Mitchell Bros, Darfield, Canterbury

The Southern Cross Engineering Group was awarded the contract to design, supply, install and commission a completely new Wilson Log carriage with new AC Vector winch drive, new log loading equipment, second hand slabber and new carriage setworks with curtain scanner.

The carriage was a new model that better suited the lower mill production and smaller log  requirements without compromising at all on carriage performance.  The new carriage and system was installed over the Christmas 2010 period.  It started up on time and very quickly lifted the sawmills recovery and despite the mill having only two machine centers (the second being a 1 man bench) they consistently cut in excess of 100m3 sawn /single daily shift. 

The installation provided us with challenges including unexpected removal of the old rail foundations.  Overall the project was very successful and has achieved all the Clients targets.

Refer to the following photos which includes some before, after including while in the workshop.



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