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Hello forum!

 

I'm looking at a job near Shrewsbury and the client wants to use Sweet Chestnut, Douglas Fir or Green Oak sleepers They don't want any treated softwood cause they want to pay for longevity. Can anyone suggest suppliers of such sleepers in the local area and if they can give me a rough price as well that would be amazing.

 

Many thanks

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Hello forum!

 

I'm looking at a job near Shrewsbury and the client wants to use Sweet Chestnut, Douglas Fir or Green Oak sleepers They don't want any treated softwood cause they want to pay for longevity. Can anyone suggest suppliers of such sleepers in the local area and if they can give me a rough price as well that would be amazing.

 

Many thanks

 

Can get you a contact for green oak sleepers what's the application. We use a lot of them and there always good quality.

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Ok that would be useful, thank you. Its only for a rasied bed area, but they want looking very formal otherwise I would have suggested Grade A used sleepers.

 

Don't take to much notice if buying graded sleepers locally you need to inspect them one by one.

 

The contact for the sleepers has his own mill out in Latvia and is tip top on quality the only thing we ever have to do is straighten the ends but there all 20 mm longer take a look on our site the ones surrounding the wishing well are his. The gaps between the courses were done to let the water through

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Have you tried Ranuald Laurie in Craven Arms ? He'll mill most things.

 

If you want to come down this far I have chestnut and WRC sawlogs in for milling, PM me if you can't find Ranauld's number on the internet.

 

Toby

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For longevity, chestnut is best 4x better against untreated Douglas, & better than oak unless the oak has no sapwood & has a a year or two drying time before use. {just the outside case hardening of course .}

 

Heartwood of European larch is brilliant to... but forget the fast grown jap larch crap.

 

Larch or chestnut all the way... :thumbup:

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For longevity, chestnut is best 4x better against untreated Douglas, & better than oak unless the oak has no sapwood & has a a year or two drying time before use. {just the outside case hardening of course .}

 

Heartwood of European larch is brilliant to... but forget the fast grown jap larch crap.

 

Larch or chestnut all the way... :thumbup:

 

I completely agree but trying to get either locally at an economical price is impossible. I've givens the cliant the option of buying in sawlogs and having them milled and the price has always put them off.

We did some raised beds out of sweet chestnut for a cliant but the timber was his own. It really has stood up to the test of time and doesn't seem to stain like oak does. :001_smile:

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Some of the Euro Oak sleepers are terrifyingly good quality for very little money. I've done a few site milling jobs where we've found it more cost efficient for the customer to buy in a few dozen sleepers and plank them out.

 

The strange thing is that treated softwood sleepers are quite close on price.

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