Logs are very popular as people turn to wood-burning stoves so I would suggest that now is a good time to supply logged material. However, there are a lot of others out there doing the same so I am not sure whether you will be able to secure a good price for your products. It is important to do your homework first and find out how many competitors you will be up against.
You then need to work out whether you want a mobile or static processor. Will you take the machine to the timber or bring the timber to the machine?
You will find that there are currently a lot of different firewood processors on the market but you should be sure to look at the range of equipment from Warwick-based Fuelwood UK. The company offers static and mobile kit, including machinery that is driven by a power take-off (PTO).
One new product range that is certainly worth looking at would be the JAPA 305 firewood processors. These are available as electrically powered, engine-driven and PTO drive, and come with a hydraulically driven chainsaw to cut the log.
Splitting is done by means of a hydraulic cylinder that is activated when the saw handle is pressed down to its lower position. An hydraulically driven 3.8m conveyor transfers the firewood further from the splitting knife.
For simplicity of operation, take a look at the new CP800 and 1000 ECO processors available from Ryetec. These have high output and virtually maintenance-free circular saw blades.
There are no complicated electronics on these machines. Instead, a mechanical joystick controls the entire operation. A tungsten-tipped saw blade is driven by a set of heavy-duty belts and an internal hydraulic system powers the splitter, intake belt, log gripper, saw movement, axe height and loading conveyor.
During the cutting process the logs are held by an automatic hydraulic gripper, while the logs are measured accurately at lengths from 8ft to 20ft before falling into a trough to be split.
The Ryetec machines are available in 13in (325mm) and 16in (395mm) capacities and are mounted on a tough chassis. Interchangeable 2/4, 2/6 and 2/8 (on the 1000s) axes can be swapped without tools to make easy work of knotty hardwood in combination with the 10- and 13-tonne splitting rams. Prices start from £13,950 + VAT.