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    05-02-2017
    Doing it to make a couple bucks and get on to the next job, I'd flop it. High visibility area and newish to business, I'd climb it and set the trucks up in the best way to show off the signage to passerby's. I've seen spruce where a lot of the times if you see somebody put a conventional face in it, it will stop at 45 degrees when being felled as the face closes. 90 degree face, leave a thick hinge and pull it over. I guess the thing is.... a lot of the times if I'm going to put a rope in a spruce I gotta hop in the bucket or climb it anyway. If you're already going through that process, and taking that time, maybe you might as well brush it out and chunk it down while you're there? I initially thought I had an opinion... Guess it just depends. Haha. I'm sure that was very helpful! Hahaha. Good luck
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    03-08-2017
    ianwhite replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    I've been wondering for a long time now, what's the story with the black 200? Gotta be a story behind that, right? AND, how did you do it? Specific kind of paint? I want a painted saw!
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    02-07-2017
    So, do you deal with google directly to use adwords? Or is there a "contractor" that does all that stuff for you?? Thanks
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    01-17-2017
    ianwhite replied to a thread Corkd? in Announcements!!!
    Huh. I googled "ashmore, IL tree service" and got me, then a xmas tree farm on the maps thing. Then, I got yellowpages, homeadvisor, then one of those crap webpages that isn't even a tree business, then my yellowpages listing in that order. Unfortunately, when I come up it usually goes to my YP website then you can click on the "full website" that will take you to aerialarboristsolutions.com instead of the crap generic YP website for my business.
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    01-17-2017
    ianwhite replied to a thread Corkd? in Announcements!!!
    Haha. Timber Warriors Network wasn't it Jim? If I get to introduce myself to potential clients as "Timber Warrior Ian" I'm sold for sure.
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    01-16-2017
    ianwhite replied to a thread Corkd? in Announcements!!!
    Very large and very visible. It's not that I'm really posting this cause we are hurting for work. Just always considering options for growth and good roi marketing. Yep. I've got a website. Needs work for sure, but better than the other companies non-existent ones. I could definitely have a better on line presence, but we do alright around here. I'm the only CA in the zip code. Only one that does any supplemental support systems (well, properly anyway), only phc guy, and only person who climbs off a crane (actually only climber beyond some real sketchy maybe one lanyard at best kinda shit) and occasionally for competitors. On the local tree commission, only person charging for consulting work, etc. We've got other guys around with trucks and saws but the level of competence from our competition is lacking. There's a couple guys around that know how to do what they do but that's pretty much removals. There may very well be only 1 or 2 other guys within 40 miles that own a port-a-wrap. Anyhow....Corkd thoughts???
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    01-16-2017
    ianwhite started a thread Corkd? in Announcements!!!
    Hello everyone. I was wondering if any of you have experience with Corkd? From what I understand, it's a pay per lead kinda deal. I have read the threads on homeadvisor and have since blocked their number to put a stop to their incessant badgering. The guy I've talked to a couple times on the phone (from Corkd) has always seemed legit and reasonable. However, it wouldn't be the first time I've been gullible. I still have a hard time figuring out how it is that these "clients" have the tech savvy to use these services but don't have the ability to find me directly via a simple google search. I guess in a metropolitan area I can understand the need for some sort of qualification or vetting process to show that a contractor will perform quality work. I told the guy via email that I would be willing to speak with him on the phone tomorrow since our phone isn't ringing as much for estimates/consults this time of year. I would really very much like to hear any opinion from any of you. Thanks in advance for your help.
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    12-12-2016
    ianwhite replied to a thread Home Advisor? in Business Management
    Thanks everyone.
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    12-12-2016
    ianwhite replied to a thread Home Advisor? in Business Management
    Is everyone still on this same mindset? I've got a bunch of calls from them and had been considering it, that is until I read this thread. Still shady? Or...anyone made some money using this service?
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    11-13-2016
    ianwhite replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    While I almost would expect nothing less, gotta note Carl being classy.
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    10-26-2016
    I hate to think that,understand it's very likely Any thoughts on 201 tc ? breakin period? tuning ( is it possiboe):? Bettr air fiter? Thoughts on 461? gotta break in too?
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    10-20-2016
    Thank you
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    10-20-2016
    True. And really, I've got so many things to be grateful for. And I know we'll bounce back quick. Those thieving turds will end up with maybe enough cash to get messed up for couple days. A year from now this will just be something to look back at as a learning experience and think about how lucky I am that they didn't take anything else. Relatively cheap lesson I guess. Just hard to stomach now. We suffer a couple/few thousand dollar loss and a handful of days (and that's just me being stubborn and pissed), and they'll end up in prison eventually I would bet. And now we are taking steps to better our security both from thieves and thinking more about financial backup security too. Learning experiences are good, but damn they can be hard. Can say I'd for sure rather be me and in my situation, than be them and in their situation...even if they do have my saws. Realized how much those saws meant to me. Kind of a sentimental loss too. Maybe that's silly, but it's how I feel
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  • ianwhite's Avatar
    10-20-2016
    In couple weeks will have BRIGHT motion sensor lights, camera (ir, hd) systems at both locations. Any thoughts from anyone on the new 201tc I bought? Is that M-tronic? Always had 200's and 201's. 461 seems alright but man I miss my 460 with the full wrap. And definitely missing both of the 660's bad lately. Gonna take me a while to get over. Found out that ONLY ONE of the Stihl dealers we have been using for years (there's 7 around) have actually been registering our shit. Sucks cause I thought they had the serial numbers like they are supposed to. I know, I shoulda wrote them down too... Can't get this shit off my mind and the more I think about it the more I realize how naive/stupid I was about many things...
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  • ianwhite's Avatar
    10-19-2016
    Went and got a 461 and a 201tc. Do the 201tc's have the mtronic tuning stuff going on? It doesn't say tcm
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    10-17-2016
    Yeah. I have insurance. Had the same company for about 6 years. Never asked for a nickel. Guess I'll find out what they're like to deal with, unfortunately. I know they said they won't do anything until they have a police report. The Officer said it would likely be a week from when I initiated the report (last Friday) until I actually get the report. My agent mentioned that there would be depreciation on the claim. That concerns me...
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  • ianwhite's Avatar
    10-16-2016
    Valid and concerning point. Thank you. I'll certainly be doing my best to change the outcome if there is a next time.
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    10-16-2016
    Thanks to everyone for the kind words.
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    10-16-2016
    I've been through most local pawn shops and through craigslist in surrounding areas. Will keep checking both options though for sure. Apparently, the sheriff dept gets a pawn report everyday. They said they will keep an eye on that. I'll keep checking in with them frequently. Yes. Very likely they were on some kind of drugs. Meth is not real uncommon around here unfortunately.
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  • ianwhite's Avatar
    10-16-2016
    Damn. That sucks. I know a lot of tree guys/companies have had bad shit like this happen. My dumbass just kinda thought that'd never happen to me. Didn't think that would happen where we are. Like I said, I'm a dumbass. But, I'm learning...
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  • ianwhite's Avatar
    10-16-2016
    I'm 32. Been round lotta shit for my years. Prior to this wouldn't have said I was real naive. Changing my perception of myself a bit after this. I was WAY WAY to laid back about this stuff. Will damn sure to everything I can to never have to deal with this shit again. Learning experiences=1.make sure insurance is as good as my rep tells me it is. 2. Be more serious about security. It won't be long before I have security systems/cameras in a few locations. This didn't happen at home but gonna step up the safety/security factor around here too. In reality it's been too easy for people to steal lots of very valuable shit from me for a long time.
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    10-16-2016
    What is super weird is they left a 261, that oddly enough doesn't work worth a shit. I volunteered to do a job for the local school in our small community and somebody put it under the wheel behind my trailer. You can imagine where it went from there..... I replaced a bunch of parts and thought should be good to go. Still not oiling worth a shit. But it looks better than pretty much all the other saws. It wasn't quite as visually obvious I guess.... They also left the big boy Stihl back pack blower. If I remember correctly, that thing is worth damn near $700. All kinds of other shit. Big ass silky pole saw. New Treemotion, helmets, tools, all kinda rigging, drills, jumper boxes, etc..... Weird deal. Wish I could just quit thinking about it. Kinda changes things for me forever. Looking at things differently now...
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  • ianwhite's Avatar
    10-16-2016
    You're absolutely right. I've been so fuckin bummed since Friday I been kinda chillin more than normal. Not my normal style. Typically if I have an issue that needs fixed I prefer to go at it head on 110%. I need to get the F over it and just do what I gotta do to get back to business as usual.
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  • ianwhite's Avatar
    10-16-2016
    Yeah I hear ya. I can. Just really pisses me off to have to do that. Had several unanticipated mechanical issues lately that have seriously depleted my back up funds. Not low enough that I couldn't go get a saw or 2, but far lower than I would like.
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  • ianwhite's Avatar
    10-16-2016
    Well...Temporarily screwed out of tree work.... This week somebody stole all my work saws out of our F550. Parked in it's normal spot where it's ben 90% of nights for years. Figured I'd put something on here in case somebody happens hear anything. I know it's a long shot, but just trying everything I can. Fuckers took the tools that feed, clothe, and house my almost 3y/o son and my wonderful wife. Have gone from shocked, to heartbroken, to confused, to pissed, and everything in between time and time again. All Stihl 1 660 with a 47" bar 1 660 with a 25" bar 1 460 with a 20" bar 1 201T with a 14" bar. Hoping I can manage to salvage some of the old saws I have in the shop. Hopefully get back to work before the long drawn out process of dealing with the insurance. That's going to take too long to just sit around and wait. Anybody hears anything that leads to finding these saws, I'd be more than happy to offer a substantial reward. Thanks for reading.
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  • ianwhite's Avatar
    09-20-2016
    One more consideration is there are no plugs like the arborplugs.
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  • ianwhite's Avatar
    09-20-2016
    Nope. The bags don't hang. They just get pushed on to the "connector" Then you twist them to kinda confirm a good seating from bag to connector. The bags are pre-pressurized so don't need gravitational assistance. The holes are 1/4", or you can also get away with 5/16 high helix bits. 5/16 may very well be the recommendation. 1/4" is so much easier to find and works perfectly fine, so that's what I use most. I think the last box I bought, which was only 12 bags, was $26.81/bag. Which treats 5"dbh. I personally run the bags at $60/bag. Haven't been told to piss off yet. Lol. The thing is you are treating on a 5" increment. So, a 12" tree gets the same amount of product as a 15". So the pricing can be finicky when you start considering aj tree iv stuff going off exact dbh measurement. With that said, it's been working out really well for us. Happy to share a bit more info if anyone is interested. Gotta wrap a few things up tonight with work, then chill with the fam a bit. Will try to kick in more info asap. Or...Please ask what anyones specific questions/comments/concerns, and I'll address those specifically. Good discussion here. Yet one more reason to LOVE THE TH!
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  • ianwhite's Avatar
    09-19-2016
    The Brandt product is called enTree. It comes in pre-filled bags. So you get an order consisting of the bags and a "connectors" (which is essentially a hard plastic tube with a 90 degree turn in it). You get 1 connector for every bag. You go around and drill your holes with either a 1/4" or 5/16" high helix bit. One hole for every 5"dbh. Then set your "connectors" (this may very well not be what Brandt calls them...). Then you hook the connector, that's already connected to the tree, to the bag. I shit you not, a lot of the time, when you get your last bag set it's already time to pull the first bag. It's still 4% emamectin benzoate. So, you can still be thinking along the lines of 99.8%+ control. That's what I've read and been told anyway. From what I understand the difference here is the carrying agents. Therefore, your uptake is pretty darn quick. The other positive note is that there is no necessary equipment other than a drill and a bit. This is huge when it comes down to multiple eab treatments on one site. Makes it easy to knock out a bunch of trees super quick. You don't have to wait for the tree i.v. to finish. We have a pretty extensive set of Arbor-Jet's tree i.v. systems with the manifolds and what not. But, this is still quicker. For me, quicker by far. Also don't have to mess with rebuilding the i.v. system due to bad o-rings and what not. If there's anything else I've forgot, please feel free to let me know what I can elaborate on. If anybody wants to give it a try, get ahold of me and I'd be happy to send people my rep's contact info. But, I'm kinda hesitant to put his contact info on a public forum.
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  • ianwhite's Avatar
    09-17-2016
    I figure it comes down to a risk vs reward consideration when deciding if injections are the best option for both our company, and our customers. I think the overall risk of poor compartmentalization, from injections, is something that's justifiable. We know that our Ash trees will die if they aren't treated. So....if risk=POTENTIAL issues with compartmentalization from relatively small wounds and Reward= 99+% control of eab (and various other issues) I feel as though various types of injections play an extremely beneficial role arboriculture. I've used Arbor-Jet tree i.v. system for years for damn near everything. I've recently started using the EnTree (E.A.B. control), from Brandt, exclusively for eab. So crazy efficient.
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