Deebz wrote:JPH, After seeing what your hired guy did, how difficult do you think it would be to replicate the work in other sections of your ground?
Great question! Money is always tight so I've definitely considered that very question. His bid was $300 for each phase of the plan, with the hinge cutting phase being on my own. Not only is he a knowledgeable habitat manager, he is a highly skilled woodcutter and wildland firefighter with professional grade equipment.
Assuming that I had his eye for knowing what trees will produce the best results (which I do not), I'd still have a lot of hidden costs. I own two small chainsaws and I am far from being an expert in their use. I can take 10" trees easily enough but anything bigger begins to slow me down quite a bit. I seem to wind up bogging my saw down or dealing with hangups. I think that it would take me at least three days to do the work that he can do in one. The property is 75 miles from my home. Then we're looking at between $150 and $200 in fuel, another $50 or so in food, $20 to $30 in bar oil, saw blades etc. and the hidden costs of time away from responsibilities at home. I don't mind being on the property or doing work there, in fact I love it, but I have to balance it with family life.
I would encourage anyone with the time and know how to go it alone. But, in the end, I find the $300 to be money well spent and I can devote my time to jobs that are within my skill set, such as hinge cutting, mowing, painting the cabin, hanging stands, etc.