I have a friend that has lost several 100 year oaks and we have been
thinking about having someone come in and saw them up with a Woodmizer or
similar saw. Has anyone had this done and can you give some indication of
what they may charge to do it? This stands to be a good opportunity to have
a good supply of wood or to sell after air drying. Any thoughts on this?
Phone Wood-Mizer. They maintain a list (certainly in the UK) of owners
local to you who do this sort of work.
Price is enormously variable, because the amount of work is too. Are
these fallen trees (sometimes a nightmare to extract) or are they logs
already in a neat stack ? Does the woodland owner have a tractor /
horse team available to extract the logs ?
Is there anywhere for them to work ? A Wood-Mizer needs a fairly large
flat area that's already levelled, ramps to roll the logs up, and
adequate stockyard areas for in and outfeed. The amount of prep you
can have already done will reduce the labour costs.
What sort of Wood-Mizer ? A little manual one, or one with hydraulic
log handling ? Costs more, works faster - but this is only noticeable
if you're working from a neat log stack.
A dozen useful oak butts is worth having sawn, so more than this
should certainly be worth it.
If I recall, we paid about $50/hour plus $25 for each blade that was
destroyed. We had the logs cut to length, drug out of the woods and neatly
stacked beside the road. We also debarked the logs and stacked the boards
after they were cut. If the sawyer had had to do all the work, it would
have cost us much more.
I pay about $45/hr or about $0.20/BF. Ity's a great deal if you need wood,
but don't forget you have to stack carefully and/or take it to a kiln. I
built my whole house from it...floors, cabinets, all. About 30K BF in all.
Great fun and hard work! Do some planning and cut the lengths you need. I
did a lot of extra work keeping the boards long, which is good for flooring
but not much else. 8' is nice to handle.
Out in Eastern Washington state, mainly cutting softwoods, the price
ranges from $125 to $200 per 1000 board feet. Some will cut on shares
so you don't have to actually lay out any cash. Almost all will come
and give you a bid without any obligation.
Thanks for all the comments and information.
I contacted Woodmizer and they gave me a couple numbers to contact some of
the sawyers in my area. I will try to get one of them and see what it will
run and what I need to do to get it ready for them. We have the equipment to
pick up and move the logs and the space to have the work done so none of
that will be a problem.
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