Wood-Mizer's TITAN Hybrid range
The TITAN Hybrid range bridges the gap between narrow band and wide band technologies in the small to medium sized sawmilling sector. This gives sawmillers the flexibility to either run wider blades for more performance, or narrower band profiles for a simpler saw doctoring process.
The Hybrid range consists of primary and secondary breakdown solutions with both designed to run narrower or wider bandsaws.
• The range offers heavy duty sawmilling capacity at an affordable price. This makes it viable for small and medium sized sawmills.
• The ability to run blade widths that vary in size from 32 to 80 mm can be customised further with the options of running spring set, swage set and Stellite tipped (65 to 80mm wide) saws on one head rig.
• If clients want to run narrower (38 or 50mm) wide saws, this can also be done.
• Heavy duty feed mechanics is standard for the entire range.
• The range is simple to maintain and operate and can slot into existing lines with minimal disruption.
The Hybrid range also slots in neatly between Wood-Mizer’s narrow bandsaw portable and industrial ranges and the TITAN 4 & 6-inch wide bandsaw range with sawmillers benefitting from the wider choice.
The range unpacked – TVS
The Wood-Mizer TITAN Hybrid TVS range is an efficient and affordable twin vertical solution to break the log into a two-sided cant. The range includes two models, the TH-TB and TH-TBLT. Both are suitable for log diameters of between 120 – 400 mm and up to 4 m in length.
Features include feed speeds of up to 40 m/min, pressurised feed rollers to ensure a stable cut, heavy duty construction for high strain sawing and electronic cut size control.
Through-put and processing capacity can be improved further with heavy-duty mechanized log loading and log turning options on the TH-TB Twin and sharp chain options on the TH-TBLT Twin.
Wood-Mizer’s TITAN Hybrid TH-R Resaw is a high-performance, industrial capacity resaw that is available in a single or back-to-back twin-head configuration.
It is suitable for processing sideboards and cants or blocks measuring up to 350 mm wide and 290 mm high.
The unit can easily integrate into existing lines.
Rocklands Mill is a mining timber mill located in Swaziland. It was established in mid-2010 with local partners to provide a higher value take-off for burnt and fresh timber at Peak Timbers after the devastating fires of 2007, and to produce high quality products for local and export markets.
The mill’s key output is mining timber with a wet-off-saw line that supplies pallet components to manufacturers in Swaziland and South Africa.
The wet-off-saw line is built entirely around Wood-Mizer TITAN’s Hybrid and 4 & 6-inch range.
Primary breakdown is done with a TITAN Hybrid Twin. Sideboards from there are fed to two resaws, a TITAN Hybrid resaw and a TITAN 4 Twin resaw.
The sideboards and two-sided cant exiting the TVS are edged and ripped with four TITAN edgers.
Current input into the mill is 500-600 Eucalyptus logs per day. Recovery figures are estimated to be 48% – 50%.
Rocklands Mill Manager Jaco Fourie said the line’s compact design and flexibility makes it possible to achieve the output target. Moreover he’s confident that it has not reached its limit and can be improved further.
*First published in SA Forestry magazine, Dec 2017