Hardwood Sales, based in Huyton, Liverpool, has opened a purpose-built machining facility on site to service its customers’ requirements. The new machining facility is now commissioned and boasts increased capacity to produce both standard and bespoke machined hardwoods in a wide range of species and patterns.

The investment in the mill has provided employment for six people, and the company plans to double the size and capacity of the mill in the coming months.

Hardwood Sales has traded for over 10 years, and the business has grown steadily over that time. It supplies quality hardwoods all over the UK to the door and joinery sectors. Recent projects include the £220m refurbishment of the world-famous Savoy Hotel in London’s Strand. The company also recently supplied solid American cherry hardwood for the new Microsoft headquarters and research building in Cambridge.

Hardwood Sales selected the machinery needed, and Leadermac UK supplied the main production equipment with a new Leadermac 623 Hypermac heavy duty planing and moulding machine with 230 x 150mm capacity. This machine has six spindles running at 8000rpm to give the best quality finish, and can run from 6-36m/min.

This model has electronic motorised setting, so is easy to set up with very little changeover times. Other stand features include an automatic bed lubrication system with timer control and hard chrome bedplates and fences. Centro lock quick set tooling, which uses reversible cutters so there is no need for a setting stand, was also included.

A Leadermac MRS-350 multi-ripsaw, which is capable of cutting up to 135mm thick and 350mm wide with variable feed speeds between 7.5-30m/min, and has a powerful 37kW/50HP motor, was also included, with a laser unit with bracket.  

Other machinery included a complete dust extraction system, Stenner band resaw, crosscut saw, profile tool and cutter grinder and a wide belt sander.
Kevin Wright, MD of Leadermac UK, says: “We are proud to be associated with the continued growth and investment programme Hardwood Sales are following. They are a well-known and respected company and we have already received a number of other enquiries as a result of this installation.”

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