Jackson Lumber Harvester Co. logo




Leasing & financing available from:

Industrial Capital Group logo

+1 (888) 916-5200

(Click logo to learn more.)

The Jackson Wood Shaving Mill® produces wood shavings similar to the by-product of a lumber planer. Loose shavings are light and fluffy, with a typical green (undried) bulk density of 5.5 to 9 lbs./cu.ft. (88 to 145 kg/m3).

The raw material may be round wood, pulp wood, low-grade logs, slabs, and other similar waste wood. It is not practical to use short end trimmings, tie butts, or croppings. Softwoods or the softer hardwoods (such as aspens and poplars) may be shaved, green or dry, with or without the bark.

The primary use is bedding for poultry, horses, and other animals, but there are many other applications.

(Our Shaving Mill Specs are a little further down on this page.)

What's Better About Jackson Wood Shaving Mills®

We began development in 1961, and in 1966 were granted U.S. Patent #3,286,745 for the first successful double-head wood shaving mill -- over 55 years ago. In that time, we've built over 350 wood shaving mills!

From then until now, we've found a number of things which work well, and many things which do not. Our shaving mills reflect these refinements in design, with heavy-duty construction made to handle the rugged conditions common in the timber industry.

They are designed for continuous operation one to three shifts per day, year after year, for decades. Typical service life before major overhaul is 60,000 operating hours.

Standard Units and Specifications

Here is a list of standard units we manufacture, with specifications (custom-length and metric models also available, but not shown). Note that multiple units can be ganged together if desired to make one larger machine. Scroll to see all sizes if necessary:

Characteristics of Wood Shavings

Wood shavings should not be confused with wood chips, since they are manufactured by an entirely different process. Our machines cut the wood lengthwise, with the grain of the wood, to obtain thin, curly, fluffy shavings rather than the hard, chunky texture of chips. A wide range of product characteristics can be obtained with different machine settings, with corresponding variations in production rates.

There are several reasons why wood shavings are preferred over other materials for bedding:

  1. Shavings have excellent absorbency properties, so they take up moisture quickly and also dry readily.

  2. Bedding is softer and more comfortable, which makes for healthier, more contented animals.

  3. Cleaning of livestock pens and stalls is easy and economical, since bedding can be sifted with a manure fork and reused.

  4. Shavings are relatively thin, so they decay more readily when spread on the land after use.

  5. Nuisance growth from spreading plant seeds on the land is eliminated.

  6. By drying the shavings with heat, very low levels of bacteria and other microorganisms may be achieved, providing much peace of mind for those facilities concerned with cross-contamination.

Applications and Markets

In addition to bedding, here are some examples of the wide variety of markets served by present Jackson Wood Shaving Mill® owners:

Wood shavings can be transported and marketed by several methods. Bulk shipments are usually made with either moving-floor transport trailers or spreader trucks, usually around the local area (within 100 mi / 160 km) because of the cost involved. Many poultry businesses order shavings "by the yard," where the price is quoted per cubic yard of bedding. Smaller customers and retail markets generally use compressed bags of shavings, with bag sizes ranging from 1.2 ft3 (34 l) to 5.8 ft3 (164 l), compressed. When shavings are packaged in bags, a drying system is necessary to prevent molding and mildewing in the bags.

Some shaving mill operators sell bagged shavings directly to stables and other local customers, some operate plants producing exclusively for large retail distribution and pet store chains, and some service local poultry barns and other bulk users. There are also producers which serve various combinations of the markets mentioned.

It is important to note that shavings should always be sold by some bulk measure, never by weight. This is because when solid wood is processed into shavings, a significant expansion in volume is realized. A typical ratio is 2:1, although this varies depending on species of wood and machine settings. If the shavings are dried, there is also a significant loss of weight due to moisture evaporation.

Our Experience

The Jackson Wood Shaving Mill® is the product of extensive research, and unparalleled experience in the field. Since its introduction on the market in 1961, it has proved to be the best machine available for producing shavings. There are others who make "shaving mills," but there is no substitute for experience. Our machines have proved their durability and performance throughout the United States and around the world.

Put simply, our shaving mills are the best that money can buy -- just ask around.

Warning icon Proposition 65 WARNING: Cancer and birth defects and reproductive harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.
The Jackson logo and name, "Lumber Harvester", "Big Jack", "Premier Scragg Mill", and "Jackson Wood Shaving Mill"
are registered trademarks of Jackson Lumber Harvester Co., Inc.
The Webb Burner logo and name are also registered trademarks of Jackson Lumber Harvester Co., Inc.
All other trademarks are property of their respective holders, and are hereby acknowledged as such.
Made in USA graphic