Anyone buy tree length and resell?

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  1. MaineMtnMan

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    Thinking if doing something this fall/ winter as a side hustle. Was wondering if buying tree length and reselling cut/split is worth the time. I'm mainly just looking to stay active and make a few bucks for toys.

    Tree length here us selling for about$115 a cord and sells about$275 cut and split
     
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    No, but I have thought about doing it. If you do, I'd like to hear how it works out.
     
  3. billb3

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    Seems to be about volume, volume, volume.

    jrider has a few posts/threads to check out
    I can never get the tag function to work
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  4. Farmchuck

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    About $100.00 a cord to buy a triaxle load here but then I see it advertised for $180.00 a cord delivered & I ask myself what’s the point? Sounds like you’ve got a little more lead way between your cost & selling price. I would consider doing it looking at your numbers. It could be a nice way to pick up a few extra $ working for yourself. Keep us posted.:)
     
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    firewood CSS is not a particularly good side hustle return wise. But if you like doing it ( and ya you can drop the gym membership) its ok- Kiln dried brings premium dollars around here. I have yet to find out what kind of seasoning is used on the others advertised as seasoned- sure isn't under 20% moisture content wise. ( cut today, split next day, sold day after that- buyer beware). Most profitable is the 1-1.5 cubic ft bundles. Around here that would = apx $ 500/ full cord.
     
  6. Will C

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    My brother does a little bit of this. Rule of thumb is you need to double your money to make it worthwhile, and then only if you like to do it. It's ok for him, he gets logs at a decent price from a logger buddy, and sometimes trades work for the logs ( my brother is an excavating contractor.)

    He has the time to do it in the winter, and has his own OWB, so there is firewood cutting going on anyhow. Being an excavator, he has a dump truck for delivery, a CTL to move logs around, and me to help.
     
  7. MikeInMa

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    You'd need a truck to deliver orders. Just stating the obvious.
     
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    A lot of factors to consider. Time, space, market, machinery, how much you enjoy the process. Money can be made though under the right conditions. Only you can determine that. In my market, $115 a cord to buy wouldn’t result in much profit
     
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    Around here, this answer as well. ^^^^ If I had to buy to sell, I'd have to buy at $50.00 per cord. Firewood bundles are for certain the most profit if you live in a camping/tourist area. Best I've done is charge for tree cleanup & removal, then sell the processed firewood. That's labor intensive, but brings in money on both ends. I don't sell a bunch yet simply due to time constraints, but have a few customers that will pay a premium for good wood & they get what they pay for. I'm slowly building the firewood business to be my retirement "hobby/job". Gotta keep moving ya know.
     
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    Well IMO, after you figure in time, fuel, wear and tear on equipment and your body, there are a lot more ways to make a couple bucks.
    What is your "trade"? whenever I look at these thing I figure how much can I make doing what I know and it always comes out do what I know and buy the other stuff.
     
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    side hustles are often also hobbies and a means to expand one's life experience, not stay constrained within a sphere of knowledge and comfort.
     
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    Thanks all for the wise words.
     
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    I think if I was to do it, I’d set my purchase price, quality/species requirements, drop location(s) and advertise it. Have cash ready for immediate payment and accept deliveries when convenient for a seller. Nothing worse than having a product on the landing with no one to sell it to immediately with more product being pulled to the landing. Perhaps there are buyers already doing this, but if your location is convenient to a job, you might get the logs for a bit less.. if you have a trailer they can load logs on, you can save on trucking. If you find the purchase price is too low, raise it a bit but don’t exceed your limit..
     
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  15. lknchoppers

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    There would not be enough margin in it for me at $115/cord in log lengths to feel like I was making any kind of money.
     
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