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    G'day All,

    I am looking at restoring my tired old treated pine deck which comes in at around 900 l/m worth of timber (comes off the back and around one side of the house, off the back of the house is 2/3 undercover and off the side no cover, but I plan to build a pergola) , I love the look of hardwood timber and have decided thats the way I want to go.

    I have got a couple of quotes from local sawmills and one of them is like $1000 cheaper then the other, it just seems to much of a price difference to me, would you think that there is something that I am missing or generally all spotted gum decking timber should have the same properties no matter where there purchase, the only difference I have noted is the overall size, one 90x22 and the other (the cheaper one) 86x19.

    Appreciate your comments.

    Thankyou.
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    Are they both the same grade? One could be 'select' and the other could be 'feature' (or 1st and 2nd if you will)...the former would be better, safer and result in less wastage...
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    Thanks for the reply silent, I am fairly sure that they are both grade 1.

    Btw which one do you mean by the former lol

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    Also, the cheaper one will contain a lot of shorter lengths, I bought a pack 400 lm and 50% was under 1.2m.


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    Quote Originally Posted by shakured View Post
    ... which one do you mean by the former lol
    'Select' is what I meant. Barney could well have the right of it with the short lengths...
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    I just rang the 'cheaper' sawmill and they said that there is no 'select' or 'feature' grades with the outdoor decking timber just a 'standard' and that most of the lengths would be under the 3m mark.

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    feature grade isn't offered that often, usually it's select or standard & better

    i just used 350m of 136x19 feature grade spotted gum for a deck, there was probably 10m of boards that were firewood grade, of the rest some had small knots and some edges were faded but overall pretty good

    can't complain at $6/m

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    I just used 600m of boral timber spotted gum 86x19. Very few throw outs mainly a split end along a vine of sap etc. standard or better grade. $6.20/m. Pack had about 10x1m planks in the center which I could not use.

    Overall very happy with the product and would ask direct for boral timber again.

    End result. imageuploadedbytapatalk1367263817.793891.jpg

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