How do our Timber Buyers keep track of all of those trees? With a few special tools, it is easy!
The most important tool a Timber Buyer uses is a compass. Without obviously marked property lines, use of a sight line compass and the appropriate plat map is the best way to determine where property lines are. You can rest assured knowing that our Timber Buyers are able to accurately define your property lines.
The Cruising Stick is another crucial tool for a Timber Buyer. A Cruising Stick looks like any measuring stick, but it has specific increments for determining the board footage of a given tree. The results vary wildly without a consistent method of scaling standing timber; the Cruising Stick eliminates the guess work.
A Click Counter is indispensable in the woods. It is too easy to lose track of all the numbers in a Timber Buyers head, but the Click Counter keeps it simple. We can use a Click Counter to keep track of how many trees we’ve cruised, or to keep track of trees or logs we’ve marked to buy.
A can of spray paint. If you’ve ever noticed tree trunks marked with paint rings; those marks were probably made by a Timber Buyer. Property lines, trees to be culled, trees to be evaluated, trees to be bought, and other things are all marked with spray paint by a Timber Buyer.
A Timber Buyer doesn’t need much more than these simple tools to do his job, though there are other tools that can be used. Some Buyers have embraced modern technology and are using GPS, the internet, and other instruments to tackle more challenging jobs. We are always adapting to our industry and utilizing new tools to provide the best service to our customers.