• gf beranek's Avatar
    16 Hours Ago
    I recognize good technique with the filp line when I see it. Thanks for sharing, Rico.
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    16 Hours Ago
    Even a dark cloud has a silver lining.
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    17 Hours Ago
    I embrace its premise. Some of the words, terms and phrases are dated, and reflect that of the time. Don Blairs' father had a lot of passion, and was a true credit to the standards of quality we embrace in this profession today. I admire it all. Thank you for the fine post, Frans Smith.
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Letter box hinge on a big spruce, with a good bit of backlean...
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    There is a little more to it than just cutting speed.. IN order for a tree to BBC the force on the trunk at the cut must be enough to cause the trunk to split (obviously), before the hinge or holding wood fails... by taking out the connecting wood fibers on the sides, between the stump and the trunk, there is less surface area over which that force is applied. ON solid wood, there will not be enough connection between the stump and the trunk to split the trunk... Another way of saying it is that the surface area of the holding wood is not large enough to split the trunk... Its the holding fibers parallel to the head lean that cause the split... when those fibers are only 2-4" wide, its very unlikely that they are going to split the entire width of the trunk in solid wood, no matter how fast or slow the cut.
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  • gf beranek's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    If a spark ever blew under those loose sheets of bark the rotten sapwood would start burning under it and be almost impossible to put out. It would change the looks of the tree like we have never seen it before. Well, there are plenty of other examples around that we see today. Too bad trees are so flammable.
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  • gf beranek's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Yeah, the part time gig has its own following. Tough beans, man.
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    3 Days Ago
    What an episode! When it's all over I'll probably not even recognize the place. More dead trees. Mama Nature...
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  • TreeMuggs's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Sean, here was my thinking behind that price integrity guarantee. There were multiple cases where I ended up learning later that I had lost out on bids for just $50. I wanted something to encourage customers to negotiate a bit with me, rather than just taking my quote as being set in stone, take it or leave it. So I came up with this sentence: "We are able to beat most professional, written quotes for tree trimming by 5% - contact us for more details." On the surface it seems simplistic, but if you break it down there's actually a lot going on there. First of all it says "most", which puts me in the driver seat. There is no obligation on my part whatsoever to beat anyone else's price, after all, it only says "most". I get to choose when I honor this pledge. Next it says "professional, written quotes". This is so I'm not competing with all of the hacks in town, most of whom do not offer written quotes, or if they do, they are just scribbled on the back of a business card or something. Next it says "for tree trimming". I don't extend this to removals, which are usually far more work and involve bigger equipment. There is usually more wiggle room on my part for trimming jobs, which are my bread and butter. Lastly, it says "contact us for more details", which means that the customer has to be bold enough to call me back and ask me to honor this. Most customers never even take that step. I used this for a few years with underwhelming results. In 3 years, I only had a handful of people take advantage of it. At the end of the day, I was unimpressed with the concept, but I'm still glad I gave it a go. You don't know unless you try. These days I do most of my quoting by email, to build an email list of customers and contacts, which has been far more valuable than picking up an extra job here or there. The email form does not contain the price integrity guarantee. The other tactic that proved to be far better than a 5% discount, was just taking deposits. I don't usually ask for more than $50-100 for a deposit, but the difference to our cashflow is huge. And it helps big time to keep customers from going with someone else after the fact. But even if they do, that deposit is non-refundable. I know these issues have been beaten to death on the forums - beating other people's quotes, and taking deposits. Not looking for a big derail, just being honest about my experiences and opinions. If there's anything on the front or back of my quote sheet that anyone wants to use, I can also PM it to you as a Word document, so you can change anything you want.
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  • Porkbrick's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    good to see your safe Stephen! seeing all the beetle kill up there last year was a real eye opener. so much fuel. just last month our manager was asking us if we would be willing to go out for up to a month to cut dead trees around the transmission lines up there. pg&e cant keep up and one of the contractors they hired had a fatal incident. havent heard anything since about it.
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  • TreeMuggs's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    I posted some of the written material that I use for my small business, including my subcontractor agreement, my quote sheet, the Integrated Tree Management Plan, and email scripts. If they can provide some value to anyone else trying to run a tree care operation then I am glad to help. Feel free to use them as starting points for your own needs, or you can just copy them straight-up, that's fine by me. You can check that stuff out here: Small Business Resources Peace,
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    stone dry ash from the bucket.... interesting that this rectangular hinge comes right on the heals of the triangular hinge wood thread... do you believe in God yet? :)
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  • gf beranek's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    I worked with a few like that. If you want to call it, "working". I know the feeling, Frans. It's hard to get good help these days.
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  • gf beranek's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    "Colossus" is the name I give that tree. To meet grade requirements, when building the highway through the park, the root crown on this side of the tree was cut. Oh, 100 years ago, give or take a few. Today, the bark on this side of Colossus is just barely hanging on. Nice pic, Mario. In the background, behind that tree, are two specimens near the same size. What a beautiful place!
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  • August Hunicke's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    August Hunicke replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    Ya Sean, I definitely agree with that. I was trying to have no stump cut at the end of the job. So I have may have nullified the benefit somewhat by not going higher with back cut... but when I left I just cut the hinge off. aug
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    August Hunicke replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    https://youtu.be/hAQXC5laKNs aug
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Another example of the difference between falling nasty old snags in the woods and doing residential tree work.. We rarely run into anything that nasty
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    lots of good memories there... I have a good friend in California that just took chainsaw to flesh.... looks like he'll be ok, but it does get me thinking about the shoe being on the other foot
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  • murphy4trees's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    I forgot to put in the disclaimer, that I was just making it all up ;) I have never seen or tried that triangle cut... read about it online a while back... so I couldn't say for sure what the differences are... honestly the point above doesn't make much sense to me, but if you say so and have used it, I won't argue, and bow out here as gracefully as possible EDIT.... The diagram being backwards is what confused me... makes more sense with the triangle pointing towards the notch
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Born (1968) and raised in the Alaskan bush. No power, no running water my entire childhood. We lived almost entirely off the land, eating salmon and moose meat primarily. Bought rice, beans, and wheat in large sacks periodically. My father was originally from Southern California but after Vietnam wasn't welcomed home. He made his own home with my beautiful mother in Hatcher Pass Alaska, far from stores and cars and highways. He built the log cabin I was born in. He delivered me and my brothers and sisters there and raised us up working hard. He read us the bible and taught us about God. I'm not ashamed of it nor do I think I have to plead with anyone to "get saved." Growing up, I was embarrassed at times by where we lived and thought we were poor because we didn't have light switches and drive a k car. Now I know we were rich. Rich in substance and heart and capability. I thought I was lazy as a child because I didn't look forward to all the hard work. I found out later when I entered the work force in the tree and also commercial fishing industries that I was not lazy but in fact stood out as a hard worker. I live in Oregon now, 2 miles from my now civilized parents (light switches and all) because they moved here. I have a beautiful wife and little ones. I want them to be close to my parents. Home is wherever my parents go and I intend to carry on the legacy of love of my father until I die in all my relationships, including here at the Tree House.
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