Tulip and Black Walnut Trees

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Forum topic by mderks04 posted 05-31-2011 03:54 AM 1714 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-31-2011 03:54 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tulip tree yellow poplar walnut tree black walnut prices logging mills

I just purchased a property in Ohio, and near the house there are about 8 Tulip Trees, all between 110 and 130 feet tall, and 30-40 inches all straight with no branches in the first 50 feet. There are also 3 black walnut trees all about 70-80 feet tall, and 18-22 inches in diameter also straight with no branches in the first 40 feet. I was wondering if anyone can give me any type of an idea of what i could get for these trees if i had someone come cut them down. There is really only one company in the area, so its going to be tough to get multiple estimates from a pro. So any idea would be nice to make sure i don’t get screwed. Thank you

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#1 posted 05-31-2011 04:05 AM

its kinda like the cattle rancher who gets bugger nothing for a side of beef yet tenderloine is still 25 bucks a pound.

compound that with a low demand for both species, and a big supply puts more pressure on a the price to drop.
Add to that a sluggish economy …....

I would render a guess that you wont get more then a quarter a board foot, more like a dime…..but you never know.
Might be better to hire a portable mill, have it cut, sticker it and sit on it until the prices go up.

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#2 posted 05-31-2011 12:58 PM

Mderks, Here is a link to the web site run by one of the group, Daren Nelson, who is a professional sawyier. It contains some pretty good info on the subject of your post.

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#3 posted 05-31-2011 05:34 PM

Black walnut has a few issues, first they tend to have rot on the inside when they get that size. second, any metal in the tree is going to stain the lumber and it will be usless for furniture. You also dont have enough trees there for a company to drag out there equipment to cut them down and hual them away.

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#4 posted 05-31-2011 06:18 PM

One thing to be aware of is that many sawyers don’t like to deal with trees near houses because there is a high liklihood that sometime in the last 100 years, someone probably nailed something to it. Sometimes sawyers make you pay some kind of deposit in case they hit metal and damage a blade. Many folks on here, especially sawyers themselves, know much more about this than I do, but I wanted you to know this is a possibility so you won’t be surprised by it.

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