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|Effectiveness||Level required||Details||Risk Factors/Requirements|
65,000 to 85,000
|Level 1+||Logs can be cut and sold for 169 coins each. Normal trees are found virtually everywhere around RuneScape but - without the use of a Seers' Headband - only give one set of Logs per tree. The forest west of Lumbridge, the Grand Exchange, and the area east of Varrock are all convenient places to gather normal logs because of the number of trees and proximity to a bank. Members may also do the normal Evil Tree which may be cut for noted logs, Birds' nests, and other prizes. Regular logs also come from dead trees, dying trees, and evergreen trees. As you increase your woodcutting skill, the time it takes you to chop down a tree decreases, increasing your profit.|
|Level 15+||Oak logs are in demand for the Construction skill and sell for 123 coins each. Oak trees can be found in many places, most notably just east of the Draynor Village bank, east and west of Varrock, directly south of the Seers' Village bank, and south of the southern Falador gate. Members can also do oak Evil Trees for Woodcutting-related prizes.|
|Level 30+||Willow logs sell for 20 coins each, and can be cut in many locations. However, only a few are actually used by players. They are the best trees to cut for training, and one can make a reasonable profit from selling them. The best locations to cut willow logs include:
As noted before, there are many more locations of willow trees, most of which are located near water.
|*****||Level 45+||Maple logs are commonly cut logs found north of the Seers' Village bank. A less populated spot is north of McGrubor's Wood, where an entire forest of maple trees can be found. The only downside is that there are no nearby banks, lessening profit. However with level 30 Dungeoneering, a player can go to Woodcutting Island, the entrance of which is on the far southeast tip of Daemonheim. The island contains 8 maple trees and 5 willow trees. These logs are nearly always in demand for Fletching and can be sold for 44 coins each. These can be sold in large quantities at the Grand Exchange.|
|*****||level 50+||Chopping Mahogany logs is a good source of money if one chops at the Tai Bwo Wannai village. Be sure to buy a couple thousand Trading sticks at the Grand Exchange to enter the Hardwood grove (100 trading sticks) and to have Rionasta bank the logs. (note: It costs 10 trading sticks for each item banked, including the stackable items). After completing Deadliest Catch, a bank deposit box can be found on the beach north of the general store, a little farther away but free. One can also get special mahogany logs in about 50 logs chopped. Two of these can be traded to the sawmill vendor for a free conversion of all your mahogany logs in your inventory. If a player has 26 regular and 2 special mahogany logs in inventory, this will make a 58526 coin profit when selling the resulting planks on the Grand Exchange.
The return on cutting Mahogany trees and selling the Mahogany logs and resultant Mahogany planks is impacted significantly by the drop rates for Special mahogany logs which are estimated at 2%. At level 82 woodcutting with a Dragon hatchet at a fairly brisk rate of entering and exiting the Hardwood grove and banking with Rionasta one can harvest and bank at least 410 logs in an hour. Excluding time for sawmill trips, but subtracting out the banking and entry fees at market rates for Trading sticks, the return on mahogany log cutting in the Hardwood grove comes to 358254 coins per hour at a 2% drop rate. Higher woodcutting levels increase the speed of harvesting and hence the hourly return. At a 2% Special mahogany log drop rate, the expected return per log is 874 coins, which can be multiplied by your expected number of logs cut per hour to get an hourly return (excluding time for sawmill trips).
It is recommended to have a higher level of woodcutting (70+) rather than going straight to Mahogany logs right at level 50. This is because, of course, you will chop them much faster. The higher your Woodcutting level, the better profit/hour.
|*****||Level 58+||Eucalyptus logs - Currently the only location of eucalyptus trees is west of Oo'glog , and by Mobilising Armies. It was introduced 29 January 2008 along with the As a First Resort... quest. Eucalyptus logs are sold at the Grand Exchange for 421 coins each. Being close to a bank and extremely lightweight, this makes chopping eucalyptus trees a very efficient way to make money. It is advised to Bank at Oo'glog, or Mobilising Armies if a player has not done As A First Resort...||Ogresses are aggressive and attack. The Ogress champion(level 99) is the hardest at the moment|
|***** 80,000+||Level 60+||Yew logs sell for 536 coins each, and are almost always in high demand by players training Fletching and Magic. This makes cutting yew logs one of the most popular ways of making money. Take note, however, that yew logs may be slow to cut at first, so it is advised to level up to around level 65. A few yew trees are close to banks, but if you have 21 Agility and access to the Fairy ring system, you can use codes BLR(right next to a yew tree, with two more on the minimap) and DKR(a very short walk from a level 21 Agility shortcut into the Grand Exchange), you can make ~12k in a short Five to ten minutes, while barely ever looking at the screen! Also if you have level 60 Farming you can plant a yew tree in the tree patch right next to the gnome stronghold bank which means you're the only one who can cut it! And with a Hydra (level 80 Summoning) you can use the hydra's special to regrow your yew tree as soon as it falls thus this would be one of the quickest ways to cut yews, this can also apply for magic trees at level 75 Woodcutting and level 75 Farming Due to the bot nuking update almost all locations named are now not crowded
Other popular woodcutting locations are:
|*****||Level 68+||Ivy is not a very effective way of making money, though with a Strung rabbit foot (increases chance of bird nest), ivy can bring an adequate amount of money and a good amount of experience(70k+/h). To make money, search each nest you get, crush the empty nest with a pestle and mortar to get a crushed nest (valued around 1,103 on the Grand Exchange. You can also use the crushed nests to make Saradomin Brews) and sell the seeds/rings obtained from the nests. You may also obtain various bird's eggs.|
|*****||Level 75+||Magic logs can be cut and sold for 1,633 coins each. Magic logs are quite slow to cut; similar to Yew logs, the trees are considerably faster to cut if one has a higher Woodcutting level. In order to maximise cutting speeds it is recommended that the player cuts Magic trees with a Dragon hatchet as they have the highest chopping rate. Though being slow and tedious, cutting magic logs is a quite effective way to make money.
At 99 Woodcutting, players can cut and bank approximately 112 magic logs per hour when chopping Magic trees in the Varrock Sewers resource dungeon, and using the Edgeville lodestone to bank the logs at the Edgeville bank.
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