Duchy Timber adds to machinery investment

Duchy Timber, part of the Premier Forest Group, has added a state-of-the-art horizontal resaw at its Lostwithiel site.

The new multi-bonded saw will allow the team to dramatically improve  sawing capacity at the site, which converts locally grown softwood logs into sawn timber for uses ranging from fencing, garden furniture and pallets to agriculture.

The new Stenner MHS9 horizontal resaw line consists of three individual sawing units which are designed for cutting fencing, pallet material and thin boards with multiple components produced in a single pass. The machines can tilt to produce featheredge boards and have linear feed speeds that range between 10-45m/min.

The machine is fitted with the latest computer software for excellent machine control and diagnostics and includes a modem facility to allow Stenner technicians to interrogate the machine and problem solve remotely. Stenner mist spray lubrication is included, helping to prolong cutting time. The machine is modular so that Duchy can add further sawing units to the line at a later date. The horizontal resaw is the latest in a string of investments for the business, including computer-controlled sawmill, timber drying kilns, a pressure treatment plant and extensive machining facilities, all powered by renewable energy.

“We have seen a consistent increase in demand since last spring when travel restrictions were announced and people started to spend more time and energy focussing on their gardens,” said Olly Bennett, branch manager of Duchy Timber. “The hope is that this trend will continue and this new investment will allow us to meet increased demand over the summer months.”

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