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August 2016
Sawmilling South Africa News
Good day to all sawmillers again, it’s that time of the month once more. Not much has happened in our segment over the last three or four weeks except to say that better times are still on the role. Reports from the majority of millers are that the market is still holding and that stock levels are still on the lower side at most mills.
We may have mentioned in our last newsletter that MTO George won the 2016 Sawmill improvement award for there performance in 2015 and we see that this was also mentioned in the May edition of the Lumber Index. The article also gives the names of the runner up mills and what is interesting to note is the dominance of the independent mills in this competition, however, well done to the MTO George team, clearly a well oiled machine.

Most of you will by now be fully aware that the Sawmilling Chamber of the National Bargaining Council for the Wood and Paper sector came to agreement in early August on 2016/17 wage negotiations. If anyone would like a copy of the agreement, just drop us a mail and we will send you same.
Here is the first announcement / warning of the SSA regional information sessions that will take place during the week of the 14th to 18th November 2016. This year we will once again be bringing Dr. Peter Stohr with us to up-date and advise sawmillers on all things kiln drying.  Please put this week into your diaries, the program should look something like this, Monday Limpopo, Tuesday Mpumalanga, Wednesday KZN and Friday Eastern Cape. We will however be sending all members official notice of the various meetings with times, venues etc.
Additional dates for your diaries are the SALDEA and SASDEA conventions the first will be the SALDEA conference that is scheduled for the 8th & 9th September in Boksburg . Then on the 13th & 14 October it’s the tern of the SASDEA conference also in Boksburg. Please don’t forget to inform your Kiln drying experts and your saw-doctors.
You are all aware of the work being done by the association on skills development with the latest session being held in Port Elizabeth on the 1st and 2nd August to kick off the development work on wetmill, drymill and log yard supervisory skills. The two days were productively spent under the guidance of Mrs. Di Randall and the next round is scheduled for the 23th and 14th September.
Well that’s about it from our side for the month so until next month keep cutting straight and drying flat.

Roy Southey
Executive Director: Sawmilling South Africa
Feature article

NEW LX100 sawmill for heavy use released

The LX100 is the first in a new line of Wood-Mizer sawmills, completely redesigned from the ground up based on the feedback and needs of sawyers from all over the world. The LX100 sawmill is built for heavy and continuous sawmilling use and features many innovations in strength, efficiency, ease of use, and operator visibility. 

LX100 - New xFRAME design
A new innovation is the rigid xFRAME that holds the control panel, the motor, and the sawmill head. The xFRAME travels on side-by-side tandem steel bars of the bed. The xFRAME allows the operator to stand in a position with better visibility during the cutting process.

The sawmill controls are centrally located on the Operator Control Panel. A wide, easy-grip handle functions as a push bar for the sawmill if purchased without the optional power feed. For faster production, power feed control can be added to precisely control the sawmill speed as it cuts through the log. The power feed system is driven on a heavy-duty chain, faster and more durable than other methods.
No manual cranking is needed to raise or lower the blade position. The up/down switch moves the powered sawmill head into place for the next cut. With the Optional Setworks, just set a board size and with one button, the sawmill repositions automatically for each cut. 
Keeping sap and sawdust from building up on the blade is easier with automatic blade lubrication that activates when the blade is engaged, and turns off when the blade stops. 

LX100 BED – New design built for extreme endurance
The LX100 bed is an entirely new design that is engineered to withstand continuous and heavy use with thicker steel in the tubes and cross sections. The bed rails are higher than the side tubes, so that it is easy to load logs onto the bed with a forklift, without dropping the logs onto the sawmill.
The LX100 cuts logs up to 70 cm in diameter and of any length by adding additional modular bed sections. The LX series, like all Wood-Mizer sawmills, are produced both in the USA and Europe, and meet all safety requirements for the respective markets.

LX100 Specifications

  - 7.5 kW standard (16 Amps normal usage)
  - 11 kW optional (25 Amps normal usage)
Cutting Specs
  - 70cm log diameter
  - 64 cm max width of cut 
  - 5.4 m – 8.1 m log length (depending on the bed segment size)
Standard features
  - Electric up/down
  - Electric blade guide
  - Automatic blade lubrication
Optional features
  - Power feed
  - Debarker
  - Setworks

The LX100 cuts logs up to 70 cm in diameter

The rigid new xFRAME holds the control panel, the motor, and the sawmill head

The new xFRAME travels on side-by-side tandem steel bars of the bed

The sawmill controls and optional Setworks are centrally located on the Operator Control Panel

The log clamp is always held up out of the dirt and within easy reach when you need it

This attachment allows more precise clamping of cants and thinner planks

Contact: Wood-Mizer Africa
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