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Tagged With: plastic

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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Why Are You Still Using Metal Sprockets?

Recently we took part in a large expansion of one of our customer’s facilities and Redco plastic solutions were in all of the new machinery; however, for a new sorter our plastic sprockets had been declined in favor of a less expensive steel option. This is, of course, the customer’s choice but there were already … Continue reading »

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Oregon Bend Spec Sheet

Our popular “Oregon Bends” are plastic chain channel we form into semicircles for when sawmill chain wraps around a bend. These are not a “standard” solution as the channel used, infeed and outfeed are different depending on the mill. To that end we’ve prepared a spec sheet that gives the customer everything they’d need to … Continue reading »

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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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81X Sprocket Modifications

Plastic 81X sawmill sprockets are primarily a molded product, this is to reduce delivery times as well as cost. The standard sprockets available from Redwood Plastics and Rubber have a hub that is 3-3/4″ wide (length-through-bore). Often these days customers want a thinner hub to fit into their sawmills and in most cases that’s fine! … Continue reading »

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2 Simple Reasons To Switch To Plastic Sprockets

Plastic sprockets primarily made of polyurethane but sometimes nylon have been part of the sawmill industry for years and are proven in this application. But there are still many sawmills where metal sprockets are used. If your sawmill is one of those, there are two very good reasons to make the switch over to plastic! … Continue reading »

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Product Spotlight: CJ Composite Bushings

Plastic bushings and bearings have several decades worth of success in sawmill applications but these are usually nylon, polyurethane or UHMW bushings. Redwood Plastics is trying to introduce the more advanced composite bushings into sawmill applications. The composite bushings have several advantages, with their filled PTFE liner they are much slicker than other bearing choices … Continue reading »

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The Impact Of Plastics In Sawmills

On this website we often focus on specific applications or plastics used in sawmill and planar mill applications. But we shouldn’t lose sight of the big picture – why are we using plastics in the mill in the first place? Meaning, what are the benefits for you and your operation by switching to plastic? Firstly, … Continue reading »

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The Top 3 Reasons To Use Plastics In Sawmills

There are hundreds of plastic applications in sawmill and planar mills and these applications have been developed over many decades. It’s one thing to just highlight each application but it’s also good to take a step back, look at the big picture and ask yourself why plastics should be selected over metal at all? While … Continue reading »

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Shock, Vibration and Noise

A few weeks ago the Vicksburg Post in Vicksburg, MS ran a story following Anderson-Tulley Lumber Co. Maintenance Manager Mike Williams through a typical work day and asked him about the challenges he faced in the mill. The article describes the noise and vibration of the modern mill – something we know our readers would … Continue reading »

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