Hedge is common here in Kansas, my buddy wanted me to saw some for beams for a porch on his cabin, he cut a whole pile of too big for posts hedge, and we sawed for a few days with my MP 32. Had to readjust the mill in the middle, as it worked ok at first, then didn't want to cut the stuff. After readjusting the mill, found to slow down the feed really helps get through the stuff. Hardest wood probably in America. We didn't have any perfect beams, but he used them anyway. For posts he used hedge and a curve bottom planer, and sort of planed all the bark and sapwood away, gives a cool kindof hued appearance.