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    Any successful businessman knows you need to sell yourself (and then follow through). Welcome, Dalton.
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    I tried to swing a live oak limb a couple weeks ago. Huge tree, limb was 6" diameter where I could reach it and still extended another 25' out. Was barely over the end of the roof so I only needed about a 10 degree swing. My notch was perfect and my back cut was perfect but it just moved about 6" and popped off. I went down and looked at the notch, it looked perfect. Hinge was an even 1/2"+ all the way across. I never would have imagined live oak popping off like that. The rest of the tree was hinging nicely.
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    3 Hours Ago
    Skwerl2 replied to a thread 255 XP. A few questions in Gear Forum
    With only 400 hours there shouldn't be anything wrong with it. Even if they never changed the oil, not long enough to matter. I'd inspect the intake/drum areas and knives for signs of abuse such as sending something through that shouldn't go through. Big chips in the knives or signs of blowout in the walls from something getting wedged. Years ago a buddy had his crew send a sledgehammer through the chipper (Vermeer 1800). He had to replace the drum and it hasn't been right since. Knife gap is 3/4" and no way to close it up. I've looked at a couple older chippers for sale, some with pretty new paint jobs and all new stickers. But you look past that and see cracks in the frame and blown out bearings, stuff that you wonder how it could actually work any more.
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    7 Hours Ago
    Skwerl2 replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    A good size dump trailer can be quite handy in this business. Mine is 7x14, 4' tall. Total capacity is 14K lbs, trailer weighs 4K lbs so 10K payload. I bought it used about 7 years ago for $4K, new ones are now going for about $7K. You can usually find several trailer dealers and possibly some decent used trailers by browsing Craigslist.
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    9 Hours Ago
    Only reason to climb it would be if you park your trailer underneath and stack the limbs in the trailer as you cut them. That way you don't have to handle them twice. If you're just going to make a mess on the ground to pick up afterward then you can do that without climbing.
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    10 Hours Ago
    Also you need to 'think the cut all the way through' when you tie the rope on it. If you tie the rope too far out, then it will swing nicely but what happens when you finish the cut? If you're tied off past the balance point then the butt end will drop and possibly swing out and hit the object you were trying to clear.
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    Skwerl2 replied to a thread Grove AT635E in Gear Forum
    Yup. I think it was TreeTx Nate that once said that you never know exactly where that fine line is until you cross it.
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    1 Day Ago
    Burritos tonight... If you roll your tongue reading this...
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    CurSedVoyce replied to a thread Grove AT635E in Gear Forum
    Well played ! :thumbup:
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    3 Days Ago
    Yup, usually breaks right at the terminal eye that fits under the screw holding the front handle rubber mount. The one directly below the kill switch.
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    3 Days Ago
    Anything that required new batteries every month would probably not work well for me. Human nature is to wait until something stops working before changing the battery. Odds are with a battery powered GPS the battery is going to be dead if the unit ever gets stolen.
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    CurSedVoyce replied to a thread Grove AT635E in Gear Forum
    Yup. Wanna see. Killin me.
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    3 Days Ago
    I've always been pretty fortunate. Many years ago I had all my saws stolen three different times in 4 years. It was the guy who worked for me. Now I have no employees and I'm very careful who is invited over. I ask other tree guys not to bring along their scumbag laborers if they stop by. IMO the best defense is not being a target in the first place. If you get robbed then 99% of the time it is somebody who knows you and knows what you have. That said, I'm pretty lax as far as actual security measures. I haven't locked my saw boxes on my trucks since moving in here 2+ years ago. I will be going out of town for a couple days next week so I better lube up the toolbox locks so I can lock them up while I'm gone.
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    3 Days Ago
    I'm going to be working across the street from my window tinting guy on Monday. I may walk over and see if he has some scrap pieces of tint to put on some safety glasses to make something so we can see the eclipse.
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    3 Days Ago
    Climbed wayyyyyyy too many crispy critters this week. The kind you go up to make them smaller, find huge cracks and pick a spot to fall 1/2 of them just to cut some loss in the understory and not hang them up in tight spots. Worked on reassembling the brown ford an got that fired up tonight. Now just some last bits and pieces to button up and fine tuning. Then test driving. Got the white f250 back from its tranny rebuild Friday only to have the truck die Sunday out in the middle of nowhere trap shooting with the kids. Had it towed Back up the hill and got it back yesterday after they fixed the fuel electrical issue. So I ended my work week, after climbing nasty dead, climbing a live 150' sugar pine. One of 3 the HO wants topped due to IPPS beetle infestation. So I did the deed. Two more to do next month. Tried for a long time to talk him into leaving the dead tops as habitat for birds of prey. He would not buy it. So, at least I did a proper job of it. All the other dudes up here would just gaff it up and hack it up. Long week.
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    4 Days Ago
    What I don't understand is why he was so hell bent on taking such a big piece anyway. For all the time it took to rig that mess, he could have false crotched it off itself in 2-3 cuts with a lot less drama.
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    5 Days Ago
    Skwerl2 replied to a thread Grove AT635E in Gear Forum
    You rigged the top of a tree off another tree. Perfectly acceptable and ANSI allowed technique IMO. Been quite a few years since I did any crane work but in my days with Davey I think that would have been allowed.
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