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Title: Cost of thinning with a whole-tree chip harvesting system

Abstract

A study of the cost of thinning with a whole-tree chip harvesting system consisting of a feller-buncher, two grapple skidders, and a 22-inch chipper indicated a capital outlay for equipment of over $500,000. Whole-tree chir-buncher, two grapple skidders, and a 22-inch chipper indicated a capital outlay for equipment of over $500,000. Whole-tree chips were produced at the landing at a base cost to the contractor of $12.25/green ton. Transportation of chips to plant site added $0.083/ton mile or about $3.7/green ton, yielding a total delivered cost of $15.42/green ton. This does not include costs for tree making, landing preparation, or stumpage, or for risk and management. At the current market price of $16.65/green ton, the operation would be required to run about 7 hours/day to reach the break-even point. 5 references.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Northern Logger, Old Forge, NY
OSTI Identifier:
5872372
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
North. Logger Timber Process.; (United States)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 31:1
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
09 BIOMASS FUELS; BIOMASS PLANTATIONS; ECONOMICS; WOOD; COMMINUTION; HARVESTING; TRANSPORT; COST; CULTIVATION TECHNIQUES; HARVESTING EQUIPMENT; PROGRAM MANAGEMENT; PULVERIZERS; EQUIPMENT; MANAGEMENT; 090400* - Solid Waste & Wood Fuels- (-1989); 140504 - Solar Energy Conversion- Biomass Production & Conversion- (-1989)

Citation Formats

Huyler, N K. Cost of thinning with a whole-tree chip harvesting system. United States: N. p., 1982. Web.
Huyler, N K. Cost of thinning with a whole-tree chip harvesting system. United States.
Huyler, N K. Fri . "Cost of thinning with a whole-tree chip harvesting system". United States.
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abstractNote = {A study of the cost of thinning with a whole-tree chip harvesting system consisting of a feller-buncher, two grapple skidders, and a 22-inch chipper indicated a capital outlay for equipment of over $500,000. Whole-tree chir-buncher, two grapple skidders, and a 22-inch chipper indicated a capital outlay for equipment of over $500,000. Whole-tree chips were produced at the landing at a base cost to the contractor of $12.25/green ton. Transportation of chips to plant site added $0.083/ton mile or about $3.7/green ton, yielding a total delivered cost of $15.42/green ton. This does not include costs for tree making, landing preparation, or stumpage, or for risk and management. At the current market price of $16.65/green ton, the operation would be required to run about 7 hours/day to reach the break-even point. 5 references.},
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