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#1 OldBuzzard ONLINE  

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Posted December 24, 2013 - 06:58 PM

How about this?



And then the pilot's view.


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Posted December 24, 2013 - 07:35 PM

That's pretty cool



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Posted December 24, 2013 - 08:07 PM

He sure makes that look easy.  



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Posted December 24, 2013 - 08:20 PM

That's really neat!!! Very experienced pilot

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Posted December 24, 2013 - 08:43 PM

WOW that's some talent.  I don't think they do it that way around here.



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Posted December 24, 2013 - 09:46 PM

Pretty cool.

We have a local family owned tree farm. Back in high school I used to chase one of their daughters. Good times in the tree farm barn
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Posted December 24, 2013 - 10:20 PM

WOW I bet they charge 10x the local rate per tree to cover the costs.Our family owned tree farm charges $25-$35 per tree depending on size.I bet these guys charge a premium.You would think it would be Alot cheaper to use trucks or tractors and bail them in the field to prevent damage in transport.



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Posted December 24, 2013 - 11:27 PM

thats pretty cool!!



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Posted December 24, 2013 - 11:46 PM

WOW I bet they charge 10x the local rate per tree to cover the costs.Our family owned tree farm charges $25-$35 per tree depending on size.I bet these guys charge a premium.You would think it would be Alot cheaper to use trucks or tractors and bail them in the field to prevent damage in transport.

you got my interest piqued about this. Seems average cost nationwide is 53 dollars for a live tree so maybe a 35 dollar to 100 dollar range.

we buy our trees at the tree farm I mentioned above. 35 dollars for a douglas fir that is about 8 ft tall. Decent sized tree. I get a special price though. Probably 50 average for a tree from them.

they are probably harvesting a 100k trees a season and shipping them nationwide. With 22 to 25 million live trees sold a year it may very well be more than that. That method of retrival probably allows them to harvest more trees more efficently than a tractor. 1 pilot one copter dragging out many trees. It takes him what 5 minutes to load an entire truck? Imagine doing that with a tractor and a forklift.

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Posted December 25, 2013 - 05:17 AM

I did some research, and it looks like the hourly operating cost for a Jet Ranger is in the $5-600.00 range.

 

Watching the 2nd vid, he managed 7 loads in 6 minutes. which would translate to 70 per hour.

 

At the $600.00 operating cost, that would be $8.57/load.

 

You would have to know how many trees he was moving in each load to do any other calculations.


Edited by OldBuzzard, December 25, 2013 - 05:34 AM.

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Posted December 25, 2013 - 05:36 AM

Years back I had read an article on tree farming. That farm compared the chopper cost versus the cost of building and maintaining roads suitable for trucks. I got to see a whirly bird used to set air conditioning units on a larger store. That was a unique operation. They had a time limit for how long the chopper was allowed over the building. With a bit of wind, the cable was swinging about 20' to the side. I was thinking that time they were saying $5000 an hour. 


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Posted December 25, 2013 - 06:51 AM

That is talent, kool!

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Posted December 25, 2013 - 05:57 PM

We only sell around 200-250 trees per year.Our tree farm is more of a Family tradition than a money maker.I can see the overhead (literately) on using a very talented Pilot to load the trucks.Thanks for the info TMT and OB.

That's quite the operation they have there.

 

 

To bad it's operations like this that are putting the small mom and pop tree farms out of business.



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Posted December 26, 2013 - 11:31 AM

there a local tree farm that is good sized they sell trees to landscape company's all summer and christmas trees starting the day after thanksgiving






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