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Forum topic by gillyd posted 02-18-2012 10:14 PM 1060 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-18-2012 10:14 PM

I feel kind of guilty and giddy at the same time buying rough sawn (kiln dried) lumber from this company. They are about a 30 minute drive from my house, but they have the following prices.

Any of the following for $1.50 a BF: Ash, Cherry, Hackberry, Hickory, Maple, Red Cedar, Red Oak, Walnut, White Oak

Now I have done my fair share of price comparisons and there is one other local guy that gets close, but no where near these kind of prices. Does that mean all these other places are making bank on us at $2.50-$3 BF of rough sawn compared to these prices above?

Thoughts? Is this just too good to be true and I should be buying as much as I can fit in my shop/house?

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#1 posted 02-18-2012 10:30 PM

Is it kiln dried? Graded? Or just some stuff a tree trimmer ran thru his Woodmizer, cut out of someone’s backyard?

There ain’t no Santa Claus.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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#2 posted 02-18-2012 10:34 PM

Its kiln dried, its a business not just some guy running a few trees through a saw either.

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#3 posted 02-18-2012 10:37 PM

They seem like great prices to me, even if they are common grade. I’m sure you’ll have people asking you to send them “samples” to evaluate and see if it’s any good. ;-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#4 posted 02-20-2012 02:21 AM

Very good prices, indeed.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#5 posted 02-20-2012 02:28 AM

Good prices. Location means a lot. The cherry, walnut, and maple are beneath my local retail prices. However, I have made several CL scores at similar prices. If the boards are clear, and straight…I say stock up. Nice score.

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#6 posted 02-20-2012 05:40 PM

I lowball. Don’t bother with 1Com or 2Com. Hardwood $.75 BF and Softwoods #3 or better $.30 per foot. I buy the whole stack, pay cash and haul it when I buy it. This is informal market-distressed parties or cleanouts. If you pay higher try to dicker on the scale (don’t buy split ends, twisted, waney edge, rot or buggy). If they won’t work with you—move on. I may be more reasonable with walnut or cherry and give a higher offer.

Learned the above by spending way too much (hard way) and finding out later there is enough free or very cheap for what I need (easy way). I don’t resell—prefer to give away or trade.

Prices on original post aren’t half bad if you pick the best and buy only what you need. (Both things I need to do better. ha ha.) s

-- Steve, 'Sconie Great White North

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