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Offline Waldoman

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Black Walnut tree
« on: August 30, 2011, 09:06:23 PM »
New to the forum. Want to find out how to find somebody that would be interested in my Black Walnut tree in my yard. I live in the Pittsburgh area and I am not sure where to start. The tree looks like it is bigger than my house. Thanks.

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Re: Black Walnut tree
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2011, 09:09:12 PM »
is it standing, or has it blown over?
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Re: Black Walnut tree
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2011, 09:11:34 PM »
If you have a tree service cut it down, I'm sure someone would be willing to haul it away.   Urban yard trees no matter what specie have little to no value to any timber buyers.   You might find a woodworker willing to give you a few bucks for it, again only after it is taken down.
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Re: Black Walnut tree
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2011, 09:12:17 PM »
It is still standing and living. Tree is not by my house but closer to houses below me.

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Re: Black Walnut tree
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2011, 09:15:52 PM »
DR_BUCK  Oh, I was told by a couple of people that it would be worth a little something but I wasn't sure.

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Re: Black Walnut tree
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2011, 09:18:25 PM »
Have it felled and have a portable sawmill cut it into lumber.  Sticker-stack the boards under cover to air dry.  Sell to local woodworkers on Craigslist.  That way you can net out some money.  Otherwise, it will just cost you to have it felled and hauled away.  It will be a stretch to sell the standing tree to someone.  The commercial mills will not buy it as it has too high of a probability of containing metal, will be fast grown and lower quality, and will be a liability to harvest.  If you can sell it, don't expect a fortune.  A hundred or so dollars is about the most you could expect if a portable sawyer is interested in buying it.
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Re: Black Walnut tree
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2011, 09:22:00 PM »
Beware of the "Tree experts" with a pickup truck with a ladder and a beer cooler on the back. A reputable tree removal expert costs more, but no nasty surprises. The guy with no ins drops it on the neighbors house, he runs, you pay.
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Re: Black Walnut tree
« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2011, 09:55:04 PM »
I am in Greensburg Pa. and have lots of good guys I can refer. I dont cut them down, just work with owners/ tree guys to get logs I want.

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Re: Black Walnut tree
« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2011, 06:44:21 AM »
This is a you tube video on a highly valuable black walnut tree. This isn't meant to be negative on your request but it does help explain the problems with yard trees. It's entertaining too  ;D

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Re: Black Walnut tree
« Reply #9 on: August 31, 2011, 07:07:35 AM »
Here is a link from the university of ohio that gives a bit friendlier view of the value of urban Walnut trees, and does not use the word "retarded".  I watched that video and was not surprised at the source of origin.  People that ask about walnut trees with expectations of some great monetary value are not "retarded" as made out in that video. They are simply uninformed, or in most cases, misinformed.

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Re: Black Walnut tree
« Reply #10 on: August 31, 2011, 10:53:00 AM »
Ive been seeing people on craigslist offering their pine tree for free if someone would come take it down. Of course the person has to be licensed and insured and the tree is close to a hazard. I cant imagine anyone would take that deal. About a month ago I needed some pine logs and advertised in my local swapper that I would buy pine logs. I thought Id get a farmer or large land owner to sell about 20 trees to me. But instead all the calls I got were from people that lived in the city with a pine tree next to their house wanting to know how much they could get. It was my fault. I should have been clearer in my ad.
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Re: Black Walnut tree
« Reply #11 on: August 31, 2011, 11:46:09 AM »
Those "city trees" are generally quite a lot cheaper than "forest trees", but at a bigger risk.
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Re: Black Walnut tree
« Reply #12 on: August 31, 2011, 01:39:01 PM »
jeff that's a good link, thanks.  very informative.
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Re: Black Walnut tree
« Reply #13 on: August 31, 2011, 03:18:49 PM »
I love. The yo yo who wants you to invest thousands in equipment, skill, insurance, fuel, and labor for five hundred bucks worth of questionable pine lumber...saw one like that locally here...would have been a six or eight thousand dollar rigging removal of about ten or twelve trees...but yeah...misinformed...hadda guy want me to give him fifteen hundred dollars for a walnut tree the grew the last eighty or so years in a barnyard...in addition to taking it down...would love to have the tree...and would even volunteer my service for the wood in this case....but the tree is not marketable.
And as above...be very selective about the company you have remove a tree...ask about insurance, and license...bonding is not all that necessary unless the job is really expensive..
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Re: Black Walnut tree
« Reply #14 on: August 31, 2011, 10:25:35 PM »
No matter how nice of a walnut it is I would charge for the tree removal.  If it's super nice and not an urban tree I would pay $0.40 per board ft using a log scale.
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Re: Black Walnut tree
« Reply #15 on: September 01, 2011, 11:27:22 AM »
Guys, FYI I did PM this person, and kinda spelled out what most of you are saying, ie, risk/return, time, equipment and distance. I have not heard back, so possibly fishing. (out at the lake or online). I am certainly close, and this is one of the things I do. So,.....we'll see.


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Re: Black Walnut tree
« Reply #16 on: September 01, 2011, 01:45:09 PM »
Why are urban trees disliked?  Is it because of the location and proximity to houses, etc, or just how the actual wood is, and if so, why?

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« Reply #17 on: September 01, 2011, 01:58:33 PM »
Disliked because they are singular (i.e. expensive to retrieve one tree), close to house or building (i.e. no place to drop easily), and highly likely to contain metal from 100+ years of proximity to humans hanging clotheslines, bird feeders, signs, etc.

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Re: Black Walnut tree
« Reply #18 on: September 01, 2011, 02:15:44 PM »
In the case of Walnut, unless you find someone that likes the white wood there is not as much yield per diameter. In most cases an open grown walnut will have a higher amount of sap wood than a woods tree. That cuts down on the money if you are selling.
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« Reply #19 on: September 01, 2011, 04:59:35 PM »
Most people buying and selling walnut logs measure the smallest end of log and inside diameter of sapwood.  Meaning nobody calculates sapwood into the yield of a log
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