Timesavers' new double-sided planer surfaces the top and bottom sides of rough lumber in one pass, while automatically centering each board. Dubbed the Yieldsaver-24, the machine is designed to produce a high yield with its automatic centering infeeds.
Timesavers President Greg Larson says the centering mechanism improves yield on boards that are barely sufficient, or that have scant areas. Rather than taking a constant amount off one side, the Yieldsaver-24 scans each side and takes an even amount from both.
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The design began with Timesavers's opposed sanding machine, Larson says, and it took about two years to develop. The top-and-bottom drum format means the machine takes up less floor space - about 50 square feet.
As a finalist in the 2014 IWF Distinguished Challengers Awards, Timesavers will present the Yieldsaver-24 to a panel of judges on August 19 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Winners will be announced the morning the show opens, August 20.
In addition to maximizing the yield in each board, Larson says the machine has the ability to deliver a very consistent wood chip size in its dust collection system, which makes the planed material salable as animal bedding for livestock farmers.
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