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    1 Week Ago
    Pretty sure I’d do the switcheroo and be done with it.
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    1 Week Ago
    Post a picture of what you have, it should be a simple swap out, perhaps with a pressure check like BlackSmith mentions.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    lumberjack replied to a thread ISA in Business Management
    I got my certification when I was 18 or 19, never renewed it. A couple years after getting it, I was one of 42 in the state.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    $1.2m best I recall from the conversation I had with the mfg at TCIA Expo, could save a couple-few hundred going with a used chassis vs new.
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    12-23-2018
    Yeah, we started the stump service when I was 12; I started the tree service when I was 16. My washing machine has seen lots of sawdust over the years! I went to prom 3 years with 3 different girls (my sophomore year a junior took me). If I were going to guess, I'd think it's the blonde... she's married, was actually talking to her husband last night. They live a mile and change from here. I found out in 2016 she was my 5th cousin, common grandfather 5 generations ago that was born in the late 1700s :|: Her?
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    12-23-2018
    Hmm.. I'm curious which girl you are talking about. It's certainly true that the online world has shaped who and where I am! Very grateful I didn't take the more common path into the tree world. Seems like a very slippery slope. :shifty:
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    12-21-2018
    Yep, Carly! :thumbup: (My wife is Heather)
    67 replies | 1884 view(s)
  • lumberjack's Avatar
    12-20-2018
    I'm in Columbus, MS; the Trace is about 40 miles away.
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    12-20-2018
    Thanks! Literally the best and onliest (only-est) thing ever, she's great and loves her daddy, couldn't ask for more!
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  • lumberjack's Avatar
    12-19-2018
    My take on it is Burnham likes knowing the inner-workings of TH and wants to know the backstory of the decision.
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    12-19-2018
    No handoff, just co-conspiring!
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    12-19-2018
    8) Still MasterBlaster's TreeHouse:rockon:
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    12-18-2018
    When I said articulate, I meant defending your position to the insurance adjuster. The purpose/requirement of insurance is to return the insured property to its condition before the claim to the limits of the policy. The main application for us is making the work accessible/doable. One example is from a storm in 2014, a tree was listing after the storm but not touching insured property. The agent and adjuster had already been out and said it wasn't covered. The listing tree's root system upset the fence (insured property) raising two sections maybe a couple feet at most. The insurance owed to have the fence back like it was before the storm. To make that happened meant removing the roots and leveling the dirt, doing that required removing the tree. I called the agent and adjuster, made my case, and they agreed. That was an $8200 in revenue 2 doors down from a $16k job from the same storm, in an "affordable" part of town.
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    12-18-2018
    We gladly tarp roofs and bill insurance companies after storms, it's easy money. I never considered a liability aspect of it, although on brief review it doesn't strike me as a concern. Regarding tricks/strategies, it largely depends on your setup, but the focus is to minimize the earners' non billable time. Having a runner to fetch things is well worth the expense, and can increase the billable rate. Having fuel to keep the machines running is another important consideration, since for us the equipment is what gives us the biggest advantage. After a bigger storm I'll send someone to Lowes to buy every tarp of meaningful size, within reason. If we don't use them they can be returned, but more often than not they'll either be billed or given to people that need them. I try to get out of raking the yard as much as possible. Its relatively easy/unskilled work and doesn't pay very well in comparison. Here, people commonly look to save money where they can. Depending on the situation, we'll upsell non insurance work (removals) while we're there, if there's something needing doing. That's mainly to the customer's benefit, since the insurance covered our mobilization there and a little extra money here or there helps. The biggest profitability skill I've found for insurance work is to be able to think and ARTICULATE like an adjuster/agent to play the game using the rules to your benefit (which invariably helps the customer/home owner as well.) It's not an us vs them situation, it's a simple game of following the policy/rules.
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    11-02-2018
    Yeah, not much of any penetration in that weld, if I'm looking at it correctly. Is the machine under warranty? I assume not given the previous repair work done at your shop.
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    10-05-2018
    Granted I've never looked, but I've never seen/sent parts out for magnet replacement only, only complete flywheels. Less to screw up replacing the flywheel vs trying to time the magnets and such.
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    10-04-2018
    Most likely you replace the flywheel vs gluing magnets back on.
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  • lumberjack's Avatar
    08-14-2018
    The leads (wire) are a long term consumable, not a big deal to change them out. I'd clean it up, stretch out the leads (or tape) them so they don't short and give it a test. If it checks out, spend the money on new leads and you're off to the races!
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    08-05-2018
    Stick is versatile, although I much more commonly use MIG for shop work. Normally I use solid wire, although dual shield (shielding gas plus flux core) can increase penetration, deposition rates, contamination tolerance, and less likely for the shielding gas to be blown away. Flux core that comes with the 120v machines isn’t horrible, but usually the skill/experience of the operator is severly lacking and they expect way more than they’re (both the person and machine) capable of. Regarding new technology, durability is an issue, just like anything. My truck requires a computer to diagnose most things but I still like it better than any vehicle before (excluding sentimentality) because it’s far more capable, more comfortable, and more efficient. New machines have better usability, repeatability between users, efficiencies, and capabilities. In the context of tree guys working from their house, a lot of that could be wasted vs the purchase price, although the lighter weight of inverter machines as well as the voltage range and compensation could be welcomed factors (portability). My current mig (for the last decade or so) is a transformer based machine. If/when I replace it (or more likely just upgrade) it will be to a new machine, like the Millermatic 252 or 350P. (Currently Millermatic 185)
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  • lumberjack's Avatar
    07-09-2018
    Experience? :lol:
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  • lumberjack's Avatar
    07-09-2018
    Excavator, skid steer with a root grapple, or stump grinder would be my vote.
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    06-24-2018
    lumberjack replied to a thread Multimeters ??? in Gear Forum
    What are you going to be using it for?
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  • lumberjack's Avatar
    05-09-2018
    Same problem with per load, a tree next to the street is far different than that technical tree in the back of the back yard covered in dog crap. Hourly rate plus disposal expense could be the easiest route. Do ya'll do a percentage on stump grinding? I doubt it.
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    05-09-2018
    Here's the dump angle of my hook lift, 53*.
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