Abstract: A machine in which a log is transported through the machine center for chipping or sawing a slab from both sides of the log in a single pass and/or sawing a side board or flitch from one or both sides of the log in a single pass and/or sawing multiple boards by reciprocating the log through the center of the machine. This invention relates specifically to the center carriage feed system having a bottom carriage and a top carriage in which the bottom carriage supports the log continuously for its full length and the top carriage utilizes hold down bars or dogs that engage the top of the log. The bottom carriage includes a log supposing vertical member having a transverse member at its lower end provided with a wheel at each end to engage widely spaced parallel tracks. One of the wheels and tracks are of V-shaped configuration to stabilize and guide the vertical log supporting member to reduce lateral deflection. The other track and wheels are flat.
Abstract: The invention concerns a method apparatus for the manufacture of wood products from tree trunks in the form of an integral work station utilizing modern splinter-chipping technology. In a preferred embodiment a tree trunk (6) is alignable on a feeder carriage (4) for optimal utilization of the wood, on the feeder carriage (4), and is moveable by means of the carriage lengthwise in the working zone (8). Laterally modular tool units (10, 12, 14, 16) are provided alongside the working zone (8). They are of modular design and can optionally, for a selective processing sequence, be brought into engagement with the tree trunk repeatedly passing by.
Abstract: This invention is directed to an improved stop and loader assembly for use in a sawmill and the like, and more particularly includes an improved combination slapper bar and log turner. The combination slapper bar and log turner preferably includes a rectangular hollow slapper bar section which contains a movable member having a plurality of teeth pivotally attached thereto. A fluid-actuated piston assembly is provided for drawing the movable member and teeth longitudinally in and out of the slapper bar. A slot is further provided in the upper end of the slapper bar and adjacent any sawlog reposing on the carriage next to the slapper bar, whereby the teeth fall out of the slapper bar in an extended position to engage the log when the movable member is thrust upward in the slapper bar, and whereby the teeth fold into the slapper bar whenever the movable member is drawn downward therein.