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Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
« on: December 31, 2020, 10:05:41 AM »
 

 
I started the original Whatcha Sawin' ?? topic with this picture back in 2014.  Wow, how many of our logs have become lumber and sawdust in the past 6 years??

For my sawing, this next year is starting off with 19 sawing jobs on the list.  Some of these customers really wanted it done this year but I decided to "schedule some vacation" and take a few weeks off.

So the question is:  Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??

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Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2020, 10:26:03 AM »
2020 was shaky over the spring and summer, but picked up dramatically in September, so now I ended up almost exactly same revenue as 2019. 

For 2021,  I have 3 jobs scheduled and two who waiting for me to give them dates.

Then a dozen or so where we are going back and forth asking for information.  
3/4 of those are probably still learning that logs are heavy, lumber is heavy, and wood has to be dried.   :) :)

So things just keep rolling forward pretty much as usual.
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Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2020, 12:41:35 PM »
After 2 week of equipment troubles and a bad snow storm.
I'm finally back milling.
2020 was the most lumber i have ever sawn.
I hope to better that in 2021.
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Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2020, 12:54:45 PM »
In 2021 I plan to promote my sawmill business more.  This year I did not create a single ad to promote people bringing me their logs to saw.  I just didn't want a lot of strangers coming to my place, especially early in the pandemic.  I did have a few repeat customers and word of mouth folks bring their logs, but I didn't let them stay to help.  If my production rate goes up like I hope it does, I will raise my hourly rate.
Aside from that, I want to get a lot of already cut lumber into the kiln and sold.  I've got a lot of logs that need to be made into lumber before they become bug food.  I think my next major goal would be figuring out some way to store dried lumber.  Perhaps along the lines of Doc's container.  I expect 2021 will be a safer time to have customers coming to my place.
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Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2020, 04:15:03 PM »
2020 had a split personality for me. Sometimes I had plenty of jobs and logs to saw.  Sometimes things were very quiet.  I sawed more lumber this year as well.  The last few months since I adjusted my business plan have been more profitable.  

For 2021 I have seven portable jobs scheduled already.  I have a handful of standing orders with purchase orders in hand for first quarter 2021.  Theres a market Ive got my foot into the door, I hope will expand. 
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Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2020, 07:07:49 PM »
2020 was a mixed bag. Told my largest customer to stick it where the sun dont shine early in the year, then COVID had me second guessing that before it turned into a year of high retail demand, then picked up the nightmare dream job at the finish.

2021 starts with my own spec work backlogged, my regular guys all ticking away steadily, 1 contract sawing job in hand but I'm 45 days behind schedule on it, and another thats almost surely going to go. I have no idea how I'm going to do this... I dont have the equipment I need, I dont have the necessary skilled manpower for the equipment, I'm cash poor because I've been getting hammered with breakdowns, I don't trust any of these guys beyond the letter of the contracts. And I kinda need all three - 2 big multi year contract cutting orders plus my established business - to balance it all out so any one leg can fall and I'll make out. But I guess if it was easy anyone could do it.

It's January 01 here so I want to wish each and every one of you a fantastic 2021, and thank you for all the insights you've shared through 2020.
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Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2020, 07:36:19 PM »
2020 was a great year for me, I have 3 custom saw jobs sitting in the yard for next year, the 3 drying sheds are full of customers wood waiting for the kiln, I have 2 bundles of my own sawn,  walnut, spalted maple waiting to go in the kiln. I am keeping things running just like that, just enough for me. I am probably in a position to purchse another kiln, but I would need to hire someone and then I would have an extra head ache I don't really want at my age. I am also not a believer tht this economy  will keep on rolling. There is a lot of Government money rolling around, driving up prices and supplies. It has to end and the person with the cash wins.  
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Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2021, 01:06:57 AM »
I'm gonna saw stuff.  Just a little more than I did in 2020.
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Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2021, 08:38:32 AM »
Looking at my sawing job list, it appears that I just might start off with a bang.  First up will be a 70 mile road trip ~200 SYP & Oak log job that I will start Monday.  This is a repeat customer.

There are 5 other quite large jobs that are 90-150 miles away and two of them are repeat customers.  That leaves 13 more small 1-2 day jobs.

I have 25 new blades, ~15-20 resharps, and 10 at ReSharp  so I should be ahead of the curve on the ReSharp backlog.  I received two 1 X 7/39 (Turbos) to try but there will not be an opportunity to experiment any time soon.  Just sawing um and leaving um.  ;D
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Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
« Reply #9 on: January 01, 2021, 09:02:33 AM »
   I'm almost embarrassed to post when I look at the kind of number the MM posted for last year but, in spite of all the setbacks, I sawed a little more in 2020 than my previous best year but well over double the last 2 years. 

   This time of year is always slow because of the cold and mud from rain and melting snow so I scheduled cataract surgery 11 January and I am sure I will be limited in what I can do for a few weeks. 

   I have a couple of mobile jobs in the works where I did a site visit and am just waiting on the customer to get his trees cut down and logs assembled on site. Some of those will pan out, some will not if history repeats itself. 

   I have plans to build another bay on to my last storage shed I built for an additional 10X12 covered storage area which is always in short supply. No other real big plans for expansion at this time.

   Happy New Year to all and stay safe out there.
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« Reply #10 on: January 01, 2021, 02:55:54 PM »
Looking at my sawing job list, it appears that I just might start off with a bang.  First up will be a 70 mile road trip ~200 SYP & Oak log job that I will start Monday.  This is a repeat customer.

There are 5 other quite large jobs that are 90-150 miles away and two of them are repeat customers.  That leaves 13 more small 1-2 day jobs.

I have 25 new blades, ~15-20 resharps, and 10 at ReSharp  so I should be ahead of the curve on the ReSharp backlog.  I received two 1 X 7/39 (Turbos) to try but there will not be an opportunity to experiment any time soon.  Just sawing um and leaving um.  ;D
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     Let us know how the blades do, please.  Happy New Year.
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Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
« Reply #11 on: January 01, 2021, 03:25:58 PM »
This was actually my last logs of 2020 and I finished them up today, a small rainbow poplar and a good size cherry,

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« Reply #12 on: January 01, 2021, 04:01:24 PM »
I will Brandi but for now I will be using my old standby 1" X T7's.

I have been idling for a few weeks so this morning I was surprised at how much "getting ready" I had to do.  Fill the Diesel cans, mix chainsaw gas and fill my traveling gas cans, fill my chainsaw bar oil can, fold blades and fill my "magic blade can" & backseat box with blades, replenish the wire brush box, fill my blade lube jugs with antifreeze mix, and fill my ATF jugs.  Guess that I had better get my lunch box out too.  ::)

I was running and gunning in November and the first of December so tomorrow morning I will change the sawmill engine oil and replace the oil and fuel filters.  I normally do oil changes, etc. at 250 hours, but this time it has been 300.  Not a problem but it will be done before I saw again.  Scheduled ~200 log 70 mile road trip starting Monday.
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Re: Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
« Reply #13 on: January 01, 2021, 04:07:22 PM »

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I started the original Whatcha Sawin' ?? topic with this picture back in 2014.  Wow, how many of our logs have become lumber and sawdust in the past 6 years??

For my sawing, this next year is starting off with 19 sawing jobs on the list.  Some of these customers really wanted it done this year but I decided to "schedule some vacation" and take a few weeks off.

So the question is:  Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
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« Reply #14 on: January 01, 2021, 04:10:36 PM »
This was actually my last logs of 2020 and I finished them up today, a small rainbow poplar and a good size cherry,


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« Reply #15 on: January 01, 2021, 04:13:14 PM »
  I'm almost embarrassed to post when I look at the kind of number the MM posted for last year but, in spite of all the setbacks, I sawed a little more in 2020 than my previous best year but well over double the last 2 years.

   This time of year is always slow because of the cold and mud from rain and melting snow so I scheduled cataract surgery 11 January and I am sure I will be limited in what I can do for a few weeks.

   I have a couple of mobile jobs in the works where I did a site visit and am just waiting on the customer to get his trees cut down and logs assembled on site. Some of those will pan out, some will not if history repeats itself.

   I have plans to build another bay on to my last storage shed I built for an additional 10X12 covered storage area which is always in short supply. No other real big plans for expansion at this time.

   Happy New Year to all and stay safe out there.
Happy Healthy New Year, Howard. Good luck with the eye surgery.
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« Reply #16 on: January 01, 2021, 04:18:40 PM »
 

 
I plan on making some Lap siding in 2021 for a 10X12 shed that I am going to use for a planer and a cut to length station. I was going to buy a new one but got lucky and this one was on a post on the Wood-Mizer F.B. page yesterday. I drove a 120 miles to Illion, N.Y. to pick it up this morning. Met another nice guy with a sawmill. Happy New Year to all of you.
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« Reply #17 on: January 01, 2021, 04:22:06 PM »
 

 
Another F.B. Marketplace find. No more lifting heavy slabs. A 80 mile road trip to P.A. Put a few miles on the Cummins this week...
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« Reply #19 on: January 01, 2021, 04:50:36 PM »

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I started the original Whatcha Sawin' ?? topic with this picture back in 2014.  Wow, how many of our logs have become lumber and sawdust in the past 6 years??

For my sawing, this next year is starting off with 19 sawing jobs on the list.  Some of these customers really wanted it done this year but I decided to "schedule some vacation" and take a few weeks off.

So the question is:  Whatcha Sawin' 2021 ??
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You are the busiest sawyer I know and a inspiration to an old (60) guy like me. Enjoy a Happy Healthy New Year.
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