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Turning Logs Into Lumber

April 1st, 2007:




With its products operating in more than 30,000 mills in 110 countries, Wood-Mizer® is the undisputed international leader in design, manufacturing and sales of portable sawmills and other wood-processing equipment.


Most Wood-Mizer owners rely on their mills to make money on a full- or part-time basis by producing rough-cut lumber. Wood-Mizer products allow users to make more boards out of

each log, compared to conventional circular mills. In addition, the products require less fuel and less effort to operate.


"The engines Wood-Mizer selects for its products must operate in severe climate extremes while offering durability, speed and reliability," explained Greg Brock, Engine Specialist for Wood-Mizer. "We've been relying on KOHLER® engines for more than 10 years and currently use Kohler's 13, 15, 18, 25 and 28 hp Command PROs. When we expanded our product line to include Super  Hydraulic sawmills, Kohler's new 38 hp Command PRO was a perfect choice for our new LT40 model."


The LT40 cuts up to 550 board feet per hour and comes standard with hydraulic loading arms, log  turner, log clamp, roller toeboards and more.


"We needed a stronger gasoline engine that met EPA regulations," Brock said. "The air-cooled, 38 hp Command PRO meets every requirement we have.

Compared to other engines it has less weight, less vibration, is less expensive and provides more power than we expected it would.


"Plus, it's almost bulletproof. We tested it in all types of conditions and put it under real stress, but we weren't able to bring it to its knees. The blade actually stopped before the engine bogged down," Brock added.


A group of Kohler representatives recently visited Wood-Mizer's manufacturing facilities to see some of the first LT40 Super Hydraulic sawmills roll off the assembly line. At Wood-Mizer's corporate

headquarters, the Kohler guests experienced the thrill of actually operating Wood-Mizer sawmills.


During 2007, Wood-Mizer is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a national tour that includes events across the country. The company has outfi tted a 53-foot semitrailer to serve as a traveling stage, museum and demonstration platform.


A specially chromed KOHLER Command PRO engine is featured on the tour's anniversary sawmill which will be given away at a special drawing at the grande fi nale event in Indianapolis on October 13.


"We have a great relationship with Kohler Engines and our KOHLER Distributor, Gardner," said Karen Allen, Senior Purchasing Agent for Wood-Mizer. "We're thrilled to have Kohler as a key partner for our 25th anniversary celebration. Their products are a perfect match for our type of

high-end equipment."


To learn more about Wood-Mizer products and the company's 25th anniversary events, visit

Written By: ©2007 Kohler Co.
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