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Old 01-15-2011, 10:13 AM
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I can split a cord of wood on a tank of fuel (a quart maybe) with my splitter. Not sure where you get 3 gallons to split a cord.

Mix and bar oil to cover warranty? Where'd you hear that? BS

2 gallons of gas for 2 saws? Again, I can cut a whole tree (40-50ft tall, 20-30in diameter) on a tank or maybe 2 tanks of fuel with one saw. Last tree I cut down took me and a friend about an hour to cut it up and start hauling to our storage area about 5 miles away. 3 trips and it's all at our storage ready to start splitting.
Texarkana Tractor is my sthil dealer- and that is where the BS is coming from lol Warranty ran out so no worries there.

The trees I get is the WHOLE tree- you can jus cut the trunk and leave the top just laying around. Plus customers around here like the "little round peices" a lot. So as your cutting the top and cleaning up at the same time, thats a lot of work and sawing- therefor the fuel consumption. Plus I split all my wood where I cut the tree. I tried loading it and slitting and stacking it somwhere else but think about this. You cut it and split and deliver/stack the wood. Your touching each peice- 2-3 times. If your taking it somewhere else to split/stack. Your touching each peice 4-5 times... Jus saying its a little more work. And if you deliver your stacking it back ok the trailer and then stacking it at its destination. So 6-7 times its getting handled... Now if your not delivering then you get the right Idea! PLus the splitter I have is a 10hp honda- it drinks the fuel
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Old 01-15-2011, 10:14 AM
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Just checked Craigslist for this area. Cords of seasoned oak are selling between $100 and $150 per cord, delivered.
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Old 01-15-2011, 10:16 AM
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Just checked Craigslist for this area. Cords of seasoned oak are selling between $100 and $150 per cord, delivered.
Around texarkana ar/tx area its $130-160 delivered
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Old 01-15-2011, 10:26 AM
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$500 for a decent saw, $1000 for a decent splitter, wear and tear on that equipment, truck, trailer (if used), fuel, oil, labor....... I don't know. I just can't add it up and make it profitable enough to make me want to pursue it. I already have a good saw, and I cut some wood for my own use. Like I said, I enjoy doing it, but I only do it at my leisure, not all the time. If profits were higher, maybe. But it's a lot of work for that kind of money if you ask me. And I'm not even sure if a rick will bring the kind of money around here that some of you guys are getting. I have access to plenty of dead trees to cut, but I don't wanna bust my tail all day for a $50 profit after expenses.
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Old 01-15-2011, 10:31 AM
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Walker, you mean 22 TON right?

I have a 27 ton. It will bust right through a big knot and ask for more. We call the bad ones ugly sisters. LOL The ones you can't touch with a splitting maul.

I've considered welding another cutting edge horizontal to the vertical edge which will split into 4 pieces versus 2 pieces. I'm hesitating because I don't want to have to remove it if it doesn't work well.
Yes, I meant TON. Also, they make the 4-way wedges that just slip on top of your existing 2-way wedge, but don't know how they work.
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Old 01-15-2011, 11:42 AM
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Texarkana Tractor is my sthil dealer- and that is where the BS is coming from lol Warranty ran out so no worries there.

The trees I get is the WHOLE tree- you can jus cut the trunk and leave the top just laying around. Plus customers around here like the "little round peices" a lot. So as your cutting the top and cleaning up at the same time, thats a lot of work and sawing- therefor the fuel consumption. Plus I split all my wood where I cut the tree. I tried loading it and slitting and stacking it somwhere else but think about this. You cut it and split and deliver/stack the wood. Your touching each peice- 2-3 times. If your taking it somewhere else to split/stack. Your touching each peice 4-5 times... Jus saying its a little more work. And if you deliver your stacking it back ok the trailer and then stacking it at its destination. So 6-7 times its getting handled... Now if your not delivering then you get the right Idea! PLus the splitter I have is a 10hp honda- it drinks the fuel
I take EVERYTHING, including all the smaller stuff. You'd only handle it 3-4 times through the process. Loading the cut pieces, dump and split then throw on pile, load and then unload at customers house. I just throw the wood on the trailer. I already know how much needs to be on the trailer thrown loose so no need to waste the time stacking it on the trailer. I don't stack the wood unless they want it stacked. I charge $160 delivered or $190 delivered/stacked. All nice red and white oak. I love the smell when the garage is loaded with a fresh batch.
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Old 01-15-2011, 12:24 PM
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Here's a pic of when we got started earlier this year. The pile in the back is 2 trees after splitting and one laying ready to split.

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Old 01-15-2011, 03:10 PM
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Here's a pic of when we got started earlier this year. The pile in the back is 2 trees after splitting and one laying ready to split.

I likes it! What type of splitter do you have?
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Old 01-15-2011, 03:12 PM
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What do you guys get for cedar kindling?
Also do you guys bust into any small pieces and sell for kindling?
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Old 01-15-2011, 04:29 PM
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It's got a Cub Cadet sticker on it that I'm not exactly proud of but hey...... Troy Built make the exact same thing. I paid $1300 for it new.
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