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wbrent's picture
Fair pay?
I local dropped by yesterday. Noticed that I mill a lot. He wondered if I was interested in milling some 30-40 cedar logs for him. Sounds like they are all 8 footers and already debarked. But have been lying in a pile in his yard for a few years. I reluctantly agreed to do it but said I'd do it when I have time and gave him no date for finishing. This is just a hobby for me. Cut a lot for me friends and family only. This would be my first paying job. So I have no idea what to charge. Hourly? Lump sum? What is a fair price. Thanks.
r.garrison1's picture
Do you have a use for cedar? I cut quite a bit for someone a couple years ago, on shares. Because of the amount, we split the wood 50/50. Normally. I do 70/30 (I get the 70) or something closer to that if someone only has one tree, or something.
wbrent's picture
No I have a lifetime of cedar in my own woodlot. Definitely dont need any more.
Bill's picture
$50 an hr. ?
eddiemac's picture
If it's eastern red cedar you'll spend a lot of time on it (knobby knots, tapering logs, occlusions, etc.; so an hourly wage makes sense. However, I always charge 30 cents/bd ft no matter what I cut (I'm slow and have a 15HP engine, manual mill). Even if I don't relish a job, I generally do it anyway as long as the logs are sound; I consider it a community service.
Post Oakie
Post Oakie's picture
You might agree to cut a half-dozen logs for him at a set rate to see how it goes. A lot depends on the size and quality of logs, so an hourly rate is best, in my opinion. I charge $60/hr to run my HD36-- that comes to $1/minute, which makes it easy to calculate.

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kirk's picture
I guess i made out pretty good charging $2.50 a board ft. for cutting oak decking for a low bed trailier. I have an Lm29 I milled 2" x 8" x 10 ft
eddiemac's picture
If you were cutting their logs, yes you did extremely well.
kirk's picture
not all of them were my logs, I had to pick up 2 logs out of his yard. My mill is set up at my house on a concrete slab.
Freddie1812's picture

Hourly charge is the route you should take, you should be paid according to how much you actually work, cause it could take a while.

Tommas's picture

Who is interested in the job?

Neowin's picture

Even if I don't relish a job, I generally do it anyway as long as the logs are sound; I consider it a community service.

Thus's picture

yes you did extremely well