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Author Topic: What to do with big logs?  (Read 1866 times)

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Re: What to do with big logs?
« Reply #20 on: October 23, 2017, 02:30:07 am »
Yeah, you need the semi-mythical Swing Blade Man.  8)

Swoops to the rescue with a sawmill that you can drag into the woods and mill the logs where they are sitting. Now it depends on what they are as to what money changes hands. If it's something desirable, then I'd pay for the privilege of buying your walnut etc logs where they sit, and hauling the boards away. (or split the sawn boards with you). You get left with a small patch of saw chips and some edgings that will make good kindling. If it's less valuable, but still worth milling? I'll offer to "make it go away" for no charge.

Yes the big players want a whole semi-truck load of logs delivered, and sounds like the local firewood guys are used to dealing with Tree Service companies. "Sure you drop your random yard logs off at our place, and save $$ on the dump fees". With that sort of deal going, there is no market for firewood logs, they get them delivered free.

That leaves the smaller portable operators, and if the logs are big and still in the woods, then it narrows things down to the ultra-portable guys.
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Re: What to do with big logs?
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Re: What to do with big logs?
« Reply #22 on: October 23, 2017, 06:14:06 am »
Too be fair. that's how you handle small logs. And yes those little hand skidders are cool.

Big logs are more like this.


Thats a 12 ton excavator, and best if could do was drag and roll the log. We got it milled though, and part of it is now my dining table
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Re: What to do with big logs?
« Reply #23 on: October 23, 2017, 07:23:53 am »
True, not very suitable for big logs. But if it's a matter of moving out a couple of big trees a year, bucking them into moveable pieces and winching them up on the platform might not be too bad, especially considering the low investment and maintenance cost. All depends on how much of it you gotta move.. If your into low impact forestry, their perfect for thinning and the like.

Edit: how much you recon that log weighs?

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Re: What to do with big logs?
« Reply #24 on: October 23, 2017, 09:14:48 am »
About 18 lbs per board foot doyle scale

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Re: What to do with big logs?
« Reply #25 on: October 23, 2017, 09:41:50 am »
I'm thinkin this is a good job for a chainsawmill!
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Re: What to do with big logs?
« Reply #26 on: October 27, 2017, 11:09:21 am »
If you have a truck load consider contacting www.berkshireproducts.com
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Re: What to do with big logs?
« Reply #27 on: October 29, 2017, 09:49:23 pm »
Thanks for the info BigBur.

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Re: What to do with big logs?
« Reply #28 on: October 31, 2017, 09:11:43 pm »
Another good method could just be to put out a call on this forum for Swing blade millers or chainsaw millers in your area who might be interested.
I've milled 50" diameter  (at butt end) logs on my swingblade. My old set up could do 60". You just need to find a miller in your area.
In fact, some larger band saws can handle 36".
If you do want to cut it down to size for firewood, after bucking it to length, put a ripping chain on your chainsaw, it will cut much faster, a regular chain does poorly ripping (cutting with the grain).
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