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Roadside price of larch chipwood

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Just looking at a large job in the south of Scotland and wanted to get an idea of the roadside value of larch chipwood. 3.5m lengths probably, down to a 75mm top, maximum diamter 300mm exceptionally, but more like 250mm generally. 600 odd tonnes on the job. Good access for artics and not too far from arterial routes.

 

Can only be done by very low impact machines, so trying to figure out the economy of the job. I know that the value of chip wood is very high at the moment but I don't know what it is presently.

 

Thanks in advance.

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Can't speak for Scottish prices but average I've seen is £30-35 for chipwood. It has been unstable recently though so could well go up.

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Just got off the phone with a contractor and he was reckoning £40. Madness really.

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2 hours ago, Big J said:

Just got off the phone with a contractor and he was reckoning £40. Madness really.

bloody hell J whys it madness ? to me that would mean that you make more coin out of it and i cant see owt wrong with that. can i ask why 3.5 mtr ? you wont get 2 bays of 3.5 s on a wagon and i think you will struggle with 2 bays on trailer  3 mtr would be better. saw logs very good at the moment and most mills will take down to 18cm tops or larch of that size makes good strainers either 2.2 or 2.5 mts and better money than chip.

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3.5m is the length of the bogey on the forwarder. Fair point though. 

 

I've still got my sawmill hat on regarding pricing. Watching the price of softwood go up is unpleasant when you are at the paying end of the increase!

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Where abouts in south West Scotland (roughly) 

I've been buying from Dumfries just lately, could be interested depending on location, if you've any to sell 

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1 hour ago, Big J said:

3.5m is the length of the bogey on the forwarder. Fair point though. 

 

I've still got my sawmill hat on regarding pricing. Watching the price of softwood go up is unpleasant when you are at the paying end of the increase!

dont matter what is best size for your machine but it does matter when if comes to go on a wagon and go  down the road if your haulier can only get 1 bay on wagon @ 3.5 and 1 on trailer you wont get full weight on but haulage cost would be the same , ask a few hauliers around where the job is and most will say 2.5 or 3 mtr lenghs.

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