Thursday, 16 January 2020 16:17

Industrial Hardwoods & Grade Hardwood Lumber. What’s the Difference?

An undermentioned fact about the hardwood industry is its outstanding ability to get the maximum amount of use and value out of each and every log harvested. During the process of sawing logs into lumber, all by-products created like industrial hardwoods, hardwood chips, sawdust, etc. all are used in one way or another.  DSC5186 Large

When a log is sawn, typically, the most valuable parts of the log are sawn into “grade lumber”. Depending on the sawmill, an emphasis is placed on producing grade lumber in as large of quantities as possible. This provides the sawmill the largest return on investment usually. Grade lumber uses the standard industry grades (FAS, Select and Better, 1 common, 2 common, 3 common) and each grade gives customers a standard of quality they can anticipate regarding the amount of usable fiber in each board free from defects.

Grade lumber is what you would primarily find in most everyday wood products that you use. Cabinetry, hardwood flooring, cutting boards, hardwood furniture, etc. all use grade lumber.

Then you have industrial hardwoods. These are made of the remainder of the log that cannot be sawn into grade lumber. Typically long and square, they are commonly known as cants. But just because it cannot be sawn into grade lumber, doesn’t mean it is not without value or attention in the marketplace. There are many uses for industrial hardwoods. Railroad ties are the most common use for these, but they are also turned into pallets, timber mats and board road.

While it may not fetch the price of grade lumber, industrial hardwoods do have a market and it is important for sawmills to find customers that use industrial hardwoods so they can maximize their return on investment and find a use for all parts of the hardwood log.

What hardwood products do you use? Grade lumber? Industrial hardwoods? Let us know, whatever you use it is our job to meet your needs with what we produce.

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