Redco Deadplate is a polyurethane with very specific properties and the sole application in sawmills of absorbing and deadening shock. Because Deadplate is so unique, sometimes customers don’t understand how to use incorporate it into their mill or even request a quote. Fortunately, it’s an easy material to quote, manufacture, and install. So what are the frequently asked questions?
1.) What sizes does it come in?
There is no standard size. The material can’t be cut, it’s not like other plastics that come in standardized sheets. All Deadplate must be cast-to-size, so we will work with you to find your requirements.
2.) What is the lead time?
For Deadplate material alone it’s typically 3-4 weeks to ship. Part of this time is that the product has a couple weeks of “post-cure” – it needs to sit and settle to firm up its properties before installation. Because of the post-cure, and that Deadplate cannot be stocked in standard sizes, it is impossible to offer rush orders.
3.) Can I use it by itself or does it need to be capped?
For most applications you want us to quote a Deadplate “sandwich”. This consists of a steel backing plate, typically 3/8″ thick with the Deadplate bonded to it. Then there is a cap on the front that is usually Redco 500 polyurethane but sometimes also steel. Using Deadplate by itself can lead to premature wear of the product and is best left to sawmill equipment OEMs familiar with the product.
4.) How much does it cost?
This depends on application, the dimensions of the sandwich, and how thick the Deadplate is. Typically they average around $2100.00.
5.) What information do I need to get a quote?
Most importantly is the largest size of lumber that will hit the impact zone, the distance it slides into the impact zone, and the dimensions of the impact zone. The last is important to know the parameters we have to work within as the sandwich will need to be welded on. We also would want to know how many boards hit that zone per minute.
For questions about Redco Deadplate or a quotation for your needs, please contact Redwood Plastics and Rubber.