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Bagging and Selling Sawdust6/12
Hi There! Is anyone bagging and selling their sawdust? We run a small moulding operation, and the folks that pick up our sawdust are upping their prices to do so dramatically. So we're wondering about bagging and marketing directly to local folks who want sawdust. Is there anyone out there doing this, and can you offer any suggestions about how to get started? A fairly local company bags shavings and sells them for $3.50 per 50 pound bag. We'd like to try something similar. Thanks for your advice. Joe
Sawdust has a lot more fine dust in it than shavings. That could make it tough to sell but it would be worth an add in the paper or where ever to try to sell it. If it's too dusty they just won't buy again.
I sell all my "shavings" to folks that have animals. I have about 10 regulars that stop by to see if I have any. I get $3.00 per 50 gallon bag. They are all aware that it is typically a "grab bag" of materials. They may get a nice bag of pine from the planer one day, then a bag of plywood on boxes day or a bag of dust from the widebelt. I sell hay right next door so marketing was not necessary...
We had been selling it for $65 for a trailer (8x10x5') load, delivered. Took too much time. Now we give it away. People with horses come and load it themselves or for one horse farm we let them pull our trailer. Eliminating almost all labor associated and no dump fees. They don't want walnut, most of our shavings are from the molder so are fluffy. Our panel dust goes into a separate duct collector.
Seems like bagging it would be labor intensive. I know one shop that gives away all their panel dust to a pig farm.
I do the same as Larry.
I have horse people come by and pick it up on a regular basis.
I don't quite generate enough to justify having a semi trailer spotted and blow into that.
My understanding is that a full semi load is worth about $800.