Sawing your own timber is profitable, and if you saw timber for a construction project, you’ll almost always earn back your investment.
You can saw about two cubic metres of mixed timber per day with our F2 and F2+ chain sawmills, and even more with a band sawmill. Expect a saw yield of at least 50%. That means that you will need about four cubic metres of timber per day. It’s difficult to calculate the cost of raw materials because so much depends on how you procure your timber and where you live.
In Sweden, you can expect to pay €50 per cubic metre. That gives you a raw material cost of €200. What it costs to saw two cubic metres of timber largely depends on the volume of timber you saw. As for the service life of a sawmill from Logosol, you can expect it to be around for a very long time. Logosol started its business more than 30 years ago. We’re still in touch with customers who bought their sawmill several decades ago – sawmills that are still operating at full capacity.
In this example, we calculate €50 per cubic metre of sawn timber for depreciation, cutting equipment, oil, petrol or electricity.
Two cubic metres of sawn timber currently costs between €1200 and €1600 per cubic metre at the lumber yards in Sweden (October 2022).
With these figures, you can make the following calculation.
Raw material cost: €200 for 4 cubic metres of timber gives 2 cubic metres of sawn timber.
Other operating costs: €50 x 2 = €100 for 2 cubic metres of sawn timber.
This means that you earn at least €1200-€300 = €900 for one day’s work and 2 cubic metres of high-quality lumber.
Virtually whatever values you insert for operating costs, timber costs and the investment in a sawmill, the results are extremely profitable. This calculation shows that your daily earnings will be impressive. It also appears to yield a profit even if you purchase timber for sawing.
• Footnote: This calculation example is based on prices in Sweden in October 2022.