The Lumber Buddy is proudly made in the USA with American Steel!
Lumber Buddy was created as a mobile banding station to reduce trips across the yard, and streamline workflow. But, the benefits of the Lumber Buddy can be seen in the form of a safer, more profitable yard as well.
We are always developing new products. We have added wing extensions and different sized legs, parts designed to enhance the Lumber Buddy for use with engineered wood products and many other things. If you have a question or an idea, don’t hesitate to call us!
To get the most performance out of your Lumber Buddy, it is designed to travel with you from point to point to build your bundle. It will eliminate a good portion of your wasted motion.
We have asked many users to fill out surveys asking how much productivity they have experienced in their operation. We get answers ranging from little to 100% productivity increase. The average, however, is around 40%.
The Lumber Buddy is designed to be as versatile as possible. If your yard is using polyester extruded or woven strap or something else, as long as it is less than 1 ½ inch wide, it will work with the Lumber Buddy!
Our Banding Channels are specially designed for the lumber industry. They have a profile that allows you to use 3x3, 2x4 or inch and a half grooved “stickers” (dunnage). The channel is designed in such a way that it allows you to run the strapping in the channel under the dunnage, or pre-run the strap and allow it to move under the dunnage.
Many hours of research determined that the 18” platform height is optimal to reduce the risk of injury from moving material to the platform. You can use the forklift to adjust the height of the unit to use leverage and gravity to make it as easy as possible to transfer material to the unit.
The wing extensions adjust out from the edges of the unit to add length to the unit to work with longer material. They usually make it a little easier to work with 20’ material and similar products.
There are a couple of options here. You can get a 7.5’ wide unit and wings that would be a bit more versatile working around smaller yards, but still, let you extend the wings and work with large material when needed. If you work with the longer material regularly then you might consider the 10’ unit with the wings.
These units are very easy to learn to use. We have a few documents explaining the uses and features, and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to call us!
The Lumber Buddy is proudly made in the USA with American Steel! They are manufactured by an employee-owned machine shop in Devil’s Lake, North Dakota and some of the parts are made in Nevada, Missouri at the local family operated machine shops that we have developed fantastic relationships with over the years.
The Lumber Buddy is a versatile, well-made unit that will work equally well on any type of terrain (concrete, gravel, asphalt lumber yard lots, as well as indoor and outdoor lumber yards.) On very uneven terrain, it may be better to raise the forks a bit higher than normal to keep from dragging stock (wings would be handy in this case as well).
They won’t call in sick, they don’t require Workmens' Comp or benefits, and best of all, they’ll help your current employees work safer and smarter than ever before.
The Lumber Buddy™ Portable Workstation goes where you are working ending wasted trips across the yard.
By spreading out your work areas, your yard becomes less congested, safer and more efficient. Far more efficient than old-fashioned bump posts or even staging areas.
By using the Lumber Buddy™ Portable Workstation, hand stacking can be done at waist level, reducing strain on worker's backs. Because of the increased height of the platform, visibility is enhanced when using the Lumber Buddy™ Portable Workstation to split bundles.
Hand stacking is made much more efficient by using leverage, then by using your forklift to adjust the products to the correct height. The weight of the Lumber Buddy™ Portable Workstation 850 lb. gives you a sure footing when splitting unit.
Using your forklift to adjust products to the correct stacking height enables you to hand stack much more efficiently. Units remain square and tight against the uprights while splitting; unlike trying to split freestanding open units.
Using your forklift to backslide products minimizes hand stacking and decreases the need to get on and off your truck to set stickers. Splitting units will not only reduce your chance of injury but it will increase productivity as well.