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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    3 Weeks Ago
    Thanks Sean! I think Brian's guy with the big/expensive/powerful truck and stump grinder is way out of my league, but watching Peter's video of him and his 10hp stump grinder makes me think I might be able to handle something like that.... at least give it a try.
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    3 Weeks Ago
    Great ideas, Sean. Thanks. Yeah, that was one particular lightbulb thing I picked up in that thread -- of digging/grinding around the edges of the stump so you can get below grade with the chainsaw bar and cut the top off the stump as low or lower than you would have ground it anyway.
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    3 Weeks Ago
    Thanks Flushcut. I will check out Ben Meadows. I've got a 5 or 6' heavy pointed bar I use to break up ground for digging post holes.
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    3 Weeks Ago
    Yeah, Thanks Sean. That was the first thing I did, was do the search -- and in fact your/that very post was the first one I started looking at :) And I will go back and continue reading that thread and others ------ but I guess (possibly due to laziness) I figured I might save time by (re-re)-asking the question in my own words to get maybe some specific taylored info to my situation and also to separate the wheat from the chaff in the search through the goldmine of the MB archives (not much "chaff" you understand but after I did the search, as I recall, your's was the only thread (at least on the first page) that had the word "stump" in the title/heading) .... also, this way is like attacking the question from 2 sides -- personal and general .... even if I looked long enough I would certainly find everything I needed in the MB archives where all my concerns/questions have been addressed multiple times. Anyway, thanks Sean, and All for your help and feedback!
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    3 Weeks Ago
    Yeah, Brian, you describe an ideal and smart sounding business setup on both sides -- you and your stump grinding contractor. My insurance won't let me sub out work, and this particular job might be a good leaning experience to push the envelope a little since I've never ground a stump before so I'll have some experience to better evaluate from, even though in the long run it might not be ideal.
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    3 Weeks Ago
    Good point, Stig. Peter's video helped put some context on things. Yeah, Kyle, I'm in the U.S. so maybe it will be free, but if not I'll ask the owners to make the call. Yeah, Mellow, that would be ideal, but my insurance doesn't allow me to sub out work --- I can provide a list of phone numbers to the customer though.
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    3 Weeks Ago
    Thanks Peter. A picture is worth 1000 words as they say. For an older guy, that video to me says it all, with all very much respect to those much more experienced in tree work and smarter in business than me. What was the condition/type of that 16" stump? How would it compare do you think to a fresh Bradford Pear stump the same size?
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  • Benjo75's Avatar
    3 Weeks Ago
    I do agree that 3 rings would have a different and definitely tighter bend than a pulley. But it seems that you can situate 3 rings to lessen the bend as opposed to 2 rings. Although slightly. I started out natural crotching. Got tired of ruining my ropes prematurely. Went to a shackle. Way too tight of a bend. Then to pulleys. They're perfect except for nearly doubling the force at the rigging point. Then to a Safebloc. Now experimenting with rings. Even after all of that I still use all of the above except for the shackle. Probably 90% Safebloc, 5% pulley. Only when lifting will be involved and 5% natural crotch. This discussion does have me looking at things and studying about it more. Thanks all.
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    3 Weeks Ago
    Thanks Peter. Good to know! How long does it take on average to cut a fresh 16" stump that is 2" above ground?
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    3 Weeks Ago
    Thanks Shawn, sounds good! Squisher, that is great about not having to pay for any of those things --- and it is revealing about what can happen. Man, that chain link fence getting wound up in the grinder... that must have taken a lot of time to get out. Flushcut, good point! -- I will call the toll free number and also I plan to use my low-end (i.e. inexpensive) metal detector.
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    3 Weeks Ago
    Thanks Mick!
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    3 Weeks Ago
    What do you have to know to grind stumps for homeowners? It must not be rocket science because a neighbor down the street (an intelligent and mechanically minded guy) rented a stump grinder from home depot and ground some 24" stumps and you wouldn't know there had ever been a tree there. I know about the issue that the homeowner is responsible for knowing where buried wires, pipes, etc. are. But can y'all help me out with these sorts of questions.....or anything else you can think of? * Does the it throw rocks and debris that could break a window or cause damage to cars, etc.? * Do you need to have a shield around it to keep rocks, debris, dirt, etc. contained? * How deep does one normally grind the stump? -- I saw one work description where the guy said he ground stump and all roots to grade level -- is this good enough or does one normally go lower? * Does the job normally include filling any remaining holes or depressions with dirt, mulch, sod, etc.? -- i.e. so the lawn is all nice and level ...... or is the ground up stump debris good enough to rake into the hole? I have bid a job to remove 6 Bradford Pears and they want me to include on the bid, grinding the 6 stumps. The stumps will average around 16" so I am thinking of charging 6 x $100 (= $600 total) using a rented home depot stump grinder --- does that sound reasonable or should I charge more? Thanks!
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  • Benjo75's Avatar
    3 Weeks Ago
    I may be looking at it wrong but if the middle ring is a little higher than the outer rings it does decrease the bend. It does take a few more seconds to get the perfect height. Taking into consideration that the middle ring will have more than 1/3 of the load. Which will cause it to be pulled down more than the outer rings. But in a perfect setup, if it is higher it will decrease the bend just like the top of the pulley is higher than the sides. If a pulley had a flat spot on top it would have a decreased bend. Realistically this wouldn't ever matter as I don't usually push my rigging that hard. A ring would be slightly harder on the rope than a pulley. But not near as rough as natural crotch rigging. I've been using a Safebloc for about a year. I rarely use anything else anymore unless it's negative rigging huge blocks. The Safebloc has a tighter bend than I like but it's spread out over 3 or 4 different bends depending on how many holes I use. The only downside so far is it's starting to groove out. I've already had to turn it upside down.
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  • Benjo75's Avatar
    3 Weeks Ago
    Good article Patrick. I think about things like that a lot. I try my hardest to be as safe as possible at work. I do everything the way it's supposed to be done. Unless it makes the task more dangerous. Which as we all know happens more often than you'd think . I fell timber for years. I've owned my own tree service for even longer. Safety is always on my mind. What's the worst I've been hurt in 25 years? I fell in a well leaving the gym one night. It was an old well not in use. Had one tile above ground someone had backed into it and moved the tile about 8 inches. After leg night and I couldn't hardly walk I slip off in it. Nice piece of rebar sticking out. Rips my leg open up one side and eats all the skin off the other. Had to have stitches. Long story but we are never safe. I climb, race bikes, fly PPGs and all kinds of dumb things. And then that happens. Years ago we worked for a well known timber company. I was supposed to wear hard hat, steel toed saw resistant boots, chaps, ear muffs, safety glasses and a screen, carry a first aid kit with a mirror and a whistle. And about 8 other things. You can't do that in 100 degree weather and survive. Not to mention get anything done. Safety is great. I'm as safety conscious as anyone but things happen. In flying its called risk vs reward. You learn the risk and if it's worth the reward then you do it knowing the dangers. We do that everyday as arborists. Again nice article Patrick.
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  • Benjo75's Avatar
    3 Weeks Ago
    https://youtu.be/zPTsNyNsseY Here is some good ideas to help with the bend radius.
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  • Benjo75's Avatar
    3 Weeks Ago
    I've seen a video where a guy uses 3 rings on an adjustable sling and the middle ring is a bit higher than the outside 2 rings. It makes a very nice bend radius. I'll see if I can find it.
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    4 Weeks Ago
    A firm grasp on the obvious is something I may not always possess
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    4 Weeks Ago
    I would, but I don't know what/where is giant elephant I'm not supposed to look at!? :)
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    4 Weeks Ago
    Sean/ruel, what was your idea?
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    4 Weeks Ago
    Thanks Kyle, yeah I didn't mean to start a "hate" thing or any kind of "gossip" thing. Ha, I guess I was trying to get up to speed on what seemed to be specific and common and public knowledge. Maybe it wasn't a good thing to ask about.
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    4 Weeks Ago
    ...I've caught wind of this here and there. Recently from August Hunicke's latest video where he is catching up on emails. August mentions the deplorable condition where an innovative entrepreneur works hard and invents a new, helpful device for tree work, and somewhere along the way after marketing it, the idea is shamelessly copied/ripped-off by a big company -- maybe with a small modification -- leaving the little-guy inventor with nothing. There must be a lot or egregious of these cases of tree folks getting their ideas stolen.... Since I've read here in The Treehouse and heard other places more than once addressing the subject and anger at it. If a company practiced this sort of thing, I don't think I would want to buy from them (if I had a choice in the matter). Is there a well-known list/examples of inventions/inventors and companies that ripped them off?
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  • Benjo75's Avatar
    4 Weeks Ago
    Sometimes it gets a little hectic. I was in 5 groups but had to cut back a little when I got married. Two of the groups have a weekly practice and several shows a month. The other group only does shows. They don't really ever practice. And it shows but they have fun.
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  • Benjo75's Avatar
    01-13-2018
    Congrats Fiddler. Sounds like a heck of a group. I've got blisters on 3 fingers try to get in shape for February. Busy bass month. I'm in 3 different groups full time. Even then I still want to play more. We've only done one show in December. We've got a UCP benefit tomorrow that we play every year at this time. We'll be at SPBGMA first week if February. It's the highlight of my picking year. If anyone is close to Nashville that weekend it's definitely worth checking out. All the jamming you can handle. I'll usually sleep 3 ir 3 hours in 3 days.
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    01-05-2018
    Congratulations on the new baby, Kyle. This is really interesting stuff. (got it marked to look at more closely later)
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    01-01-2018
    Congratulations on going to be a grandfather, Marc-Antoine. Thanks for all the feedback and help you have given me here.
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    01-01-2018
    In 2017 I did the following: Sold (delivered and stacked) 6.5 loads of firewood @ ~ $110 per load (1 load = ~52 cubic feet = ~ 4'x8'x(18 to 20") -- SOLD OUT! Removed a ~40' x ~25" DBH Silver Maple @ $500 Trimmed (raised; removed lower limbs and small branches) 2 Cedar and 1 Oak @ $160 Other misc. cleanup @ $290 Total Gross Earnings: $1,678.00 Bought 6'x12' utility trailer @ $2710.00 Bought ms461 @ ~$1,100.00 Bought 22' pole saw @ ~$320.00 Bought pole pruner setup @ ~$150.00 Bought other supplies @ ~$1,000.00+ Repair truck @ ~$3,000.00 (already had other and misc. equipment) For 2018 I have a $500 job lined up (from early last year) to remove 2 Bradford Pears (~40' x 12" DBH) I have a $2200 bid to remove 6 Bradford Pears (~40' x 12" DBH) I have a $500 bid to haul off wood from 2 large Oaks after they have been felled. I have a removal for a 40-50' x 30" DBH pine tree at my widowed mother in law's which I plan to do for free unless she (and my wife's sister who handles her finances) *insists* on paying me. * Need to overcome innate laziness. * Plan to cut and split at least 10 loads of firewood to be ready for next season. -- (wonder if I should invest in a gas log splitter) * Plan to get magnetic signs for my truck. * Possibly try to find an existing (safety conscious) tree man (or lady) to work for part time to learn from and earn money. * Decide whether or not to buy climbing gear. * Get shop, truck, and all equipment organized and quickly and efficiently deployable. * Try to learn about tree trimming/pruning -- and get more tree trimming/pruning jobs. * Need to overcome innate laziness. * Continue to learn about trees and arborist stuff. * Decide whether or not to get into stump grinding (i.e. rent one and try it out on my own stumps first) * Need to overcome innate laziness. * I had hoped to be at 180 lbs. by now (down from my more or less steady 220 lbs.) ... discouraging, but the battle continues! -- but I did throw out a couple of half eaten containers of ice cream this morning -- yeah, I hate the waste, but I figured the point I needed to make to myself was worth more. * Need to overcome innate laziness. In a race with my declining age, focus, capacity, strength (as we all are) (and weight and laziness) to get as far in this business as I can to position myself to continue on when my age catches up with me -- all things being equal ----- AND/OR find something else (i.e. "fun" (i.e. "enjoyable" (e.g. not boring))) to do to earn money.
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  • rfwoody's Avatar
    01-01-2018
    rfwoody replied to a thread Today I Learned... in Odds and Ends
    So far the grate seems to be working better than the dogs --- more heat into the room *and* less wood to keep the fire flaming. The downside is that the bricks around the fireplace (the bricks facing inside the room between the mouth of the fireplace and the mantle) are not getting hot (thus radiating lots of heat) like they used to with the dogs and the bigger fire. So it seems we are using less wood to get about the same amount of heat. Our fireplace is especially poorly efficient, I think because it is too deep -- 32" from back to front of bricks in front. My parent's fireplace seems very "efficient" for a fireplace -- it will burn you out of the den -- and it is only 20" deep. I have been thinking of making mine shallower by setting fireplace bricks, etc. in back to see if it produces more heat. We really enjoy the ambiance of an open blaze in the fireplace -- but only when it is below 50 deg. (F) outside.
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    01-01-2018
    rfwoody replied to a thread Today I Learned... in Odds and Ends
    If I remember I will try it today if I make some toast in the oven... but it could get messy if with jelly/jam/preserves on the toast.
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Robert Wood

Mainly wasted teenage and young adult years in vain and foolish and mind, body, and soul damaging pursuits. Was stopped in my course by visceral awareness of God and Judgement and eternity, and that my only hope was in the Gospel, the good news that God sent his own Son, The Lord Jesus Christ, into the world to suffer the righteous judgement of a good God against sin and for sinners like me, that Jesus suffered and died, was buried, and then rose from the dead. Jesus did this for sinners like me, from the lowest, filthiest sinner, all the way down to the dregs -- the "good", self-righteous, religious hypocrite -- Jesus is willing and able to save the very worst.

...but I digress...

Got married, had 2 sons, eventually got job in Information Technology (IT), as programmer/developer/database administrator, worked 27 years at this, started getting "old and slow" and figured it was time to get out. After money stopped flowing in as much :) now looking to supplement SS with something I can get some exercise at if possible. Have most always liked the outdoors and have been liking and studying chainsaws and tree felling for last 20 years or so.

In the IT world there is a lot of BS, people playing to politics, acting like they know what they are talking about to impress the boss, etc. But there are some real honest, frank technically competent folks and resources which I highly valued --- Just so, it seems to me in this Treehouse forum. I suppose you can't stay in this inherently dangerous sort of business very long unless you are down to earth at some basic levels... and that is what I really enjoy about these kind of guys and this site.

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For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
-- John 3:16
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
-- John 8:12

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