the firewood business in under attack from many fronts. be aware that these old timers are being weeded out by several things that are serious problems . we are in the woods. our trucks take a beating so our repair bills are a lot more than the wal-mart truck. ( these wal mart trucks dont ever get pulled over) the dot people have coffee and donuts under mine.
the D.O.T. department of transportation. these guys have a job to do and that is keeping trucks that are not within the mechanical limits. weight limits. we are checked all the time to be shure we are in line . the drivers must have a dot physical. eye sight. medical . drug screening. ect ect. a good thing but again. us old timers doing this are failing and dissapearing. younger guys cant back up. cant be there on time. will drive over your bushes. I dont dare put any one else in my truck. I have enough of a responsability issue with my very own self let alone put a young guy in the seat like I used to be when I was a kid. NOT good. In todays sue ya world, septic tanks. is it your property I just drove across to get to the back of your house. a guy opened this gate. I drove in. through a field and backed up to his house. here came a farmer. duh. how could I know. good for me it was a farmer. If it was a city legal guy my truck would have been in that guys back yard still or I would pay for a helicopter to get me out.
next it is the customers that are doing the most harm or problem if you will. google earth saves my bacon. I look there and see a picture of the address. hills., up by TC there are hills mountain goats dont do well. .driveways .bridges. rr tracks.narrow roads. please be aware of what and where you are asking us to do and go. read the horror story on my webb page about one of us going into a sub division. that still hasnt been resolved and probably will be over 40,000 $ by the time it is done with the clean up. truck repair. legal bills. not good not good at alll
however so many wood people just dont do that and a single load limit bridge can put a guy in serious financial trouble. so many people drive their car across the little wooden bridge all their lives and do not even think of it when they call. not always signs informing us.
concrete. I used to take wood to a guy named john by Howell. he found a 20 cord load for the same money as 11. so he got it from a guy named mauma sp? I used to drive my truck across his cement pad between the house and garage.
we discussed this in detail the first time. it was ok. I told him to listen for popping. at the first one we would go back ahead and go to plan b. well i drove in and out. delivered twice to this guy.
the 22 cord load showed up. he discussed this with the driver. well. the house is on the end of a lake and there is no basements. house was built on a sand pad on about 50 ft of muck. it is basically floating. the big load went ( through) the cement. totally destroyed the pad. and if he would survey the real damage. the garage and house are probably a inch higher.
driver cleaned off his bed. drove off. said thanks. about $15,000 of cement plus the mess for complete stupidity. john if you are reading this I apologize but I told you so. Mauma isnt going to pay for it. when I show up. if there is cement involved. me either. you . the customer must be aware that I know my truck weighs approx 80,000 lbs.thats eighty thousand pounds. most cement. ( almost all cement ) is not poured with packed dirt of any kind under it.
when that truck gets on top of it. it is going to crack it.. I have broken new cement. have done it. only at the customers insistance that it is ok for me to drive on it and take a chance.
please have plan b. broken cement will be staring at you the rest of your life and reminding you how stupid it was to do that.. lets just put this wood somewhere else. My truck is on 5 axles. actually 6 counting the front one. those big guys are on 11 but weigh almost twice as much and are not much longer. so the foot print. weight per square foot just doubles and its like walking on ice on a lake. you are just fine but when you start in and the ice breakes. its in you go and dont stop untill it bottoms out. I can go where those big boys cant but still am dangerous
you know that you probably gotta put it in a trailer and move it anyway. how about the corner of your property and just adding the extra hundred feet and saving the cement and not bustin it up.
I think about the crack in that new cement every time I drive by howell and golf course road. I should just say no..
back to ordering early. we need to buy wood jobs for firewood. we need to know early in the year . it takes months of work to find people that have timber that they want or need to sell.
You as a buyer need to start looking early. buy a year ahead of time. you must know that dry wood burns hotter. longer. cleaner and having it in a wood shed for a year is the thing to do.
please order early. here it is middle of the winter. I am getting calls from people that are out. the cheap guy didnt show. now I am struggling with snow. cold and it just adds cost.
no easter bunny. no santa clause. and there aint no cheap dry wood in the middle ofthe winter.
soooooooooooo be aware. if you dont take care of your self. who else is going to. snow and ice just plain kills me. I dont do it in the w inter any more just because of almost getting seriously hurt every year for one reason or the other because of the cold. ice factor.
my truck gets destroyed bythe acid. salt. what the hell ever the county puts on the road so in the spring I spend weeks fixing corroded wires. brakes that are locked up from salt and rust on the working parts. soooooooooooo parked them
I have a load on the corner of US 10 and M66 just east of evert if you would like to see one.
thank you for your time. please do your homework. find out where the guy you are talking to took his last load. go tallk to the customer. I ask people I deliver to if its ok to send someone over to look at his load if its feasable. some are in the back yard and I know that wont work but there are some I drop offf right beside the road. drive by’s no problem.
again. do your homework. order early as you can and please help me find customers. thats the hardest part of my job. al cox
we have lots of wood this time of year. some of you can take it because you have a farm yard. a big level place. plowed level driveway to back in. plenty of room to do this. you guys make your move now if you can.