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What's a fair price by the cord to skid wood?
« on: October 29, 2013, 06:17:26 PM »
A guy I worked for in the past is offering up some sub contracting work to me. He has a firewood lot that he needs to cut. He is offering $50 per cord to cut skid and pile it is this a fair price?
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Re: What's a fair price by the cord to skid wood?
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2013, 06:24:46 PM »
I would say it would depend on the job, i.e. how much do I think I could do in an average day on that particular job in that particular timber, subtract my expenses for a day of work, (fuel, wear and tear, and maintenance), and subtract that from the total, and see if I have money left, and how much.  That is how I would figure it.  In good wood, I used to be able to do 1 sometimes 2 truckloads a day, 10-20 cds x 50/cd=500-1,000/day minus expenses. might not be too bad.  Cost to move in/out figured in as well.  good luck with it.
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Re: What's a fair price by the cord to skid wood?
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2013, 06:40:43 PM »
if he offered you $50 per full cord to cut and skid, that would be aprox 350 per load which is on the cheap side but doable if your on good ground. 

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Re: What's a fair price by the cord to skid wood?
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2013, 06:41:56 PM »
i'm doing a 20 cord job now at $50. per cord. If your cutting big wood,not 4" dbh and it's a short skid it's worth it. Oh, and don't contract to do field edges  ;D :( don't ask why i know.I'd do it again for $150. cord or $2500.an ac :D .
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Re: What's a fair price by the cord to skid wood?
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2013, 08:07:52 PM »
Thanks guess I'll check out the job first and go from there.
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Re: What's a fair price by the cord to skid wood?
« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2013, 10:40:14 PM »
I only get 50 a cord delivered for pine shaving wood here in Arkansas
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Re: What's a fair price by the cord to skid wood?
« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2013, 04:48:42 PM »


Log trucks only haul about 7 cord, not 10 so the 350 a load you'd be making is a more reasonable number than 500 a load. IMO that's not horrible but maybe you could ask for a little more but on the other hand if you're only cutting pole wood you should be able to cut and skid more than one load a day. Even at 2 loads a day that's 700 minus expenses which shouldn't be all that much depending on your equipment that's not a bad day and you really shouldnt have to hussel to get 2 loads. If you're trucking the wood he needs to pay additional pay for trucking. Shoot for 4 loads a day, that's not bad money!  :)
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Re: What's a fair price by the cord to skid wood?
« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2013, 04:56:41 PM »
And before people go crazy about the 4 loads a day suggesting, it was a playful joke! Any who I would love to get a couple firewood only jobs, 2 loads a day at 50 a cord isn't bad money, and 2 loads cut and skid a day should be do able fairly easy, I cut and skid logs and firewood and have no problem pulling a load of firewood a day on top of about 4-5000 ft of logs a day..what's everyone usually pay/make to cut and skid log trees by the thousand? I hear different numbers from everyone I talk to...
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Re: What's a fair price by the cord to skid wood?
« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2013, 04:58:30 PM »
Let me re-phrase. What's the going rate to cut and skid (chainsaw and skidder) saw logs and firewood by the thousand?
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Re: What's a fair price by the cord to skid wood?
« Reply #9 on: October 30, 2013, 05:03:57 PM »
The state and the general location makes a difference.  Your provided question is too general.  You need to be more specific.  There are a lot of differences geographically.

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Re: What's a fair price by the cord to skid wood?
« Reply #10 on: October 30, 2013, 05:27:01 PM »
I'm from CT I'm sorry I diddnt include that.
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Re: What's a fair price by the cord to skid wood?
« Reply #11 on: October 30, 2013, 06:31:38 PM »
I'm getting $100. for short skids and good wood,and $150. for longer (1/4 mi) skids,and to be detetmined if it's real steep.
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Re: What's a fair price by the cord to skid wood?
« Reply #12 on: October 30, 2013, 07:23:50 PM »
We usually get between 120-130
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Re: What's a fair price by the cord to skid wood?
« Reply #13 on: October 30, 2013, 07:56:22 PM »
I'm getting $100 cord in 8' length.  And 5 cord days are not hard if you have big trees.  For me that equates to about 12 trees per day.  On average by myself, I can cut and drag 3 cords.
That's with frozen ground and good skid trails.  Right now Mother Nature is taking her time with winter. Now I am in no way complaining.....but winter is about 1 month late here.  Right now I'm lucky to pull 1.5, and I have to work for that. 
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Re: What's a fair price by the cord to skid wood?
« Reply #14 on: October 30, 2013, 08:09:31 PM »
I'm getting $100 cord in 8' length.  And 5 cord days are not hard if you have big trees.  For me that equates to about 12 trees per day.  On average by myself, I can cut and drag 3 cords.
That's with frozen ground and good skid trails.  Right now Mother Nature is taking her time with winter. Now I am in no way complaining.....but winter is about 1 month late here.  Right now I'm lucky to pull 1.5, and I have to work for that. 
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Re: What's a fair price by the cord to skid wood?
« Reply #15 on: October 30, 2013, 09:05:04 PM »
I say 50/cord that's $100/ thousand feet.sounds like a fine deal. if ya can manage 4 cord a day or so, that's 200 in your pocket after some gas and diesel. I can easily do 4+ cord a day. I burn about 3 or 4 gallons of diesel and a teaspoon or w/e of 2 cycle. unless your skidding a long ways and whatnot. I wouldn't think you can get too much for the job or the contractor himself wont make a good nuff cut.
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Re: What's a fair price by the cord to skid wood?
« Reply #16 on: October 31, 2013, 09:59:13 AM »
The last cut-and-skid contract I had was $140 per thousand for logs and $18 a ton ( +/- $45/cord) for pulp.
This was in NH in an environmentally sensitive area. A forester took care of snowplowing, maintaining roads and marketing the wood.

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Re: What's a fair price by the cord to skid wood?
« Reply #17 on: October 31, 2013, 05:45:27 PM »
Good info thanks, I'm meeting with the guy on Sunday to look it over I'm going to try to get the $50 per cord and a little wood to so I can sell some to my customers. Will see what happens!
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Re: What's a fair price by the cord to skid wood?
« Reply #18 on: October 31, 2013, 05:56:35 PM »
My rates start at $150/M to cut and skid sawlogs and all firewood is mine to do with as I please. I'm in western Ma.
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Re: What's a fair price by the cord to skid wood?
« Reply #19 on: November 01, 2013, 08:01:39 PM »
Sounds fair bill m
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