We now have the ability to cut true “rough cut lumber” in up to 20’ in lengths. The process all starts with our logging crews sorting at the landing (in the timber sale) material suitable for post and pole, saw log, firewood or pulp. The logs are loaded and delivered, unloaded and stacked in the appropriate locations. Saw logs are bucked up (cut) into the correct lengths and moved to the deck, feeding our Woodmizer LT 300 industrial band saw. The logs are cut up with the goal to yield as much recoverable boards as the log allows. Once the boards are cut, some are stacked into corresponding bunks and some are run through our 4” Meadows Board Edger to cut any wane out and produce boards with square corners. The biggest benefit of our bandsaw is that we can recover more lumber because of the thin band saw blade versus a thicker circle saw blade.
Besides our Woodmizer sawmill, we also have a Fastline Scragg mill. The scragg mill takes 8’ length logs and in a single pass will cut three flat sides producing a “D” log. This is achieved by first feeding the log onto a positioning deck where the log is rotated to produce the highest yield. Two horizontal band saws that can be set from 4” to 6” apart cut the sides off and then a vertical blade cuts the top off. The side boards fall onto a deck and the slabs are feed through the edger to recover 1x4’s or 1x6’s for privacy boards or pallet stock. The “D” logs are taken to the band saw and the last cut is made producing a 6x6 landscape timber. Another option is to pass the logs through the two horizontal band saws and then not make the next cut and leave them as a landscape timber with two flat sides and two round sides. These are a great rail road tie alternative that can be stacked for raised gardens, or used for a post since they have flat sides to nail boards onto.