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    2 Days Ago
    To your original question Eric I just don't see a 350/450 having the load capacity to put a dump unit on let alone a roll off or hooklift. (Once a tree buisseness is more developed - like yours.) New 350/450s - even pickups, aren't any cheaper than basic class 5 trucks that I can tell. Only savings with a lower rated truck is a bit on DMV fees. One job that a heavier hauler helped to get done quicker would offset that fee.
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    3 Days Ago
    Stihl has an articulating unit too right? If you are already using Stihl's power polesaw HT 75, 101, 131, you can put it on the end of that for eleven more feet of reach when doing lighter trimming. (The Stihl Dealer does not recommend this application because of strain on drive shaft.)
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    4 Days Ago
    :)
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    4 Days Ago
    Ha - me too Carl. The shop I went with is 2 1/2 months overdue. Wish everyone had your business ethics.
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    4 Days Ago
    I will add to this thread soon when I have more pictures, I went with the Ram 5500. http://masterblasterhome.com/showthread.php?20383-Ram-5500-or-F550 You can see there use widely be youtubing, "Bin There Dump That."
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    4 Days Ago
    A light roll off (Switch and Go is one) is cheaper than the option I chose but you may want to look at the upgraded performance of a hooklift. I have one in process and probably two weeks from initial completion now. Faster cycle time than a SwithNGo loaded as I understand it, and.... Stellar makes one that adds 1800 to 2000 pounds wet and can hoist up to 16,000.
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    1 Week Ago
    A buddy removed some big trees on a contractors lot so he could start the building process. It turned out they were on a neighbors property next door. Two years of court issues later his tree insurance paid $75,000 in damages to settle.
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    1 Week Ago
    As I understand it plastic bottle recycling has been a net $ loss most if not all the time. Oil has to spike up way high for it to make financial sense. But, it is what's needed for future generations and a lot of other reasons IMO. And China recently said they were done being our dumping ground (we were sending shiploads over) - changes are coming. Klean Kanteen makes great bottles. Their insulated units will hold ice for 24 hours or more on hot days and hotter than I can drink for hours. https://www.kleankanteen.com/
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    1 Week Ago
    Reaming sounds great, thin wood wedge at times too. I'll try those, thanks.
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    1 Week Ago
    Ohhh....and might be good for shatter prevention in colder climates.
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    1 Week Ago
    Don't forget the aluminum/magnesium wedges. There is one with cutouts nearer the tapering end that works well to hold it in hand and use the heavy end to drive a plastic wedge. That works well when bucking big rounds and I just want to prevent bar pinch near the end of a cut.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Thanks for putting that up Mellow. There are two others for those interested. And thanks Paul for continuing to state your mind clearly. I would be disappointed if you ever got tired of it and stopped. Hopefully you save some future inventors grief because companies say to themselves.....it's just not worth it.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Can't get link up with my ph right now.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Three different events. They will probably fill up on the quicker side. ArborFest West has been great the last couple of years. Only 300 spaces, only $50, about 12 or 15 CEU's available if I recall. A lot of good practical info. Great vendor exposure.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Sounds fun and relaxing. Have a great time.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Any chance he got it back by now???
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Just a heads up, in dealing with Tri State. They have quite the track record with customers who have purchased from them, including one person that is a member here. All easy to find with google. Of course it might be harder to imagine going to far wrong with a chip box.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Doing oil change today and smelled pot. I realized I smell pot from someone more often than I smell cigarette smoke.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    :)
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    3 Weeks Ago
    :) I was wondering how I could keep that reminder from happening Frans. Looking back at your post #35 I would put some form of (I) at the beginning of every sentence. Cured. Sorry if my original post on that thought felt like trying to school you. That wasn't my intention.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Better/faster on my Apple laptop as well as my phone.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    I prefer to think of it as trusting. I trust that most people care about something else in life than how my equipment or job are doing. It's MY job to care enough to personally check it all out before I move the truck.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    OMG, how did I not think of that?
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    3 Weeks Ago
    I've both taped the file at times and wiped it down the leg of my pants at times. Recently it occurred to me that I was probably slightly dulling the file each tap just like back dragging a file dulls one a bit. I decided I will only wipe the file for a few files and see if I notice a difference. Wiping a file down my levies will knock most of the metal shavings out of a new file similar to cleaning a flat file with a "file card", a metal brush.
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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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