Thats not far from me, old mate is a bit of a wheeler and dealer. I don't think you would get rich anytime soon. And milling green red gum is South Australia, I wonder what he wants to use it for... not the best quality timber.hmmmm, 2000tonnes of firewood logs. Wonder what the contract rate would be and if enough to pay off good gear:
Is a fellow like that here who has a figure in his head what he wants as profit off the top for all the wood he has. Been like that for a few years now. Is happy to bag people for a lack of work ethic, having only had a few people step up to his mountain of wood and ultimately fail rather quickly and leave. Every time I drive passed it seems a little lower, but that'll be rot and the grass getting higher. Have never understood that way of thinking but each to his own. On the flip side, sometimes there are people who just say 'get stuck in' and don't expect much payment because it's a tough, long job with farkall $ in it anyway. Those people I always make sure get something, even if only all the firewood they can burn.I don't think you would get rich anytime soon.
For us it depends on the plantasoin and where it isI think I've asked this already, but, Andrew, where do the trailers of firewood end up? I mean, is there a second or third handling stage - dumping to dry then reloading to deliver? Or is it all sold green and is driven straight to and dumped at the customers before returning to be reloaded straight off the conveyor? I've found here it's the handling that kills the profit faster than anything else. There;'s not enough of a premium for dry, seasoned firewood to justify the associated costs of holding and handling it.
I'm working on an idea to eliminate almost all those costs but jury is still out if it will work.
When we come across large solid Redgum we do mill them into slabs (I have two on a farm at the moment but can't get back in until the crop is done) but there is no real interest in Sugargum timber.The one problem with Sugargum is when it gets to an age of say 25 30 years old most of it is rotten in the centre to some point and the second or third growth doesn't get a large enough size in diameter.Thanks for that.
Great to have jobs within commuting range, and enough room to store the stuff that might come home with you each day on the jobs where you can't leave it there or find a buyer for delivery on the way home.
What happens to the millable logs? Are they dealt with by others before/after you are there? Do you come across stuff you think could be milled/slabbed but find yourself cutting it for firewood? No farmers want chips from the slash for calf bedding or the like, rather than burn the sub-4" stuff?