We get this question a lot. Often accompanied with “your machine doesn’t look like all the others, why?” Well, there are several reasons –
- Strength and Structure – Our machines are laser cut and formed to shape – the forming builds in a lot of strength and allows us to put the metal where it needs to be. This allows us to build a stronger machine while keeping the overall weight down. It’s the difference between engineering a product and shoring up the weak spots by throwing more metal at it. With our CAD (Computer Added Design) software, not only can we design components for maximum strength and durability, but we can use the software to analyze stresses on components – literally test them before any metal is used. By using advanced manufacturing processes, you get the maximum strength with less weight.
- Engines and horsepower – Efficient. When you build the system correctly, you can do more work with less power. A smaller engine costs you less up front AND every time you run your processor. By properly engineering the system, you improve efficiency – instead of using power to build heat (wasted work) we use the power to produce work.
- Hydraulics –This is so important and so different from our competitors, we devoted an entire page to hydraulics alone! See the next page for all the details on why Wood Beaver shines
- In Feed System – Like the rest of the machine, we buck the trends. Sure, a chain can move a log forward, when the hooks catch on something. When a log lands on our belt a million little fingers grab it, it moves. Simple. Positive. The belt doesn’t care if the log is straight or ugly, if it is on the belt, it will move. And, you can move the log backward out of the way if you need to. Our log channel is designed like a sawbuck – no need for a hold down on the log until the last cut – this makes for faster cycle times. Matching the angle that the saw bar works at with the angles of the channel makes sure that the saw has a sure solid position to cut from. Then, on the last cut, a little additional pressure counters the cutting pressure, keeping the log seated.
- Log Stop – Why a positive stop? Are you cutting your wood to a specific length or around that length? With its cam action, when the saw reaches the bottom of its sweep the log stop moves up and back. This not only relieves the cut or kerf, but also helps stabilize the log as it drops straight into the splitting chamber. Simple and positive.
- Options – One size definitely does not fit all. Choose a machine based on the size of the wood you have to process. Choose based on the volume you need to run. Choose the price point that fits your budget, knowing you are getting more machine for your money. Set it up based on how you work. We can help you choose the options that will make you most productive.
- Splitter cycle times – On many processors, splitter cycles are the limiting factor. Watch these carefully. Time them on videos. A lot of companies count the splitter trip out to the wedge as a “cycle” – cycles are roundtrips, all the way out, all the way back. We have the fastest cycle times in the industry, no contest. Our “slow” machines make the cycle in 5-6 seconds, most “fast” machines struggle to be there. Our fast machines are 3.5-4 seconds roundtrip, full cycles. Cycles are production, plain and simple. Faster cycles = faster production.
In the end, the real question is, “Do I want maximum performance at a minimum price?” If you answer yes, then “Why Wood Beaver?” is easy to answer… or maybe “Why would I not choose Wood Beaver?” is the most important question.
Be sure to read about Hydraulics.