Steve Anderson of Bellbird Falls Timber Pty Ltd, based in New South Wales, Aus., bought a 8” 24hp WPF to mill his own timber, and to also do some mobile contract work.
He produces a wide range of hardwood products from floorboards to 16” x 2”s. “I looked at a lot of different brands of mill, and chose Peterson because of its cost, competitiveness and high recovery,” Steve said. “It’s a very good mill; fast, economical and low maintenance.”
The other feature of the Peterson mill that has impressed Steve is its accuracy. He needs boards to be cut within 2 mm of the required size for one of his clients. “I’ve never had one board returned,” he noted.
Steve also likes the way sizes can be set up. “You don’t have to walk down the other end of the mill to raise it up,” he said. And setting the horizontal size is simple too.
“Also, the tracks can be set up so you can roll the logs into place easily. It also allows the sawdust to clear out the sides.
“Everything is operator friendly, which means I can do 12-hour days and not feel too exhausted.”
On a good day, with a tailor out, Steve can cut 3.5 to 4 cubic metres (1400-1600 bft) of 4″ x 1″ timber.
He has also been impressed by the after sales service from Peterson’s. “If you ever have a concern, they’re only a phone call away and they’ll do every-thing they can to help you,” he said.
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