Wood-Mizer notes widespread interest in its second small business initiative involving the combination of a small band sawmill and a moulder planer.
Sales are already reported in many countries.
The latest of four thin kerf sawmilling ideas suited to small timber processing operations in the credit crunch is basically, an attachment that takes them into new, valuable markets.
The innovation involves an attachment to two of its smaller mills at moderate cost and permitting new opportunities.
The company noted the importance of small businesses in the recovery of Europe's economies, having analysed data from its dealers. It measured how recession or low growth affected recovery of wood processing set-ups. The investigations showed that, as in former economic downturns, small operations seemed to adapt to changing circumstances better than many, bigger operations.
By trimming operating costs and labour hours and/or converting into differing new products their flexibility has been notable. The numbers of Wood-Mizer owners who abandoned wood processing and sold their mills are few.
Wood-Mizer decided to give greater support to small woodworking operations in the form of a series of new, improved timber processing kits. Each is designed to produce more ‘selling’ products from less wood.
The latest takes the form of a moulder/planer attachment to the company’s smallest mills enabling them to further convert
to saleable profiled beams and columns. Robert Baginski, commercial director, claims that by a relatively small additional investment, the MP100/150 moulder/planer attachment could lead to significantly more revenues.Profiled beams, moulded boards on top
The MP100 moulder/planer attachment, can be added to either an LT15 or smaller LT10. Moulding or planing is achieved by a single cutting head that can take straight or shaped knives and is driven by a 4kW electric motor.
Moulding depth is up to four millimetres but a shallower (1-2mm per pass) depth results in a smoother surface. For moulding, the planer blades can be exchanged for profiled moulding blades, with the ability to create mouldings up to 29mm in depth in just a few passes. In this case production of profiled columns or beams starts with clamping a square beam, rigidly on the bed. Subsequently, moulding creates both ‘male’ and female’ profiles in a few passes.
Existing LT15 or LT10 sawmill owners can buy the MP100 and an additional bed segment as add-ons.