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Lignum-Vitae is a unique wood that is used to make Hydro Bearings, Ship Bearings, Saw Blocks and all sorts of unique products.

  • Largest Inventory in the world of bearing grade Lignum Vitae in log and block form
  • Long length available for single piece application
  • Large Diameters available
  • CITIES CERTIFIED Material to ship anywhere in the world
  • Genuine Authentic Lignum Vitae wood bearings.

Sawmill Blocks Products

Lignum-Vitae: World’s Finest Sawmill Bearing Guide

Hardwood vs. Lignum Vitae

The purpose of a sawmill guide block is two-fold one is to “ guide” the saw true thru the log allowing the stress & strain of the blade to bear against the block keeping it in a straight line. The second job of the bearing guide is to resist wobble due to heat build up in the blade.

Operators erroneously think that installing “hardwood” block will do the job. However, several factors conspire to keep the blade from performing at its optimum.

By installing typical hardwood the operator has unwittingly introduced an abrasive to the saw. As the blade heats/overheats and bears against the guide, additional heat is generated, exaggerating the problem causing premature removal of the saw.

Lignum Vitae with its homogeneous oily nature reduces heat and friction adding life to the blade and enhances overall performance.

Lignum Vitae used as a guide block

  • Reduces heat buildup
  • Requires fewer adjustments, allowing more cutting time
  • Polishes steel as it is the most steel friendly material known
  • Outlasts typical hardwood 10-20 times
  • Reduces fuel use because it’s slippery, not abrasive
  • Allows saw to produce better lumber with lower degrade
  • Keeps sawyer sawing and not adjusting
  • Makes blades run cooler and last longer

Centuries before modern materials such as: plastics, mycarta, phenolics, railko, composite bearings, tufnol, celoron, mintex, vescomite, phosphor bronze, and buna-n-synthetic rubber; there was Lignum Vitae.

Industry has historically placed the burden of bearings on this incredible material. Sawmills, gristmills, carriages and tall ships all relied on Lignum Vitae for dependable long lasting bearings. This was the standard of the industry until around World War II. From the 1940’s until present man has experimented with exotic metals and plastics in an attempt to replace the original Lignum Vitae. But nothing has proven better than Lignum Vitae.