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Different UHMW Products Used In Sawmills

As it turns out to customers in the sawmill industry new to performance plastics: there isn’t a single grade of UHMW used in mills, in fact there are several. These plastics to those not in the industry can look very different and many people may be surprised to learn they’re all variations of UHMW polyethylene … Continue reading »

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Common Problems To Solve in Sawmills

We offer a huge variety of products and solutions for sawmills but at the core of the matter we do not use plastics because we need a “part” – instead what plastics really do is solve problems that you have. There are several types of issues we seem come up and we’ll address them in … Continue reading »

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Polyurethane vs. UHMW

Regarding sprocket applications in particular it seems the default request in 2020 is for “UHMW” sprockets. Indeed, UHMW is used in some sawmill sprocket applications and is widely used elsewhere in sawmills as wear parts. However, the material is not ideal for use in either a drive or idler sprocket – why is this so? … Continue reading »

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Why Not Glue It?

One question that keeps coming up regarding sawmill maintenance solutions is “Why can’t I glue it?” When discussing affixing the plastic solution, for example a wear strip, to a steel backing. The appeal of a glue or adhesive is that it’s easy to apply and would result in an unbroken part that does not require … Continue reading »

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Hi Temp Yellow Kiln Wheel Bushings

Customers often request our nylon kiln wheel bushings – a decades old solution for sawmills these bushings are long-lasting, reliable, and cost-effective. However, in the past 5 years we’ve started to offer a new variety we call the “High Temp Yellow” version. This version of nylon plastic involves a proprietary mix of fillers and plasticizers … Continue reading »

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How To Get Your Deadplate Quoted

Redco Deadplate is an elastomer designed to work as a shock absorber – it takes the energy of impact and transfers it into heat. In the sawmill applications it was designed for, Deadplate takes the impact of the logs or lumber, stopping their momentum and allowing them to continue through the mill. This usually results … Continue reading »

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Tuffkast 020 Sawmill Carriage Wheels

Sawmill carriage wheels are a very popular plastics application that has proven itself over decades and Redwood Plastics and Rubber’s “Tuffkast” proprietary plastic has performed so well in this application that a special grade, Tuffkast 020, was formulated specifically for this one application! The product is slightly softer, which helps it fit carriage rails better … Continue reading »

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Why Is Polyurethane Used So Often In Sawmill Applications?

We occasionally hear from our sawmill customers “You guys want to stick urethane in everything!” The comment isn’t to be mean but it reflects the fact that many applications and problems we are tasked with solving end up with a polyurethane solution. For many people they are surprised that polyurethane can serve any “industrial” applications … Continue reading »

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Rubber Roller RE & RE For Sawmill Applications

Rubber covered rollers are everywhere and the lumber processing industry is no exception. Eventually the OEM rollers you have will have their surfaces wear or get damaged causing them to not convey materials properly, which can cause major production issues! To avoid costly downtime – what do you do? Firstly, hopefully you have spares so … Continue reading »

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If You’re Experiencing These Problems, Plastics Can Help

This article is non-specific in that it doesn’t discuss a single plastic or application. It is geared towards those involved in maintenance at sawmills, planar mills, and OSB plants when something is wrong and a solution isn’t self-evident. In what type of situations should you consult with a knowledgeable plastics distributor, such as Redwood Plastics … Continue reading »

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