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06-21-2014 02:16 AM

How much would you offer for this?

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#1 posted 06-21-2014 02:28 AM

Looking at the second picture, it is not very strait. If it were me, I would pass on it. By the time you pay for it, spend time hauling it, get it sawn up, there isn’t going to be as much lumber as you think. That’s my 2 cents anyway. Now if it were free or pretty close to it, and not as crooked as it looks in the picture, then it might be worth it.

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#2 posted 06-21-2014 02:31 AM

I would consider making an offer on just 6 feet, for a table or something, if they were willing. How much do you think a six foot log is worth?

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#3 posted 06-21-2014 03:52 AM

That’s an average size cherry for IL. Just from looking at 2 pictures, it’s looks like 2 fairly descent logs. It has little value as it is. Let the seller know you’re doing HIM a favor by considering to remove it. Let him know a timber buyer wouldn’t give him $20 for it in the wild. I’d back a 16’ utility or car hauler right under half of it and cut it, letting it drop on the trailer…carefully somehow. Block the other half before cutting it. Maybe that was the intent of the sawhorses. I’d try something a little beefier.

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#4 posted 06-21-2014 04:01 AM

$20? I was thinking this person would want hundreds. I would easily pay $20. It would take a whole day for me to cut it and haul it.

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#5 posted 06-21-2014 04:14 AM

This is not milled lumber. The seller might think it’s worth hundreds, but it’s not. It’s worth what someone will pay for it I guess. He’s marketing to woodworkers like us, I would assume. I wouldn’t offer much, let him know your doing him a favor. Run a metal detector before milling for sure.

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#6 posted 06-21-2014 04:33 AM

Thank you for the advice Jeff. Other than my neighbors Hickory, taking a whole tree is something I’ve never done before. I would have to rent a trailer. With the wood working I do, this would last me a long time and save a bunch of money in the long run.

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#7 posted 06-21-2014 04:33 AM


I saw this on my daily CL scour and skipped right by it. I’m willing to bet by the end of the summer it ends up with the piles of free firewood in the free section in our Chicago CL. He’s simply not wanting to pay to have it removed from his property which would cost him hundreds.

If you are willing to do the work I would offer to remove it from his property for free. I would also suspect the owner would want you to clean up behind yourself as well.


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#8 posted 06-21-2014 05:31 AM

I would not go very high. If his measurements are correct, there is 500 board feet of lumber. But getting 1 log taken care of for you will be difficult. See if there is a mill locally. If I were close, I would take it in a heartbeat.

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#9 posted 06-21-2014 07:16 AM

But Monte, would you “pay” anything for it?

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#10 posted 06-21-2014 01:37 PM

Lets be honest here. Air dried cherry is an average of $1 a bf. you would be doing him a favor by cutting it up and hauling it off. If you have to rent a trailer, cut it up, haul, pay to mill, haul again, and wait to dry. It would be as costly in time as if you just found a sawyer and bought what you need. also most sawyer’s won’t saw a yard tree. You never know what’s in them.

I recommend if it ain’t free, and close to home then pass.

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#11 posted 06-21-2014 01:45 PM

I am with the camp that says you should be willing to remove it ”for a fee”. Unless you remove trees for a living, you will be spending way more than it would cost you to buy the 8/4 cherry, and THAT is without paying for the privilege to do so.

Just my 2¢...

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#12 posted 06-21-2014 01:50 PM

Tell him you’ll cut it for free with your little axe.

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#13 posted 06-21-2014 02:03 PM

Okay, I found a bunch of ridiculous quotes for various tree services. I now know what I want to do for a living for the rest of my life, become an overnight successful millionaire cutting trees.

Well, I found one service that was pretty good. Still too high. $450 to mill the wood.

No how many tools I get I still want more.

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#14 posted 06-21-2014 02:30 PM

I would offer to cut it up, haul it off, and clean up the limbs for him. But I wouldn’t pay him for the privelage! But I have a sawmill so it wouldn’t cost me anything to mill it!

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#15 posted 06-22-2014 03:18 PM

i agree with those who say “i will cut it up and remove from your property for free”

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