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Geoff Croft loading piles into the steam conditioner in the mid 80's.

Company History

Croft Timber Co Ltd first started producing wooden poles in 1971 when the first treatment plant was installed and wooden poles were seasoned by using the sun to dry poles in preparation for pressure treating.As demand increased, the need for steam conditioning was intensified so the first steam plant was commissioned in 1985 followed by a new and larger treatment plant the following year, increasing the capacity to about 1400m3 per month.At the same time, a new debarker was installed.

Freshly steamed poles exiting the conditioning plant.

Timber Preservation

As with most softwoods, New Zealand pine is not a naturally durable species and its use in New Zealand for structural purposes has gone hand-in-hand with the development of an efficient wood preservation industry.

Unlike many traditional softwoods the sapwood of New Zealand pine is very permeable to wood preservatives, particularly in the radial direction. Complete penetration of the sapwood is always achievable, resulting in very extensive service lives for such commodities as electric power or telecommunications transmission poles, marina poles, ground retention etc. Such total penetration with preservatives is rarely achieved with other softwood species.

Radiata Pine Outerwood Density

Log Density

The quality of plantation-grown trees is influenced by genetic selection, silvicultural practice, site selection and rotation age. Over the last 60 years there have been many changes in forestry practices which have resulted in greater control over the type of wood produced.

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pine products range

Product Range

Find out more about of range of Croft Poles New Zealand pine products

Pine products range

Croft Poles History

Croft Poles History

A family-owned business for over 100 years, you can depend on Croft Poles products.

Croft Poles History

Timber Merchants

Timber Merchants

Find out where you can buy quality Croft Poles Timber throughout New Zealand.

Timber Merchants