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Offline woodman58

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Mobile sawing
« on: July 08, 2017, 08:13:46 PM »
Question for all mobile.
1) About how many days a year do you spend sawing mobile?
2) And do you do this as your main source of income.
3) How many years have you been sawing mobile?
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Re: Mobile sawing
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2017, 09:01:45 PM »
Question for all mobile.
1) About how many days a year do you spend sawing mobile? Not nearly enough.
2) And do you do this as your main source of income. No.
3) How many years have you been sawing mobile? This is my 3rd year.
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Re: Mobile sawing
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2017, 09:30:05 PM »
Virtually all of my sawmilling is done mobile!

I start in (usually) late March or early April and end in early November!

Sawing is by no means, my main income, and sometimes I saw for $$$ and sometimes for trade of items or services.

I've been sawing mobile since 2005!
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Re: Mobile sawing
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2017, 12:08:19 AM »
Been mobile for 7 years.  Mobile appointments account for about 75% of my milling volume.  In nice weather, I'll be on the road 2-3 days per week.  I am retired so I will mill any day of the week, but not every day of the week.  Wind chills below freezing or heat indices above 100, I don't mill (because I don't have to  ;D ).

I try to avoid mobile appointments on consecutive days but I will set up at home between appointments to mill for those who can transport their logs.  So far this year, mobile jobs have ranged from 180 bf to 2350 bf in a day.
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Re: Mobile sawing
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2017, 07:18:24 AM »
I am totally mobile.  I am also retired so averaging two or three days every two or three weeks is fine with me.

The income pays my property taxes and farm/sawmill related expenses, plus our vacation/travel expenses of which we are presently experiencing.

This is my 15th year sawing, and I have no intention of quitting. 
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Re: Mobile sawing
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2017, 02:56:22 PM »
Make it worth your while.  It takes me at least 3 hours to get ready to go to a mobile job: mill hookup, Tools, supplies, coolers, lunches, laborers.  And get there and set up is another half to a full hour.    That is a half day's labor for me.  Then if you leave for the night, your stuff has to be secured, trust it to the customer or carry it back home with you especially cant hooks, fuel tanks, small tools.  A positive thing about milling mobile is there is no sawdust and slab disposal to worry about. 

Milling at home I have to maintain the sawdust and slabs, but after I switch if off for the day, I can be showered and at the supper table in less than 20 minutes.
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Re: Mobile sawing
« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2017, 12:59:01 PM »
     My sawing is also strictly mobile.  Been doing this for about 10 years now, with the last 5 being my only working source of income.  (Not my main source.)  This time of year I'm not willing to work more than about half a day or so due to the heat.  Winter doesn't slow me down here in Florida.
     Doesn't matter to me if it's weekend or not; I work most Saturdays and (rarely) Sundays.  Many of my customers have 9 to 5 jobs and I don't see a reason for them use a day off to accommodate me.
     I occasionally work 5 or 6 days a week, but it seldom happens.  Usually it's more like 2 or 3 days a week.  I also don't like to schedule jobs back to back.  I prefer at least a day in between.
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