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Title: Black Tupelo or (Gum)
Post by: rvolek on September 13, 2012, 04:28:21 PM
Hi All,

 I have been a member for a few months and have really enjoyed reading through the past posts. I have only posted a few times. But I hope someone can give me some info. I live in Western Pa. I cut trees for a hobby but mostly for fire wood. The organization my son plays baseball for approached me about removing some trees to put in another ball field. When I looked at the site, there are approx. 20-25 Black Tupelo or Black Gum trees all 17in dia and bigger. Is there any market for these or did I aquire a bunch of firewood? Thank you in advance.

Ryan
Title: Re: Black Tupelo or (Gum)
Post by: Handymark on September 13, 2012, 05:57:56 PM
Around here they will buy almost anything for pallet lumber and it still pays better than firewood with alot less work. I have a pallet company a few miles from home that mills their own lumber and pay $.30-$.40 for most logs.
Title: Re: Black Tupelo or (Gum)
Post by: hackberry jake on September 13, 2012, 06:46:56 PM
A lot of people like it for dump truck boards or trailer decking. It is tough as nails when dry and will bend a long ways before it breaks.
Title: Re: Black Tupelo or (Gum)
Post by: WDH on September 13, 2012, 08:35:28 PM
Considered low grade palletwood down here.  The spiral grain makes it difficult to dry straight.
Title: Re: Black Tupelo or (Gum)
Post by: KyLogger on September 13, 2012, 09:50:55 PM
Same here, a good gum (one without a hole in the middle, like most of the bigger ones have) will bring around $150 Int. tops. A big gum log on the load may pay for lunch.......

Tom
Title: Re: Black Tupelo or (Gum)
Post by: paul case on September 13, 2012, 10:27:47 PM
I would buy them from ya in 10'6'' lengths delivered to just a few miles south of Joplin,MO. So when will ya bring them?
Title: Re: Black Tupelo or (Gum)
Post by: rvolek on September 13, 2012, 11:08:40 PM
Thanks for feed back. I had a hunch not to get my hopes up to make any money on them. Of course they couldn't be nice red oak or veneer cherry. The search is on for a pallet factory!
Title: Re: Black Tupelo or (Gum)
Post by: Ron Wenrich on September 15, 2012, 06:33:57 AM
We cut ties out of them.  They're also prone to heart rot and ring shake.  When they have that, they're pallet grade at best.