Pre-cut Aspen

Aspen boards and stringers are produced by local sawmills located only a few hours from our office. We visit the mills on a regular basis. We keep a large inventory on hand so we can promptly service our customers. We supply pallet manufacturers and recyclers throughout Canada and the United States by truck and rail.

Twenty-five years ago pre-cut pallet lumber was graded “economy and better” or “#1 grade”. We developed an innovative approach that involves first visiting customers and understanding their needs (pallet manufacturers and end users). Then there are many visits to the mills with pallet manufacturers to educate them about the mill’s manufacturing capacity and limitations. With our assessment of the local lumbar supply and each mill’s specific equipment we were able—for the first time—to designate a sensible spectrum of grades: A #1, #2, #1-2#, #3, #3&btr, and economy grades.

Today our grading system is based on the following specifications:

  • Thickness:+ or – and tapering or not
  • Width:+ or –
  • Length:+ or –
  • Wane:maximum thickness on maximum length as a % of pieces
  • Rot:maximum thickness, width and length as a % of pieces
  • Split:maximum length as a % of pieces
  • Knots:maximum diameter and soundness
  • Shake:% of the pieces
  • Stain:if the wood is “white” and “sound”
  • Surface:smoothness
  • Bundling:strapping, number of pieces, identification

Our highly successful marketing approach relies on establishing partnering with our suppliers and customers. We assure the quality at the mill before merchandise ships to customers. This close working relationship between our suppliers and our team guarantees consistency in every load, in every bundle, and in every grade.