Unique sawmills the heart of barn homes

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New Zealand-grown timber, milled and produced in Hawke’s Bay is literally the heart of Heritage Timbercraft barn homes.

Heritage Timbercraft is located on the 280 acre Mohaka River Farm, which is also home to the source of much of the timber used in their barn homes – Mohaka River Timber.

Heritage Timbercraft operations manager Peter Macfarlane says the Macrocarpa, Lawson Cypress, Lusitanica and Douglas Fir timber used in their unique homes is sourced from Mohaka River Timber and small-scale sawmills from around New Zealand.

“Our homes are the embodiment of ‘clean, green and environmentally sustainable’ constructed from timber milled on two Peterson Winch Production Frame sawmills. Each home is tailored to the client, the site and environment – and the ability, therefore, to tailor the timber for the home is critical.

“This oversight – from concept through to completion – is the unique difference that sees Heritage Timbercraft barn homes in demand across New Zealand,” says Peter.

The WPF is just one of a range of sawmills designed and developed by Rotorua based Peterson Portable Sawmills, each catering to the specific needs of sawmillers worldwide.

The WPF is particularly suited to Heritage Timbercraft homes where every residence is unique.

Operated by one person, the mills can be tailored for almost any application with design features that enable the operator to work more efficiently while allowing for future upgrades when demand increases.

“We are easily able to mill 250 x 250 beams in a single pass and bigger beams with double cutting, which is the joining of two horizontal cuts.”

The Peterson WPFs that Heritage Timbercraft operate, are constructed of high quality, hand-polished stainless steel and aluminium, providing a virtually rust-free sawmill.

Using stronger, lighter materials also means the mills are robust in performance and, most importantly, have long term durability in even the harshest conditions.

Peter says the innovation, design excellence and precision mean that beams cut with the Peterson WPF sawmills are perfect for the range of Heritage Timbercraft barn homes


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