Archives for December 2014

Register for Wood Industry Conference

You can register now for the 2015 Wood Industry Conference (WIC). It’s being held April 21 to 24 at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio in San Antonio, Tex. The WIC has been jointly sponsored by the Woodworking Machinery Association and the Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers of America for over 30 years. The 2015 WIC includes a […]

Finding the right router

General International has added two new CNC routers to its I-Carver line: the 40-925X 15-inch by 20-inch CNC carving machine; and the large 40-946 24-inch by 36-inch CNC carving machine. Both units come with General’s I-Picture and Artcam Express software, a pendant-style controller and a starter cutting tool kit. The 0.8-horsepower, 6,000-20,000 rpm motors feature […]

Next-generation bandsaw

Wintersteiger says its new DSB Twinhead NG XM thin-cutting bandsaw is a whole new generation of machinery. It merges technology in the DSB Singlehead and the DSB Twinhead units to create a multiple-module, thin cutting bandsaw. The new DSB Twinhead NG is the perfect choice when you need high output and maximum flexibility, says Wintersteiger. […]

Scoping out hazards or hard-to-reach areas

General Tool’s new PalmScope is the world’s first full-featured, pocket size video inspection system, the company says. About the same size as a smartphone and weighing in at half a pound, General thinks you will find this unique video scope handy for a wide range of applications in your shop. Uses range from routine equipment […]

Getting more current

Mirka has expanded its range of Deros 220- to 240-volt handheld, orbital sanders with a new 100- to 120-volt model for the North American electrical current. The Deros line of lightweight, variable-speed (4,000 to 10,000 rpm) sanders come with both five- and six-inch pads. Air channels leading to the center of the backing pads increase […]

E-letter: Several good-news stories

Statistics Canada yesterday reported an overall increase in building permits over September of 0.7 percent. Residential permits nation-wide edged down 0.9 percent, and total nonresidential permits increased 2.4 percent. The increase was led this time by the industrial sector, and, while our sector typically watches nonresidential commercial and nonresidential institutional, the increase in the nonresidential […]

Ripping pallets

Freud says its new “coated” industrial Pallet Ripping Saw Blade is a market first. The new blade has a premium non-stick coating; four strobes instead of two; a thin-kerf option for less waste and more board yield; and deeper teeth. Four 10-inch, five 12-inch and two 14-inch models are available. Depending on the blade model, […]

More battery power

If you’re using Milwaukee Tool M18-series cordless tools on installations or in the production shop, the company says you’ll see an instant increase in run-time and durability of your tools by upgrading to the new M18 RedLithium XC5.0 extended-capacity battery pack. With the launch of the XC5.0 in November, Milwaukee claims it’s leading the way in […]

Ready for virtuous leadership. Hewers of wood

This was written in The Bible, about a both treacherous and captive people, (Joshua 9:21): Let them live; but let them be hewers of wood and drawers of water… Canadians have been referred to, and have referred to themselves, somewhat self-deprecatingly, for a long time, as hewers of wood and drawers of water. In part, […]

Commentary: Give business a chance

As it turned out, 2014 was a very good year for Canada’s secondary wood-products sector. Manu­facturers are amazingly positive following the U.S. housing crash and steep financial slide of the last decade, but stock markets were up, Canadian building permits were at record levels (at least, at press time) and the U.S. housing market was […]