Pollmeier beech lumber. Quality you can see ...

Pollmeier is all about finding the best solution for you. Using the right grade of beech lumber for the production of your products increases your efficiencies, while decreasing machine wear and energy usage.

Beech lumber from the world leader

  • Lightly steamed
  • Carefully kiln-dried to a moisture content of approx. 7-9%
  • Square edged
  • Presanded on both sides and subsequently quality sorted according to the strict criteria of the American NHLA, board for board
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  • Pollmeier Buchenholz - Für Ihre Sicherheit PEFC zertifiziert
Pollmeier Buchenholz - Für Ihre Sicherheit PEFC zertifiziert
  • Thickness, lengths, widths

     

    Thicknesses

    Invoiced thickness KD (pre-sanded thickness)

    - 3/4" / 23 mm (20.0 mm)
    - 4/4" / 26 mm (23.8 mm)
    - 5/4" / 32 mm (29.5 mm)
    - 6/4" / 38 mm (36.0 mm)
    - 7/4" / 46 mm (43.0 mm)
    - 8/4" / 52 mm (48.5 mm)
    - 10/4" / 65 mm (63.0 mm)
    - 78 mm (74.5 mm)

    Size consistency approx. 0.012" / 0.3 mm

    Lengths - 6' / 1.85 m
    - 7' / 2.15 m
    - 8' / 2.45 m
    - 9' / 2.75 m
    - 10' / 3.05 m
    - 11' / 3.35 m

    approx. 1.5-2" / 2-3 cm overlength
    Random width 4"+ / 10cm+, random width
  • Presorted / Ripped to width

    Reduce scrap by using beech lumber presorted/ripped to width

    As a standard, Pollmeier beech lumber is supplied in random width. In order to reduce your waste factor, you can obtain Pollmeier beech lumber presorted to width or ripped to width. This saves both, cost of materials and labour time. 
     

     

    Grade

    Superior

    Lenghts

    8' or 10'
    more lengths on request

    Thickness

    4/4" / 26 mm (23.8 mm) 
    5/4" / 32 mm (29.5 mm) 
    6/4" / 38 mm (36.0 mm) 
    8/4" / 52 mm (48.5 mm)

    Sorted to width
    Width Range I
    Width Range II
    Width Range III
    Width Range IV
    Width Range V
    Width Range VI

     

    100-124mm
    125-194mm
    150-174mm
    175-199mm
    200-224mm
    more than 200mm

    Ripped to width Widths from 40-220 mm in steps of 5 mm

     

     

    More beech lumber grades and dimensions on request.

    Choose beech lumber with the best width group
    for your dimension requirements from 6 width ranges.

  • Quality criteria

    Beech lumber with high dimensional stability due to ideal moisture content

    Beech lumber is known for the fact that strong tension inside the boards can often cause twisting and thus problems in processing it or even while using the final products. Wood processors are talking about a "lack of stability" in such a case. It is caused by an uneven moisture content in the boards, which often occurs with conventionally dried beech lumber. In order to produce beech lumber which is especially non warping and provides for excellent stability, Pollmeier is using state-of-the-art drying technology: more than 100 kilns are only filled with beech boards of the same thickness, that have been stacked automatically in very uniform bundles. Turbulences in the air-current are avoided, because only square-edged beech boards are in the chambers: the current of hot air can flow evenly through the individual layers of the beech lumber stacks. The technical process of drying is adjusted precisely to the individual wood stacks. Another Pollmeier specialty is the over-drying right down to 5-6% residual moisture content with a subsequent conditioning process (adding some steam again). This ensures that all the boards of the beech lumber will eventually possess a homogeneous moisture content of 7-9% across the whole section of the board – which in turn is the reason for the non-twisting stability of Pollmeier beech lumber.

    The Pollmeier beech lumber Colour tone

    For many applications, wood processors nowadays need boards with a uniform colour in all thicknesses. Differences in the colour of individual boards will result in an unwanted zebra-effect in the final product, for example in furniture.

    With its technically fully developed steaming process and a whole lot of experience, Pollmeier produces the basis for the technical drying as well as for the uniform, clearly defined, light-coloured tone „beech lightly steamed“. Greying of the boards, which does occur frequently with unsteamed beech lumber, is prevented and all the boards get the same light colour – the Pollmeier beech colour tone. This colour tone has been matched to the standard colour of lightly steamed beech veneers, so that Pollmeier beech lumber can easily be combined with veneers and final products of other manufacturers. In addition, steaming provides for a higher stability of the colour in the final products. When stacking the beech boards for the steaming and drying, Pollmeier uses aluminium strips rather than wooden ones to avoid residual stains on the boards.

     

    Presanding the beech lumber - for your reassurance

    With ordinary beech lumber, hidden defects in the boards are only discovered after processing. Only then, in fact, when it is already too late. Pollmeier, however, is presanding the beech lumber. This enables us literally, to take a very close look into our boards and to grade them very precisely according to their individual quality. You will also profit from presanding, because you can see defects as well before working with the beech lumber and in turn take them into consideration.

  • Proof of origin

    PEFC proof of origin

    We are buying our logs exclusively from forests, which are managed in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way - a forestry, which at the same time allows for logging, environmental protection and recreational use and thus makes sure that our forests with all their vital functions are preserved for future generations.
    PEFC-certified for your reassurance.

     

    Pollmeier Buchenholz - Für ihre Sicherheit PEFC zertifiziert

    PEFC - what is that?

    PEFC certification is a transparent and independent control system for safeguarding a sustainable and thus exemplary forest cultivation. All forest owners may participate voluntarily. PEFC is also a monitoring system for proof of origin: from certified forests via the wood processing companies to the finished product on the shelf. With a certified forest area of over 200 million hectares, PEFC is the world’s most widespread forestry seal. Since the foundation of PEFC Germany in 1999, over 7 million hectares have been certified – about two-thirds of Germany’s total forest area. The most important standards are: promotion of mixed species forestry in accordance with local conditions; ban on clear-cutting; non-use of herbicides. Independent certifying companies monitor the observance of these requirements at regular intervals.


    www.pefc.org
     

  • FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

    Where does Pollmeier source their beech logs? Such a high cutting volume will certainly have negative consequences on the forest stands.

    In our sawmills, only beech logs from German forests are used for the production of beech lumber. More than 200 years ago, Germany started to implement sustainable forestry in its forests. Sustainability was defined along the terms, that only the same volume of trees was allowed to be taken out of the forests as was able to regrow. This was supposed to ensure the supply of the raw material wood for subsequent generations. Today, forest legislation is successfully safeguarding the sustainable usage of all forestal functions. Therefore, Germany is experiencing an increase in wood (volume) and forest (area), as more trees are growing as are used in a comparable period of time.
    Please refer to question No. 2 for that matter.

    Because of our modern cutting technique, we are able to also use logs of mediocre quality: selective cutting in the process allows for a high yield of good quality beech lumber grades even from those boards, as opposed to conventionally sawn beech timber. Thereby, our log suppliers are more flexible in their forestry and we can keep the transport distances as low as possible.

    Are your products actually certified (for ex. by PEFC)?

    We are certified according to the standard PEFC.
    The PEFC certification scheme in favour of sustainable forestry (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes) is based with regards to contents on international agreements, that have been approved by 37 nations within the Pan-European process during the Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe (Helsinki 1993, Lisbon 1998).
    The primary goal of PEFC is the documentation and improvement of sustainable forestry in terms of economical, ecological and social standards.

    More information under www.pefc.de or www.pefc.org.

    The special tangential cutting technique is resulting in boards with only horizontal and semi-horiziontal year rings. I know this from traditional slab lumber: the boards are often cupped and instable. Can I still use Pollmeier beech lumber without worries for my products?

    The special technique of cutting tangentially around the core with a band saw is resulting in a higher percentage of boards with horizontal year rings. In order to still produce beech lumber with very low inner tension and very high stability, we are using state-of-the-art kilning technology: more than 100 kilns are only filled with boards of the same thickness, that have been stacked automatically into very uniform bundles. Turbulences in the air-current are avoided, because only square-edged beech lumber boards are in the chambers: the current of hot air can flow evenly through the individual layers of the wood stacks.

    Another Pollmeier specialty is the over-drying with a subsequent conditioning process. This ensures that all the beech lumber boards will eventually possess a homogeneous moisture content across the whole section of the board – the reason for the non-twisting stability of Pollmeier beech lumber.

    Many tradidional manufactures are afraid, that the beech lumber will give way to tension in the final product due to the horizontal year rings. This principal disadvantage of unevenly dried wood is avoided at Pollmeier because of a painstakingly careful  conditioning process.

    Pollmeier beech lumber is presanded on both sides. Does the sanding dust not reduce the running life of my tools!?!

    Here we can reassure you in good conscience: our custom-made cylinder drum sander is a specialty in the Pollmeier chain of production. A downstream dust extraction unit successfully prevents sanding residues from remaining on the beech lumber boards.

    The easiest and best reference are satisfied customers: even processors using large volumes of Pollmeier beech lumber, are not complaining about shorter life cycles of their tooling.

    By the way, this fact has also been proven scientifically: an independent study done by the University of Hamburg clearly documents the absence of sanding residue on the beech boards.

    Why does Pollmeier presand the beech lumber? In my production, I do not have any advantage from that.

    Surely, you are aware of the problem: with traditionally sawn beech lumber, hidden defects in the wood are often only discovered after planing. Then in effect, when you have already invested valuable working time, it is already too late. On the surface of wood with a rough saw cut, it is next to impossible to determine certain defects, such as for example steaming stains, water or mineral spots.

    Pollmeier, however, is presanding the boards. This allows us to literally take a very close look into the sawn beech lumber and to sort the boards precisely according to their quality. You are benefitting from presanding, because you can recognise wooden defects already before processing and are thus able to consider them. Not only does this save rejects and reclamations but also costs and time.

    At Pollmeier, the KD-dimensions are the basis for calculation of the invoice, but the thickness of the beech lumber boards is reduced by presanding. Does this mean that I do have to pay for wood I do not get?

    The KD-dimensions correspond to the standard thicknesses, which you are used to from your previous supplier. Please keep in mind however: conventionally sawn beech lumber has to be planed before using it - the resulting chips are waste for the chip-container. The working step "planing" is unavoidable.

    At Pollmeier, the beech lumber boards are calibrated by means of presanding, in other words "industrially planed." We are taking care of this working step at considerably lower costs due to our fully automatic mass production. You can save valuable working time. What we are passing on to you, is only the material loss. The delivered net thickness of the boards, however, is precisely calibrated and can be put to full use.

    To give you an example: in order to produce an edge-glued panel for stairsteps with a net thickness of 42mm, a staircase producer has to use conventional (unedged) beech lumber with an invoiced thickness of up to 55mm. At Pollmeier, the invoiced thickness is indeed 52mm - the delivered 48,5mm thickness after presanding, however, can be fully used due to calibration. You can produce net thicknesses of up to 45 mm with it.

    Presanding is furthermore the basic prerequisite for our precise quality-sorting:
    by this defects in the wood and colour can be clearly determined.

    Is every beech lumber board measured individually?

    In order to be more accurate and efficient, boards are not measured individually.
    The volume of a bundle in cubic meters is calculated from the total weight. The conversion formula is taking the specific weight of beech lumber at 7-9% moisture content into consideration.
    In addition, the oversize length is deducted from the calculated volume by a special reduction factor. Thus, just to be on the safe side, you are always getting a little bit more wood than what is actually invoiced.

    Where can I get Pollmeier Beech lumber? Is there a minimum quantity?

    Pollmeier beech lumber is available at wholesalers almost all over the world. It is possible to buy even small quantities fast and flexibly from stock: How to find your nearest Pollmeier-dealer. Starting from a certain order volume, direct deliveries are also possible. There are different minimum order volumes depending on the respective countries, where the shipment is supposed to go. Please contact our sales staff for more information.

    Is it possible to get other wood species in the well-known Pollmeier-quality?

    Currently, we are mainly cutting beech lumber only. To concentrate on one wood species, has turned us into market leader in a very short time period.
    You are profiting from our comprehensive know-how, which we have acquired with this wood species over the years. At the moment, however, further wood species are being developed. But generally speaking, it is true, that the concentration on a few standardized products is the basis of an efficient industrial production: Quality wood at reasonable prices.

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