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Tagged With: Nylon

Cost-Saving And Time-Saving Measures For Kiln Bushings

Redco kiln wheel bushings are a cost-effective solution that have been proven over decades of use. However, the turnaround time on orders often reaches 3-4 weeks, which doesn’t work for emergency needs. Besides stocking up on extra bushings, there is the possibility of stocking plastic rod, which is available in both Redco blue (heat-stabilized) nylon … Continue reading »

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Machine Your Own Kiln Bushings

Redwood Plastics and Rubber has a long history of providing premium quality machined kiln wheel bushings to customers. But leads times can often be 4 weeks or sometimes more to ship your bushings and there are times you simply cannot wait. The good news is we can often get tube stock to you, oversized on … Continue reading »

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Sheaves For Sawmills

While not an application unique to sawmills, nylon sheaves bring the same benefits and advantages to sawmill applications as they do to any other industry. Plastic sheaves are long-lasting, lightweight, easy to install, and excel in high-load, low RPM applications. Another advantage of nylon sheaves is that the sheave itself can serve as a bearing: … Continue reading »

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Rulon & Nylon Team Up For New Dry Kiln Fan Bearing

Recently one of the sawmill experts with Redwood Plastics started a test for a superior dry kiln fan bearing. Typically the standard bearings for the application are ~$1300.00 and we were asked to come up with something better and less expensive. Originally Redwood Plastics’ standard material for this application (Redco 750 polyurethane) was considered but … Continue reading »

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Solutions In Action!

We can talk all we want about different plastic applications in sawmills but you really need to see them in action as words just cannot do them justice. Redwood Plastics has recently posted a YouTube video of a number of applications. These are real Redco products in real applications for our customers. The video is … Continue reading »

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Sharp Chain bed

One custom solution supplied by Redwood Plastics for sawmills is the sharp chain bed. The plastic bed (made of UHMW or nylon) replaces a metal bed and results in less wear on the chain. Lubrication requirements are reduced by up to 75%. In order to manufacture the bed, we require either a dimensioned technical drawing … Continue reading »

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Kiln Wheel Bushings: Order Them Right

Kiln Wheel Bushings are an excellent nylon application for lumber kilns. Blue (heat-stabilized) nylon is practically synonymous with kiln wheel bushings, though phenolic laminates also have a large footprint with this application. Metal has a problem with seizing in this application, which is why plastic is so suitable. If you’re looking for a quotation you … Continue reading »

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Don’t Get “Pigeonholed”

One of any actor’s biggest fears is to be typecast in a particular role. The same could be said for industrial plastics in sawmill applications because for decades plastics have enjoyed success in a few specific applications: hooks, lugs, wear guides and bushings/bearings. Maintenance Managers and purchasers tend to only think of plastics in sawmill/planar … Continue reading »

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Nylon Hard At Work

Cast nylon is a plastic that should not be overlooked in sawmill applications. Nylon is able to bear a large amount of load compared to other plastics, especially UHMW and PTFE but is readily available and reasonably priced. Nylon applications have actually been increasing in the mills over the years, one notable example is nylon … Continue reading »

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One Tuff Wheel

We had an interesting inquiry a few weeks ago. A sawmill maintenance manager in the U.S. Northeast was using UHMW carriage wheels and they were wearing out extremely fast. We ended up referring them our parent,  Redwood Plastics, to look into a solution – and they didn’t have to look far. Redwood offers a type … Continue reading »

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