The Bishop’s Castle-based fencing and pallet manufacturer also installed Brodbaek handling technology for the resaw line.
The new resaw has been installed in a new building at the sawmill in a £600,000 investment for Ransfords.

Operations director Alistair Evans told TTJ that the investment, combined with the new EWD saw line, installed 12 months ago, represented a total £10m spend on technology.

Mr Evans said the EWD line’s extra 20-25% capacity allowed the company to enter the volume feather-edge board market. Ransfords opted for a Stenner MHS 10 multi-head horizontal resaw (1050mm pulley diameter) to process the blockwood cut on the EWD.

Stenner managing director Syd Mather said since the launch of the MHS range in 1994, machines in the range (from single machines to multiple lines) had been supplied to 259 customers in 32 countries, with 81 UK customers using the technology, many to produce feather-edge boards. The latest order received is for a seven-head machine to Siberia.

The Brodbaek technology installed at Ransfords is for destacking blocks for further resawing and stacking of sawn boards and other resawn products.

This includes an elevator for packs, dog conveyor for the separation of incoming blocks, a roller conveyor in-feed into the band saws, a stacking machine equipped with fair ending and stick magazines, plus outfeed conveyors and pack strapping.