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Posted on Why Is Rough Sawn Lumber Cut In Such Long Lengths?

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#1 posted 09-09-2012 12:46 AM

“I suspected that efficiency from the mills may have something to do with it.”

I think you need to back up on the process. Trees are cut at a certain size (length), then the logs are loaded on trucks that are a certain length by loaders that have a finite weight capacity. I don’t know the answer to the question, but I suspect that the sweet economic spot is someplace between 12’ and 16’ in length. Furthermore, while this may or may not be the case today, it may have been true when the industry was developing and established businesses are reluctant to retool to today’s possibilities.

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