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    3 Hours Ago
    Sometimes, I can only see one side of the truck, due to a cloud from hot exhaust and cool, damp air on the passenger side, or brush, or whatever. Being able effectively extend the width of the trailer, with and easy to see yellow ball is great. Putting out a reference-point orange cone for the final position makes it easier to get into places, for me.
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    4 Hours Ago
    What's your approach going to be, Denver? A 60' self-propelled lift and a heavy mini-excavator would put a hurt on those trees quickly, if not fell-able.
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    4 Hours Ago
    These help by magnetically sticking on the sides of the trailer, for when your trailer is narrower than the truck. Also helpful for aligning, if visible. https://www.harborfreight.com/magnetic-trailer-alignment-kit-69778.html
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    4 Hours Ago
    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    The bollard is much, much better. The grapple will get beat up, and has a hugely tight bend-radius. You can attach to it easily, lift by driving back, then lower out on the bollard. It make it a lot more versatile. Pushing spikes, like the BMG has, are a good add-on. Wish the grease fitting/ Zerk was more protected on the BMG, all around, but definitely near the pushing spike. You will rock it even harder with those simple mods. BrendonV used to have a hydraulic capstan on his bmg that allows pulling from a stationary point, but he sold it. I've always thought that it would be pimp to have a capstan on the mini. His experience took him the other way.
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    8 Hours Ago
    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    New groundman can't work today, his dad is back in the Intensive Care Unit. I've got the first stage of a head-cold, that could probably use some rest and relaxation. Dahlia turns out to be sick, and not going to school. Its probably going to be short-attention-span-theater around here today, and I'll be looking for some adult conversation/ discussion. Another weather front coming in today. Probably significant rain. All worked out, in a way. Yesterday, it was strong rain in the morning, then super beautiful, sunny and warm. Did a quick job of limbing up a cedar so the customers can get a gravel truck in to tail-gate spread gravel on the driveway before the sloppy weather really hits, and the gravel truck will be dealing with mud. Turns out that this big cedar tree (5' dbh) is super hollow, multi-stemmed, and leaning strongly toward the well's pump building. Maybe strong-reduction coming. Small jobs so often can turn into big jobs. I wanted to get my mini-loader out of the forest where I parked it last week, not wanting a root-diseased tree to come down on it, and also to be ready for emergency response, today. Since it was beautiful out, I skidded and bucked a lot of wood at the job with the rotten, rotten cherries right next to the house. So easy with the help of a BMG. Thank you Mr. TNT. Mick, did you have a bollard welded on your grapple-boom? A big plus on BMG over Vermeer.
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    8 Hours Ago
    P.S. looks like a flatbed trailer frame, with stake pockets that aren't usable, due to the side walls. Strange that they would do that.
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    9 Hours Ago
    Fair enough. That guy had skills you could make use of, and he could get paid to use. Mick, do you not use any written instructions? Personally, I write myself lists, normally. I put boxes next to the items. I put a check when its accomplished. A Checklist. If its a regular thing, I don't waste time by writing it every time. I do it once, then print it out again and again. The Inspection Sheet is also the Mileage sheet, needed for taxes. Checklists seems to be very normal in lots of workplaces, meant to be useful tools, proof of completion, etc. I've been asked by employees to write down lists of things to be done so they don't have to remember or write them down themselves (somehow using a pen seems tough on some people, and some groundies thing that their job should not involve remembering/ writing down their jobs tasks as delegated by the boss). I have better things to do that hand out tasks, one thing at a time. I often leave to do bids/ errands on shop work days, leaving a guy or two guys to work independently, as trained). I have better things to do than check every vehicle before someone else drives it, everytime. Drivers are trained to do a walk-around inspection, before moving vehicles. Do I need a checklist for vehicle fluids, etc. No. If I get sued, do I want some back-up of due-diligence? YES. On my closest call, I mashed the brakes as hard as possible to stop, and it worked. When I had the legal Right of Way, someone turned left in front of me who shouldn't have, Then the dumb driver behind him blindly followed him through. The second guy probably came close to dirtying his drawers, if he didn't, seeing 20k coming downhill at him at 35 mph in the rain. Another time, I was driving a 63' rig through town, bucket truck and skidder, 50,000 #, maybe. The guy at the stop sign, decided he should try to jump out in front of me, even though I was moving along, slightly under the 25 MPH speed limit, with the right of way. I would have destroyed his little car, t-boning him in the drivers side. The US is a lawsuit-happy place. Documentation of due-diligence is supposed to help. When I worked for the State Parks, I had the most technical and dangerous job on the crew and possibly in the State Park system (same danger as my boss. The guy in my job previously was Life-Flight'ed/ Flight-for-Life'd out from the field, and would have probably had a broken neck were it not for having a neck like horse). We repaired our own equipment, cleaned/ washed our vehicles, including waxing the insulated boom, cleaned our own shop/ office/ bathroom. We were the only ones ever using that stuff. Seems like its just part of the job...making messes, cleaning messes. I have much more important things to do than clean up after my employees. If I find a experienced professional (brings the skills and a high hourly wage), I'll find someone lower skilled to clean the truck. It just makes sense to find someone at half the wage to do menial cleaning. I am the most expensive employee here. Always have been. I have to sell jobs, order equipment, do the jobs, invoice, accounting, etc. I can't be vacuuming. Different strokes for different folks. Different markets. Different legal systems. Etc. If that works for someone else, great.:D
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    9 Hours Ago
    If you can't pull a trailer safely, get out of tree work. Personally, I like a flatbed trailer with removable wooden side. When you want to load/ unload, you have access all around, at trailer bed level, not lifting over the sides. Brush can be rolled off the side, if you're crafty. I have 2' painted wooden sides with stakes that going into the stake pockets. Plywood ratchet-strapped to the floor for transport and use onsite for protection/ and travel path as needed. I flip the 4' side up and down as needed. When I need to dump, the plywood slips out pretty easily by rolling it out, not lifting. Sides come off, brush/ firewood out the sides, downhill. I can stick a long, firm branch under the load of branches and lever/ roll brush out.
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    20 Hours Ago
    Does anyone have a vehicle inspection sheet for documentation/ maintenance purposes? Some of my engines "use" oil, and I've addressed leaks over time. Only lost one engine to use with low oil, long time ago.
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    1 Day Ago
    What is the most complicated thing you all of your hired guys, Mick? I'm always interested to know what others do in their businesses. I'm sorta in a vacuum.
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    1 Day Ago
    Who cleans your truck, Mick? I pay someone to clean where I sh!¥ and p!$$ (and the rest of the house). It's an honest job that puts food in her kids' mouths, while she is getting residency for in-state tuition for her college degree. I asked my employee yesterday to get a shovel and remove the raccoon crap at the bottom of the tree. Nobody needs fecally- transmitted horrible pathogens. Hadn't considered a retired guy. Have to pay him in the books for Worker's Comp. The bill for medical services alone for cleaning and gluing my employee's face, 1", was $700. I imagine the market in Longmont may be inflated. Boulder surely is.
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    1 Day Ago
    I've thought of it. Someone with a regular job, who wants to earn extra money on a Saturday. Not a guy from the corner bar. Someone who you can train to read a dipstick and tire gauge (can write a note/ mark on a checklist what needs to be done), wash and vacuum, sweep up the work yard of debris. Basics. Not mechanical maintenance.
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    1 Day Ago
    Gary, to what did you attribute that peel?
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    1 Day Ago
    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Damn, you're a magician, too!?!?
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    1 Day Ago
    Fair enough. Well done. I wouldn't want to approach a situation with a cut-my-way-out plan. I'll use a rope lanyard without a stopper knot for full stregth connection. Length has to be long enough, and short enough.
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    1 Day Ago
    I believe the HH knot is a Valdotain (contrast VT-Valdotain-tresse (braids)). French prussic, contrast english prussick (6-coil tied with a loop).
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    1 Day Ago
    That was a very controlled cut with the saw, not at all like trying to cut while Sh*T is hitting the fan. I don't consider a flipline cut-proof, by any means. I've cut through two layer of chaps, into the log when set up in a similar way, for demo. ms440 I'll take some protection over no protection.
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    1 Day Ago
    Maybe having several dogs would be better, different ages. It was ruff when Rupert had to be put down suddenly. If I had more than one dog, it would have helped me. It was a 2, of a 1-2 punch, for me, that I certainly didn't need.
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    1 Day Ago
    You were prepared for it. A person is not always able to prepare, with running saw, in a good/ good enough cutting position. I use a steel-core flipline a lot, since I do a lot of conifer work. Hard to cut though, especially with a 193t. A big saw would be hard, as well.
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    1 Day Ago
    Today, using a throw line I snapped a lot of dead limbs out of what was an interior doug-fir (mostly dead limbs until up high, around 50-60'). After getting some of that crap out of the way, I way able to get a workable TIP. Its not uncommon to have to break some wood out of the way to get a sweet TIP. Sometimes a pole hook can do this for you, from the ground. Yesterday, I was able to do a substantial amount of deadwooding from one in-tree work position with a pole with hook attachment. In 5-10 minutes, I broke out what would have taken an hour or more to climb to prune. Elms have lots of deadwood.
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    1 Day Ago
    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Feeling proud rolling in your new rig, Peter8)? Nothing wrong with that. You're working hard for it.
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    1 Day Ago
    Breakaway attachments are better than trying to cut your lanyard.
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    1 Day Ago
    You are there to close the job, not make a social call (I've heard it put, maybe by Mick). You don't have to try to Close the job, but nudging is good. Sometimes someone who isn't nudged lets the whole project go by the wayside, but if they decide to say yes, and schedule, you're more "in". I'm a soft-seller, but should put up a little more directness, perhaps. Nothing wrong with selling yourself, then asking to close the deal, subtly. Sometimes (per Stephen, CursedVoyce), showing that you're busy, and that they better book now if they're considering you and want it done soon, helps. Being a desired and booked service, not the ready-to-start-immediately service, is going to get better customers wanting you.
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    2 Days Ago
    "Do you know the timeframe on making your decision? " Easy question. "I'll be contacting the winning contractor by next Friday, most likely" Easy answer. "Sounds good. Right now, we have an appointment available, in a week and a half/ scheduling out about two weeks/ etc" Easy way to bring up scheduling.
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