Using small diameter hardwoods in sawmill industry; Part 1: Yield calculation and technology assessment
Pages: 46 - 50
The most effective production technology for the processing of small diameter hardwoods has been discussed for a long time in research and industry. Currently these resources are mainly used for firewood. An increase of the added value is expected by using small diameter hardwoods for material applications. Higher prizes of the logs are of high importance for a sound forestry management and the biodiversity of the forests. Therefore the development of new products, alternative production technologies and new sales possibilities of this specific assortment is of high economic interest. One major factor in this process chain are the production cost in the sawmill.
This cost varies, depending on the technology which is chosen. In part 1 of this publication, the yield of processing low diameter hardwood is calculated for the species sycamore, European beech, ash and European white oak. Following on that a comparison of various cutting technologies for the processing of small diameter hardwood is presented and discussed.