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2021 tech update on planers

CFI shares the newest planers on the market for sawmilling

April 14, 2021  By Canadian Forestry Staff

Newman Whitney
Newman Machine Company is proud to introduce the first double planer that properly prepares the board and provides an improved divided cut over existing self-centering, opposed cut planers. Defects that are common to the species, those that are introduced through sawing, drying and/or handling all combine to affect the quality and yield of the surfaced board. While removing an equal amount of material from the top and bottom surfaces can be advantageous, most planed boards will yield more usable lumber of higher quality if the surfaces can be equalized prior to finishing planing. The Newman EQ3 Equalizing Double Planer takes rough surfacing to the next level with increased yield, higher quality finish and fewer defects.

Atelier Fabrication RY
Atelier Fabrication RY Inc.’s modular planer stands out with its capabilities to adapt to any kind of mill. It is as efficient at high speeds (up to 2,500 feet/minute) as it is at low speeds. This equipment can be designed and fabricated with any number of cylinders and heads, and any profile required. The RY-2500P modular planer features lineal roll bearing displacement to minimize wearing while a double-section in-feed table reduces unwanted vibration. Other advantages include a screwed modular assembly, provided jointers, individually motorized rolls and chromed wear parts.


The Coastal Planer is designed for superior lumber surfacing at speeds of 3,000 feet per minute. With the flexibility to ribbon feed or configure a gap, Coastal Planers provide years of consistent and reliable production. Advanced features like quick-change cutterheads, automatic set-up changes and easy-access maintenance makes the Coastal Planer user-friendly and reliable. USNR offers many Coastal Planer upgrades including electric drive conversions for both the planer and feed table that provide consistent and configurable feed speeds and reduce maintenance. Additional upgrades include top and side head chipbreakers, top-head hydraulic pressure plates, side-head setworks, holdown shoes, and guide shoe rapid-adjust systems.

USNR’s 4200E planer offers all-electric, high-speed performance at speeds up to 4,200 feet per minute, while gap-feeding or ribbon-feeding. Accommodating product sizes from ¾ to six inches thick, three to 12 inches wide, and six to 24 feet long, this machine lets users change feed rolls from the operator’s side, significantly reducing change-out time. Shimless bedplates provide fast and fully-adjustable alignment. The secret to increasing productivity is feed control. USNR’s planer infeed and bridge allow for lower top speeds and reduced closing speeds, enabling the operator to change sizes and clear jams quickly for maximum productivity.

BID Group’s Miller planer is designed for the most demanding applications and mounted on the heaviest frame and sub-base in the industry. The planer’s Integrated Force Position (IFP) allows operators to feed thick, thin, and wavey lumber even when it is partially covered with snow or ice. The planer has set-works that ensure repeatability, anti-backlash jacks, hydraulic locks and is servo driven. Recent features include machine asset health as well as the vibration and temperature analysis. Data is displayed on a dashboard to provide visibility of all running conditions.

For 30 years, Gilbert Products has been a market leader in the design and manufacturing of planer mill equipment. Totally oriented towards innovation, quality and production, Gilbert offers highly profitable methods and technological equipment surpassing the industry standards. At Gilbert, understanding the customers’ needs, and adapting the planer accordingly, has always been a priority. From smaller operations to a high-speed planer mills, Gilbert presents five different models of planers.

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