I've milled red cedar, red oak, white oak, ash, maple and black walnut principally. Walnut is in the middle of difficulty. Alaskan, or on a 17" black walnut a tm-56 with a ms170. Gave 11"×12" eleven feet long cant. Sounds like a need to match chain to the wood and get sharpening skills (including rakers).Novice here. I have zero experience with bandsaw mill or swing blade mill operation. I'm seeking advice about hiring a sawyer to mill a 20" diameter walnut log about 20' long.
It was felled a year ago. I covered the ends with anchorseal and put it up on cement blocks. I've done a fair amount of chainsaw milling in cedar, spruce, pine, and ash up to 16". I've been happy with the results, but it is slow going. I had planned to use the Alaskan on this log, but I am having second thoughts because of time constraints.
I don't have a way to get it to a sawmill. Its in an open area and should be pretty accessible for a portable mill.
Some sawyers offer hourly rates. Others charge by the board foot. I've heard of some others who will take a percentage of the boards milled as payment if the log is of premium quality. I'm not flush with cash, so the "boards as payment" intrigues me.
Assuming that the client (me) will be assisting with moving the boards/cants, what percentage of the board footage does the sawyer typically take? Is there a going rate depending on species and grade of log?
Thanks for the advice.
White oak and Ash were much easier with semi-skip chisel since they were37"-40" max. At that time 72 cc powerhead.