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    Great notification - considering climbers lives to be of paramount importance.
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    4 Days Ago
    If it is tinnitus, sometimes it?s an easy fix. Mick, What is the sometimes easy fix? (I touched off a round from a friends high power rifle with sideways muzzle porting. Unfortunately I was too close to a shooting range sidewall - instantly realized it was a dumb move.)
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    6 Days Ago
    Merle Nelson replied to a thread Alpine Magnum in Gear Forum
    There is a guy on ebay advertising sharpening green teeth. Not sure if he would do AM. But you send him your teeth in a US Postal Service flat rate box for $7 or so. Sounds cheap and easy to me.
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    Merle Nelson replied to a thread BMG mod. in Gear Forum
    Sounds nice, everything done just right....I like that. Light weight so it takes as little as possible from each pick would be one positive attribute. (Thus thinner than 1/2 inch material - possibly using stronger alloys.) Knowing little about grapples I at first wanted power rotate. Lumberjack talked me out of that to save 85 lb per pick. I'm glad he did. Using the BMG on an articulating loader I do great without it. Welcome to The Tree House by the way.
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    Merle Nelson replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    Agreed.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    I keep wondering if that is the 65 horse Wisconsin on your chipper?
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Robert, Wives....they do have great advice often times. Being professional with the guy and taking the high road was THE good choice at the time. Now, is a new situation. You get to practice the next skill you need to learn - salesmanship. First and foremost you have to sell yourself that you're worth your daily bread. When you talk to that customer next you can tell him how much you appreciate him, how much you love him, how much you wish him well, and whatever other good tidings you can think up. But, you also must tell him why your wood sells for $125 per load for the exact size of load delivered. Don't have a lot of focused attachment on whether he buys from you or not. Have your focus on why he would do best to buy from you and express that naturally.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Merle Nelson replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    Nice acknowledgement of Adam on that video August. A guy will probably work harder for that than he will for money.
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    4 Weeks 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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    4 Weeks Ago
    I thought, shoot, now you've done it, you got Sean annoyed. :)
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    4 Weeks 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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    4 Weeks 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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  • Merle Nelson's Avatar
    10-13-2017
    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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    10-13-2017
    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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    10-13-2017
    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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    10-12-2017
    $300 at the most and you'd be back up and running if you wanted it right?
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    10-12-2017
    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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    10-10-2017
    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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    10-07-2017
    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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    10-07-2017
    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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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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