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Bankirai hardhout van klasse 1 naar klasse 2

Bankirai hardwood was recently downgraded in sustainability class, going from class 1 to class 2. This is due to a large mix of (sub)species that do not meet the requirements associated with the properties of Bankirai wood. The prices of Bankirai wood continue to fall, but unfortunately so does the quality. As a consequence, Regge Hout can no longer deliver the quality and durability that we guarantee, therefore we no longer carry Bankirai hardwood in our range. We offer a perfect alternative in the form of Massaranduba. In this way we always strive for the best quality. Other names for Bankirai wood include Aek, Bangkirai and Chan.

Bankirai hardwood, a difficult species

Bankirai wood comes from Southeast Asia. The yellow/grey brown hardwood with a reddish tint stands out clearly against the light yellow to white sapwood. Bankirai hardwood has a strong cross thread and an even structure. Bankirai wood is difficult to dry, if the drying process is too fast it can crack and the quality decreases. When using screws, nails or other metals, stainless metal is recommended because rust quickly develops in moist conditions. Pre-drilling is also necessary for screws. Bankirai hardwood is difficult to glue and the surface finish is moderate to poor. As a result, the wood is usually applied unprocessed. The wood should not be used in benches or chairs, as it releases in contact with water. Bankirai wood can be found in bridges, bridge decks, bridge railings, noise barriers, waterworks and piles.

Properties Bankirai wood

 Name: Bankirai
Alternative names: Balau Kumus, Bangkiraai, Bangkirai, Bankiray, Bankiria, Bankira, Bangkiraj, Bankiraj, Benuas, Damar Laut, Gisok, Las-Tao, Malayakal, Poöti, Selangan Batu, Selangan Batu Kumus, Simantuk, Song-Da, Tekam, Yakal, Yellow-Balau
Appearance: Yellow/Graybrown hard wood with a reddish tint
Sustainability class: II (before I)
Strength class: D40
Mass kg/m3: Fresh 930
Dried 850-1150
Glue: Fairly well with modern glues
Bend: Moderate
Finishing: Good (with a machine)
Combination with iron: Rough-drill required, stainless steel is recommended
Origin: South east Asia
Extra: Bankirai can easily splinter, suitable for vertical work
Adaptations: Bridges, bridge decks, bridge railings, noise barriers, waterworks and posts
Alternatives: Massaranduba

Attention! We no longer carry Bankirai in our range, as we prefer Massaranduba.

Our sales team will be happy to assist with any questions about buying Massaranduba as a replacement for Bankirai wood. Call us on +31 547 286 350 or reach us using the form on the right.

Source: Houtvademecum © 2010 Centrum Hout Almere, 10th revised edition