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    01-26-2017
    emr replied to a thread Finally got a loader in Gear Forum
    The grapple bucket is working out much better than I would have thought. We used the same style on a Vermeer mini a couple of times and it didn't seem to work as well. Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
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    01-26-2017
    emr replied to a thread Finally got a loader in Gear Forum
    How about this one..... It's all I have on my phone. Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
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    01-26-2017
    emr replied to a thread Finally got a loader in Gear Forum
    Update..... we've been using our loader a couple times a week and it has been great! Today we removed 3 Lombardi Poplars in half the time we quoted and I literally never broke a sweat. We are going through the learning curve right now but we really believe this was a good purchase for us. I welded a receiver for a hitch onto the regular bucket. I have moved trailers with it already and we have a make shift lifting boom that we hooked a log tongs onto. That has worked pretty well for adding height to the lifting and we have been able to pick up some pretty big wood with it too.
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    01-26-2017
    emr replied to a thread Little Chippers in Gear Forum
    I've wanted on for years for those down the hill jobs that are in natural areas. Thankfully we only get one or two of those a year and have not had a real need for one yet. I think in the right situation they would be very handy. I've used one in the past that was terrible and a huge pain to feed but I would imagine a good quality chipper would work much better.
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    01-25-2017
    I had my sister send out an email to our customers when Emerald Ash Borer was first confirmed in our service area. It wasn't meant as a sales tactic but more informational. We got some work out of it so I guess it helped in that aspect too. My sister does that email marketing thing as a professional and she knew how to track all kinds of stats to know how successful the email was at reaching our customers. She was very happy with the number of clicks and website hits and the like that we got but I thought it was a pretty poor showing. I don't remember the exact numbers anymore but i thought it was something like 30% of the recipients clicked or followed the link. She also included an unsubscribe tab and we only had one or two people hit that. There was one complaint that we got because of it from some cranky old lady that didn't want any emails. Overall, I think it was a good idea and I would do it again but I'm not really interested in doing a quarterly thing. I personally subscribe to one or two places that send those newsletters out and 99% of the time I just delete them or toss them in the recycling bin. I assume most people do the same thing so I have a hard time getting excited about spending time and money on newsletters that most people won't look at.
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    01-23-2017
    emr replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    It's kind of a goofy looking machine. It's only a 37 hp engine and its on the opposite side of the chipper from where the picture was taken. Tires were what ever came on the machine from new. Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
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    01-23-2017
    emr replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Not exactly how I wanted to start my Monday off..... Blew a tire at 70mph on the interstate. Funny thing is, the towing bill was as much as it cost me to put two new tires on the chipper. The bright side is that nobody got hurt and I didn't cause an accident. Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
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    01-16-2017
    emr replied to a thread Bid calculations in Business Management
    I should clarify.... I don't give the customer our rate. I only use that to calculate the bid for the job I give them. They get charged the quoted price no matter how long it takes us to complete the work. The only exception is for previous customers who just tell us to come out and do the work. We just charge them for the time that we are there. Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
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    01-16-2017
    emr replied to a thread Bid calculations in Business Management
    Lucky for us, we don't have employees so we don't have to factor that in. It's just me and my partner and we get paid the same every week regardless of how much work we get done. It keeps another cost constant for us. Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
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    01-15-2017
    emr replied to a thread Bid calculations in Business Management
    We've always bid this way.... It's how we were taught at our old job. It makes sense because it's the only way we know. However, we have definitely made changes to fit our needs. I am open to new methods and that's why I started this thread. I am on our program committee for the Wisconsin Arborist Association and have a conference coming up that is going to have a round table discussion hitting on this topic as well. It's interesting to see how others run their businesses. I wonder how open and honest the discussion will be at the conference since there will be companies present who bid against each other. I'm sure people don't want to give away too much info there. Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
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    01-15-2017
    There was a little discussion about bidding jobs that came about in the thread I posted about getting a loader. I've been meaning to start this thread since then but have been busy until now. When I bid jobs, I look at it and figure out how many hours it's going to take to complete the job and then multiply by the appropriate work rate. We have a rate for stump grinding, travel for outside of our normal service area, consulting, general labor, etc. I asked about possibly raising our rates to cover the added expense of having the loader on the job and several people said to keep the bid of the job the same but I will get it done faster because of the loader, thus making more per hour. That will work for now since I am used to bidding jobs without having a loader but what happens when I start reducing the hours needed because of the loader? Then the job bid will go down and I'll make less per hour because I'm more efficient..... That probably made no sense at all.... I guess I am wondering how you all bid jobs. Do you just look at a tree and say that's a $500 tree in this market so that's what I'll bid? We are still trying to figure out how to adjust our prices, if we're even going to. It's too early for us to know how the loader will change our productivity. Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
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    01-15-2017
    emr replied to a thread My New Website in Business Management
    I like it but there might be a minor formatting issue. I know ours took a fair amount of tweaking to get it optimized on all of the different kinds of devices. Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
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    12-21-2016
    emr replied to a thread Finally got a loader in Gear Forum
    Great info guys. Lots to chew on and I definitely appreciate it. We're still trying to figure out the logistics of the whole thing. Today I came up with the idea of getting another 550 with a roll off setup to haul our grinder, loader and pull the dump trailer. As cool as that would be, it isn't going to happen. We were also talking about naming it today. Not sure what the name will be. Don't want to force it. Nate is actually taking a liking to it, even though I had to force him into the purchase ;-) So I was thinking about naming it after him or in his honor. Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
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    12-21-2016
    emr replied to a thread Finally got a loader in Gear Forum
    I based the price off of our stump grinding rates. The loader cost about half as much as our grinder but hopefully we'll use it more. It should pay for itself pretty quickly. Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
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    12-21-2016
    emr replied to a thread Finally got a loader in Gear Forum
    I've got a question about pricing jobs when using your loader..... Do you increase your bid rates or just keep it the same? We used it on a Time and Materials job and probably finished the job in half the time that we would have done it without the loader. This particular job was for a good customer of ours and I will just charge our normal rate, but moving forward I think we should change more when we use the loader. Off the top of my head I'm thinking increasing our rate by $20 per crew hour and possibly charging some kind of fee just to get the loader there. Thoughts or advice? Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
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    12-17-2016
    emr replied to a thread Finally got a loader in Gear Forum
    For sure. I'm well aware of his reputation and would love to work with him on a purchase some day soon. Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
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    12-17-2016
    emr replied to a thread Finally got a loader in Gear Forum
    Good to know that you have BMG 's on PT mounting plates. I could totally see getting one in the future. I'll make sure to contact you when the time comes. My sister lives in Minneapolis and picking up a grapple would give me a good excuse to visit her as well. Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
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    12-14-2016
    emr replied to a thread Finally got a loader in Gear Forum
    Thanks. I appreciate it. Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
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    12-14-2016
    emr replied to a thread Finally got a loader in Gear Forum
    Thanks for the feedback..... For some reason I thought you may have been from WI. I think we are going to make up a lifting boom for our PT422. I can see how the BM might be kind of long. We will also be getting a tong set quickly. Thanks to everyone for their comments. Lots of good info /ideas here. Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
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    12-14-2016
    emr replied to a thread Finally got a loader in Gear Forum
    Also, are you from WI? Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
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    12-14-2016
    emr replied to a thread Finally got a loader in Gear Forum
    I think I remember seeing you were selling your Branch Manager that you modded...... Did you ever find a buyer? Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
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    12-13-2016
    emr replied to a thread Finally got a loader in Gear Forum
    That thing is awesome! I wish I would have seen that picture a week ago. They sell a boom like that for our machine. Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
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    12-13-2016
    emr replied to a thread Finally got a loader in Gear Forum
    It was a perfect load of wood.... One basswood and the rest was shagbark and bitternut Hickory. The neighbor ended up taking it and giving us some homemade Maple syrup in exchange. It saved us time and fuel so we were happy to do it. Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
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    12-13-2016
    emr replied to a thread Finally got a loader in Gear Forum
    First job with the loader and it worked great! We took two trailer loads out and never once raised my heart beat. It's not perfect, but way better than nothing. Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
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    12-11-2016
    emr replied to a thread Finally got a loader in Gear Forum
    We talked about forks but passed on them and I kind of regret not getting them. Maybe we can just get some of those clamp on forks that just attach onto the bucket. Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
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    12-11-2016
    emr replied to a thread Finally got a loader in Gear Forum
    Nope. We'll buy them if the need it. It handles the 6 inches of snow that we got last night just fine. Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
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    12-11-2016
    emr replied to a thread Finally got a loader in Gear Forum
    We're are going to have to play around with it to figure out how to best use it. The lift height won't be that big of a problem. It will lift over the sides of our dump trailer and into the back of our chip truck. We've used this kind of grapple bucket in the past and have rigged up various ways of dragging brush long. Well figure something out to male it more user friendly. Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
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    12-11-2016
    emr replied to a thread Finally got a loader in Gear Forum
    Parts are all off the shelf. There is nothing special about this machine at all... . Another positive attribute. It's a Robin (Subaru) gas engine. 22 hp. Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
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    12-11-2016
    emr replied to a thread Finally got a loader in Gear Forum
    Ha! Good point. Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
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    12-11-2016
    emr replied to a thread Finally got a loader in Gear Forum
    Lift capacity is 800#. The lift height was the biggest down side in my opinion. It's only rated at 4`6". The cost was $11k delivered to WI from VA. That also includes the two buckets and ramps. We paid cash so we got a better deal than if we financed it. The cost was also a big factor but not the main factor in us deciding to buy this one. We were looking at many other name brand loaders and they all were $20k plus. That amount would have meant us taking out a loan. Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
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