Complete Woods to Goods Service
Not only do we bring the saw mill to you, we can also harvest your trees and then use the lumber to build something amazing. We work with your current forestry plan and your builder to make sure you get the optimal use from your trees. If you’re considering using timber from your property to build your home, you’ll want to contact us early on in the process to ensure you allow enough time for harvesting, sawing and drying your lumber.
Save Money When We Harvest Your Trees
We also save you money on log prep work and lumber loss. Unlike typical tree services, we’re experts in the end product. Most tree companies will haul your limbs off as waste, when in fact, many can be used for lumber. That’s your money being hauled off to a landfill! We also know what lengths to cut the tree in for the board lengths you want to complete a particular project. We also know how to keep them clean for sawing and how to stack and preserve them for milling. Proper stacking and preservation is essential to prevent rotting or bug consumption before sawing day.
Finally, if you have a building project in mind but not the skills to build it, we’ve got that covered too. Our talented artist can turn your lumber into a finished heirloom item.
We work on a half day and full day basis. If you are in the area and can bring your logs to us, it is considerably cheaper.
No two jobs are the same and to give an accurate quote, we will need to talk to you. However, we realize you already have a budget in mind and considering whether or not you can afford to hire us. Generally speaking (this is NOT a quote), you can expect to pay $1000 – $1200 per day if you live within an hour and a half of our location. Ideally, we produce 1,000-1,200 boardfeet of lumber per day, so you would be getting your lumber for $1 per bdft. Also, we do not require a minimum number of days. So if you think you only have one day’s worth of cutting but when we get there, you actually have three – we work however many days your budget allows. If that’s one day, then we cut for one day. Again, these numbers are a rough estimate and NOT a quote. Every job is different. If you require a skid steer or special equipment, the price will increase. Scroll down to read about other issues that may affect the price and how you can get the most for your money by properly preparing your logs.
Please contact us to get an accurate quote for your job.
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Travel Time Outside Our Area
No charge for counties adjacent to Polk County NC. Outside these areas, billing time starts when the mill leaves the shop to head to your location.
$30 per blade. Breakage can occur, among other things, from foreign objects embedded in trees. The most common will be metal objects, which can be detected with a metal detector. We have seen marbles in trees! So if you sweep it with a metal detector and it comes up clean, be aware there may be other embedded objects that can break a blade.
Prep Work Will Save You Money
We prefer to arrive, setup and start cutting. This maximizes the amount of lumber you get for your money. Sometimes, though, this is not possible. You can save money by having the prep work done when we arrive. What is prep work? This entails having your tree guys (if it’s not us) to keep the logs as clean as possible. This means do not drag the logs through mud to the saw mill staging area. It also helps to have them stacked neatly in piles near a flat area where we will set up. Have the branches removed so that all that’s left are the trunks or branches large enough to saw (larger than 10″ in diameter). We also prefer them cut to the length you will want your boards (otherwise we have to cut them). For instance, if you want 8 foot long boards, the tree lengths need to be cut at 8 foot 6 inches. Always add 6 inches to the length to allow for end cracking during the drying process.
If we do have to do prep work, we charge $80 an hour. This includes chain saw work (removing branches, cutting to length, etc), moving logs and cleaning logs so they can be milled. Many of these costs can be eliminated with proper preparation on your part (see Ways to Reduce Your Costs below).
Ways to Reduce Your Costs
The main way to reduce your milling costs is by being prepared and reducing the amount of time we are on site. You can do this a number of ways. First, make sure your logs are clean and trimmed. This means no caked on mud or dangling branches. Second, make sure the log is free of foreign objects. We have found rocks, nails, clothes line supports – all kinds of hard objects embedded in trees. These objects will break our blade on contact, which will cost you $30 per blade to replace. The majority of these items can be found using a metal detector. If you have one (or can borrow one), it will save us the time of inspecting each log with our metal detector, thereby saving you money as well. Third, try to have all your logs in one location. It takes approximately 30 minutes each time we move and re-setup the saw mill. Time is money, friend. If we have to move more than once, there is a $25 charge for each additional move.
To get the best quality and quantity from your trees, it’s essential to have them cut into proper lengths. You may have a specific project in mind that requires a particular length of board. If not, we suggest cutting your logs in 2 foot increments, starting with 8 feet 6 inches (10’6″, 12’6″ etc). The extra six inches allows for trimming the ends when it’s used for building furniture, siding etc. Due to the time involved, we typically do not mill logs shorter than 6′. Log diameter is also important. Logs should be between 10″ and “42 inches in diameter. We can saw smaller logs but be advised it will take longer to yield a specific quantity of lumber this way. You will get more bang for your buck by milling logs larger than 10″ in diameter. Also, our mill can not handle logs larger than 42” in diameter.
To get the most lumber, it is best to saw as quickly as the trees are cut. If this is not possible, there are some steps you can take to preserve the tree for milling. These steps should be taken if more than a month will pass between the time it’s on the ground and the time you have it sawed. First, raise the logs off the ground at least 4-6 inches and keep the grass around them trimmed. This discourages insects. Second, to avoid shrinking and cracking, seal the ends of the logs soon after cutting. You will want to use a wax, a heavy coat of paint or a product like Anchor Seal. Simply “paint” the ends of the logs to seal the end grain. If you are just now reading this and did not seal your ends, no worries! Most likely you’ll only end up with shorter lumber.