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Do your jobs grow after you arrive?
« on: October 15, 2020, 05:19:49 PM »
I'm sawing for a neighbor, and it's kind of amusing how the job has gotten bigger after I got set up and started sawing.  It seems that having the mill there is an inspiration to drop some additional trees to be sawn for other projects. I don't mind; the mill is there and we may as well keep going as long as the weather is decent.  Just wondering if it happened to others
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Re: Do your jobs grow after you arrive?
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2020, 05:26:08 PM »
 
 Yes, neighbors bring logs over a lot and most customers cant count.  15 logs means 30 logs.  Steve
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Re: Do your jobs grow after you arrive?
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2020, 06:45:45 PM »
I ran into an excavator friend a week or so ago. He was clearing a lot and wanted to drop off a few logs so he had some boards around his place for projects. I came home and there was a load of white oak logs in front of the mill. The next day there's 2 loads of pine and one of poplar lined up all along the length of the sawshed. The next morning I hear a trailer coming in and by the time I get down there he's rolling off maple. "Tom, I thought you just needed some project wood!" "Yeah, I've got no idea what I'll do with it, I really was thinking of a chicken coop when this started but it seemed a waste to just firewood it all :D"
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Re: Do your jobs grow after you arrive?
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2020, 07:48:18 PM »
Nothing wrong with job security

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Re: Do your jobs grow after you arrive?
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2020, 08:24:56 PM »
I have very often left a sawing job on Friday evening thinking that I would finish Monday/Tuesday.  Monday morning there would be more logs than when I first began.  There are other times when I finish a job and start to fold up only to see the customer dragging more logs that were hiding behind the barn.  Most often these are ERC.
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Re: Do your jobs grow after you arrive?
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2020, 09:51:12 PM »
   Yes, I expect the job to grow as often as not and not just from my customer but his friends and neighbor. Several times I have had a friend or neighbor tell me "I live just down the street. I'm moving my logs into place as soon as I leave here so please just stop by there when you finish here." I had one customer hand off the off-bearing to his younger brother while he left to cut more trees and dragged them down on his dozer before I finish the stack that was there when we started. 
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« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2020, 10:18:56 PM »
Kinda like when I hear the words "well while yer here Doc will you......"

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Re: Do your jobs grow after you arrive?
« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2020, 02:23:04 PM »
One of my best clients does forest management for landowners. I just expect to spend at least double the time he asks for on any given project. He will hire a helper for me and spend the whole time I'm sawing dragging in more logs. 
People can NOT count logs. It's hard me not to laugh when someone tells me " I have 12 or 15 logs. " I want to say take off your shoes so as you can use your fingers and your toes then call me back with how many logs you have. I think one in ten can actually tell me how many logs they have.
 True story..  I stopped by a job that was coming up in a few weeks just because I was in the area. Client and I are standing there looking at the logs all laid out side by side. He says " I think I have 10 logs". Yup. He had 10 but he wasn't about to commit to the number!!
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Re: Do your jobs grow after you arrive?
« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2020, 02:50:02 PM »
Yes, happened twice this week.

Monday, a 20 ERC job turned into 40+.....He seemed to be growing these trees faster than I could mill them.

Thursday, a 20 SYP job turned into 35+/- (plus 5 ERC and 3 Pecan)...they just appeared!  The SYP were all small 7"-10", 8.5ft  logs and he only wanted 4x4s and 6x6s...no side lumber.  went very fast.

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Re: Do your jobs grow after you arrive?
« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2020, 02:54:14 PM »

 Yes, neighbors bring logs over a lot and most customers cant count.  15 logs means 30 logs.  Steve
Amazing, they can't read a tape measure either.  those " two and a half to three foot diameter logs" always seem to be more like 18-24 inches! 
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Re: Do your jobs grow after you arrive?
« Reply #10 on: October 16, 2020, 03:37:26 PM »
I have the opposite problem. I cut big stuff. Huge logs seems to be about 24. Huge logs to me start at 48+. 

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« Reply #11 on: October 16, 2020, 04:06:04 PM »
It can work the other way too. I have had customers that only need a certain number of boards for a project, and have me stop cutting when that much lumber is cut, even though there are more logs ready to saw. Be careful it doesn't become a schedule conflict, (especially with a portable job) if you only budgeted so much time to do a certain number of logs, and then that number grows.
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« Reply #12 on: October 16, 2020, 04:22:43 PM »
Murphy didnt create the corollaries to his law but people seem to define new ones every time I go to a job.  

Tuesday was a day like that.  12 red oak logs became 12 red oaks, 10 white oaks and 4 BIG poplar logs.  I went to look at the logs (I walked the 3/10 of a mile) there were 12 red oaks neatly stacked and ready to be cut.  Lengths were 8, 12 and 16.  When I went to set up the mill there were the 6 white oak logs 8 and 10.  Since it was a job that spilled into Wednesday, when I arrived Wednesday morning the rest of the white oaks were stacked and ready to be milled.  By my mid morning break 4 poplar logs 32 SED showed up!  

The owner was helping me and unbeknownst to me he had three guys cutting trees for saw logs and firewood.  

I was still there on Thursday.

So....  Any finite appearing portable sawmill job may grow from 20 to 1500 percent dependent upon the customers motivation or inability to count.
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Re: Do your jobs grow after you arrive?
« Reply #13 on: October 18, 2020, 05:38:26 AM »
     It happens now and then.  If I'm on a job, I tell prospective customers I don't know when I can get to them but I'll put them in the book and will let them know when I'm available.  If that isn't good enough I suggest talking to one of my competitors to see if they're available.
     My current project started off as about a dozen sinker logs.  Then a truckload of cypress was added.  Then another truckload.  I'm working on the third truckload now, and am told there's "some" pine coming after that.  I got no idea how long I'll be on this jobsite. :D
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Re: Do your jobs grow after you arrive?
« Reply #15 on: October 18, 2020, 03:04:56 PM »
Sometimes I get a customer who is surprised I have to be somewhere else the next day.  :-\
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« Reply #16 on: October 18, 2020, 10:56:16 PM »
I do not make any commitments beyond the customer that I am sawing for.  The next customer is in the book and I will let him know as quickly as possible when.  Once I get there I belong to him as long as he has logs to saw.  I am about two months behind now and am giving "sometime next year" time frames.
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« Reply #17 on: October 18, 2020, 11:34:37 PM »
I do not make any commitments beyond the customer that I am sawing for.  The next customer is in the book and I will let him know as quickly as possible when.  Once I get there I belong to him as long as he has logs to saw.  I am about two months behind now and am giving "sometime next year" time frames.
This is why I bought a mill. I had two large red oak logs to saw, and the guy Id scheduled to mill them kept cancelling. I realized he had plenty of business and could pick and choose.  
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