Without utilizing well produced timber for industry and housing the world faces a bleak environmental and social future.

Timber for use in industry and housing has low energy requirements for production. Timber causes relatively little environmental pollution during production, and once produced, locks carbon out of the atmosphere for the use life and the non-decay life of the product.

Timber has been proven as an effective housing and construction material over thousands of years.

Environmental concerns relating to timber revolve around where and how the logs are produced that the timber is manufactured from.

In producing more timber, and or, a higher value of timber, and more utilitarian products, Radial provides for the necessity of cutting fewer trees to make the same volume or value of timber. Higher value and volume of timber from a log creates a higher value for the log which provides for the opportunity to improve silvicultural practices relating to the production of the logs in both natural and plantation grown forests.

Wastage of timber in the process of conversion of logs to sawn timber means that there is less material available for housing and construction.

In an affluent society this can lead to effects on house pricing and the forced usage of alternate materials which may be more expensive, or that may cause other environmental problems.

In energy and resource poor countries wastage and inappropriate use of timber may mean that many people do not have housing that could have housing.

Lower value for logs means that corners may have to be cut and greater pressures in silvicultural and harvesting practices. Higher value for logs can improve and encourage plantation forestry and increase options for sustainable natural forest harvesting.

Radial also offers high efficiency sawmilling  and best utilization of resource for small mills. There is no requirement for specialist operator skill levels for quality timber production. This means small plantation systems are more practical as plantation viability is not based on the requirement of vast tracts of land . Fuel and transport wastage can be reduced and greater benefits returned to local communities. 

Whatever the effect, cause or actuality of climate change- Radial provides for logical solutions that affect a range of the  social, economic and environmental problems that the world faces.



A summary of the reasons why only a percentage of a log ends up as sawn timber includes:

Geometry losses
Losses as sawdust.
Growth ring misalignment.
Removal of core-wood.
Defect removal.

Typical effective recoveries in Australia of sawn timber from hardwood logs expressed as a percentage of initial log volume:

Large (old growth) logs carefully sawn - up to 60%

Large logs high speed sawing - 35% to 40%

Small logs quickly cut- 20%to 30%

Radial Sawing:

fEliminates or minimizes geometry losses. and is efficient where wood quality is best.
vEliminates growth ring misalignment.
fEnables efficient removal or isolation of core wood.
vEnables efficient removal of defect.
fProduces recoveries of 40% to 80% across a range of log classes and sizes.
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