I had the entire weekend blocked out, and a 9″ chipper reserved at Hoosier Tool Rental. Amazingly, and still to my astonishment, five friends chipped in help and polished it off in LESS THAN 4 HOURS. (A pro quoted $2k using 5 guys for 5 hours.) HUGE thanks to Paul S., Kyle B., Scott C., Ben C., and Stephen T.! I owed my neighbor for help moving firewood so we chipped a pile he had to boot!
There’s something to be said for having the right tool for the job, and I think everyone secretly enjoyed throwing the larger branches / logs in to watch the chipper do her work. BrRrRrRRAAACCKKK! What a hoss.
Next step: get the timbers consolidated and ready for milling while the builder does his prep work. By the way, I also found that one of the big hardware stores sells lumber by the gallon!