W.R. Robinson Lumber differs from many other lumber retailers as we are in a unique position of operating not only a retail building stocked with Eastern White Pine lumber products but a sawmill, two dry kilns, and a planing operation as well.

One of the questions we often hear from our potential customers is: why should we buy directly from a sawmill instead of the huge lumber retailer 20 min away?  Below are just a few of the reasons we give them.

1.) Eliminate the middleman: One of the largest benefits of working directly with a lumber retailer that operates a sawmill vs. purchasing from a large lumber yard is the cost savings associated with eliminating the “middleman”.  When you purchase from a company like ours, you the price is based on the cost to produce the lumber.  Additional add-ons simply do not happen.  This means that even when shipping nationwide we are able to provide you with a low priced option that is of the highest quality.

2.) Interaction with industry experts:  A sawmill is one of the main hubs of lumber production.  Employees like those at Robinson Lumber have decades of experience and a core set of expertise regarding the quality, grades, and uses for the lumber.  Our customers are able to establish unique relationships with these experts helping to ensure they receive high quality results or even just a little help keeping an eye out for special logs, knot patterns, etc. that interest you.

3.) Flexibility to meet your needs:  Maybe you’re looking for a specific dimension of a board, plank, or timber in a size that is difficult to find?  Unlike large lumberyards that can only provide you with what they have in stock, a sawmill like Robinson lumber can often cut to your specification.  With a planer and dry kilns on site we can ensure you get exactly what you need for your next project when you need it.

4.) Focus on quality: Because we produce our own lumber – we focus heavily on quality.  One way we are able to do this is by knowing exactly where it comes from.  Unlike large lumberyards that ship products in from various suppliers, local mills usually harvest their timber in a specific area.  For Robinson lumber the majority of ours is found within a 25 mile radius of the sawmill.  We even manage the majority of these woodlots to be re-harvested in 10-15 years providing us with sustainability that can’t be found at a lumberyard.

With over 40 years of experience in the lumber industry we know the benefits of buying directly from a mill.  If you still have questions or would like additional information please contact us or simply give it a try.

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