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Author Topic: How Many Cords of firewood can you get from a tri-axle logging truck?  (Read 20255 times)

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Offline KMAN

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I am thinking about buying in a tri axle load of logs to cut up and use as firewood to save time running around getting wood. I was just wondering if any body knew on a average how many cords of wood i could expect to get from 1 truck load of logs. I am not looking for the exact amount just a idea. Someone told me that I could see about 7 cords but that seems low to me but again i just dont know. Any thoughts would be great. Thanks Kman

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Re: How Many Cords of firewood can you get from a tri-axle logging truck?
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2010, 09:42:17 pm »
With good straight pole firewood on a tri axle 8 cords is the max. but 7 to 7.5 is about average.
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Re: How Many Cords of firewood can you get from a tri-axle logging truck?
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2010, 11:43:26 pm »
kman, with 20 foot wood, straight-ish, nicely loaded and a variety of  diameters my triaxle carried 8 cord on average
hauled alot to guys who processed by hand and they were happy with that call
if i had alot of top wood or crooked stuff we would call it less but we were all in agreement with the size of the load

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Re: How Many Cords of firewood can you get from a tri-axle logging truck?
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2010, 10:31:29 am »
I have two drivers that haul for me that uses a tri-ax. Both average 9 cord have seen as much as ten. One sells by wieght and the other usually by volume. Both haul on average 28'. When I process it I get very close to what I pay for +/- half a cord.

I have used another driver that uses a wheeler that will have 8 cord on it.

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Re: How Many Cords of firewood can you get from a tri-axle logging truck?
« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2010, 02:34:13 pm »
Most run 8 cord loads here.
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Re: How Many Cords of firewood can you get from a tri-axle logging truck?
« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2010, 05:57:45 pm »
What are you guys calling a "tri-axle" ?? Up here a tandem truck (10 wheeler) hauls between 6 & 8 cords and a tri-axle trailer about 15 cords.

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Re: How Many Cords of firewood can you get from a tri-axle logging truck?
« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2010, 06:19:06 pm »
I was thinking the same jamie they must call a tri axle something else .

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Re: How Many Cords of firewood can you get from a tri-axle logging truck?
« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2010, 06:46:08 pm »
my tri-x was a ten wheel truck with an air tag axle on the back giving it 3 x's under the body and 14 wheels
like a triaxle dump truck only the lift x is on the back

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Re: How Many Cords of firewood can you get from a tri-axle logging truck?
« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2010, 06:51:18 pm »
what are the measurements of a cord? how much do they go for a cord? thanks for any info
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Re: How Many Cords of firewood can you get from a tri-axle logging truck?
« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2010, 07:09:10 pm »
my tri-x was a ten wheel truck with an air tag axle on the back giving it 3 x's under the body and 14 wheels
like a triaxle dump truck only the lift x is on the back

That sounds more in line with what we call a "tridem drive", only usually it is the lead axle that is the lift around here. Seldom seen except for floating really heavy loads.

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Re: How Many Cords of firewood can you get from a tri-axle logging truck?
« Reply #10 on: February 26, 2010, 07:31:15 pm »
If the lead axle lifts it is called a pusher axle, in back it is called a tag axle.
what are the measurements of a cord? how much do they go for a cord? thanks for any info
A full cord is 4 ft x 4 ft. x 8 ft. = 128 cubic feet.
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Re: How Many Cords of firewood can you get from a tri-axle logging truck?
« Reply #11 on: February 26, 2010, 10:46:22 pm »
Here the trucks are hauling around 10-12 Cord maybe more depending on the trucker and length of wood. Most Tractors can handle up to 20' logs and longer on the pup


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Re: How Many Cords of firewood can you get from a tri-axle logging truck?
« Reply #12 on: February 26, 2010, 11:02:08 pm »
with the weight laws the way they are in maine they lend themselves to 4axle, rear lift x configureation. loaders behind the cab and not too many pups or haywagons- if you can get one of those in your landing you might as well use a semi with a tri x trailer
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the tag x lets you shift some of the weight to the front x by increasing the air pressure in the bags

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Re: How Many Cords of firewood can you get from a tri-axle logging truck?
« Reply #13 on: February 27, 2010, 05:36:56 am »
The trucks that I am talking about have the floating x on the back if I remember correctly. Giving it 14 wheels on the ground loader behind the cab.

In Maine (state law)a cord measures 128 cubic feet stacked or the way I sell it is  loose thrown 12-16" 180 cubic feet or 24" 195 cubic feet.

As for price, I know that it it quite regional. I have heard of $85/cord for hard wood and as much as $125/cord I am paying $100-$110 right now but I have a few specs that end up driving the cost up some. I don't accept anything less than 6" diameter and nothing over 20". Bad crooks and notches usually get kicked back as well. I have these requirements because I am feeding a small processor.

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Re: How Many Cords of firewood can you get from a tri-axle logging truck?
« Reply #14 on: February 27, 2010, 07:24:37 am »
I've seen those triaxles here hauling wood and on contract to haul farm fertilizer from blending plants, not so common though. We just used a regular tandum Chevy on the farm. We hauled 8' aspen or whatever and got 8 cords a load. We would hire a tractor to haul long logs.

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Re: How Many Cords of firewood can you get from a tri-axle logging truck?
« Reply #15 on: February 27, 2010, 09:52:17 am »
kman, there was another discussion of this in another section of the forum and it got into all the ways to measure a cord etc.
a couple of observations:
the trucks i have seen from PA are set up different than the one i ran and most of the ones i know
if your buying long lenght wood,  your not buying cut and split
we figured a 1foot of wood =1cord where the wood was 20ft long,fairly streight etc
check with a firewood dealer in your area and see what he is getting in per truck unless their buying by the ton



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Re: How Many Cords of firewood can you get from a tri-axle logging truck?
« Reply #16 on: February 28, 2010, 10:00:07 pm »
Here the trucks are hauling around 10-12 Cord maybe more depending on the trucker and length of wood. Most Tractors can handle up to 20' logs and longer on the pup

On this picture is that 10-12 cords for the truck and then 10-12 cords for the tag on trailer or is that 10-12 for the complete rig?

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Re: How Many Cords of firewood can you get from a tri-axle logging truck?
« Reply #17 on: February 28, 2010, 11:27:10 pm »
Here the trucks are hauling around 10-12 Cord maybe more depending on the trucker and length of wood. Most Tractors can handle up to 20' logs and longer on the pup

On this picture is that 10-12 cords for the truck and then 10-12 cords for the tag on trailer or is that 10-12 for the complete rig?

Thats Truck and Pup.. In that picture he's below the top of the bunks, where as most times they are a row or 2 of logs above

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Re: How Many Cords of firewood can you get from a tri-axle logging truck?
« Reply #18 on: March 01, 2010, 02:29:17 pm »
length of logs in feet x height x width/128- 10% for air and slop... :D
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Re: How Many Cords of firewood can you get from a tri-axle logging truck?
« Reply #19 on: March 02, 2010, 11:55:54 am »
a cord (128 cu ft) of good hardwood usually weighs up to 6000 lbs green. 8 cords x 6000= 48000 lbs.
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