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Going rate
« on: April 18, 2013, 09:21:42 AM »
Wondering what the going rate for a cable skidder and operator is in the Northeast?  Finally bought a new (to me) machine and and moving in on decent piece.  Have been doing my own work with a farm tractor and winch mostly for homeowners looking to get firewood off their lot or some TSI work.   This will be my first job on my own with the machine.  Hopefully it goes smoothly!!
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Re: Going rate
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2013, 07:21:21 PM »
Last time I needed an extra skidder I payed $50.hr+$20.for the operator.That was in 2010-11
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Re: Going rate
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2013, 08:01:59 PM »
what size machine? I have a tree farmer c5 and when I use it for the excavation business I dont get less then $85 and hour.
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Re: Going rate
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2013, 12:24:04 PM »
The machine is a timberjack 240. The stumpage is paid for and will be working on a production base, not hourly for logs, firewood will be pulled out on an hourly base per landowner and have yet agreed on a price.  So I will be semi negotiating Monday for a production price.  Not really sure where to start besides high.   Thanks
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Re: Going rate
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2013, 03:56:37 PM »
The going rate per mbf around here varies also. Know some guys working for 55 and others getting 85. There is so Many things to consider.  I was happy with 65 to 70 depending on timber size and skid distance

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Re: Going rate
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2013, 06:54:30 PM »
are rat goes on TBD tree but diameter we get $7 a tree for 12'' down and $10 a tree for 12' and up thats cutten and skidden hard wood with farthest skid about 3000'

also some guys are paid by the tun on the landing $14 a tun cut and skid no landing work
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Re: Going rate
« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2013, 07:00:15 PM »
Last year the log buyer told me they were payng the contract guys 130 a thousand to cut skid buck.  I really try to get 180 to 210 after stumpage and trucking.  this is in VT.

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Re: Going rate
« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2013, 08:01:40 PM »
On an average contract job for the mill I get $150 per thousand. Cut, skid, and bucked. Longer skids and tougher terrain they pay more.
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Re: Going rate
« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2013, 08:04:35 PM »
I also get $150 per thousand. More for longer skids and difficult terrain.
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Re: Going rate
« Reply #9 on: April 19, 2013, 09:21:14 PM »
I also get $150 per thousand. More for longer skids and difficult terrain.
    on what log scale?

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Re: Going rate
« Reply #10 on: April 19, 2013, 09:52:54 PM »
I also get $150 per thousand. More for longer skids and difficult terrain.
    on what log scale?
 
Hwd and WP logs are sold on 1/4 Int rule. Spruce goes Maine rule. pulp and chips by the green ton. firewood by the cord(128 cuft/cord)

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Re: Going rate
« Reply #11 on: April 20, 2013, 08:45:34 AM »
International 1/4 for logs. All firewood is mine to sell.
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Re: Going rate
« Reply #12 on: April 20, 2013, 05:45:34 PM »
I pay my guys 140 international rule.
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Re: Going rate
« Reply #13 on: April 20, 2013, 08:24:32 PM »
I would love to be able to get 140.  around here 125 to cut skid and haul is what most are paying
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Re: Going rate
« Reply #14 on: April 20, 2013, 08:25:19 PM »
I pay my guys 140 international rule.
you hiring, maybe I'll head back to the northwoods! I could use a nice pine lot right about now, but trucking a 240 from PA to there might be a little spendy.
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Re: Going rate
« Reply #15 on: April 20, 2013, 08:27:59 PM »
PA Faller,

I will pick you and your skidder up on the way through.
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Re: Going rate
« Reply #16 on: April 20, 2013, 08:29:15 PM »
Ya woody you are in a tough spot, the further south you go it seems the cheaper the rates get. Same goes for here in PA, its all contract work for the mills, and they set the rates. Some jobs turn out real well, others you seem to go backwards, depends on the timber, ground etc. Ive always wished the mills held all their crews to the same standards. I cut some pretty nice wood, but Im always expected to do a neat job. It certainly helps the mill buy more wood, but last time I checked pats on the back were not an accepted form of payment at the fuel station, parts store, or the bank!
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Re: Going rate
« Reply #17 on: April 20, 2013, 08:31:29 PM »
PA Faller,

I will pick you and your skidder up on the way through.

Id better tell my wife we are moving back to moose country, how long do we have to pack? :D
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Re: Going rate
« Reply #18 on: April 20, 2013, 08:35:18 PM »
yea PA the last job i cut in your area was in Emporium PA.  I got $115/mb for the logs and $20/ton for the wood to cut and skid.  that was in 2000 when diesel was under a dollar / gal
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Re: Going rate
« Reply #19 on: April 20, 2013, 08:36:33 PM »
I can be at my camp in Elk County by morning
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