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Author Topic: How realistic is sawing 60,000 bf per year using customer resources?  (Read 4663 times)

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Offline fencerowphil (Phil L.)

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Re: How realistic is sawing 60,000 bf per year using customer resources?
« Reply #20 on: October 31, 2006, 08:08:55 pm »
Welcome to the Learning Place, freesouled!

I will echo some of the other comments.   The ASM will demand that you always have help, or the machine won't pay off.   The ASM would also require bigger log supplies, namely, bigger jobs to pay off.  Even on my Mississippi trips with two 10"WPFs, I found that the optimum size job was at least 40 big logs.  On the other hand the WPF can pay with help or not.  You just adjust your routine to work either way.  (Peterson's videos show this clearly.)

As far as whether to go 8" or 10",  you certainly don't want to go 10", unless you really, I mean really want that 10" capacity (or the 20" double cut capacity).   I did want it, so I bought it.  I probably would do the same again.  In general, I was looking to cut oversized trees into oversized "stuff." 

You goal is more aligned to cutting for the general public and that will make a difference.  From what I am hearing you say,  8"WPF 27h.P. seems like your dream boat to me!   If you get in on one of these used, then do good work...
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Re: How realistic is sawing 60,000 bf per year using customer resources?
« Reply #21 on: October 31, 2006, 10:26:11 pm »
I can easily cut 1000bf of dimensional lumber a day with my Peterson ATS. It is a lot of work moving the logs into position, but it can be done with a skid steer and some log bunks made for the job.

The bigger the logs, the higher the production... simple as that.... the less log handling and more the blade can stay in the wood, the higher the production. 60k boardfeet of lumber translates to 60 days of sawing (or less)  if you can get the logs to saw and the customers who have logs.
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