Evart business builds a better wood processor

SEARS — When Louis Weaver talks about “outsourcing” work on his team’s latest project, he’s talking about sending parts down the road to be finished.

“Outsourcing” means “not in this immediate building.”

It doesn’t mean “out of state” or “overseas.”

And Weaver and the crew at Dyna in Sears hope they’re fabricating a product that not only is wholly made in the Osceola community, but will also help neighbors throughout the area.

Dyna has been an employer in Osceola County for 12 years, keeping 12-13 jobs filled and supporting 12-13 families in the process.

They have created a wood processor that can make the labor intensive part of home heating with wood much, much easier - on the back and on the pocketbook.

The Woodchuck.

The Woodchuck is a piece of machinery that processes wood for home heating basically from start to finish.

Just about the only thing it doesn’t do is feed the final product into the fireplace or woodstove for you.

The Woodchuck takes a log, sections it into adjustable pieces to fit a given stove or fireplace, and splits the now suitable chunk of wood up to four ways.

A neat pile of fire-ready fuel.

It is easier, more labor efficient, and more economically within reach than most any similar piece of equipment on the market today, and the Dyna team are proud of their effort.

“We simply want to reach out to the home market - the mom and pop users - who are using wood to heat their homes,” said Weaver, customer service and production support rep for Dyna.

“We want to help folks who are cutting wood, but are tired of hefting a chain saw, cutting wood to length, and then needing to pick up the pieces and fit them on a wood splitter.

“The Woodchuck cuts a log to size, and spits it out the back-end ready to go.”

The Woodchuck cuts and splits chunks of wood up to 24 inches — and every size needed below that.

Logs can be split two or four ways.

Development of the new product is customer driven according to Weaver.

“The folks we deal with on a regular basis told us they needed something more,” he said.

“We are providing them with something more.

“We were creating wood splitters, but our customers said they needed a little more advanced product. Development of this version is a direct result of customer input.

“What they described to us was a machine the type of which was already being produced for commercial use. The problem was this was not sized to home use, adapted to specific customer needs, or priced in a range that could be reached by home users.

“We made a machine that could be used at home — economical and efficient — and was definitely within range of anyone heating their home with wood.”

With larger model wood processors manufactured at Dyna demand additional equipment - a front-end loader or skid steer.

The Woodchuck makes it possible to roll a log of size up to the machine, raise the heavy log hydraulically, and cut away.

It is virtually all self-powered — and self-contained.

And it is all made in-house.

“We want to help our neighbors be as self-sufficient as they want to be,” Weaver said.

“They can take this machine out to the woods and process all the wood they need to keep them warm at home — without the need for additional equipment.”

Weaver says the Woodchuck is moving well and attracting a lot of attention.

“There are machines that simply split the wood already out there,” he notes. “We’ve taken that concept and moved a good few steps forward to make this type of work more efficient.

“In the long run, the advances we’ve put in our machine are making the Woodchuck very competitive with anything on the market.”

Dyna fully backs its products.

“We make the Woodchuck, and we will stand behind our product and our customers all the way,” said Weaver with confidence.

“We’ll show folks how to use it. We’ll take care of it and them.”

Dyna products and the Woodchuck are being sent around the country and further afield - to Texas, California, Utah, Colorado, Alaska, New York, Maine, Pennsylvania , and well into Canada.

“We’re working on a deal with a distributor in Germany as well,” Weaver noted.

“We go above and beyond for our customers. In the end, it shows in demand for our products.”