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    1 Day Ago
    Just remembered that I have gone out and rented a comparable item to just about every piece of big equipment I ended up purchasing. Or else I traveled to where I could work with a similar item and or try it. Probably rented 5 different chippers to nail down exactly what I wanted in having a new one built. And, with those I was earning money all the while. Trailers rent cheap.
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    1 Day Ago
    I thought, shoot, now you've done it, you got Sean annoyed. :)
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    3 Days Ago
    Robert speaking to a point you asked about, you can get a similar experience from small wood/limbs. I had my lanyard wrapped around a Euc tree twice so it would cinch tight and hold me if my spurs ripped out. I was being a bit cavalier about multiple small leads coming out near the top and was just cutting through single slice from the top. One piece 4 or 5 inches in dia and 15 feet long ripped away rather than fell clear because my saw sputtered while in the cut and Euc has amazing holding fibers to rip down well. It sucked me lanyard tight and smacked my nose into another stem in the top before it ripped free and fell. All climber induced obviously.
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    3 Days Ago
    I missed it, did you get the job after reducing price by half? Keep track of every minute you spend on that job. Then after subtracting all your costs you can divide it by the hours you spent and be sure you made far less than that after uncle sam and wear and tear etc. That is one of the quickest paths to increasing you bids. :)
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    1 Week Ago
    Robert if you can try gear first hand before you buy, it really pays off. That is especially true of climbers that you can stand on for hours at a time.
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    1 Week Ago
    The Bandit 250 or 280's look pretty workable for a modest operation and still doing a bunch of pruning. Maybe keeping your chipper as back up and for some prune days.
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    1 Week Ago
    150 is not enough of a jump for good machine feeding. It's not just how wide the infeed rollers go, the dia of rollers and hyd power to rollers mater too. If you're pretty sure what you want, try to go help a tree service for a few hours or a day that feeds the type of chipper you want with the same methods you plan to use. I have seen 150's overwhelmed by somewhat dull knives and two guys hand feeding.
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    1 Week Ago
    $300 at the most and you'd be back up and running if you wanted it right?
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    1 Week Ago
    That Wisconsin engine appears to be the higher horse power model, 60 horse instead of 37? That would probably tend to make it a good performer for a hand feed pruning operation. And, it would suck even more gas. Sounds like you are beyond that Sean - bigger capacity, machine feed.
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    1 Week Ago
    Yeah, HT101 and HT131 or perhaps changed a bit in numbering. I run both of those just about every day, a little or a lot. They are both 4mix. The HT101 is nice because it is a bit lighter. The HT131 can pull 2 inches more of bar effectively (14 inch.) And it has more power in the big cuts. They save so much work. Be careful of bending the shafts as you take bigger pieces. Full shaft replace is about $450.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Merle Nelson replied to a thread Faulty tracks in Gear Forum
    United Postal Service signature confirmation of receipt is a cheap service that carries real benifits of knowing that something was delivered and when also.
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    Merle Nelson replied to a thread Faulty tracks in Gear Forum
    Yes. Calls seem quick. Letters carry legal weight and are known to be sent by far fewer people - perhaps the more dedicated/committed......
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    Merle Nelson replied to a thread Faulty tracks in Gear Forum
    Big bonus to Toro Corporate if your willing to keep a lot of negative stuff out of social media about it. They should handle it for joe blow, for you they should do it all the quicker before it costs them two or twenty sales. Morbark Corp jumped in and got it done when they became aware NickfromWI wasn't getting taken care of by a local dealer to acceptable standards. (At least a couple of us called in etc - one guy was extremely effective.)
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    Merle Nelson replied to a thread Faulty tracks in Gear Forum
    If Toro/dealer don't jump into it lets talk about social media pressure. You're right....you paid too much to.....
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    Merle Nelson replied to a thread Irma watch in Odds and Ends
    Sorry to hear it is all so bad there. Zanfel can be had off the internet or at Walmart for about $35 per tube. It works great on poison oak, which we have here.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Merle Nelson replied to a thread Grapple for mini in Gear Forum
    Huh, not me. Can't imagine bending one since it hasn't bent when trying to pick up over max loads and have had no issues.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    "Never Mind" as Gilda Radner used to say. :) I think there was just a bunch of air trapped in the heater core because he didn't drain and refill the coolant in the system. After a few more mornings of use and one of those being a short drive with the cap loosened it started to heat better and better. It's at normal now. Thanks for the help, I would have gone onto some of the clever diagnosis ideas if I would have needed to.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Merle Nelson replied to a thread Faulty tracks in Gear Forum
    Oh man, that would hurt. You put out money and risked more to solve problems not create new more expensive issues. Sorry to hear that.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Merle Nelson replied to a thread Grapple for mini in Gear Forum
    So Page it's a BMG right? New production? Older lighter built unit? Is one of the arms bent? Pics?
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Merle Nelson replied to a thread Grapple for mini in Gear Forum
    I still hadn't gotten that. I always turn by touching wood or brush. I love learning from others on The House. Thanks Sean.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    On youtube haven't I seen the 2×4 (maybe two or two and a half feet long) laid across the dual wheels, parallel to axle, and then strapped in place with a webbing strap wrapped around the inside and outside of the duals? Then when tires rotate 2x4 comes around and grabs every so often and walkes itself out.
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Logged for a season after I decided college wasn't for me. Went into tree work as a way to continue doing work I liked but, more on my terms. Tried other businesses when I was in enough back pain and believed the umpteenth Doctor/Chiro./Professional who told me I had to change careers. Got back into tree work when I found I could personaly manage back pain. Pulled D's in high school English.
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