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Truckload of logs?

Discussion in 'Forestry and Logging Forum' started by Newfie, Apr 11, 2002.

  1. Newfie

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    hey out there,

    Looking to educate myself and prevent from being rooked by somebody unscrupulous. On average, what size load can I expect if I am looking to buy a logging truck load (10 wheeler size) of firewood in log length(mixed hardwoods). I've heard 4 cords and others have said 8.
    Any idea what that should cost per cord in a rural area of Mass, near NH? I know that question may be unanswerable but I figured I'd Throw it out there. Thanks for any help and let me know if I have been too vague with details. Or maybe as a percentage of what cut,split and delivered goes for?
     
  2. hooch27

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    hey there
    down here in pa I sell firewood, that is anything that does get to the paper mill or is not logs. I can get close to 6-8 cord out of a triaxle truck, the wood is left at truck length which is about 24-26 feet here. That comes to somewhere around 18-21 tons if it is good hardwood and stacked nice. I would guess that you could get about 4 or more out of a tandem axle. But that is pretty reasonable. Hope this helps ya. By the way how much do you spend for that mucj firewood?
    talk to you later
    hooch:)
     
  3. Newfie

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    Hey Hooch,

    thanks for that info. That does give me a pretty good idea on load size. I don't know what the cost for logs is , gotta make some calls on that. If I do it cut, split and delivered I charge $140 a cord. If I wanted to drive the 50 miles into Boston I could have gotten $300 in some places last winter. This mild winter kept wood prices down this year. I cut my own and for some others but I may have opened up a new market and may be looking to boost inventory faster than I can cut (I do it part time when I can so I can't always cut if family obligations holler). I figure if the price is right I can turn it around faster for some decent extra cash. happy cutting!
     
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    hey there
    140 cut and split I am moving my operation up there..lol. Down here the guy that i supply wood to, I don't cut and split just fell it and truck it, he gets 65 a cord. He just bought a firewood processor he can make about 16 cord a day I think maybe more. I would quit selling logs and go into the firewood market..lol. I charge 450 a triaxle load in truck length.
    have a good one
    hooch
     
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    I pay 150.00 per load for about 16 logs about 12' long about 20" to 30" diameter. The only thing that is for sure is that it costs 150.00
    I buy from a tree trimmer that specializes in tornado and storm damage clean up. I never know what I will get. Sometimes it's all oak that I saw on my woodmizer saw mill. Sometimes it is elm or ash that ends up in firewood.
    One good thing about the guy I buy from is that he will deliver where I want and when I need more.
    the last load I got was about half basswood. It had been skidded and was packed with mud and rocks.
    I needed to peel some with a chainsaw powered peeler. I had not planned to do that and I won't do it again
    I will be a little bit more specific about what I can use for the next load. You need to sharpen alot more often when sawing rocks. I would not mind paying more if I can saw some into lumber, and don't have to peel muddy logs.
     
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    I pay 150.00 per load for about 16 logs about 12' long about 20" to 30" diameter. The only thing that is for sure is that it costs 150.00
    I buy from a tree trimmer that specializes in tornado and storm damage clean up. I never know what I will get. Sometimes it's all oak that I saw on my woodmizer saw mill. Sometimes it is elm or ash that ends up in firewood.
    One good thing about the guy I buy from is that he will deliver where I want and when I need more.
    the last load I got was about half basswood. It had been skidded and was packed with mud and rocks.
    I needed to peel some with a chainsaw powered peeler. I had not planned to do that and I won't do it again
    I will be a little bit more specific about what I can use for the next load. You need to sharpen alot more often when sawing rocks. I would not mind paying more if I can saw some into lumber, and don't have to peel muddy logs.
     
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    I need logs in Texas

    I need logs in N.E. Texas to run through a firewood processor.
     
  8. Newfie

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    finally got my act together....

    Hey Hooch,

    Finally bought a triaxle load of firewood, 8 cords truck length for $400 delivered, stuff is 10 to 20 inches in diameter. Pretty good deal considering the same guy charges me $150 a load to move stuff I cut myself. Now it's time to buy that 372 I think. :D
     
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    truckload of logs

    Eugene, where at in Texas, im, here in south west arkansas, might set you up.
     
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    Truckloads of logs

    I'm in Fruitvale, TX, halfway between Dallas and Longview. I need logs by the truckload.
     
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    Load of loggs

    Newfie,
    You got a good deal, I'm paying $425. a tri x over here in western Ma, near Vt & NH.
    Cut,split & delievered been gettin $135.
    Price will be up this fall.
    Ed K.;)
     
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    Truck loads of logs

    Eugene, what method of unloading a log truck do you have, and what would you be willing to pay for i think the weight limit in Texas 25 tons, loads of mixed hardwood , no gum.
     
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    Logcutter429,

    I have a front-end loader tractor I use to lift logs onto my firewood processor, which would "slowly" unload a truck. I also have a JD690 excavator with a thumb that lifts 12 to 15' high. Either machine would be slow I suppose.
    I would pay $500 for 25 tons if they were mostly 12" to 20" diameter.

    E-mail me at triplepinc@aol.com
     
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    Truckload of Logs

    Good luck Eugene, that size they can go to a local saw mill, for more than 500.
     
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    i work for a tree service and get all my logs free, i sell a cord here in chapel hill nc for $300 split and delivered:D some guys charge a little less (250) but their stuff has rot and is old, these people down here care about appearance...lol:angel:
     
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    cord costs

    interesting to see the wood prices in other places. I sell cut and split cords for $195 delivered to grand rapids MI, Distance in driving changes the price a little. We had straight winds come through a couple years back and wipe out a ton of trees. After every yahoo with a saw got done charging homeowners their left kidney for removal, you couldnt sell wood for $50 a cord. As of last winter the prices are back to normal. usually oak, some ash, and popple. dont knowwhat a truck load of uncut logs would bring.
     
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    Geez, I get $80 a cord here in eastern KY and I bust it with a splitting maul. :( I do get a little extra if I deliver it ($10 to $20). Full cords too, not face cords.
     
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    $80?????? i wouldn't touch it for less than $175:eek:
     
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    Yea, it sells here for 80 bucks too, thats why i dont mess with it.
     
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    My 2 cents

    In my local area(within 10 miles), I can leave good firewood split, sitting out by the road and nobody would take it. You can drive around and see piles of wood in peoples yards just rotting.

    However I know some guys across the river in Jersey, that sell for,I think, 150 delivered.

    There's a company that has a processor about five minutes from here. I've noticed that their piles are consistantly getting bigger.
     

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