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Old September 6th, 2014, 07:58 PM   #1
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We had what they say was a category 1 tornado last night and it took down 3 of my very large hardwoods (2 black walnut and 1 oak). Has anyone had experiences with timber buyers in this area and anyone that you might recommend? I've heard of lumber buyers that will buy these trees whole but I haven't had much luck looking online. Thank you.
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Old September 6th, 2014, 08:10 PM   #2
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Google "lumber buyers Michigan" and you will get a lot of sites in Michigan that buy timber. Most say standing timber, but you don't know until you ask.
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I'll do you a favor and haul it out of there for $500.

Timber buyers aren't gonna buy blown over cracked/splintered lumber.

Actually, I'll do it for $1000.
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I'll do you a favor and haul it out of there for $500.

Timber buyers aren't gonna buy blown over cracked/splintered lumber.

Actually, I'll do it for $1000.
So just to clarify, you are offering him $1000 for his trees or you just jumped in her to make money off a guy that just got hit by a tornado?
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Unfortunately I think Kickstand is right, you'll have a hard time finding a timber buyer. They're looking for more bang for the buck and standing woodlots.

But, you might have luck calling up some sawmills and asking if they have any contacts. Maybe you can find a hobbyist woodworker or even a builder who would be interested. It'd be a shame to let the walnut go to waste.

Any Amish in your neck of the woods?
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So just to clarify, you are offering him $1000 for his trees or you just jumped in her to make money off a guy that just got hit by a tornado?
I doubt that..I think he burns it
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So just to clarify, you are offering him $1000 for his trees or you just jumped in her to make money off a guy that just got hit by a tornado?
Apparently you suck at the internet, and sarcasm.....

I heat with wood, if he wants he can pay me to come and get it.

I doubt a timber buyer is going to want storm damage, as mtnbiknryno pointed out those guys usually prefer standing timber, stuff that has fallen is usually damaged to a point where they don't offer much money for it if any at all.

That said, it is possible that he will find someone, it is also possible that his trees that have fallen are in perfect shape for a buyer, but my "assumption" is that it is unlikely.
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Pics of the trees?
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Old September 7th, 2014, 11:27 AM   #9
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I love how people think if they have black walnut, think thy have gold...And I bet they like to tell people from time to time how much "their" trees are worth to a lumber buyer.

Here is a fact, your trees are shit, nobody wants to pay you for your busted up bulshit. Clean your yard up and move on
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There are buyers who will buy trees individually, and large walnut trees are one they buy. I unfortunately don't know anyone down there at all, and none of the guys I know here will travel that far.

For clarification, how "large" are these trees? FWIW, the oak isn't worth much, but the walnut may be.
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I went back out this morning and there are actually 4 black walnut and 1 oak. The black walnuts had 2 each growing out of the same base. The largest black walnut had a diameter of 34 inches (circumference was around 8 1/2 feet) and it split about 8 feet from the ground. The split off to each portion of the tree, one is approximately 18 inches in diameter and the other one is around 12 inches in diameter. Both are around 40' plus long. The oak is closer to 20 inches in diameter and is around the same length roughly 40'. The oak uprooted, no split. The other black walnut is a little smaller one is about 10 inches in diameter and the other is around 8 inches and they are about 30 ft long. The smaller walnut split at the ground. The insurance company said removal and clean up is all covered but I can keep any of the wood from the hardwoods if I wanted it. Before they came in and started cutting it all up I didn't know if it would be worthwhile to keep it in whole sections.
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We had a couple of large black walnut trees at the cabin we wanted dropped, none of the local saw mills would touch them because they were "yard trees". Too much risk of ruining their blades by hitting nails, staples, pieces of fence, etc that may have been embedded in the tree. So they're good for firewood or projects around the house, but that's about it.
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I went back out this morning and there are actually 4 black walnut and 1 oak. The black walnuts had 2 each growing out of the same base. The largest black walnut had a diameter of 34 inches (circumference was around 8 1/2 feet) and it split about 8 feet from the ground. The split off to each portion of the tree, one is approximately 18 inches in diameter and the other one is around 12 inches in diameter. Both are around 40' plus long. The oak is closer to 20 inches in diameter and is around the same length roughly 40'. The oak uprooted, no split. The other black walnut is a little smaller one is about 10 inches in diameter and the other is around 8 inches and they are about 30 ft long. The smaller walnut split at the ground. The insurance company said removal and clean up is all covered but I can keep any of the wood from the hardwoods if I wanted it. Before they came in and started cutting it all up I didn't know if it would be worthwhile to keep it in whole sections.
Have the insurance company pay to have it cut up, keep all of the wood, then sell to someone for firewood.

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Sell it next year once it's dry and seasoned wood.
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Most buyers won't bother coming out for a few trees, not worth the time or cost to move equipment.
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^But he'll take it for a new found project. Some furniture that'll get half built?
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Actually, log buyers are buying black walnut right now, even if they are yard trees. The European market is shut down so the American market for black walnut is insane! If you can get 104" out of the butt log, depending on defects, they are paying up to $12 a board foot for yard trees. If you have strait and 0 defects in your main leaders they could also veneer. Wish I lived closer to take a look. If you want you can pm me and II'll give you my cell number to send pics to. If I think it's something worth while I can call a couple of my buyers to maybe come take a look. A.J.
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Wow, that $12 price must not have hit the small local sawmills yet.

Or maybe we aren't buying the same quality slabs that veneer companies are looking for. Walnut is about $3/bd. ft. for #2 or #3 kiln dried 1 3/4" natural edge slabs when we buy it by the bunk.
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Whoa!! You mean there is someone dumb enough to pay people for a tree growing in their yard? You mean there are people so stupid they think the trees in their yard are worth $1000's of dollars? Hahahahhaa, you guys should get a room
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Whoa!! You mean there is someone dumb enough to pay people for a tree growing in their yard? You mean there are people so stupid they think the trees in their yard are worth $1000's of dollars? Hahahahhaa, you guys should get a room
One of the places I get firewood is from an individual who had the trees in his yard logged buy a mill. He got paid quite well.
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