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Author Topic: Logging for large company vs logging for yourself ?  (Read 2770 times)

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Offline lshobie

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Re: Logging for large company vs logging for yourself ?
« Reply #20 on: April 07, 2017, 08:01:32 PM »
I did it myself....there is a learning curve and that costs money - mainly from the scumbags out there taking advantage of the new guy.  If you are willing to pay the learning fees then do it yourself, I still came out ahead but I learn quickly.  Firewood is quick and easy money and easy to sell, word of mouth and internet advertising which is free sells it fast - i have sold 30 loads this winter without a problem and could have sold 30 more.

Talk to the local guys hauling  timber - they know what mills are buying and which guys are scumbags - ask many logers and haulers and skidder operators, call the mills and veneer buyers and get all that info....cross reference that info and then try selling a load or two of veneer and sawlogs, wait for the cheque to come in and then see if you are happy with that...ask around and see what others think and then when you realize you were shortchanged try another one and you should be good with the next one. 

The scumbags smell fresh meat, there are lots of them out there but this is a great life and well worth it at the end of the day, you'll do fine.

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Re: Logging for large company vs logging for yourself ?
« Reply #21 on: April 07, 2017, 09:16:32 PM »
Thanks for all the advice.  I'm just gonna giver a go. I have my full time company crew still if the private market doesn't work out. 

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Re: Logging for large company vs logging for yourself ?
« Reply #22 on: April 08, 2017, 02:52:57 PM »
The problem here is there is but one mill and the way they want the logs cut, if you are contract cutting.
You still have to get the wood to the mill, so even contract cutting for them you are doing everything including maintaining the roads, sometimes even building.

They want it cut in 53 foot lengths everything that will make a 6 in top at 53, you are scaled on the top, no adjustments, even though 20 fot of butt log would scale more.
If you are cutting your own, you can cut them at 33, 37,41,47 or 53. You can send in 24,21,or 16's but they dock ypu 18% on price.
Contract cutting you can not sell firewood, they are also in the firewood business big time, so much is left in the woods to rot on their sales.

This is for spruce, if their sale has birch that has to be harvested, you have to find your own market, or leave it and pay the stumpage anyway, the mill will not take it, even though they bought the sale it is on.
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Re: Logging for large company vs logging for yourself ?
« Reply #23 on: April 09, 2017, 08:50:12 AM »
Sounds like there is plenty of room to open a competing mill. All the loggers who hate them would lunge at the chance to leave
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