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McDonough Manufacturing, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, the world leader in sawmill solutions, is proud to unveil its redesigned interactive website. The new website, was created by the team at, the sister company of LUMBERMEN’S Equipment Digest and features improved graphic interface and easy to use navigation. Since 1888 McDonough has followed a simple “good neighbor” philosophy coupled with a family atmosphere that puts the customer’s need for profit and efficiency first. Visitors to the new site will find complete product information including features, product specifications and video as well as quick print product information, career opportunities and more. If your sawmill operation needs to learn more about kerf savings offered by band resaws and headrigs, how edger optimization can improve your bottom line, advanced material handling, a new carriage or a complete turn-key installation you’ll find it online at

The key to linear edger performance can be taken right from the machines name, in that everything needs to run on a straight line or in a “linear” fashion. While this is arguably the simplest way to handle the optimized edging process, eliminating all of the starting/stopping, grabbing and positioning that takes place between the scanning and sawing operations of a transverse edger system, linear edger users still need to keep a close eye on their edger system in order to keep things working properly. This is of course in an effort to realize the highest possible recovery of yield and value that their edging system can provide.
In particular, mills should pay very close attention to:
¦ Edger infeed belt tracking, making sure that the belt tracks perfectly parallel to the edger system centerline.
¦ There are no humps or twists in the belt path that will cause the board to “walk” or “spin” on the surface of the belt.
¦ Transition areas need to be smooth and level, in particular those:
Through the scan zone
Between the infeed belt and the edger feed system.
Saw calibration to the transfer system.
After transfer systems are aligned then saw entry points that are consistent with those planned by the optimizer are established by:
¦ Calibrating one saw (usually the center saw) to the entry points desired by the optimizer.
¦ Each of the remaining saws are then calibrated by sawing more lumber and comparing the sawn piece width to the target piece width.
If you need any help with this or any other type edger system maintenance, please don’t hesitate to call McDonough to schedule an appointment.
If you have any maintenance tips to share or would like one answered don’t hesitate to contact McDonough today at 715-834-7755.