Get the Job Done Right and It Will Last…
If anyone can get the job done right, it’s a rancher. But you still need quality supplies and tools. That’s why we offer, for example, [x] Treated Wood Products, makers of the best quality fence posts available.
And of course, we carry just about anything else you might need to keep your operation squared away.
Vermette Wood Preservers
ZM Lumber is a proud supplier of Vermette treated wood products as they last far longer than typical wood products such as fence posts.
What’s So Great About Side-by-Side Tapered Peeled Posts?
Compared to non-tapered dowel posts, they’re superior in virtually every way.
For starters, you get more wood for the money.
Tapered peeled posts are peeled by a high-speed machine that follows the natural contour of the log. The finished post has the same characteristics as the log. Because the tree is tapered, the post is tapered.
A tapered peeled post diameter should have a 1” variance at the small end of the post (these posts are measured by the small end and the large end is sharpened or left blunt the large end would be placed in the ground).
Example: a 4” to 5” x 7’ post can range in diameter between 4” to 5” at the small end of a 7’ long post. By contrast, a non-tapered dowel post is exactly 4-1/4” from the top to the bottom of a 7’ long post.
Regardless of dimensions, it is recommended that posts be CAA-treated to 0.4 per-cubit-foot in order to achieve maximum life expectancy.
Non-tapered dowel posts have 50% less strength vs tapered peeled posts.
A non-tapered dowel post is a log that’s been pushed through a spinning ring to form a smooth, decorative post.
This lack of taper makes the post about 15% lighter and have 50% less strength than comparable, to a traditional tapered peeled post. It’s the milling process that makes these posts weaker because the heartwood is often off-center.
Their aesthetics and uniformity of size make non-tapered dowel posts only acceptable as a decorative acreage fencing. They’re also less expensive to ship. But these posts should never be used as horizontal braces because they will weaken over time. Where greater strength is called for (like bracing units and hydraulic driving), tapered posts are the clear choice.
Don’t take our word for it.
The Facility of Forestry at the University of Toronto conducted a study prepared for Osmose Inc. that demonstrates how tapered peeled posts are superior in strength and will accept wood preservatives to meet industry standards. This makes them by far the best choice when comparing tapered peeled posts to non-tapered dowel posts.
Tapered peeled posts (appeal) to the traditional farmer and rancher. Fence installers prefer them over non-tapered dowel posts because there’s more post surface, thereby making the post stronger for hydraulic driving.
To learn more, call us at 1-308-220-4600.
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