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Old 10-16-2018, 07:58 AM   #1
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Non-skoolie related... Sawmill related.

Anyone out there have sawmill quoting experience?

I have access to a Black Locust tree that has been cut down. It's in less than ideal condition (straightness and lengths) but I hate to see it go to waste or up in smoke. Any ballpark figures on what it would cost to have milled into 8/4 or 4/4 rough cut? Pieces are less than 8 feet in length, smaller than 36" in diameter.

The tree carries zero sentimental value. It was felled yesterday to male room for expansion where the gf works. Would be nice for counter tops maybe flooring, I dunno.
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Old 10-16-2018, 08:15 AM   #2
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I pay about 50 cents a board foot here. Sawmills do not like less then 8ft. may not fit securely on the carraige depending on the mill being used. The portable band mills can handle shorter though.

Shame tree cutters are not trained in cutting. They just hack any old way.
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Old 10-16-2018, 08:25 AM   #3
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I pay about 50 cents a board foot here. Sawmills do not like less then 8ft. may not fit securely on the carraige depending on the mill being used. The portable band mills can handle shorter though.

Shame tree cutters are not trained in cutting. They just hack any old way.
Wasn't osite nor been to the site to see the pieces but the tree dudes were supposedly told to leave it in 8 foot lengths. I think they did just that; whatever was easiest for them.

I got a quote from a CL portable dude...
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You would have to bring the logs to me. I dont travel that far for one tree. If its 20 diameter by 8 it would take 1/2 hour to mill into 4x4s at $80 per hour = $40 per log.
I don't want 4x4s, I want planks. I would assume that 4x4s are more labor, not less? Sent a reply back so hopefully I'll hear something shortly. A U-Haul car carrier is rated for 5300 lbs. Hmm, ... might work after all.
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Old 10-16-2018, 09:48 AM   #4
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I don't want 4x4s, I want planks. I would assume that 4x4s are more labor, not less?
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I do have a sawmill with a 36 throat. That size log would take approximately 2 hours to mill into slabs or planks.
So much for the less labor theory. Must be saw speed?
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Old 10-16-2018, 10:14 AM   #5
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Yeah it should get us close.Go ahead and figure 3 logs to a hr and i would not like to do anything smaller than 10" in diameter, and our hourly charge is 200.00 a hr hauled into Hearnes here.
Plus our metal charge is 50.00 each time we hit metal in the logs. But yes this is a job I would prob like to do on a Saturday.
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Wonder which would be the better deal?
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Old 10-16-2018, 11:30 AM   #6
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For those following along, decided to go with the Craig List guy. He doesn't have a problem with smaller than 10" diameter.
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glad to hear you found someone to mill it. The craigslist guy seems like a one man show just doing his thing. The other must be a bigger business with more overhead.

4x4's yuck unless you want fence posts. 4/4 is mostly what I have my logs cut to.
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Yeah Hearne Hardwoods is well known to the Fine Woodworking crowd as a source for good furniture ingredients. Probably quoted you the "I don't want this work but will do it for more than it's worth" price. They're not hungry.
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Look for an Amish community, they have sawmill workers and good ones at that.


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I had some Walnut that I had been wanting to get sawn for years. Got it done for free at a steam show a couple of weeks ago. They were happy to have them for their demonstration.
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I had some Walnut that I had been wanting to get sawn for years. Got it done for free at a steam show a couple of weeks ago. They were happy to have them for their demonstration.

Often a good way to get it done, have done this a few times myself. But is a once a year thing.
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There is a price point where just buying your own chainsaw mill pays. And then you'll find a use for it on all sorts of things.

Hope your wood planks came out well. If you can, would love to see pics of the finished boards.
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Old 12-21-2018, 06:42 AM   #13
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4x4's yuck unless you want fence posts. 4/4 is mostly what I have my logs cut to.
I dunno where I said 4x4s and I'm too lazy to go back looking. If that's what I said I'm sorry. I meant 4/4. 8/4+ for a countertop I suppose. Not sure what else to do with it.

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Yeah Hearne Hardwoods is well known to the Fine Woodworking crowd as a source for good furniture ingredients. Probably quoted you the "I don't want this work but will do it for more than it's worth" price. They're not hungry.
It's their standard internet pricing. Some really nice stuff there but there are other places in the same area that are cheaper.

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I had some Walnut that I had been wanting to get sawn for years. Got it done for free at a steam show a couple of weeks ago. They were happy to have them for their demonstration.
Steam as in blacksmith/old world fair kind of thing? If so, pretty cool. And definitely random!!

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There is a price point where just buying your own chainsaw mill pays. And then you'll find a use for it on all sorts of things.
With the cost of renting a trailer, fuel, etc. I'm well beyond that cost point already I'm sure. That free tree ain't so free.

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Hope your wood planks came out well. If you can, would love to see pics of the finished boards.
Two points here: 1) It's NOT sawn yet. The guy got backed up with real paying jobs. I'll give him credit tho. He was worried and was trying to squeeze me in. I told him I want them sawn before it's 98 and before they rot but otherwise I've got all the time in the world.

2) I haven't gotten any updates on this thread (I don't think) tho I did get one for the last message. Anywho, once they are milled I'll have to remember to come back and post pics.
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