My dad's got 6-8 red oaks that need to come down this spring, each with perhaps 10-12' of pretty straight logs in the 12-16" diameter range. Rather than cutting it up for firewood I was hoping to have the best of it sawn into rough lumber. I've tracked down a few portable mills by contacting TimberKing and Woodmizer, but am getting all sorts of varied prices from them.
Right now the best offer I've had is from a guy whose saw is already in the area. He's asking $60/hr plus the cost of any blades that break ($30 a pop) in the process. He thought it would "take all day" to cut this lot, which seemed like a lot for what I'd estimate as about 80 lineal feet of 12-16" logs. I'll have to estimate the board feet involved to get an better sense of my net cost, but $500 seemed fairly high for this job.
Anyone have experience hiring a sawyer? Is this sort of hourly pricing what they all do? Is the $60/hr rate reasonable?