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    4 Hours Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread The MS150 Has Arrived in Chainsaws!
    Blocking down a half rotten ash the other day, using the 150 to cut some of it....it stopped oiling. It happened to my other 150 before too. I cleaned it out on the job, power head and bar, but that didn't solve it. Had to use the 200...forgot how heavy that sucker is! Got home, drained the oil tank, half filled it with gas, gave it a shake and poured it out...quite a lot of crud came out, repeat, then filled it with oil again and ran it without the bar. I could see the runny, gassy oil start to bubble through, then run normal, bar and chain back on and all was good. Whew.
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    4 Hours Ago
    I think I might be getting a rep for being pricey...in some folks eyes. But then there is a builder here, he never gives quotes, charges like a wounded bull and has more work than enough!
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    14 Hours Ago
    I just did a small job, climb a eucalypt, cut out some dying branches and old stubs, chip the debris, little pile of firewood...2.5 - 3 hrs. $300 (me plus hubby, chipper for like half an hr) just around the corner from our house, people I know. Got a $50 tip on top. Verbal bid....but this time I didn't give it to them on the spot, went home, called back the next day, gave bid and when I could do it. Works much better. I will never (well, never say never) give a verbal on the spot to a new client again. They have to realize you need some time to do your figurations...
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    4 Days Ago
    Well I just got an email from the client I just met and did the written estimate for...thanks but they found someone else. I have to admit its a bummer to get that email...I do wonder who got it and if it is a pro crew or the part timers...and what their bid was. Did they get to know how much I bid and underbid me? I would really like to know what their quote was, for comparison. but I'm not going to bug her about it. I reckon once you've quoted, and you don't get it, don't offer to lower it to beat them...starts to look like you've been gouging from the start. Sucks.
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    6 Days Ago
    I completely agree Robert, you have to know the people you are recommending!! Might be time to start to do some research...
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    6 Days Ago
    I had to reset all the parameters on the tachometer to get the auto-feed to work properly.
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    Yep. 14-16" with the 12" bar...start out at the tip and work in.
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    6 Days Ago
    If you aren't allowed to sub contract, then start to get a list together of people/businesses who will do cleanup for you. Then you can give the list to your client. Or maybe a bit more within the confines of your insurance, you call them in but all the billing/payment is done between them and your client? I just put in a written estimate for a day's work, seen the job, met the neighbours (we need access) prune back the neighbour's tree from overhanging my client's roof, remove a small ornamental plum, cut back some shrubs on the boundary and prune a top grafted weeping crab apple. Chip debris and leave anything of any size for firewood. I made the mistake of giving an 'off the cuff' estimate on site and immediately I knew it was too high, but I did say it covered contingencies and if we finished under we'd reflect that in the final invoice. ( Usually I say I will email them an estimate, gives me time to crunch the numbers, didn't this time) The next day the client called and told me she was going to get some more quotes...nice of her to actually call and tell me, I appreciate that. So I said I'd email her a estimate, put mine in writing. I think it's the best way really, because then you can specify what you will be doing and how. You really have no idea what another outfit will do, or even if it is (as I've said before) the bloke down the road with a pickup, a ladder and a chainsaw. It gives you the opportunity to perhaps be compared favourably. She did say she's let me know...often once a job has gone out to more people you never do hear back. So it begs the question, when going to see a job, do you ask up front if they will be getting other quotes? I think it's a fair question, sometimes I don't think clients realize the tenterhooks we can be on waiting to hear if we got the job! Then if they say yes, perhaps ask them then to let you know the outcome once they decide. I have asked once or twice if I was in the ballpark with other quotes and was told yes...so that makes me feel a bit better that at least I'd got the pricing right even if I didn't get the job.
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    1 Week Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread The MS150 Has Arrived in Chainsaws!
    I'm just saying that Stihl chain is better than any other kind of chain.
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Is it just me? I get a kick out of hearing my chipper when the auto feed kicks in for a bigger branch. Bbbrrrmmmpp.....brmm....brmm....bbbrrmmmmmmmmp.....and out spouts nothing but nice chippy chips. :lol:
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    1 Week Ago
    Oh dear...Jim. (but in the back of my head, I'm saying, that was actually quite clever)
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    1 Week Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Stay in touch from time to time Stephen...hope you get things squared away though.
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Hubby was sweating a line yesterday...helps to have those sailing skills when it comes to tree rigging time
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    1 Week Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread The MS150 Has Arrived in Chainsaws!
    Stay with the Stihl 1/4" picco chain...at least you don't have to pay $40 a loop in the US!! Quality.
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    1 Week Ago
    SOLVED! Broken wire on the emergency stop button...I'd say that was a good find by the mechanic :) I'm so fortunate to have a diesel mechanic two blocks away...gotta love country.
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    I have a Stihl HT101 good tough standard pole pruner...I did have the 130 too but I found it way too heavy. For me the slightly extra bit of power was offset by the weight. And that goes for using it from the ground AND out of a lift. The 101 is plenty of polesaw for the work and not too heavy. However...I am seriously looking at the Husky electric polesaw. The fixed length one, just enough extra reach for that laaasst cut that is just too far away, no having to pull start it inside the confines of a lift, and LIGHT.
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Sorry Brian...jumping in on your thread...
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    1 Week Ago
    I'm liking having the chipper instead of loading and unloading branches and shuttling to the tip. I can sell a load of chips for $50. To dump a load of green waste at the tip is $30 per metre, so my ute stuffed up good with branches would probably be like $60-90! Not many people are willing to have that charge plus time to take it there... I still think my prices are pretty reasonable, but here in the country inevitably I 'compete' with matey with spare time, a truck, a ladder and a chainsaw, 'yeah, nah, I'll just cut them branches off, chuck 'em there...she'll be right mate...' sheesh.
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Nice Brian! It's fun fiddling with new toys to get them set up just right for your operation. My chipper just got dropped off at the mechanic...shutting it down yesterday, last load of branches, went to throttle down and it just shut right off, bam, no turning the key like normal. Now it won't start, turns over fine, no nasty noises, but won't fire. Hubby checked the throttle cable and electrics and then fuel pump outlet...nothing coming out when cranking...prob fuel supply issue, hope it's a simple thing, hoping. Mine's a diesel 27hp Deutz.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread In The News... in Odds and Ends
    I don't understand the knee jerk reaction of people who think that 'gun control' means taking away ALL your guns. I never got the impression that improved gun control in the US means an all or nothing. It's pretty obvious that would be impossible and well as impractical. Legal gun ownership, harder to get than now...what's so wrong with that? Not looking for a fight, just coming from a different perspective.
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  • Bermy's Avatar
    2 Weeks Ago
    Nice!! I even see a square rigger in the background.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    I didn't hear it, I was up in the picker with ear defenders...and the engine noise from the picker comes straight up. Hubby was chipping, ears covered and he's a wee bit deaf too...and we were chipping quite a bit of dead wood...only really noticed it when things just wouldn't chip properly. It sure needed more than a quick touch up with the file! Sold those chips...someone got some extra iron for their garden.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread The MS150 Has Arrived in Chainsaws!
    And we know it!! Yeah, still my go-to number 1.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Bermy replied to a thread In The News... in Odds and Ends
    It took 10 days (might need a fact check) after Port Arthur in Tasmania for semi-automatic weapons to be banned...mass shootings since - 0 Yes, people still are injured and die from violence with firearms, but it is not the 'norm'. My neighbour who is a farmer and a hunter had a boundary dispute with the asshat next door. He could not commit or threaten any violence against him at all, otherwise the police would be at his door pronto to take away his guns. No ifs, ands or buts. If you act up, your firearms licence will be pulled and your guns confiscated.
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