Raw hardwood pallets go into the first machine, the Chipper. It’s a beast. It smashes the pallets into chopped wood pieces like a T Rex smashing a dunny. A magnet separates all the metal nails and brackets which later get taken to Hackham Recycling.
The wood pieces are conveyed to the Crusher. This thing is a weapon, too! It turns all the big pieces of wood into sawdust. Makes more noise than a 747 jet, but it is housed in a soundproof bunker to keep the neighbours happy (hi Sonya and Steve)
Sawdust is conveyed into a hopper and then delivered into the Piston Press. Imagine a steam train engine with two bores sticking out of it. It makes a wonderful whumping sound as the pistons force the sawdust into the bores, it gets hot, the natural lignin in the wood forms a skin around the tubes, and voila! You have logs sliding out like toothpaste ready for cutting and cooling.