Re­vi­tal­is­ing old tim­ber plan­ers

New Zealand Logger - - Woodtech 2018 -

THERE COMES A TIME WHEN EV­ERY PIECE of mill ma­chin­ery needs to be re­placed with some­thing more mod­ern, ef­fi­cient and ac­cu­rate, but that doesn’t mean it has to be scrapped.

If the base frame of the ma­chine is sound, it could be up­graded with new parts and drive sys­tems, which may be the an­swer for New Zealand sawmills and wood pro­ces­sors who have a decades-old planer that is well past its best.

Wood mill equip­ment sup­plier, USNR, has re­cently formed a new divi­sion that is ded­i­cated to re-fur­bish­ing old ma­chines. It’s called the Up­grades & Con­ver­sions Group and its Man­ager, Doug Knous, gave a run-down of its ser­vices to the WoodTECH 2018 con­fer­ence in Ro­torua last month.

He says: “I know that some of you here are still run­ning 1970’s vin­tage plan­ers and they’re giv­ing good ser­vice, but they could be bet­ter.”

The Coastal brand of plan­ers that

USNR pur­chased a while back is a good ex­am­ple, says Mr Knous. They are ov­erengi­neered, with mas­sive frames that were built to last, and they make an ideal can­di­date for up­grad­ing.

His new group can sup­ply new elec­tric drive mo­tors to re­place ob­so­lete hy­draulic sys­tems for bet­ter speed reg­u­la­tion, along with re­place­ment feed rollers, knife and head up­grades, join­ter up­grades, up­grad­ing the servo set­works and so on.

“We can lit­er­ally breathe new life into your old Coastal planer and make it like new, but for much less than a brand new ma­chine,” adds Mr Knous.


A decades-old Coastal planer can be up­graded to per­form like a new ma­chine, but with­out the huge cost.

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