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Portable Saw Mills off to Field Days

22/02/2013
Recovery of valuable timber can be an issue for farmers and landowners with stands of timber that either have access problems or are in situations where it is not always economic to recover the timber.

Marlborough engineering firm Rimu Engineering has developed an innovative solution for this problem with its portable sawmill technology, which it is taking to the South Island Agricultural Field Days in Lincoln in March.

Rimu's managing director Greg Surgenor says the field days provide a great place to show off their products, especially as they are able to demonstrate them in action.

Rimu has been involved in sawmilling since 1963, and Greg Surgenor says they began working on their range of portable sawmills when it became apparent there was a need for a rugged and reliable sawmill to use in remote locations.
Greg says that from the start the key was to come up with designs which were easy to transport and setup but that could perform with the accuracy needed to provide quality timber. The Rimu mill takes one person 15 minutes to unload and set up, and it can be operated by one person.

The use of hi-tensile aluminium means the sawmills weigh less than 300kg and can be towed on a trailer with a car.

Operator safety was also an important part of the design, with the saw guard being used to remove the plank without the operator having to get in front of the blade.

Greg says while the basic mill is suitable for smaller operators, the contractor sawmill is suitable for the professional sawmiller. It is computer controlled with a hydraulic drive for accuracy and precision, and can be used as a stationary mill at a central site, or can be easily transported to remote sites by 4WD, quad bike or by hand.

The sawmills are powered by engines up to 60hp, depending on the setup.

Greg Surgenor says the portable mills are exported to more than 10 countries including Australia, Ireland, England, South Africa, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, the Solomon Islands, Indonesia, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, and Mongolia.

For further information contact us on 03 318 1845 or info [at] siafd.co.nz.

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