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06.06.19

June's Hakki Pilke user of the month is Simo Rousu from Finland. Simo processes about 1 000 cubics of firewood annually. He delivers the firewood in bags or with a trailer to customers mainly around Ylitornio just below the Arctic Circle. He has been relying on Hakki Pilke over 15 years and in addition to his modern 38 Pro he has the classic 2X firewood processor.

Simo Rousu got his first firewood processor in 2003 after hearing comments such as “Hakki Pilke 2X is the best processor in the market”. Thinking about those times now, the references were not totally out of this world, as it actually was Hakki Pilke model 2X that revolutionized firewood processing in 90s being the most sold firewood processor globally for many years. Simo’s PTO-powered 2X is still operational but he decided to look for a modern processor with today’s technology.

“I decided to purchase the Pro Series model Hakki Pilke 38 Pro firewood processor because I had been satisfied with the cooperation with the factory and great aftersales service over the years,” says Simo. Simo's choice was also affected by the safety and performance of the machine.

Simo relies on the 8-way splitting knife to make harmonious sized class A firewood even from the biggest of logs. His processor is also equipped with oil cooler, oil heater and a sawdust blower, all useful accessories for a professional firewood business in climate with varying temperatures.

Hakki Pilke 38 Pro comes with HakkiCutTM one-button cutting control. “The joystick is easy to use even in freezing temperatures. This is a crucial feature as I’m mostly operating the processor in wintertime,” Simo says. His 38 Pro is a combi model powered by either PTO (tractor or powerpack) or electricity. He mostly uses electricity due to low operation costs and silent use.

Simo Rousu has been running a professional firewood operation for years next to a major highway close to the border between Finland and Sweden. Congratulations to Simo and good luck for the upcoming sales season!

29.05.19

Our guide gives insight on how to organize a firewood business and create a firewood business plan. Are you aware of the steps you can take to increase the profit potential of your firewood business and add value to your production?

Offering seasoned and high-quality firewood enables you to ask for higher firewood prices. Selling mixed piles of firewood consisting of various firewood species and debris means less work but also translates to lower profits.

 

Understanding Your Customers

Take a moment to consider these questions: Why do people burn firewood in your area? Do you have an understanding of how many people heat their houses with firewood and which firewood sizes they prefer? Look for campsites, wood-fired BBQ restaurants and retail stores that might be looking to buy firewood in bundles.

How often do your customers need to restock and how do they like their firewood delivered? Studying the needs of your customers is crucial for meeting these demands and planning your firewood production accordingly.

After studying the market you need to find the right machine to meet these requirements.

 

Finding a Reliable Supply of Logs

Source your logs from multiple suppliers to ensure that you will always have logs available even when your main supplier might be struggling with deliveries. This also enables you to source different kinds of logs for varying firewood orders helping you grow your business towards new segments.

Finding a log supply with consistently sized logs is best for business as you can purchase the most efficient processor for that specific log size. If this is not possible, purchase a large enough firewood processor with multiple splitting wedge options for most of your logs.

Sort out small and large diameter logs and choose the splitting wedge accordingly for efficient processing of firewood. All irregularly large parts of logs can be split easily with a log splitter.

Process smaller logs into kindling or packaged firewood efficiently using machines with fast splitting cycles and simultaneous cutting and splitting motions. Processing small logs into firewood often means higher profits compared to chipping it.

Large diameter logs requires high splitting power, which means that the same processor might not be efficient for smaller logs. If your business is large enough, invest in several sizes of firewood processors for maximum efficiency.

 

Building a Profitable Firewood Business

While one person operates the firewood processor another person can take care of loading the logs, moving out the finished firewood and taking orders.

Look for a processor with a sufficiently sized live deck to avoid constant need for reloading.

It is usually more effective to plan the movement of logs to the machine than hauling your firewood equipment around the yard. Install your firewood processor on to a concrete slab for easy collection of sawdust, separation of debris and kindling, and build a shed to protect your operator from the weather. 

Establish a process for moving finished firewood to storage and always keep the finished products off the ground for a more efficient drying process. Consider hiring part-timers for packaging, stacking and other duties in the yard or invest in crates or firewood bags for easy deliveries.

 

Extra tip! Having the right equipment is crucial for growing your business. A crane-mounted

trailer comes in handy when doing mobile processing jobs. Transport your processor and live deck on the trailer and after unloading the equipment use the trailer crane to load logs on to the live deck. Pricing your mobile jobs accurately is important because you lose valuable time during the transportation and you are away from your own production-efficient firewood yard.

 

Stay tuned! Our next article will introduce different customer segments and typical firewood requirements for higher customer satisfaction.

We have developed a simple questionnaire to help you find the right firewood processor for your needs. Read more about the cutting-edge solutions Hakki Pilke has to offer by visiting our website.

29.05.19

The leading Nordic forestry fair SkogsElmia brings together the leading manufacturers and suppliers to the forest industry. The entire fair is held at 6.-8.6.2019 in the forests about 30 kilometres south of Jönköping, Sweden, where you can see and test forest machines and tools in their natural environment.

Hakki Pilke firewood processors are presented at our Swedish importer's Trejon AB stand 160. Come to meet us and watch demos to find a best model for you from our wide range of Hakki Pilke firewood processors.

Thursday, June 6, 2019 to Saturday, June 8, 2019
02.05.19

May's Hakki Pilke User of the Month is Brent Wilton from Bombala, NSW, Australia.

Until purchasing a Hakki Pilke, Brent used to do all firewood manually with a strong self-built splitter. He mentioned, that after reorganising the firewood operations around the new Easy 50s the process became much faster and easier.

Now his processor and powerpack are standing on a concrete slab and he dug a hole for his firewood truck for easy filling and transportation between the processing and drying site. The log table is set up for easy loading with his caterpillar and sawdust is collected through an extraction pipe. He fills four truck loads a day and dries the finished product in the hot Australian sun until delivery. Brent processes mostly hard eucalyptus species such as silvertop ash, stringybark, ironbark and woolly butt.

Congratulations Brent! We’ll send you a Hakki Pilke product package to survive through windy winter of NSW.

26.04.19

Safety and ergonomics are two features you should never compromise on when looking for a firewood processor.

We previously discussed the main features of a firewood processor for optimizing your productivity. This time we take a closer look at features that make a firewood processor safe and ergonomic. 

A firewood processor with inadequate guarding and poor safety measures can lead to very serious accidents. Always make sure to check and study the safety features when purchasing a splitter or firewood processor to avoid potential danger to you or your workers.

Ergonomics are also a key factor in preventing workplace injuries. Unergonomic designs and working positions are the most common causes for long-term damage.

 

Firewood Processor Safety

Study the safety guards and features that shut down or lock out the splitter or cutting device. Many older models or semi-professionally built machines lack sufficient guards around the splitting chamber. They might also require handling logs by hand when the saw blade, splitter or saw is in motion, which causes a major safety risk for the user.

Machines designed with a focus in smooth workflow should not require the operator to reach into the cutting or splitting section of the machine. If manual log repositioning or maintenance is required, the operator should have safe and easy access to reach inside the machine without the fear or possibility that the processor could engage in any way.

When looking for a larger firewood processor for commercial purposes keep in mind that the further the splitting knife is from the user, the more difficult it is to re-split large chunks of firewood. Only one person should ever operate or be near the controls of a firewood processor simultaneously to avoid crushing hazard in the splitting or cutting process. This is why you should look for a firewood processor with an outfeed conveyor reverse valve and well-designed multi-part splitting knives.

 

Ergonomics

Firewood processing should not take a toll on your body. The main purpose of owning a firewood processor is to avoid excess manual labor and heavy lifting in order to increase productivity and efficiency of your operation.

Study the user controls of the firewood processor carefully. Separate levers for each function are tedious to memorize and make staying in rhythm difficult even for experienced operators. Hundreds of hours will be saved over the entire life of the machine with controls that are ergonomically friendly. 

An ergonomic firewood processor features…

  • Smartly designed joysticks that give the operator full control while retaining precision cutting and splitting
  • Semi-automated features to reduce delays in the cutting and splitting cycle
  • A simple user interface for minimizing human errors

An ergonomic and comfortable working position decreases the need for downtime and improves operator motivation. Constantly reaching inside the splitting chamber because of difficulty controlling the log cutting, dropping or splitting should be unnecessary with today's modern firewood processing equipment. Even the most comfortable enclosed work station becomes tiresome and unsafe when making any hand adjustments.

Avoid machines that require repetitive and straining hand movements which might cause work-related injuries. If possible, test the firewood processor for a couple of hours to see what it is like to operate in the long run.

Many commercial firewood businesses prefer to keep their operations inside and only move the logs and finished firewood instead of constantly hauling their firewood equipment around. Consider this option to avoid decreases in productivity due to bad weather.

 

Learn more about the safety features of Hakki Pilke Pro Series machines.

We recommend looking for a firewood processor that is manufactured under the highest safety standards and regulations and has features designed together in co-operation with experienced users and firewood professionals. Safe and easy operation of a firewood processor keeps you and your operators in full working condition and leads to higher productivity and greater profits!

Extra tip! Make sure that all safety guards and protective devices are in place and functioning properly when purchasing a second hand firewood processor. Always use and service the machine as instructed and intended by the manufacturer.

25.04.19

Suomen Asiakastieto Oy has granted the Strongest in Finland -certificate to Maaselän Kone Oy with the rating AA. It is a proof of Maaselän Kone’s reliability and excellent financial situation.

The Strongest in Finland -certificate is a proof of the company’s positive financial figures, background information and good payment behaviour. The certification tells the customers, partners, credit allowers and other stakeholders that cooperation with the company is on a steady and reliable foundation.

Suomen Asiakastieto Oy is a leading information service company for corporate management, financial administration, risk management and sales and marketing in Finland. Read more about Suomen Asiakastieto Oy

23.04.19

 

Come to visit us in Tarto Maamess -exhibition 25.-27.4! You have a great opportunity to see how efficient the Hakki Pilke 43 Pro is in practice and get to know our new distributor Sike Agri. You can find us from Sike Agri stand VP-40! 

Maamess has over 25 year long history. Maamess 2019 is the 27th international rural fair organised by Tartu Näitused AS. Read more here.

Thursday, April 25, 2019 to Saturday, April 27, 2019
17.04.19

During the Easter holidays our factory and customer service is closed from 19-22 April. After Easter we are open normally starting from April 23rd.

Wishes you all a Happy Easter!

-Team Hakki Pilke

12.04.19

What is the best firewood processor for your needs? The choice comes down to the scale of your operation, size of your logs and your productivity goals.

There are tons of options in the market for efficient firewood processing. It’s easy to get lost in all the features, styles and sizes of processors when looking for just the right machine for your operation. 

Whether you are planning to make the jump from a splitter to a firewood processor or looking for a new firewood processor for commercial operations or for private use, make sure to consider at least these three key points. 

 

1. The Size of Your Operation

If you have a large operation... Look for a firewood processor that is equipped with professional features such as an automatic chain tensioner, large live decks with up to 20 ft of loading capacity and enough performance to split the hardest woods into high quality firewood. Consider operating different sized processors for even higher efficiency.

If you have a small-to-mid-sized operation... Look for a processor with enough capacity to increase your production without breaking your budget. Always consider the resale value of the processor to leave room for upgrading to a larger model as your business grows.

If your processor is for private or shared use... Look for a model with ease of use, fast set-up and small storage space. Remember to check the manual for built in safety features and maintenance requirements to avoid any problems with the machine in the long run. If you own a tractor, consider a portable firewood processor (PTO model) with a 3 point hitch connection instead of a petrol engine model.

 

2. Average Diameter of Logs

Make sure to choose an appropriately sized processor for your logs. Measure the average size of your logs and pick a model that is one or two sizes larger to accommodate most logs. If your average logs are 15” in diameter as an example, but some stumps or logs go over the limit, cut off the oversized stumps and split them with a manual log splitter.

Large logs need to be split in 8, 12 or more pieces. Some processors offer larger cutting capacity but require re splitting of firewood which generates extra labor. Well-designed wedges and fast splitting cycles increase production capacity and minimize the need for additional handling of wood.

Processing small logs with a large processor is inefficient and translates to low profits. Large operations should invest in various sized firewood processors and sort logs accordingly to increase productivity, profitability and to optimize production.

 

3. Operating Costs and Productivity

After securing the source of your logs and lining up customers to match your planned investment, it is time to consider your operating costs. 

Firewood processors require a certain amount of maintenance depending on the design of the machine and serviceability. Advanced hydraulic designs make for efficiency and low fuel costs. Reliable electrically controlled systems are durable and require less maintenance and spare parts. 

Firewood processor productivity relies on efficient handling of logs, smooth material flow and user ergonomics. The larger the live deck loading space, the more time your personnel have for other tasks such as handling the finished firewood. Smooth infeeding and controlled log landing decrease the need for extra operator handling. Smart operating systems prevent unnecessary breaks and human errors that cause down time. 

12.04.19

Global firewood processor pioneer shares knowledge and articles on establishing and developing firewood operations. 

Hakki Pilke is proud to present their new blog for firewood professionals and those interested in developing their firewood operations. The blog features the latest firewood news and events, industry tips and new products.

“During our 35 years of manufacturing firewood processors we have accumulated quite a bit of knowledge on how to establish, build and operate a firewood business. We feel that making this information available to everyone can be beneficial to the firewood industry as a whole,” says Hakki Pilke Export Manager Jori Mylläri. 

The Hakki Pilke blog is updated monthly and as a subscriber you will be the first one to receive the new articles via email. Hakki Pilke has already published content on how to efficiently store firewood and the features and differences of log decks. 

“We’d love to hear about the themes and subjects our customers would like us to cover in the blog. Drop us a line via Facebook or Instagram and let us know what we should write about,” Jori Mylläri says.

You can find the Hakki Pilke blog at https://global.hakkipilke.com/blog