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When To Invest In A Sharkfin Board Turning System?
The Shark Fin Board Turning System is a remarkable solution when simplicity and necessity combine. Developed in response to lumber graders suffering chronic wrist injuries due to flipping lumber, Shark Fin’s simple gravity powered system flips the boards for the graders: preventing injury and letting graders do what they’re supposed to…Focus on grading wood. The … Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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