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Forum topic by feverdog71 posted 11-16-2016 05:30 PM 1575 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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feverdog71

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11-16-2016 05:30 PM

Topic tags/keywords: walnut question

Hi,
I’ve got two black walnut trees, I’m dying to get rid of. Can anyone give me an idea of how much I can get for the logs.

The two walnuts are the closest to the shed. The thicker tree is 70 inches around the trunk and the first branch isn’t until about 20 feet or so. The tree with two trunks are 51 and 30 inches around. The first branch on the 51 is probably about 30 feet or so.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks


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gargey

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#1 posted 11-16-2016 05:10 PM

Ya think your location might matter, bro?

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KYSean

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#2 posted 11-16-2016 06:25 PM

You would probably have to pay to get someone to cut them down and get rid of them. Chances are slim someone will pay you for them. Not in an ideal spot. Who would take the risk?

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#3 posted 11-16-2016 07:09 PM

Folks have called me and asked me if I’d give ‘em any money for their tree. My answer is that I never pay for wood myself, and all my turner friends have WAY more lying around than they can turn in several years, so NO. I’m a woodturner and I can hardly get anyone to come help me cut up FREE trees for use on the lathe.

If you cut it down and haul it to a sawmill they MIGHT give you something for it. But I doubt it.

Most of us know folks with a barn that have air dried rough lumber that’s been there for years, and usually it winds up getting bugs in it, or dry rotting before someone will use it.

Good Luck. Let us know if you find a way to sell it.

-- "woodworker with an asterisk"

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Underdog

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#4 posted 11-16-2016 07:11 PM

Not only that, those trees around a house are QUITE likely to have some sort of metal in them for some reason or other. It could have been in a fence row, or had a hammock fastened to it, or a tree fort or… you name it.

Sawyers will steer clear of such things because down time from a busted sawblade is expensive.

-- "woodworker with an asterisk"

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#5 posted 11-16-2016 08:39 PM

You will probably have to pay to get rid of them. Trees close to houses won’t get touched by a sawmill.

-- Mike

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DirtyMike

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#6 posted 11-16-2016 09:19 PM

I would say it will cost you anywhere from 500-1200 to get those cut down by a licensed and bonded tree service. topping seems to add to the job a lot.

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feverdog71

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#7 posted 11-16-2016 10:18 PM

I figured I would have to have them cut down myself by an insured pro, but I was hoping to offset the cost by selling the logs. If nobody thinks anyone would buy them, I guess I will use them for firewood.

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#8 posted 11-17-2016 07:37 AM

To sell them it would probably be necessary to have a sawmill cut them first. Then people would buy the boards if they are decent quality. If you happened to be in South Chicagoland and could get them to my sawyer I might be interested in taking a look at the trees. I don’t have equipment to move large logs though.

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#9 posted 11-17-2016 12:27 PM



Ya think your location might matter, bro?

- gargey


-- “If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses.” ― Lenny Bruce

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feverdog71

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#10 posted 11-17-2016 12:33 PM

Metamora, IL is my location. 15 minutes from Peoria.

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#11 posted 11-17-2016 01:27 PM

I think JAAune gave you a great advice. Look around for a portable sawmill guy/gal (Craigslist) and have them cut it into lumber onsite. Some of them will trade part of the lumber for the service.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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#12 posted 11-17-2016 01:36 PM



I think JAAune gave you a great advice. Look around for a portable sawmill guy/gal (Craigslist) and have them cut it into lumber onsite. Some of them will trade part of the lumber for the service.

- mahdee


-- “If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses.” ― Lenny Bruce

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#13 posted 11-17-2016 04:15 PM

If I were close, I would pay to have them taken down for and I get the logs. I don’t pay for the trees.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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JAAune

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#14 posted 11-18-2016 03:45 AM

Metamora is 2 hours from Saint Anne where my sawyer is located. If you know a guy that’s willing to move the logs that far I might be interested if the trees aren’t too big for his mill. Alternatively, if you’ve got a local sawyer that can cut them I may be interested as well. I can transport sawn lumber on my trailer but not logs.

-- See my work at http://remmertstudios.com and http://altaredesign.com

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#15 posted 11-18-2016 09:11 AM

OP got his answer so I’m guessing that he’s gone, never to be heard from again on LJ so I’ll say what’s really on my mind: I get a kick out of these types of periodic queries where a guy falls in from nowhere and gets what amounts to go-to-hell advice. You see this from people who harbor a belief that their nuisance standing tree MUST be gold to those inscrutable and crazy woodworkers. Well, surprise… I often wonder if around the water cooler at work these one-time posters don’t describe LJs as being a bunch of snooty pricks for not affirming the hoped-for monetary value of their tree(s).

As a hobbyist who mills a little of his own lumber I’m gladdened by some of the generosity of tree-richfolk in my area, but the generosity is usually self-serving to the end getting good ol’ fuigb to remove trees or take ALL of some monster that’s laying in the yard. Give me a little and I’ll have some fun with it or use it to knock out a picture frame with a story for your den but dear God please don’t expect me to wave a wand and make the equivalent of hundreds or even 1000+ bf of unprocessed logs vanish. And for sure: I pay nothing more than a heartfelt thanks for whatever I take.

-- - Crud. Go tell your mother that I need a Band-aid.

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