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TROMMEL WOOD CLEANER

For more information, see the Wood Handling page

April 2015

Part of the work we do here at Whitlands Engineering is designing and building innovative solutions for the firewood industry – which is exactly how the new Trommel Wood Cleaner came to be. After a request from a wood-yard owner, David set about designing a machine which would clean the split timber of dirt, debris and kindling.

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The new Trommel Wood Cleaner

The Trommel is designed as an add on to a bulk processing system – cleaning the wood in the last step before packaging for retail sale.  The Trommel will efficiently remove all fines (dirt, gravel, wood chips & splinters) through the fine screen and most of the kindling and smaller pieces of wood through the coarse screen. For wood yards this means the wood is cleaner, more saleable and results in more accurate weight measurement. The capacity of this machine is estimated at 25 – 30 cubic meters per hour.

The Trommel is available as a separate unit which fits into an existing firewood handling system, or it can be combined in a hopper/elevator or hopper/trommel/elevator configuration for maximum efficiency.

NEW RELEASE! REX 650 C CIRCULAR DOCKING SAW

March 2015

Rex 650c Circular Firewood Docking Saw

The original Rex Log Saw 1050 model – first released in 2005, featured a chainsaw cutting system suitable for cutting logs up to 1050mm in diameter. In 2011 a smaller chainsaw model was added – The Rex Log Saw 800. After a year in R&D the new circular saw now completes the trio of options available to firewood businesses.

The new circular saw performs extremely well on a wide range of logs – especially dirty, dry, bent logs, or those which have various flaws such as rot in the centre. The circular saw will handle logs from 1.5 – 6.5 meters long, and up to 650mm diameter. The 28 tooth x 1.5 meter diameter Tungsten tip blade is driven by a fuel efficient 70hp Yanmar 4TNV98 diesel engine – cycle times so far on the first release are 10 – 12 cuts per minute for 400 – 500mm logs.

Designed & built in Australia using very heavy duty construction and quality engine & hydraulic components, this machine will give many years of productive trouble free service. Whitlands Engineering has been at the forefront of bulk firewood processing system design since 2002 and this new circular saw completes the ultimate package available for firewood businesses looking to take it to the next level.

See the video below or see more details and photos here

 

WHITLANDS ENGINEERING SPONSORS NZ WOOD CHOPPING CHAMPION SHANE JORDAN

September 2014

Alongside Australian prodigy Brayden Meyer, Whitlands Engineering has began a sponsorship agreement with 29 year old Shane Jordan, recognised nationally and internationally in the sport of wood chopping. Hailing from the the small NZ town of Stratford, Shane competes throughout New Zealand and all over the world, having been an axeman for twelve years. Shane has already won 6 world titles and also gained 4 second places.

Attending approximately 30 shows throughout New Zealand and the world each year, Shane hopes to become fully professional and chase all the world titles world-wide. Unfortunately wood chopping is a very time consuming and expensive sport, which is why Whitlands Engineering has decided to sponsor him.

The team at Whitlands Engineering actually came across Shane after he expressed interest in purchasing a Rex 600 Firewood Processor.  He and his wife ended up purchasing the unit in September 2014 and this is an account of their decision.

”My wife Loren and I own a small tree business 20mins East of Stratford. We specialise in logging, sawmilling and firewood. This year we have really expanded our business. We purchased a 20 ton excavator set up for trees and general earthworks. Since then we have been producing over 200 cubic metres of milled timber and selling approximately 500 cubic metres of firewood. Demand has been so high for the firewood that it has been difficult to keep up using our small wood splitter. After looking and inquiring about a range of different fire wood processors, we decided to purchase a Rex 600 from Whitlands Engineering.

This machine suited our requirements because of its compact design and efficiency. This easy to use machine has offered us a huge increase in firewood production. We are hoping to produce over 1200 cubic metres of firewood this year, compared to the previous year where we only produced 500 cubic metres. With the efficiency of this machine, we hope to fill the demand needs of our local towns. This fire wood processor is ideal to have on site when logging to utilise the off cut logs at the end of each working day. This also helps with clearing unwanted debris and keeping the forestry jobs cleaner with less waste material being left behind”

Shane Jordans Rex 600 in Action

Shane Jordans Rex 600 in Action

Whitlands Engineering looks forward to supporting Shane on his mission to conquer the wood chopping world and watch this space for more updates.

OUR APPRENTICES DO WELL AT THE ANNUAL GOTAFE AWARDS

February 2014

We’ve got two great apprentices working at Whitlands currently – Ryan and Caleb. Caleb, in his second year now and Ryan, who started at the end of 2013. Apprentiships provide young people with a valuable skills & experience, bring new ideas into the business and keep the older guys on their toes in the workshop!

We’d like to extend a huge congratulations to Ryan as last week he won ‘Outstanding 1st year apprentice’ in his category: Certificate III in Engineering Fabrication Trade. Awesome job!

WHITLANDS ENGINEERING BUILDS A V8 CHAINSAW

September 2013

The V8 Chainsaw has finally been finished and is being demonstrated at field days around the country. What a ripper! This video has almost reached 1.2 million views over the last 5 months so thanks for your support! Please note this machine is a one-off and we have no plans to manufacture any more. Enjoy the video and make sure to share it around!

NEW SPONSORSHIP: BRAYDEN MEYER – WOOD CHOPPING PRODIGY!

June 2013

Whitlands Engineering is proud to announce the sponsorship of Brayden Meyer – a 17 wood chopping prodigy from Broadford – who recently returned from the Royal Sydney show with a swag of titles to add to his already impressive list.

Brayden is to date one of the most successful competitors in the country – and at just 14 placed fourth in the world championship. At the upcoming 2013 Royal Melbourne Show he will be presented with the Victorian Champions of Champions title. He’ll be the youngest competitor to receive this title.

Whitlands Engineering sees sponsorship of sportsmen such as Brayden as an opportunity to help talented people reach their potential. Operations manager Tony says ‘it’s part of our commitment to try and give back to the community. To be able to help someone like Brayden who is dedicated to the sport is a real privilege – we get a real kick out of seeing him return home with an armful of trophies!’

Brayden Meyer & Whitlands Engineering Operations Manager Tony Wilks at a recent field day

Brayden Meyer & Whitlands Engineering Operations Manager Tony Wilks at a recent field day

Brayden is currently working as an apprentice arbourist, but has his sights set on the international circuit. His Dad says “He’s been a natural since he’s picked up an axe, when he was eight or nine, he used to have the technique straight off the cuff and he’s one of the best juniors, if not, the best junior going around in the country.”

So keep an eye out for Brayden and his Superaxe jacket at your next wood chop. We’ll be there cheering him on and will watch keenly as he starts to take on the world one title at a time!

NEW FOOTAGE OF THE REX 800 LOG SAW IS UP!

May 2013

 

 

CELEBRATING MACHINE #3700

April 2013

We’re almost through the busy Summer /Autumn period of 2013 and things are only getting busier! We’re excited to announce our 3700th machine is being built as we speak. Over the last 19 years we’ve celebrated many milestones – and it seemed not so long ago we were chinking beers over the 3000th machine. Roughly speaking, we’ve built almost 2900 Superaxe’s, 720 Aussie Choppers, 55 of the Rex 900’s and 30 Rex 600’s. And we’re pretty proud to say that many of the first Superaxe’s are still in action – minus a little paint of course! And if you’ve got an early model – send us a pic, we’d love to see what condition it’s in

A huge thanks to everyone of our customers and supporters over the years, we’ll let you know when we get to 4000!