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    12-07-2016
    that's my dream!! have fun, jp:D
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    10-19-2016
    How did you guys come to this conclusion that the tree died because of it's inability to process the surge of water? jp:D
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    10-15-2016
    treesandsurf replied to a thread Truck Advice.... in Gear Forum
    Run fast away from that thing deva!
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    08-22-2016
    whoa cool job! jp:D
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    07-31-2016
    Carlos can you put single man baskets on the SD64?
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    03-12-2016
    treesandsurf replied to a thread Paleo in The TreeHouse Kitchen
    I've been doing low carb for a few years. For about a year I was really disciplined, little to no sugar at all and very few carbs. Dropped down to 145lbs from close to 180lbs. The last year or so I've been less disciplined and I hover around 155lbs which is a good weight for me not too small but light enough for surfing and climbing efficiently. I doubt I am in ketosis now as I eat some carbs and sugars, not a ton but enough where I'm burning it for fuel. For those who haven't been on it, the health and vitality benefits are huge. It also feels like your body isn't sluggish but burning fuel lean and mean. Highly recommend. jp:D
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    01-28-2016
    uhhhhhhhhhh..... I think you might have missed the point. Sounds like you need to relax Sean??? Try and take a vacation and enjoy life. Jesus your post is stressful to read, I can't even imagine working with you. It's just tree work, enjoy it. jp:D
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    01-28-2016
    Another really important factor is that people will mirror your opinion of them when you're in charge or you're the boss. So if they always feel like they mess up or they're not meeting your expectations: guess what they really start to mirror that in the way they work with you. If you can practice to build people up while guiding them they will for the most part rise to that image you are developing of them. Each guy, even the most challenging ones, have great traits -- so focus on those and let the other issues improve with time. I know it's easier said than done, but I think you'll start seeing a huge shift if you yourself can work on this. jp:D
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    01-28-2016
    Yes it's a great thread, probably one of the more challenging aspects of owning any business IMO. Sean if you haven't joined TCIA I would highly recommend. They spend a lot of their energy helping the tree industry from the business side of the coin. They're an incredible resource, really. I had an idea as I was thinking about you as I sat in traffic today heading to our job site: you might try and write down the 5 most frustrating issues you deal with on a regular basis. Write them in order from most serious (life threatening) up to just simply annoying. At the beginning of the month take the bottom one from the list (most annoying) and bring your guys together and explain to them the issue and tell them why it's really important to you. Then don't bring it up again. Tell yourself you're going to trust your guys to handle whatever the issue is and you're just going to let it go and trust your guys. If the issue pops up which it inevitably might, don't react at all unless you absolutely have to. Wait until the next meeting and bring it up in a way that lets them know your not freaking out but that you really need them to take care of it. This gives the guys responsibility. You are now tasking them and entrusting them to have ownership over taking care of whatever that issue is. Try it out. If it works keep going up the list. jp:D
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    01-27-2016
    If your employee or helper or whatever you want to call that person walks off or quits, he is essentially firing you as the boss. You just got fired and you should take it that way. If your system is setup in a way in which you cannot find the perfect person, the problem is the system not the people you're finding. AT the end of the day, you can keep banging your head against the wall, keep posting these threads, keep making excuses about the industry and the stupidity of people and on and on and on; what they amount to is an unwillingness to look at yourself honestly and to make a change. At the end of the day it's really your problem, and you will live with it for as long as you have to until you make a change. That's all there is to it. jp:D
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    01-25-2016
    Really excited to see it's back on Nick! jp:D
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    01-25-2016
    Sean, no disrespect at all but I think your big problem is you. I can say this because I have been and continue to be in a similar challenge, along with a lot of people in a lot of different fields. Essentially the model you are operating with, you need a helper that can be at your beck and call and work exactly like you want and basically have a really good brain and at the same time have no brain at all. Good luck finding that guy. If you want to find good people you need to start hiring employees. Hiring employees and hiring helpers are two entirely different things. Employees are given direction and training but are left to work out the challenges and given accountability for the end result. I am not preaching because I know how challenging it is. When I started a number of years ago I couldn't fathom letting guys drive my truck and chipper. I never drive a truck or chipper or really any of our trucks now. And I don't train the new guys. I let the guys that I trained, train the new guys. They make mistakes, lots of them. But they do improve. My best advice is hire for character where you can, and then when you find someone who does have heart and really cares, give him a wide space to make mistakes and stick with that person and commit to allowing them to stumble through the process. It's not easy, but the rewards are huge. I have great guys now that I trust and care a lot about and I think it goes both ways. When you realize you can't do it on your own and you start to learn to trust others, those people will show up to the challenge IME. Good luck! jp:D
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    12-21-2015
    My mindset now is to buy new. But we've been in business for close to 5 years. When I started I spent a LOT of time buying used equipment and learning to repair that equipment. I think in the beginning it was a great approach because I had the time on my hands and I saved money with the cost of buying used equipment and learning to do repairs. However, as you grow and your focus shifts to managing your workload, you cannot waste time with equipment repairs. You need it either not to break down, or you need it fixed immediately. So, I would look at where your at in your business life cycle, where you expect it to be for the next 1-2 years and make your decision from there. With you already having a clientele, a strong background in the industry, and a good name out there... I would lean on the side of advising you to buy new. I have a feeling you are going to be much busier than you anticipate and time will quickly become your most valuable and guarded asset. jp:D
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    12-12-2015
    ahhhh cherry! Stoked to meet up while you're in town! jp:D
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    12-12-2015
    I'll take them Ian! You coming out here for the holidays?? jp:D
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    11-22-2015
    Yes heard nothing but good things about Cal-Line. You are stoked! jp:D
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    11-22-2015
    I was at TCIA expo and got to drive the new Giant loaders around while helping Dave setup. Between the Giant and the Avant, I would personally buy a Giant for sure. The Avant seemed a little light-duty for the tree work environment, and they also felt tippy to me when I used them. These machines (Giant) felt like a mini version of my AL540 (Gehl), similar driving functions, solid feeling and the same design where the operator is sitting behind he articulating point. If I buy another wheel loader it will likely be the smaller Giant with the duals which gives the option to drive through a 36" gate. We have the Boxer for that currently, but anyone who owns and uses a wheel loader can appreciate the advantage over a mini they offer. Just my .02 jp:D
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    11-21-2015
    Did you get a replacement? Did that person buy it or did the dealer take it back? jp:D
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    11-17-2015
    I had the same thoughts treebilly; was stoked to get to meet Reg in person. His vids have helped in many ways through the years. jp:D
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    11-15-2015
    From my understanding it's pretty much the primary treatment for infected or susceptive oaks with p. ramorum. We had some success around 2002/03 in treating a very large q. agrifolia which is still around. The tree had somewhat advanced signs of the pathogen i.e. red gummosis, charcoal fungus, evidence of bark beetles, bark sloughing etc. etc. The tree is still standing FWIW. jp:D
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    11-15-2015
    cat and perk are the same. There are restrictions on who can work on which one dealer wise from what I've heard but they are all made the same factory just different branding. jp:D
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  • treesandsurf's Avatar
    10-28-2015
    I'm guessing in the ballpark of $4750/yr nick? :) JP:D
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    10-21-2015
    How are you guys operating without a chipper? jp:D
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  • treesandsurf's Avatar
    10-07-2015
    My best advice is join TCIA immediately, read through their resources and start to think like a business owner right from the start. Don't think like a climber, think like a guy that hires climbers. Good luck! jp:D
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    10-07-2015
    Seems to make a lot of sense on those types of trees. Hardly ever do it here on our spread out trees. jp:D
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    09-20-2015
    You guys ever heard of this happening: my employee was using our 660 out in the field was getting run pretty hard bucking up tons of wood from felled trees. All of a sudden a huge POP and the spark plug shot out the hole. It looks like it stripped the threads on the chainsaw itself. Never heard of such a thing and I'm curious what could have caused it... overheating? jp:D
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    09-18-2015
    Jobber is a lifesaver!! jp:D
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    09-18-2015
    Sean, we avoid palm work as much as possible. Sometimes we end up doing it though but I try to stay away. Too competitive and usually not worth the effort from my experience. jp:D
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