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Forum topic by ryno101 posted 06-08-2009 05:34 PM 2040 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-08-2009 05:34 PM

Topic tags/keywords: timber sassafras value

I am not sure whether this is the appropriate forum for this question… but it seemed to fit the best… maybe I’ll double post?

Anyway, I have several (5 or 6) Sassafras trees in my yard that need to go. My father was out this past weekend, he’s been clearing a sizable lot in Western MA, and has been working with a Consulting Forester to get the best prices for his timber. We were telling him that we were planning on hiring a local arborist to get the trees out. He thought that the timber was valuable enough that someone would probably pay us to take them out!

I did a little research, and Consulting Foresters usuallly work with much larger timber stands, and I am not sure that it would be worth hiring someone like that… figured I’d put the question out to the LJ community and see if y’all had any advice?

For more detail:
The lot in question is one that would make felling and removal of the trees a simple matter.
I have 5 or 6 trees, between 12”-18” in diameter, about 60 feet tall.

Any advice?

-- Ryno

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#1 posted 06-08-2009 05:51 PM

These types of questions get asked quite alot. You might find someone to do it for free, but I doubt it. The cost of the equipment needed to cut and chip the branches, and the amount of labor to get the trees down is where the problem lies. Your best option is to pay to get them cut down, and ask to keep the main logs. From there you will need to get them milled and then dry them yourself. This is where you can make the money from it all. The myth that trees are worth big bucks is gone with the recession, as lumber prices plummet.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#2 posted 06-08-2009 05:58 PM

I’ll second Julian – I see a lot of posts on craigslist for “free wood, just come and take them down… but you need to be insured and a professional” ... these posts usually get responses on the forums – and not favorable ones.

you should get those trees down professionally, and ask to keep the lumber – which you can process/sell at a later date.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 06-09-2009 09:21 PM

Here in Central Ohio there is a sawyer with a band saw mill who has sassafras logs ready to cut into lumber to your specs for $0.85 bf. That is cheap. You will have to air dry them or pay him additional to run them through his Nyle kiln. These logs are 30” plus in diameter.


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#4 posted 06-09-2009 11:11 PM

Is that sawyer you mentioned: Neidhart Millworks ? If not I would be interested to find out.. I have a neighbor looking for some Sassafras. Much appreciated

-- Scott, Colorado

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