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homemade

homemade

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Or no idea on the equipment needed. When I started cutting wood for myself with just a saw and a pickup truck, I thought I could turn a few bucks and sell a few pick up loads of rounds to a local firewood business. Man was I way off on the time and equipment needed for my own supply much less trying to make a buck.


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clint53

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Or no idea on the equipment needed. When I started cutting wood for myself with just a saw and a pickup truck, I thought I could turn a few bucks and sell a few pick up loads of rounds to a local firewood business. Man was I way off on the time and equipment needed for my own supply much less trying to make a buck.


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I started in 1976 just cutting for myself. Never sold a load.
I helped my son cut and split two loads to sell when he was a teenager. He decide that wasn't the way he wanted to go.
I have given some to older needy folks that I knew I wasn't being taken for a ride.
I've cut for my hunting club, my sister and my mother.
I've got saws, mauls, trailer and also a hydraulic splitter for tough rounds.
Every time I think I need something else I think to myself, how long will I have to burn wood to pay for it.
I just do it because I like doing it.
Clint
 
Philbert

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I remember an old cartoon that calculated the cost savings for having a wood stove for the first year.

It included costs for the price of electricity and fuel oil saved, compared to the costs of:
- buying the wood stove
- installation
- an axe
- a chain saw
- a wood splitter
- fuel

Then in added in:
- trip(s) to the emergency room
- 4-wheel drive pickup truck and insurance
- towing
- divorce . . .

Philbert
 
homemade

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I understand the economics of tool buying in the sense of how long it will pay for it self. Sometimes you gotta purchase a tool or equipment just because it will make the task more enjoyable or save time even if it never pays for itself. With the price of natural gas, I could never “save money” by burning wood. Especially if I factor in the time spent on wood, could be spent on making me money doing something else. I mainly cut and burn wood cause I enjoy it.


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clint53

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I remember an old cartoon that calculated the cost savings for having a wood stove for the first year.

It included costs for the price of electricity and fuel oil saved, compared to the costs of:
- buying the wood stove
- installation
- an axe
- a chain saw
- a wood splitter
- fuel

Then in added in:
- trip(s) to the emergency room
- 4-wheel drive pickup truck and insurance
- towing
- divorce . . .

Philbert
Then you get stuck several times and a Skidder goes by your truck while you are cutting, runs over the end of a 5 inch cut down gum and it flips up and turns in mid air and lands across the hood of you truck.
We just may be a little nuts.
 
clint53

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I understand the economics of tool buying in the sense of how long it will pay for it self. Sometimes you gotta purchase a tool or equipment just because it will make the task more enjoyable or save time even if it never pays for itself. With the price of natural gas, I could never “save money” by burning wood. Especially if I factor in the time spent on wood, could be spent on making me money doing something else. I mainly cut and burn wood cause I enjoy it.


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Yes we must enjoy it to do it.
Just think of all the time put in from sawing to the stove. We really don't save nothing money wise.
I've always wanted a 30 some HP tractor, 4 wheel drive and hydrostatic. Next year my wife and I will buy a new Kubota.
We can in no way justify the cost, but we are 64 and 67 and we only live once. I don't want to die wishing I had bought one.
Clint
 
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Yes we must enjoy it to do it.
Just think of all the time put in from sawing to the stove. We really don't save nothing money wise.
I've always wanted a 30 some HP tractor, 4 wheel drive and hydrostatic. Next year my wife and I will buy a new Kubota.
We can in no way justify the cost, but we are 64 and 67 and we only live once. I don't want to die wishing I had bought one.
Clint
When you get that tractor, make sure you DO NOT LEAVE THAT DEALERSHIP UNLESS IT HAS A FRONT END LOADER ON IT. You'll never regret the extra cost it adds and you'll wish someone would create a time machine so you can go back in time and put your foot in your own @ss for not doing it sooner.
I replied just in case you dont have to access to one in the past so or not sure what you are missing.
 
clint53

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When you get that tractor, make sure you DO NOT LEAVE THAT DEALERSHIP UNLESS IT HAS A FRONT END LOADER ON IT. You'll never regret the extra cost it adds and you'll wish someone would create a time machine so you can go back in time and put your foot in your own @ss for not doing it sooner.
I replied just in case you dont have to access to one in the past so or not sure what you are missing.
Thanks
I should have said front end loader also. That's the most important reason we are getting one.
Clint
 
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