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    1 Week Ago
    Looking forward to your completed truck, Merle!
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    01-16-2018
    I know the hospital went back and forth for a while regarding the coding. The research I did back then suggested the CroFab cost the hospital around $2200/vial to administer... 14 vials. I can't explain what they charged.
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    01-16-2018
    Levi is our 15 year old (14 at the time). ~$4600. 6 hours in the ER, 4 days in a room, 14 vials of CroFab; followup was 3 days after discharge and another two weeks later. He was at soccer practice a week after his discharge. I forget what mom's helicopter flight cost back in February of last year, but it was relatively cheap. ~130 mile flight, I left the local hospital shortly before the helicopter got there and was there to watch the helicopter land. I remember an ambulance ride home was going to be $3800ish cash, but it didn't come to that.
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    01-15-2018
    Most folks couldn’t pay on the spot I’d wager, but that logic is more due to liquid poverty. Remember Levi’s snake bite? $116k, insurance paid $4600ish and that was that.
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    01-14-2018
    lumberjack replied to a thread Best Lift???? in Gear Forum
    I thought so, but I didn't see anything in your recent posts to tip me off! I talked to Jerry, he decided to buy a stump grinder and said he'd buy an SD64 in a few months... we'll see what happens.
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    01-14-2018
    Our insurance comes through the wife's work. We pay a portion of the premium and her company picks up the (substantial) balance.
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    01-14-2018
    lumberjack replied to a thread Best Lift???? in Gear Forum
    Also 90' working height, not 70'. Omme makes shorter lifts, but the 90' is "the" lift they're famous in the tree industry for. 52' of side reach, but only with 176lb in the basket.
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    01-14-2018
    lumberjack replied to a thread Best Lift???? in Gear Forum
    Hmm, not that I recall... don't see him in my accounting software either. That being said, I'm having a hard time placing you based on your screen name and Florida? Cribbing on a swinging outrigger (vs out and down) is/can be more complicated due to the outrigger moving in and out from the machine through its range of motion. Spiders usually have exceptional ability to level themselves out without rigging. One thing to consider/remember/think about is the friction between your outrigger pad and the supporting surface.... you're setting up on a 20* slope of dense asphalt (fairly smooth) and your outrigger pads are hard, slick plastic... You could go slip sliding away.
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    01-14-2018
    lumberjack replied to a thread Best Lift???? in Gear Forum
    The SD64 in early 2015 was $4-5k more than the Tracked Lifts 72'er, but $5k on two different machines doesn't really matter. $5k difference on the same machine (say two dealers for the same product) would be more of a factor (in dealer selection, not product selection).
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    01-14-2018
    lumberjack replied to a thread Best Lift???? in Gear Forum
    Nah, I still sell Nifties, for now at least. My opinion is a year old at least, but I agree with the Tracked Lifts 72’ spider. I thought that’s what I was going to get back in 2015 before I did a comparison to an SD64. At that point I had never actually looked at an SD64 in person, thought a spider was the obvious choice. IMO, for a 70’ Lift, unless you need narrow access (Tracked Lift’s spider) or dielectric (bucket truck) the SD64 is the best lift for usual tree work. Deva needs narrow access, so Tracked Lift’s spider is the answer. I personally would avoid CMC, Cormidi, Blue Lift, and maybe someone else I haven’t thought of yet. The JLG spider looks impressive, but the price was something like 60-70% higher than the Tracked Lift. I haven’t checked in about a year, but the Tracked Lift should be around $90k, give or take $5k.
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  • lumberjack's Avatar
    01-08-2018
    I'd certainly think so, MB.
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    01-03-2018
    Glad it got resolved. If they advertised something and delivered something else, that's a strong hand if you wanted to push the matter. I agree that starting with less waves is a good place to start.
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    01-02-2018
    Awesome on the MFG’s part, the dealer is weak sauce passing the buck on handling the situation.
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  • lumberjack's Avatar
    12-09-2017
    I can't imagine drilling won't suck. The bolts are hardened and given the diameter it'll be hard to get substaintial down pressure.
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    12-08-2017
    The bolt heads themselves wear, reducing the allen's engagement depth. In situations like that, we'd use a cutting torch/plasma cutter to cut the head off. Never had a problem with the wheel. It could be done with a grinder, but that would suck a lot more; couple minute job with a torch.
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    11-24-2017
    lumberjack replied to a thread Equipment Painting in Gear Forum
    Are you ok, B? Painting equipment?! Prep work is where the quality comes from... super pita time wise, but worth it. I'd get on researching via the googler.
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    11-16-2017
    I agree with the first part of Brendon's post; I haven't talked to Jim about it.
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    11-14-2017
    I like my trucks keyless ignition and keypad on the door, suits me very well since I don't carry keys. I do occasionally use the remote start from the second fob in the house. I'd think you're in the minority, which mass production isn't interested in.
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  • lumberjack's Avatar
    11-03-2017
    Dangit, I got busy and forgot all about it! That's what I get for not throwing out the winning bid last week!
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    10-24-2017
    Sorry, I missed that. $400
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    10-22-2017
    Naval Jelly is rust remover, gelled phosphoric acid... wouldn't be well suited for protecting battery terminals, I think.
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  • lumberjack's Avatar
    10-07-2017
    Congrats, Brian... for those prices they shouldn't depreciate very much and should make you some considerable money in the meanwhile!
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  • lumberjack's Avatar
    09-29-2017
    Haha yeah, I don't mind; I don't think he looked here anyway.
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  • lumberjack's Avatar
    09-29-2017
    :lol: Got the deposit this morning. Overnighting a check to payoff the truck, will close the deal when I get the title back.
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    09-29-2017
    Thanks, fellas. I don't know if he's checked the tread or not, but I'm supposed to receive earnest money today on the truck.8) Changes, they're a'comin!
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    09-28-2017
    Bump for a guy considering buying my F550, he lives ~70 miles north of me. I sent him a link, he may or may not look here and it may or may not make him fell more or less comfortable with me as a person. :lol: My post count certainly looks concerning, although I'm pretty sure MB played with it.
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    09-18-2017
    Me? I assuredly am, laying in bed with the wife and (as of tomorrow) 8 month old on my arm with the other two in their rooms. I thought about chasing Irma, didn't pursue it and no opportunities came to me. My main thought was using the Mec to get trees off of houses. No way do I want to spend a month + away from home hauling.
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  • lumberjack's Avatar
    09-02-2017
    I would say you'd know best, Rich. Before I had the crane, my rigging for the lift (Nifty SD64) was 80, 120, and 150' pieces of gold streak for natural crotch rigging and ~10 ~10' pieces of 1/2" line for butt hitching pieces and cutting/tossing. That did the overwhelming majority of my work, occasionally I'd have to bring Scott in for more rigging, but that was fairly rare.
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  • lumberjack's Avatar
    08-03-2017
    Don't forget wear and tear on the truck and saw. Chalk this up to tuition and move onward and upward!
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  • lumberjack's Avatar
    07-23-2017
    Long story short, on articulated loaders handling tree debris in a residential setting with a dangle grapple, I do not want a rotator. It's more of a liability than an asset to me, feeding the chipper or loading a trailer. On an excavator, log loader, backhoe, crane, etc, a rotator is nice. 20kg is negligible, but having 4 extra hoses to deal with and the rotator not allowing freewheel/spinning is annoying to me.
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    07-14-2017
    I didn't, but you would need an motor spool valve which wouldn't have load checks. Blast from the past!
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    07-07-2017
    Skilled or unskilled, there's no point in working for free. I have varying hourly rates depending on what I'm doing and what equipment I'm using. For my time, the hourly starts around $200/hr and can be several times that. If it's not worth $200/hr, it's not really worth my time, although I'll occasionally get a soft spot and do something that doesn't make business sense. Jobs are worth what they're worth. How you do them determines your hourly rate. Your overhead determines your minimum hourly. If you do the same work as everyone else, the same way as everyone else, you'll make the same money as everyone else.
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    07-06-2017
    Nice, I'm in Columbus, MS.
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  • lumberjack's Avatar
    07-06-2017
    Excellent post! Where in Mississippi are you?
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  • lumberjack's Avatar
    07-05-2017
    Adding to the above, the market will pay a certain amount for a certain job. Time/experience will give you a grasp of what that number is. The same time and experience will also tell you if the job is worth you doing or not. I understand people are in different positions, but just because a job is only worth X amount, doesn't mean the job is worth doing.
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  • lumberjack's Avatar
    07-05-2017
    Hauling debris in a pickup is a non starter. If I was working next door and had the room at the end of the job, I might pick it up for $250. It being cut up all small like isn't endearing to me... usually I quote $700+/load for local tree debris, although I don't haul much for third parties (and the municipalities get a lower rate as they pay the disposal costs). My embed-fu seems to be weak today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xbgD66WNuk
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  • lumberjack's Avatar
    07-05-2017
    I'd venture to say it's a tough bet making profit hauling tree debris in a pickup bed, especially if you want to make minimum wage on top of that profit. If it was a short drive from my shop and I didn't have to rake, I would charge $500 to haul that debris... it would probably take 10-15 minutes to load... someone cut that debris into tiny pieces.
    37 replies | 1529 view(s)
  • lumberjack's Avatar
    07-05-2017
    5 loads, 45 minutes from the dump, assuming 15 minutes to load and 15 minutes to unload is 2 hours per load invested, 10-12 hours for the job.... for $250. Do you see a glaring problem with that (hint, not the optimistic loading/unloading times)?
    37 replies | 1529 view(s)
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