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Old February 22nd, 2013, 10:04 PM   #1
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I have a one acre wooded lot, and I'm looking to get about half an acre area clear cut, and leveled out to build a barn in the summer. Just wondering if anyone here does this, and how to go about getting an estimate on the process? Most of the mature trees are oaks and maples, with a shit load of small brush and over growth. Not sure if its worth talking to someone in a mill about the trees, or just use it as fire wood. Any ideas or suggetions would be great.
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Old February 22nd, 2013, 10:28 PM   #2
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any trees 18" diameter with sections 8 feet or longer may be sold to loggers, don't expect to get rich, but it is better than blocking for fire wood. Then you can still cut the tops.
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any trees 18" diameter with sections 8 feet or longer may be sold to loggers, don't expect to get rich, but it is better than blocking for fire wood. Then you can still cut the tops.
Do you usually have to have them come out and mark the ones they want? I have quite a few that are at least that size.
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Normally for any logging you want to bring in a forester (not the mill's forester) who will work on commission and get you the highest price, because he is earning money too. A mill or a mill's forester will undervalue it.

That said, with as small of an area that you're talking you might not be able to drum up any interest. Good luck.
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pm hosejockey he will do anything hahaha
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let me talk to my friend. he owns a nice tractor and some good chainsaws. he is always looking for trees to use as lumber. he has a portable saw mill so he makes his own building materials. i'll see if he is interested.
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Normally for any logging you want to bring in a forester (not the mill's forester) who will work on commission and get you the highest price, because he is earning money too. A mill or a mill's forester will undervalue it.

That said, with as small of an area that you're talking you might not be able to drum up any interest. Good luck.
Yeah, I don't think there is enough for a mill to be interested.
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let me talk to my friend. he owns a nice tractor and some good chainsaws. he is always looking for trees to use as lumber. he has a portable saw mill so he makes his own building materials. i'll see if he is interested.
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Once you get all the trees cleared out, post the date you want everyone to come over and shit.
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Once you get all the trees cleared out, post the date you want everyone to come over and shit.
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After a few PM's with some questions, I'll be a little more specific.

My plans are to build a 40X60 barn with another 40X60 spot behind the barn that will be a fenced "parking lot". So I guess to rephrase my first post..... I need a 1/2 acre area cleaned of all over growth, dead trees, and selectively cut misc trees. And an area at least 80X200 completely cleared of all growth, stumps removed, and land prepped and brought up to grade for building.
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After a few PM's with some questions, I'll be a little more specific.

My plans are to build a 40X60 barn with another 40X60 spot behind the barn that will be a fenced "parking lot". So I guess to rephrase my first post..... I need a 1/2 acre area cleaned of all over growth, dead trees, and selectively cut misc trees. And an area at least 80X200 completely cleared of all growth, stumps removed, and land prepped and brought up to grade for building.
You might do it in two steps. Talk to some tree companies that might do the cutting in exchange for the wood, or something. But its going to depend on if the wood is any good.

And then you'll need to find an excavating company, to rip out the stumps and then bring in the sand and fill for your grade. You'll want to remove as much of the organic materials (stumps and roots) as possible where your concrete is going.

If the wood isn't that great for milling, you might put up some notices to let people come and have free firewood, they cut and remove.


For mine, I cut all of them except one 42" trunk that overhung our deck. None was worth milling (I have milled before, its very reasonable cost), so I cut it all to firewood. I gave away 90% pretty easily, and kept for our own needs. The excavating company dug out all the stumps, laid a gravel driveway, and did the sand and grade work. The bulk of the money was in the sand, I think we had 180 yards brought in. Stump work was $80 per hour.

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You might do it in two steps.
This.

You probably want to get someone to come in and cut all the trees down.

Then you want to hire someone else to do the excavation/grading.

You probably want to talk with the excavator/grader first and see how he wants the trees removed (IE how much stump needs to be removed so he can easily pull them out).

If you go the route of cutting, then hiring someone else to do the excavation/grading let me know. I'd be willing to come down and haul some of the wood out of your way to use as fire wood.
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