I'd like to hear how you charge for onsite sawing. What do you consider acceptable for a dayís work in fees and expenses? How much lumber do you expect to cut in a day? What region are you operating in?
I charge $150 per thousand board feet and $20 for a blown blade.
I expect to cut 2000 feet per day (average). I cut stickers from their stock (free).
The customer is often present or has a helper handy to stack lumber. (I have a problem with this for insurance and risk reasons.)
I expect to average not more than 10% expenses, although 25% is acceptable. I expect $300 per day income and as much as $75 in expenses is acceptable. Or a $225+ a day profit (on average).
I set "saw log" guidelines for the customer. 8-36 inches, 8-21 feet, clean, straight, stacked, limbs trimmed flush.
I don't have different rates for different stock or charge for repositioning, mileage, or dirty logs. I establish a minimum dayís work (2000 feet of lumber on the far away ones). I don't bring handling equipment.
I am in New Hampshire and I charge $400 a day. I bring 10 or more blades and move the mill as many times as the customer wants. If I scan, anything found they either remove or pay me to. If they scan or no scan, I charge $25 for a broken blade. The daily charge is for ten hours in the summer and eight in winter. I stop about 20 minutes for lunch and to grease the rollers and track. The best value for the customer is for him/her and one or more people to help.
Working alone, I have cut up to 1500 board feet. On the worst day, 650 board feet, due to nails and dirty logs. The best day was 4200 feet of 2 by oak with three experienced, strong helpers, clean, large logs and no stickers or stacking involved.
I now charge $50 per hour, from the time I leave my home to the time I finish the job (less down time and lunch). I also charge $20 per blade if I hit something in the log, even if it is an older blade thatís been sharpened 3 or 4 times. And I charge more if they want a loader or the edger.
I mill 1000-3000 board feet per 8 hour day, depending on size and type.