Radial Sawing was specifically designed to maximise the recovery of sawn timber from smaller logs. As such, Radial Sawing has a range of both environmental and technical benefits. Where conventional sawing methods require large diameter logs Radial Sawing technology helps make native hardwood plantations logs more viable by maximising the yield of high value timber products from much smaller logs.
Benefits Of Radial Sawing
More timber out of a log
- Fewer trees are required to produce a given volume of timber.
- Potential for lower fuel usage, greenhouse emissions as well as negative impact on soil, water and native wildlife.
- Reduced reliance on manufactured building products that may actually have greater negative environmental impacts.
- Better planning for future timber requirements.
High value products from younger trees
- More of each log sawn can end up as high value, versatile products rather than being put to lower value uses.
- Less pressure on old growth forests as quality timber requirements can be met from plantation and regrowth forests.
- Processing younger trees makes plantation forestry more attractive economically and thus this resource becomes a realistic option for solving the worlds housing shortage.
- Plantations established for pulp/fibre may potentially be used for timber production.
Timber products with consistent growth ring orientation
- More stable products as growth stresses are released evenly in each timber section.
- Less energy required as some products are stable enough to be supplied “green” (ie. not dried before use).
- Less down stream wastage as some products are left “rough sawn” (ie. not re-processed or “dressed”).
- More appearance grade products that show off “back sawn” timber grains and feature.
Innovative, durable products
- Radial sawing is based on the natural principle of cutting logs into wedges and therefore many products feature bevelled edges or are sold as wedge profiles.
- Innovative products like our natural edge weatherboards have set new standards in sustainable cladding design.
- Durable Victorian hardwoods such as Silvertop Ash or Sth Mahogany mean a wide range of external cladding, decking, screen boards and even flooring are available.
- Unique products mean that end users can also have unique structures.
- Radial timber products do not require chemical treatment
How Does Radial Sawing Work?
Radial sawing works by quarter sawing a log into wedges (like a pizza) from these wedges the log is then back sawn into varying sizes of bevelled edge boards. These bevelled edged, rough sawn boards can be used unseasoned (green) for products such as Board & Batten or Screening. Alternatively the boards can be racked out for air drying, to then be kiln dried and moulded into high quality profiles such as Shiplap Cladding or Decking.