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Old 14-05-12   #11 (permalink)
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Re: wage per tonne for felling sitka spruce

Well said that man!

I understand that there are guys out there that are green and need to learn and must work their way up the ladder. I also understand that hand cutting is a dying skill. Contractors out there offering 50-70 a day will soon find that any up and coming talent will have been pushed out of it (probably working for more money in tesco's). There seems to be a certain irony that in order to save money you eventually remove the very people that help earn it. I am only as good as the guys that work for/with me.

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Re: wage per tonne for felling sitka spruce

I don't pay less than 100 a day, but no one is ever going to pay 150 a day for cutters. That isn't to say they aren't worth it, but that simply it isn't economical as customers won't pay it.

At the end of the day, a cutter is only worth as much as the customer will pay. They don't have to take the work - if no one will cut for 70 a day, then the rate will go up or the work won't get done.
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Re: wage per tonne for felling sitka spruce

sorry guys should have noted these were prices i was getting payed and paying 10-15 years ago when cutters were cutters and new how to do a good shift
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Re: wage per tonne for felling sitka spruce

I get paid 80.00 a day self employed for felling all day mixed hard and soft , cutting to size, stacking and brashing. Provided with saw and fuel.....

What do people think of that?

I think that it should be 10.00 per ton! and some days i should be on at least 120 a day!!!

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yes they will i had a meeting with estate factors and through explaining realistic needs and costs we came away with 20 per hour doing sitka avr 12inch dia tonnage was not an option due to location and conditions same rate to fell sycamore for scottish natural heritage which i think is a fair rate to both parties
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i was paid 150+vat a day 3 years ago on a job cutting trees on harvesting site, but it was 80 miles to the job
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Re: wage per tonne for felling sitka spruce

Price per ton seems a bit ' old school ' to me . Correct me if i'm wrong but how can you pay the same price for hanging up every tree compared to a nice open canopy forest ? I'm genuinely intrigued ..
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Being provided with a saw and fuel makes it much sweeter as fuel and oil is a tenner before you start.

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Price per ton seems a bit ' old school ' to me . Correct me if i'm wrong but how can you pay the same price for hanging up every tree compared to a nice open canopy forest ? I'm genuinely intrigued ..
Lol the job i was doing hadn't been touched at all, no thinnings etc so it was a case of try get some down and get an area going and keep felling from there on
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