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What Issues Do Plastics Solve In Sawmills?

We often write about specific plastic sawmill solutions and what benefits those offer in regards to sawmill/planarmill maintenance. However, sometimes it’s good to take a step back and look at the big picture of why we put industrial plastic in sawmills in the first place. It really comes down to a few primary problems that … Continue reading »

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Sawmill Bushing and Bearing Materials

Plastics are excellent bushing material that replace metal. In contract to metal, plastic bearings are self-lubricating, require less grease or maintenance, and last longer. Typically six different plastic materials could be used as these bushings and each will be described. Redco Polyurethane: Called “Redco 750 XL” this is a lubrication impregnated polyurethane bearing material. It’s … Continue reading »

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Oil-Impregnated Plastics

One of the common advantages of performance industrial plastic is that, when the optimal material is used, they reduce maintenance costs and equipment downtime. This results in substantial cost-savings and, overall, increased profits. Customers ask – how do plastics result in less maintenance or downtime? One common part of maintenance when it comes to bearings, … Continue reading »

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On-Site Sawmill Audit

Are you a purchaser or a maintenance manager at a North American sawmill? Are you curious how performance plastics might be able to positively affect your bottom line and lower costs such as you’ve read on this website previously? While we can only offer it in select territories, Redwood Plastics and Rubber’s team of technical … Continue reading »

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Simple Nylon Pulleys For Sales Online

Do you have a sawmill and are you in need of some simple sheaves/pulleys? Redwood Plastics and Rubber now offers an online store for quick purchase of a simple pulley. You need to know the following information: -Diameter -Thickness -Rope diameter or groove width -Groove depth -Bore diameter The online site will also give you … Continue reading »

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Solution Spotlight: PVC Strip Door – Keep The Cold Out!

With the fall comes a bitter chill in many sawmilling regions and it’s consequently the time to invest in PVC strip door supplied by Redwood Plastics and Rubber. PVC strip door covers open entrances helping to keep inside work spaces warm and clear of drafts. The product also serves to protect machinery from dust and … Continue reading »

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BL400 Dovetail Sawguides

Sawguides made from Redco BL400 are one of Redwood Plastics and Rubber’s ‘standard’ products. Stock is kept in full lengths at both our Canadian and U.S. Manufacturing facilities allowing for quick turnaround on orders. This product is a graphite-filled phenolic laminate and offers incredible structural, dimensional, and wear properties. These guides are compatible with any … Continue reading »

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LSI Plates

If you’re considering a custom lug or hook you need to consider an LSI plate. This is an insert between the Redco 750 polyurethane which provides added sheer strength for the hook or lug. They are not always necessary as some designs build up a “bump” of extra urethane around the mounting holes, which provides … Continue reading »

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The Future Of Sawmill Automation

Automation has been increasing in sawmills for decades. Redwood Plastics and Rubber’s own “Shark Fin Board Turning System” provided mechanical automation of board grading starting in the 1990s. Many industries continue to push for higher automation in order to reduce (human) errors, reduce costs, increase productivity, and therefore increase profits. Automated grading systems are one … Continue reading »

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Redco 9600 Impact Bearings

Perhaps an underutilized plastic sawmill solution, Redco 9600 impact bearings serve an important role. They consist of a double-hardness polyurethane combined with a durable steel outer shell. The system is designed to provide easy-to-change components and self-lubrication properties. Designed for high-impact, low-speed applications such as hour glass rollers and log kickers the 9600 Impact Bearings … Continue reading »

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