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Old 17 November 2012, 05:56   #21
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There's always the misnomer of miscalculating actual costs. The chainsaw needs purchasing, (300) will need a service once a year, (40) the chain won't last that long and will need sharpening and replacing (20) then it'll ultimately die. The splitter needs buying (750 for a pto one) won't last forever, needs servicing (50) and there is of course the alternative cost of your labour (10-? Per hour). You may need a towbar (200-?) a trailer (250-?) that'll need a service too. An axe and sledge for tough ones. The list goes on.

Economies of scale often mean that unless you have the gear anyway, it's not worth it. Buy a ready seasoned split load put on your doorstep.
& where's the fun in that I LIKE playing with my Chainsaw & Splitter + it keeps me fit & is more productive than going to the gym. If you applied your same logic to boats you'd never use your RIB............
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& where's the fun in that I LIKE playing with my Chainsaw & Splitter + it keeps me fit & is more productive than going to the gym. If you applied your same logic to boats you'd never use your RIB............
emmm .. swinging a large axe and splitting some oak with wedges will keep you a lot fitter ... fook that
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emmm .. swinging a large axe and splitting some oak with wedges will keep you a lot fitter ... fook that
I used to use a splitting maul, it's still in the back of the shed somewhere, where it will remain. Getting to old for all that, I'm happy to be just a leeeetle bit fit I once got a load of elm given in rings to split, never again
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emmm .. swinging a large axe and splitting some oak with wedges will keep you a lot fitter
Hmmmm. That must be my secret then.

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Hmmmm. That must be my secret then.

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PS - forget wedges - you want a "wood grenade" - top job
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PS - forget wedges - you want a "wood grenade" - top job
Quite ... I am going back a few years when A: they didnt exist and B: even if they did exist , my father was too tight to buy one
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There's always the misnomer of miscalculating actual costs. The chainsaw needs purchasing, (300)
Yes, but I live in the woods and use it around the house about every other month, if not every month.

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will need a service once a year, (40)
What service? Mine hasn't needed anything but the air filter cleaned, and barely even that. Go Husky!

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the chain won't last that long and will need sharpening and replacing (20) then it'll ultimately die.
I bought two semi chisel chains to replace the safety chain. I bought my own powered sharpener $24 US dollars, and can sharpen a chain in about 7 minutes.

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The splitter needs buying (750 for a pto one) won't last forever,
I use my neighbors *shrugs* didn't cost me anything.

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needs servicing (50)
Two quarts of oil and clean the air filter? It is a simple machine.

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and there is of course the alternative cost of your labour (10-? Per hour).
Like others I don't mind the exercise.

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You may need a towbar (200-?) a trailer (250-?) that'll need a service too.
I built my own towbar (Receiver hitch) with materials in my garage, and built my own trailer. If by service you mean put air in the tires and pump a little grease into the hubs every once in a while, okay. My trailers gets a fair amount of use for other projects.

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An axe and sledge for tough ones. The list goes on.
My axe is very old, my sledge was free and never gets used.

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Economies of scale often mean that unless you have the gear anyway, it's not worth it. Buy a ready seasoned split load put on your doorstep.
If I paid for the amount of wood I used a year it would cost around $1,800 US dollars. My savings over heating with gas would not be there. I guarantee my expenses for getting wood over the year do not exceed $100 US dollars

Now for someone occasionally using a couple of sticks in the fireplace for ambiance, then yeah, get someone to dump a wood pile in the yard.
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Yes, but I live in the woods and use it around the house about every other month, if not every month.

What service? Mine hasn't needed anything but the air filter cleaned, and barely even that. Go Husky!

I bought two semi chisel chains to replace the safety chain. I bought my own powered sharpener $24 US dollars, and can sharpen a chain in about 7 minutes.

I use my neighbors *shrugs* didn't cost me anything.

Two quarts of oil and clean the air filter? It is a simple machine.

Like others I don't mind the exercise.

I built my own towbar (Receiver hitch) with materials in my garage, and built my own trailer. If by service you mean put air in the tires and pump a little grease into the hubs every once in a while, okay. My trailers gets a fair amount of use for other projects.

My axe is very old, my sledge was free and never gets used.

If I paid for the amount of wood I used a year it would cost around $1,800 US dollars. My savings over heating with gas would not be there. I guarantee my expenses for getting wood over the year do not exceed $100 US dollars

Now for someone occasionally using a couple of sticks in the fireplace for ambiance, then yeah, get someone to dump a wood pile in the yard.
Reckon you could have cut some real amount of wood in the time of that reply!
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Reckon you could have cut some real amount of wood in the time of that reply!
I type fast and know how to cut and paste Plus it is raining and us California's can't go out in the rain or we melt.
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