The march to whatever 2020 brings

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  1. jrider

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    Having surpassed my goal last year in my “march to 150” thread, it’s time to get another year going. I have no goals this year other than to just process as much wood as I can without spending too much time away from the family and to stay healthy and injury free while doing so. Here’s what I managed to get done, mostly during the 12 day break from my regular job which included plenty of rain and family time. I have my big splitter lined up working on the first mix pile while the small splitter is working on the first of my oak piles. I also included a picture of a good sized maple log I cut this morning.
     

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  2. Chaz

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    I'm sure you'll have a very productive year jrider
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  3. MikeInMa

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    Off to a good start, you are!
     
  4. billb3

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    The squish on your front tires lifting a log that size/weight doesn't look too bad.
    I'm surprised I don't pop my turfs right off the rims sometimes.
     
  5. jrider

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    If it were oak and the ground was hard, the squish would have been more but it was a heavy enough log.
     
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  6. Woodwhore

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    Hey jrider what kind of splitters do you have/use to process all your wood? Do you hire anyone?
     
  7. jrider

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    The older blue one is Iron and oak 22 ton with 4 way. The newer one is Timber Wolf tw6 with log lift and hydraulically adjustable 4 and 6 way wedge. Yes I do hire high school kids to help split
     
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    Nothing better than getting a good jump on it jrider :yes:
    Hope you meet your other mentioned goals as well as a healthy few windrows of firewood!
    :stack::stack::stack:

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  9. jrider

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    Taking advantage of the warm weather. The oak pile is up to 25’ long and the mixed pile is about 18’ long. Had the displeasure of cutting some stuff that was more than 4’ across. Will definitely be moving the TW6 with log lift to the oak pile once I get to these big boys.
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    Nice pictures. Love seeing the wood near final form.
     
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    Missed the original post. Always a pleasure to view your operation and progress jrider . You make some nice looking firewood.
    How is the little guys wood business doing?
     
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    Great start, brother. Yep, time to start over again. I know the feeling well. Glad we are both able to still do what we love.
     
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    I'm impressed, some big boys there. Nice job jrider !:yes:
     
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    It’s been slow the past week or so but he’s been killing it. Only issue is now he has too much money. If he breaks one of his toys he just say meh I’ll buy another. Haha
     
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    I know some guys like those big ones but I’m sure not one of them. Time is money and they take too long to process
     
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    Well 2020 has surprised me with a curveball. My main log supplier has informed me he bought a processor and will be selling bulk firewood this year. His plan is to sell it bulk and green so that he never has to touch it. He has plans to sell to local garden centers at $150 a cord. His machine will have a 4 and 6 way wedge so he knows some splits will be big and possibly need resplitting but at $150, he’s going to let someone else worry about that. He says he will still bring me logs but I have my doubts on just how much that will be. He also asked if I was interested in buying cords from him. I am interested, if resplitting is minimal and the wood is clean and uniform in length, which it should be. Last year I was getting $260 a cord for oak. Looks like I’m going to have to go back to doing a lot of cutting off site and hauling in which is too bad because I’ve gotten spoiled having most of my logs on site.
     
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    That S&^%$. How long has he been your main supplier and what percentage of your inventory did he bring you?
     
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    I wonder if his bulk product will sell at a markup at the garden centers. Green, mixed wood, irregularly sized splits... the garden centers around here sell bundles or fractions of a cord for high prices, but usually it's kiln dried. Say you buy a cord, will the garden store deliver it?
    Landscaping companies that sell mulch might be a better fit.
    Remains to be seen if his plan will work.
     
  20. jrider

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    About 4-5 years now and the last two years he’s been roughly 65%-75% of my supply