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Offline Firewoodjoe

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« on: November 05, 2017, 07:44:11 am »
Well it's been awhile since I was on here. Been a crazy life. Starting to level out now. Ive sold all my firewood trucks and equipment and been only working my job. I'm starting to save a small amount of cash and thinking I need a change in my life more for me. And that would be making the step of full time self employment. I want to produce for mills cutting there Stumpage. Work is out there now. Averaging $50 a cord depending on what your cutting. I'd like to short wood (forwarder) but I can get a cable skidder much cheaper and I think I could produce more but not sure the best rout on the landing to sort/stack logs,bolts and pulp. Thinking one man should do 10 cord on average per day. Just looking for opinions and comparisons on productions and if anyone is doing sorts with a pole skidder.

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« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2017, 07:51:08 am »
Welcome back and best wishes for your future
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« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2017, 09:10:35 am »
Would the mill be sending a self loader truck to the landing or would you need to load them?

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« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2017, 09:28:39 am »
They handle all trucking including my equipment.

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« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2017, 09:31:01 am »
Good to you back and good luck to ya!!
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« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2017, 12:11:59 pm »
Are you capable of building a bunk trailer with a winch boom and tongs to pull behind your skidder for the times when a long skid on small timber really eats into your production rate?

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« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2017, 02:58:47 pm »
 jmop      do your self a favor don't go ars over tea cup in debt for a mill been there done that they tell you everything you want to here and when there done there done with you no few months warning I was told I needed to up grade I went and got a newer skidder and dozer 3 months later they told me if I wanted to work it was 100 a thousand or look for something else  there was no way I could make it on that with fuel at 4$a gal  and payments and traveling over an hour to work I almost lost every thing I had  but I made it  and will never put my trust in a mill ever again and have not sold any logs to that mill in over 12 years ill cut it up for firewood first  ;D

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« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2017, 04:02:49 pm »
I can build anything and I have a Gregory boom that I can mount for a dray  but I'd like to focused on logging not building. Although I have time. And I do not plan on going in huge debt. I will have to at first unless I buy a old cable skidder. Around here old and "cable" skidder don't work so well anymore. It's 90% ctl timber.

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« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2017, 05:52:58 pm »
Sounds similar to what I am doing. I believe in your area pulp and bolts are cut 102" long. The few guys that are still skidding with a cable skidder around here all have slashers. Grade logs are cut by hand. I would really hate to not have a slasher. It sorts, piles, and saws dirty wood at the rate of 7 to 10 cord per hour. :)

Depending on the wood, 10 cords a day may or may not be realistic, assuming a one man show.

Based on what I have seen, be very cautious about working for a mill.

I have done what you are talking about and wish you the best of luck, it is a wonderful life. I have the best office in the world!  :) ;D

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« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2017, 06:14:51 pm »
My dad did it for years. Everything from buying the standing timer to hauling it to the mill. 30 cord a week. And he didn't over work. He enjoy life while working. I know if all I did is cut and skid I could do 10 cord a day. 10 and 12 foot grade and 100" bolts and pulp.

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« Reply #10 on: November 06, 2017, 12:18:25 am »
You know your situation best, youll figure it out. 

I look at it as build it once, or pay for it 72 times. 

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« Reply #11 on: November 06, 2017, 01:57:57 pm »
I'm leaning towards cable skidder and slasher. Cheaper to buy cheaper and simpler to repair and if one or the other breaks there cheaper to replace than a forwarder around here. And I think I can produce much more with a slasher. The crews around here have million dollar ctl and cutting 200 cord a week. And that's with employee exspenise. If I can do 20 a day by myself and have low over head I should do pretty well.

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« Reply #12 on: November 06, 2017, 02:52:45 pm »
another thing is the mills going to let you contract for them with a cable skidder

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« Reply #13 on: November 06, 2017, 03:58:04 pm »
Correct but I know others have in the past.