Poles and Timber Product Prices: Products information and grade meanings

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Poles and Timber Prices

Knowing what you are buying is important when it comes to poles and timber product prices. Poles and timber products are graded and treated according to their intended use. As a result, poles and timber prices can vary widely depending on the wood type, grade, and cut.

We want to ensure that you can make an informed decision regarding our poles and timber product prices, grades and intended uses. Therefore, we are dedicating this post to ensuring that you have all the information you need.

CCA treated poles and timber product prices vs untreated timber product prices.

Sabie poles exclusively supplies CCA-treated Eucalyptus poles. We can treat eucalyptus poles because they have a higher amount of sapwood than other hardwoods.. Therefore, the poles are more resistant to wood-destroying elements such as rot, decay, weathering, and insects. This makes them ideal for use in big construction projects such as foundation piles, support beams, etc.

Furthermore, we supply timber products that customers can purchase either CCA treated or untreated. Pine (softwood) makes up our timber products. Therefore, untreated, it is vulnerable to insect attacks and other wood destroying elements. For certain indoor applications, you can accept using untreated timber products while for outdoor applications, you need to use treated wood.

While it is more costly to purchase untreated wood, in many cases it is necessary. However, there is only a slight difference in timber prices. Here’s an example: A 38mm x 38mm x 6m CCA treated plank is only R38.00 each, while a 38mm x 38mm x 6m untreated plank is only R34.00 each.

Timber Grades Explained:

Most timber have a certain grade accredited to it. This gives you an indication of what it can be used for. These grades are determined both in-house or by the SANS regulations.

Another key point is, that these standards are internationally recognized, and will be sold as a SABS Approved product in certain cases. Now lets get into the different timber grades and what they mean:


S5 Timber is referred to as structural timber and conforms to the SANS-1783:2013 specifications.

These products are mainly used in the construction of roof trusses, support beams and the framework of buildings.


SANS 1783:2013 specifications disqualify the timber products as UTP due to knots, sizing and other variables.

This grade is usually used for various other non-structural purposes. As well as in the roofs of informal, small buildings.


BBB also adheres to SANS-1783:2013 specifications. It is mainly used for roof tiles, ceiling battens and structural support for roofs.

Furthermore, we need to look at what type of wood you are buying. Is the wood rare like Oak, Cedar or Mahogany? Or is it a more common type like Pine or Eucalyptus (Gum Tree)?

Each category has it’s own pros and cons. While Pine (softwood) is perfect when you are looking for a strong yet lightweight solution like the framework for a building, Eucalyptus (hardwood) timber products are perfect for flooring and railings.

Therefore, it is important that you know which type of wood to look at for your building project.

Two broad categories when it comes to “type” of wood:


Softwood has a lower density. Therefore, it can be more vulnerable to scratches, dents, and wear and tear over years.

Additionally, it is easy to work with, lightweight for framework of homes. Examples: Pine

Softwood Timber Flooring


Hardwood usually has a higher density than most softwoods. Most importantly, it is more durable and more resistant to scratches and dents.

Examples: Paniculate, Saligna

Hardwood Products

Timber Treatment

The pricing of products will depend on the aforementioned properties. You also need to consider whether or not you should treat the timber. There are various methods of treatment available:

CCA, Creosote and others which we have discussed in this post: Understanding Timber Preservation Chemicals

You can buy the timber treated or untreated depending on your needs. At Sabie Poles, we specialize in CCA Treatment. There are various treatment classes when it comes to CCA. We will briefly look at what these CCA classes mean and which treatment class you will require for your application:

CCA Classes and uses



End-Use examples:




End-Use examples:

Laminated Beams, Roof Trusses, Structural timber . Ceiling Boards, Flooring, Paneling, Doors, Cupboards
Skirting, Window frames, Plywood


External Above Ground

End-Use Examples:
Outdoor Decking and Beams, Garden Furniture etc.


In Ground Contact

End-Use examples:
Agricultural fencing and posts, Playground Structures, Fencing Timber.


Wet Soils/In Fresh Water

End-Use Examples: Retaining Walls, Slipways, Culverts


In Sea Water

End-Use Examples:

Groins, Jetties, Walkways

Poles and Timber Treatment Classes

Poles and Timber Product Prices:

When you are busy with a project, it is important that you keep all of the aforementioned factors in mind. These factors will play a role in the poles and timber prices. Additionally, it is important to know that you are buying the correct timber for you application to avoid disappointment in the future.

At Sabie Poles, we have various timber products available. While we specialize in CCA Treated Poles, we also sell untreated timber, structural timber, plywood and more.

For the convenience of our customers, we have created an online quoting system so that you can instantly get pricing on the products that you need. As a matter of fact, you can browse our product categories here:

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These are our broad categories. also, another way to see our whole product range, is to head over to our “Build your own quote” section which will direct you to the product page.

Note: Our online quoting system prices is subject to change without prior notice. All quotes on the online systems are estimates and not guaranteed to be the final quoting price. All prices excludes VAT and delivery.

Why choose Sabie Poles as your Poles and Timber Supplier?

We’ve been in business for over 15 years which means that we have the experience and knowledge to assist clients in finding the perfect building materials for their needs. Our staff members dedicate themselves to providing outstanding customer service, while the company focuses on producing high-quality products at a fair price.

We deliver anywhere in Southern Africa and export to other countries. For more information on details, poles and timber product prices and delivery, you can visit our FAQ post where we have provided our customers with all the answers to the most frequently asked questions.

All of our Treated Poles and Timber Products are SABS approved. Therefore, you can be sure that you are receiving the highest quality products. Every time.

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