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    01-08-2017
    Been busy, just found this.... shit I'm glad I asked.! Extra jobs are only nice if you get paid. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    12-02-2015
    802climber replied to a thread WTB chip truck in The Trading Post
    Thanks Joel. I need 4x4, shoulda mentioned. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    11-27-2015
    802climber replied to a thread WTB chip truck in The Trading Post
    Still no luck. While I do like the truck, it is really not enough truck and is falling apart. Received 10k estimate to tighten it up 😳. Only have 7k in this truck. Have not found much of anything out there.. Looking in the 20k range. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    10-26-2015
    802climber replied to a thread WTB chip truck in The Trading Post
    Thanks gonna need it. Looked through the entire Tree Trader for an F550 and it made me want to just fix up my current chip truck, a 97 F350 7.3 diesel. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    10-24-2015
    I am potentially looking to upgrade my chip truck. I am looking for something that has been maintained, is relatively clean and not too rusty. Would like to find a crew cab F550 or F450 (7.3 diesel preferred) with L-packs and Southco (or similar) chip body, removable roof preferred. Located in southern VT. Will travel for the right truck. Thanks. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    10-16-2015
    Thanks , are you saying I should add a 3rd set screw to each shaft? I am already gonna have to add one cause I broke one off with the impact. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    10-14-2015
    Thanks anyway but I ended up finding the problem. Did not realize it had keyed shafts. Just needed new woodruff keys and the set screws retightened. FWIW I found the motors through Altec in Shelby, NC. They are around 600 each +/- Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    10-08-2015
    Oh and FWIW here's a pic of the original spruce. Don't have one from farther out. Maybe it could be left as is and be fine for years, or be static cabled and braced to high hell and still fail! Who really knows! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    10-08-2015
    I thought that ALL artificial support systems require annual inspection per ANSI standards? Here is a large ash we pruned. The branch rigged up in the pic was dead and decayed from the drilling site and upwards. There was another steel cable in the tree which had failed at the eye. The new homeowners weren't even aware the cables were up there. The cables did not look to be too old. I installed a dynamic support system in a large sugar maple that had several included main crotches. "Real" inclusion with good response growth, and no signs of failure. The situation did not seem to justify drilling through the tree 3-6 times to install a comparable steel system. The client, who does not want the tree drilled, understands that the system will require annual inspections to include possible adjustment or replacement with steel cabling/bracing should any of the "real" structural defects worsen enough to merit installing such a system. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    10-02-2015
    I am going to be cabling a co-dom Norway spruce where the leaders may be too close together to splice in the Branch Saver. Wondering if there are any tricks to install Branch Saver in this situation. The tree is not huge and the crotch is very included but not splitting. Would like to avoid drilling if possible, but will use steel if I have to. Are Norway spruce decent compartmentalizers? Thanks!
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    08-26-2015
    Lower feed motor quit on the job yesterday. Getting 2250 psi to the bad motor. Does anyone have a source for these motors? Painfully slow progress through Altec.. Also I am looking for a mechanics manual for this chipper; not the owners manual but a real shop manual if they made one.... Thanks. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    08-17-2015
    802climber replied to a thread New bucket in Gear Forum
    I would like to have one.. Truck is great. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    08-16-2015
    802climber replied to a thread New bucket in Gear Forum
    ALC guys what do you run your truck at, 1200 RPM? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    07-23-2015
    I am looking for GIS mapping software that will let me take a detailed tree inventory. I want my clients to be able to see any recommendations for individual trees, as well as request that work be done on individual trees. I would like to find something that does not have a huge initial software cost for myself or my clients. I often have no cell service or internet connection while in the field. I am ready to purchase a GPS, laptop and/or tablet, but I need to pick software first. Was recently quoted $5,000 (!!!) for software which provides no graphic user interface for clients, or work order integration, only data on a spreadsheet... I know this exists, I just need to find it!
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    05-16-2015
    802climber replied to a thread New bucket in Gear Forum
    Re mount done by ALC Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    05-16-2015
    802climber replied to a thread New bucket in Gear Forum
    Thanks. Super stoked. Good old ALC is right! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    05-16-2015
    802climber started a thread New bucket in Gear Forum
    My new rig's been kickin ass! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    05-04-2015
    Should I have buried it deeper? It was tempting. Will it ever "recover" from girdling damage? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    05-03-2015
    Yes, good eye! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    04-30-2015
    By the way we did end up getting that L2800. It is a handy little beast! Thanks for the replies. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  • 802climber's Avatar
    04-30-2015
    So we got lucky and the pot came out real easy, it had the bottom cut out like Nick suggested. We went out there with a whole arsenal of tools but just yanked it out in a few pieces with some large pliers. Dug down 12" x 6" around the root crown for compaction relief before putting the dirt back. Surprisingly found minimal decay and no girdling roots. Forgot to take a pic of course, but here's one of the whole tree.. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    04-29-2015
    Haha yeah but then I wouldn't be coming back to prune it off the house for the rest of my career Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    04-28-2015
    Will be removing what we can of this black plastic pot..... Who plants a tree in a plastic pot??? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    04-15-2015
    Thanks guys. I was originally hoping for a 40-60 HP tractor, but the idea of this one is definitely growing on me. The price tag helps. I grew up running the JD version (except no loader)... But we had a big tractor to pull it out with when it got stuck ! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    04-14-2015
    We are looking at a 2006 Kubota L2800 4x4 diesel, 30 Horsepower, gear drive w/ sync shuttle, bucket, ag tires, only 417 hours. Primary use is for our small farm, some rough/wet terrain but not too steep - Lots of brush hogging, tilling, snow removal, and some light loader chores. Secondary use is for tree work - moving wood (obviously not big logs), managing chip piles etc. Here are my thoughts... I am curious about yours! PROS Small machine is affordable and wife is more comfortable operating it. Lower payment means I can afford actual tree equipment sooner (farm tractor is #1). Lightweight machine is easier to transport and lower impact. I think 2006 is Pre-DPF, so no emission system headaches. CONS Was hoping for a larger machine (40-50 HP), but they are so hard to find used! Wondering if it will be too light and not quite enough power for our intended uses? (Definitely NOT trying to play log skidder or payloader with this machine. :D)
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  • 802climber's Avatar
    04-08-2015
    After just a few years in biz, I will not set foot on a job until my proposal/contract is signed. I feel that it protects both parties to establish exactly what is (and isn't) going to be done, and what the total cost will be. It is definitely tempting to eliminate this step, but I have sat down with enough clients to sign the previously emailed (and verbally accepted) proposal only to find them reading the document for the first time. I worked for a tree service that rarely had signed proposals and the callback rate was insane... Just my 2 cents of course.
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  • 802climber's Avatar
    03-24-2015
    Carl, thanks that's very helpful. Looks great by the way. So when they accept that written quote, do you follow-up with a contract? I have had success with residential customers with an all-in-one proposal/contract. Maybe not the best idea for commercial stuff?
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  • 802climber's Avatar
    03-24-2015
    Thanks! So do you break down your costs (into laborer, driver, equip, etc) at the billing or proposal stage? I was thinking it might be nice to have something I could hand them at initial meeting showing what goes into figuring our costs...? Or is this something that should accompany the proposal? So far on my proposals, I fully spec out the work but just give the total costs without breaking it down too much. Should "standard" equipment (chipper etc) be billed off hour meter, operator's man hours, or by the day? What about specialty equipment?
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