the capacity of our dual HF-60-100 Destroyer Grinders to provide superior quality chips to the downstream fiber line flaker at high volume rates,” he added. “Our system had to serve the needs of RPL’s innovative product, and raw material feed stock.”
Cresswood is a design, manufacturing, installation, and service company specializing in single-Shaft, Low-RPM “Destroyer” Wood Grinders for size reduction of pallets and wood scrap. For more information, contact Cresswood at: 800/962-7302 or visit www.cresswood.com.
Rotochopper Unveils New Horizontal Grinder
Rotochopper had the most recent model to join the Rotochopper line-up of horizontal grinders on display. The FP-66 is a mid-sized grinder that falls between Rotochopper’s B-66 and MC-266 grinders in weight and horsepower. With less horsepower and a lower weight than the B-66, the FP-66 is designed to meet the needs of wood waste recycling operations that do not have enough raw material volume for the B-66.
The FP-66 comes equipped with several exclusive features, including a concentric powerfeed lift, gap-less infeed transition, replaceable mount rotor, and hydraulic screen changer. It can be equipped with the same simultaneous grind and color system that is available for all Rotochopper horizontal grinders. Powered by a 540 to 630 horsepower diesel engine, the FP-66 is available in both portable and track-mounted configurations. An electric-powered grinder with comparable horsepower to the diesel FP-66 will be available soon.
For more information, contact Rotochopper at 320/548-3586 or www.rotochopper.com.
Vecoplan Midwest Showcases Pellet Production System
Vecoplan Midwest was featuring its pellet producton systems at the EXPO. Vecoplan designs, builds, and installs these complete pellet production systems. Equipment in a typical line includes size reduction, conveyance, metering, pelletizing, cooling, screening, packaging, and customized system controls.
The heart of every system is a Vecoplan pellet mill, featuring belt driven dual drives for increased performance and lower maintenance costs. The brains of every system are Vecoplan controls designed and manufactured to maximize ease of use and optimize system performance. The pellet systems have production rates that range from 1,000 lbs. to over 8,000 lbs. per hour, depending on the material being pelletized and the size of equipment specified.
Call 812/923-4992 or visit www.vecoplanmidwest.com for additional information.
Dyna Products Introduces New Firewood Processor
A new firewood processor was displayed by Dyna Products at EXPO Richmond. The SC-12 Woodchuck firewood processor is a personal portable firewood processor. It has a self-contained 13 horsepower hydraulic system which contributes to a quick setup. Logs are loaded into the machine and advanced into the cutting machine by using a lever and can be driven forward to the desired length before they are dropped into the splitter. All operations can be performed safely from the control panel. The SC-12 comes standard with a two-way splitter, but has the option of a four-way splitter. It is rated for a log diameter of 12” with a maximum of 14” and can accept logs up to 10 feet in length.
More information is available by calling 218/260-4950 or online at www.dyna-products.com.
Rayco Manufacturing Introduces Self-Propelled Stump Cutter
Rayco Manufacturing introduced a new self-propelled stump cutter. The RG100X is a high power backyard stump cutter. It has many performance enhancements over prior stump cutter models, including radio remote controls, giving the operator the option of using either the swing-out panel or the handheld control unit while remaining clear of flying debris. A low center of gravity and 4-wheel drive with high and low travel speed prevents turf damage and removable dual wheels that are easily removable to get through gated areas.
The RG100X comes with a 99 horsepower, 4-cylinder, diesel Kubota engine and a hydrostatic cutter wheel drive. Other features include a hydraulic backfill blade and swing-out chip containers. It has a cutting depth of 21.5”, a cutting height of 31” and a cutting width of 69”.
Call 800/392-2686 or visit www.raycomfg.com for more information.
HUB Industrial Supply Announces a New Bandsaw Blade Line
HUB Industrial Supply introduced a new line to its bandsaw blades. The “super premium” line of M-42 band saw blades features a redesigned cutting edge, dubbed Nail Shredder Technology. The Nail Shredder technology bandsaw blade line is designed to cut through pallets with greater ease. According to HUB, the new blades deliver a 50% improvement in cuts per blade compared to HUB’s own premium M-42 blades and pallet facilities have reported blade life extended by 20%. HUB
reported that the new blade averaged 600 block pallets per blade in one
extended round of testing at a pallet recycler. The new blades are also protected by HUB’s no-fail weld guarantee that will replace any blade that breaks due to a defective weld with two free replacement blades.
More information is available by calling 800/743-9401 or at www.hubindustrial.com.
Saw Service & Supply Promotes Saw Blade Cleaner
A new blade cleaner was introduced in Richmond by Saw Service & Supply. Using Sap Sucker saw blade cleaner is an affordable and simple way to increase the lifespan of saw blades. It is a concentrated all-purpose cleaner that comes in a spray bottle and removes dirt, grease, grime and oil from saw blades.
More information is available by calling Saw Service & Supply at 800/735-5604 or visiting the website, www.sawservicesupply.com.
Simonds International Offers Grinder Upgrade
Simonds International presented a linear slide upgrade for Armstrong Band Saw Sharpeners. The upgrade kit helps improve grinding performance, allowing the wheel to be run longer without sacrificing grind quality. Compatible with #4, #246 and VariSharp band saw sharpeners, the upgrade kit comes complete with the items needed to replace head rocker points, rocker cone screws, guards, mounting hardware and linkage. This includes a mounting plate, linear slides, arbor and bearings, guards and holders, belts and pulleys. The upgrade kit was engineered specifically for easy installation and trouble-free operation.
Call 800/426-6226 or visit www.simondsint.com for more information.
Sellick Equipment Reveals Rough Terrain Forklift
Sellick Equipment has added a new rough terrain forklift to its offerings. With 16,000 lbs. of lifting capacity, the new S160 is a heavy-duty forklift that provides extra lift and power with the control and handling of a smaller truck. It is ideal for rough terrain worksites with heavy bundles or extended loads, such as lumber yards. The four-wheel drive, four-wheel steer, gives it maneuverability and control, even on uneven terrain. The S160 comes with a DieselMax 444, EPA-compliant Tier III, low emission, intercooled, turbocharged, 114 hp diesel engine and a 6-speed fully automatic powershift transmission. Standard features include trunnion-mounted planetary axles with internal hydraulic disc brakes and integral steer cylinders,frame leveling, full instrumentation and indicators, including water in fuel and air filter restriction and load sense power steering. Optional equipment includes a sideshift, hydraulic fork positioning and a fully enclosed cab.
For additional information, call 519/738-2255 or visit www.sellickequipment.com.