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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Great find, Sam. The best used plow truck is the one almost fully mounted, and never used!!!
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    I think a person should build a slight taper to the box, flaring toward the rear. Is it worth all that extra driving and messing with setting up to shoot from the chipper to the dump trailer in order to not unload those chips manually? You have a second guy ( 2 drivers). Paying him an hour's wages might be cheaper on days like this. https://loadhandler.com/lh3000.php What do you think your full expense is for a second truck and trailer? https://loadhandler.com/lh3000.php No replacement for a dump bed... Just a different tool. A hand saw is way better in some applications than a chainsaw, however it is not a replacement, just a different tool. Takes up no space. It will pay for itself in a bit.
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    2 Days Ago
    Ya, just a deductable business expense. Same as a shovel or website.
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    I don't like giving a percentage. I wouldn't mind a $10 flat fee, which is what you're paying on a $400 dollar job. $3000 jobs are around $90 in fees. Losing $90 to get paid sucks. I think I could offer a cash/ check discount, in order to only charge the customers who want to use the CC option, rather than trying to build it into every job.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    There is a heavier duty version and a lighter version. Like any unloading tool, like a dump bed, it works best in a straight sided box. For a pickup truck or this service body, it means making a wall inside the wheel wells. A 4' wide box, 6' tall, and 8' long, reasonably full, could approach 6 yards, which is definitely around a ton+. It might need some chips emptied manually. I never boxed my pick up bed wheel wells, so it was sub optimal. The Load Handler helped. I still have it from 8 years ago. I need to look at possibly mounting it. I don't anticipate chipping into it regularly. It's good overflow in a pinch, compared to a sick in the eye. What chip box situation are you working with, Sawman (your name?)?
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Did some view pruning (clearing maple re -re- re-sprouts of a slope), and some vertical reduction on a nice Japanese maple. Been nice being able to leave my employee to do shop work with a list and a plan... Rough cut cedar boards I've had on hand for a while, getting put to good use skinning over the 2x4 and plywood frame. New door handle inside and out, and mirror on my pick up (clipped my mirror on the garage recently). Have the far side of the box to go, and some lockable doors to make. I can chain things down inside, too. Will fit the mini or stumper, once I get ramp brackets. My employee just got word he might be startng at the ship yard Union job on Monday, on and off. $30+per hour, time and a half after 8, double time after 10 hours. I can't compete, nor complain. He'll have some layoffs, and is welcome back. New, experienced guy starting on Monday.
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    3 Days Ago
    I got an email back from a customer that seemed to have the Jobber "cover page" including the total bid amount, but nothing that had the itemized specs. Maybe it was in there, and it didn't look at it right. I'm used to having people's signature on spec'ed contracts, or an attached copy of the bid in the email thread where they will give a written 'go ahead' for the work. I got burned for $800 after doing a bang-up job, with extra 'gravy' after the added-on work. I forgot a signature. She thought she should get $800 as a discount since I didn't use a crane when I said I might / could, and that its a consideration. I'd also said that the crane bill would probably be $800 (just a round number to give her perspective of the cost). I don't want to get caught with my pants down again.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Sweet tent. Got some odds and ends from Partsgeek.com. Cheap aftermarket options. Inner and outer door handles, driver's mirror and heater control knobs. Only about $50. Headlight bezel and window crank handles, about $20 plus shipping. Some gate fine tuning. Pruning job today, 28 steps... My employee said he made at least 50 trips. I probably had 10. He was whooped.
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    3 Days Ago
    Is there a way for customers to officially accept a proposal?
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Built most of a 6' tall double gate, 12' wide, that encloses my yard. I can lock my GF's husky in the yard, rather than tie him out. Dahlia can have play time outside, with less supervision. $250 in material, and I had the fence boards, milled from a cedar. Since I'm currently renting, it's barely tracked to the carport, and easily breaks down. Just fits the chip truck and f450 beneath it. Trim a few boards top and bottom, and call it good. I think I'm going to use cedar to cover the outside of my F450 wooden box until I build a metal top for the service body. More cedar is allocated to building Dahlia a play house...A project for another week.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread Corkd? in Announcements!!!
    How many of those ten converted to a good customer/ sale?
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread Bandit 280 HD in Gear Forum
    :thumbup:
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    5 Days Ago
    Slick.
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    5 Days Ago
    I'd screen for size, also. I've tried double-chipping a bit. Just fabricate a screen that works with your existing tractor/ equipment. Could you use the larger pieces another way, or just let them compost until screen-able?
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    6 Days Ago
    My guess, markers for the dump truck alignment.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread Corkd? in Announcements!!!
    Try to get a free trial. How large and visible is your truck signage? I think this is a great investment. Do you have a website? I've been connected by an internet marketing company to people I already know. Coincidence??? Data mining is a wire facet of our modern e-world.
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    1 Week Ago
    Just figure it manually, and bid it, tracking hours. See what your manual-hourly prediction turns into for loader-assisted hours. Divide it out. See how that seems to convert. Something working in your favor is a regular, invested, same-skills (not in-training) work force.
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    1 Week Ago
    Just figure it manually, and bid it, tracking hours. See what your manual-hourly prediction turns into for loader-assisted hours. Divide it out. See how that seems to convert.
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    Huh? The cheapest is not the best value. Who is, percentage wise, most likely to have a problem, the cheapest (rushing, poor safety, increase likelihood of collateral damage), the middle guy, or the most expensive? Who is most likely to have shady workers, possibly casing the house, the guy playing $10/ hour cash to Itchy and Scratchy the Tweeker brothers as under-the-table "employees" or the guy paying $20/ hour for professional quality employees? One of my customers took a break from pro prices... The guy left in an ambulance, live or dead, don't know. Hard drugs in the driveway before leaving, after screwing the removal up. Not licensed and insured, but that's just a purchase, like a bucket truck... anyone can buy one that has the money.
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    1 Week Ago
    Always something to clean and maintain, repair, sharpen, grease, paint, or practice.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Wowsers!!
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread Stein Arbor-Trolley in Gear Forum
    Possible. I didn't look that closely, evidently.
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    1 Week Ago
    A $500 tree is worth $500 whether you bring one hatchet or an army of guys and gear and a 300 ton crane.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    If you and your wife and kids are working it out, there you have it. Pics of timber mats in action? Did you see Paul's PCTree's roll up, roped together cribbing? We have some wet conditions to contend with. I'm always trying to fill my bag of tricks.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Rich, how many hours do you work and sleep a week, on average? Jeez.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Timber mats?
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