The installation of a Salvador SuperPush 250 chain-fed automatic crosscut saw has allowed Covers Timber and Building Merchants to keep pace with increasing production demands and provide flexibility in staffing within its feeder mills.
Having supplied timber and building materials across the South East for over 175 years, Covers now boast some 15 branches with an extensive range of over 25,000 product lines. Wanting to satisfy growing customer demand, product manager, Peter Openshaw, saw an opportunity to help push the company ahead of the competition.
“We are fortunate that we have highly-skilled sales people, excellent production cability and a very positive attitude, being open to new opportunities,” comments Peter. “Our ability to source most things and improvise and adapt ourselves to reflect our changing market helps us achieve strong performance results. Our competitors are very good indeed so this pushes us to try even harder.”
Following a thorough investigation of available crosscut saws on the market, Peter contacted Daltons Wadkin, sole distributors for Salvador in the UK and Ireland. “Peter’s requirements were very familiar – we have helped dozens of timber merchants with similar projects and I knew immediately we had the right solution,” enthuses Daltons Wadkin sales director, Andy Walsh. “For high production crosscutting, the Salvador SuperPush range is ideal; automatic push infeed, cutting list optimisation, heavy duty construction; easy to use.”
The Salvador SuperPush 250 is a programmable crosscut saw capable of processing up to 130 cubic metres of timber per shift. Up to seven infeed loading chains ensure the machine is continually fed with individual or stacked work pieces, while the outfeed collection area is automatically cleared for uninterrupted production.
Covers’ investment in a Salvador has given it flexibility in staffing which in turn has positively affected growth. Peter is keen to point out the benefits from a production point of view. “Automatic machinery cuts down on the labour required to carry out particular jobs,” he says. “We have found it difficult to recruit recently and anything that reduces the need for labour helps with this problem.”
Turnkey delivery and commissioning was provided for Covers, expertly managed by the Daltons Wadkin project installation team. “We have a dedicated group of engineers within our service department whose sole focus is on delivering a frictionless installation and dedicated ongoing support when required,” comments Andy. “We go to extreme lengths to ensure all our customers receive the best possible service for the life of the machine.”