Sawing on Shares
From contributor B:
When I cut on shares I like to go 60/40 at least. Selling green lumber or drying lumber to sell takes time. I figure I have all the cost up front and should get something for my expense. If the lumber is top quality I might go 50/50. This is all assuming the log owner helps. Some times lumber sells rapidly and other you have to sit on it for quite a while. Cutting on shares also requires handling it at least one extra time. And the cost to haul it back to my barn.
From contributor C:
It also depends on whether you have a market, use, or a need for the lumber. Unless you can sell the lumber for a decent profit, which is hard to do with green lumber, you won't even be recouping your operating costs for sawing for the customer. That said, I still do it for the right wood, or the right person.
From contributor D:
The key is either you can use the wood more than the coin or can sell the wood for coin. There are lots of times when I am asked to saw on shares and there is only 400 feet of log. Even if it is walnut or cherry I can not make any money going and sawing it up for 200 board ft of lumber and part of it being low grade. It will, however, get you more exposure when first starting out, and more times than not lead to larger and better paying jobs if you can afford to take it. When sawing on shares it is one board here and one board there. If we are sawing 50/50 I have them pick their pile. If the split is 60/40 then I make 5 piles of 20 and they pick the two they want. That way I cannot be bad-mouthed for taking all the good wood. Many times when they look at the piles of fine wood they decide it is dumb to not pay the $200 and keep it all, and end up paying the sawing bill.
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