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Tagged With: sawmills

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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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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Product Spotlight: Redco Saw Guides

Redco saw guides, available in both dovetail and “pacific style”, are a phenolic product we’ve manufactured for decades. The standard dovetail saw guide is 2″ x 2″ and available in lengths up to 96″. The guides are extremely strong and compatible with whatever oils and solvents are used with your saws. They stand up well … Continue reading »

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Redco Tivar 88 In Sawmill Applications

For some people the economy coupe is a good enough vehicle…But for others “good enough” doesn’t cut it. They’re willing to pay for the pickup truck with the V-8 engine, power, and leather options. Such are plastics in sawmills where a dependable product like reprocessed-black UHMW may do the job adequately but another, more expensive, … Continue reading »

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Trusted PVC Strip Door

In the world of modern sawmill plastic applications – a world of sprockets, turners, bushings, sharp chain bed, and other more colorful and “flashy” applications we can forget the basics. PVC strip door aka “flexible vinyl” is just as important to sawmills as it is to other industries where people would more readily think of … Continue reading »

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SPS-2000 vs. Synsteel

We often get asked about the difference between SPS-2000 Kraftmill safe polyurethane and Redco pulp-safe Synsteel UHMW. In many cases, customers think they’re equivalent products except one happens to be made from polyurethane and one happens to be made from UHMW. This is not correct! The materials are for two different applications. SPS-2000 is a … Continue reading »

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Product Spotlight: Redco 750 Sprockets

Sprockets made of Redco 750 polyurethane have been a proven solution in sawmills for decades. But it isn’t a case of one size fits all: we get requests for sprockets for all sorts of shapes, sizes, pitches and chains. To be honest, not all of those orders can be filled by us. But in the … Continue reading »

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Product Spotlight: Trimmer Lugs

The humble trimmer lug is one of the simplest but most effective products Redwood Plastics offers. The soft, yet durable, UHMW plastic lasts a long time and is easier on the lumber. The trimmer lugs are fairly inexpensive, ranging from perhaps $10-$19 depending on size and quantity. The 1″ pin in the center is fairly … Continue reading »

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Wind Powered Dutch Sawmill

This is a piece more about curiosity and fun rather than cutting-edge sawmill technology. We stumbled across an article and some videos about a wind powered sawmill in the Netherlands. It’s amazing to see this old mix of wooden gears and cogs work together to power the blades. Since wind is in control, the windier … Continue reading »

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Micarta Isn’t A Material

One plastic that sometimes confuses customers in sawmills is “Micarta”. First of all, Micarta is just a brand name – it isn’t a type of material. What Micarta in sawmills usually refers to is a very rigid, high-load bearing “industrial laminate”. These laminates are a very large family of plastics. They break down into five … Continue reading »

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