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Discussion Board - Re: Selling logs

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Destroked 450

04-16-2018 16:59:40

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Lots of variables in determining the value of a log.

Is it straight and clean with no knots or limb cut offs.

Is it crooked and knotty

Was it cut when the sap was up (spring, summer) or down (late fall, winter)

Is it from a live tree or dead tree.

How long has it been cut

Was it cut out of someones yard or from a wood lot.

A straight clean log from a live tree cut when the saps down would bring around 60 cents per board foot in this area.

It goes down hill from there.

A crooked knotty log cut from a dead tree or one that's been cut for a while is barely worth 15 cents pbf

To the saw miller that 1st log will cut out some high grade flooring or furniture lumber worth up to $1 pbf, father in he'll be looking at low grade flooring or barn lumber if he has the market, this will bring 30-50 cents pbf, in the center of the log is the heart wood that's only good for pallet material worth 15-25 cents pbf, if the log goes bad early he'll try to cut a 7x9 cross tie out of the center that will bring around 45-50 cents pbf.

On the second log he'll see if he can get a cross tie out of the middle and some low grade lumber or pallet lumber off the sides.

If he gives 15 cents pbf for that log and has a 20 cent cost in sawing it up he'll break even.

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Rob Mo

04-17-2018 18:48:36

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 Re: Selling logs in reply to Destroked 450, 04-16-2018 16:59:40  
To my knowledge the tree was alive after it had fallen. It was cut in the this past winter. It is straight,no limbs on it, so knots are slim. This is the remainder of a lot the i had just got sawed this past weekend. I had true 2x6" sawed out for a trailer floor. It appears to be red oak in !t eyes. So, what I have after reading y'all post is a 10' red oak light at will saw out 160bf +/-. Note that the gentleman that has a bandsaw mill will cut it for .35bf,which will not be my problem. I am just looking to sell the log out of the field.

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