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    2 Days Ago
    She could make up to ~$1k/month without affecting her disability, maybe it's different for you, or maybe she took the deduction but could make up to $1k and be net ahead? I'm not sure, I'll assume you know your situation better than I. The cool thing with mom is Carly was born 2 months early and only spent 9 days in the hospital with basically no complications. I was the first to see Carly, then my mother, third was my father, fourth was her mother (C Section, Heather couldn't get out of bed until the next morning). Mom died 19 days after Carly was born. :)
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    2 Days Ago
    You should be able to make $1k/month on disability as best I remember. That was mom's limit when she was diagnosed with cancer. She worked part time running the office/books of a business 8 miles from her house (10m ride). They were very flexible with her time... if she didn't feel like working, she didn't work. Her day of actually living she took off to keep Carly while Heather and I went on a date, bought some guns, and a baby bed for my folks house.... her stroke was the next day (Saturday) and she died Wednesday morning.
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    5 Days Ago
    Not without hanging over. You could pull the basket down to get it shorter but that would get old.
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    5 Days Ago
    That trailer on my F150 is also a 24' tilt beed trailer. You could haul the 420 on the front of it sideways, if it had more axle or truck.
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    6 Days Ago
    They're not hard to tow. To just say I've done it I even towed one with my F150.
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    6 Days Ago
    My previous setup was a rear mount grapple truck with the excavator and SD64 on the trailer. Both can haul people, equipment, gear, and debris, the hook lift truck is far more maneuverable, with a pinch less than half the practical capacity of the rear mount grapple truck. I bought my first mini in 2007... I use a 13klb excavator with cab and air to handle almost all my tree debris now. I still have access to an articulated loader and mini skid, but it's rare that I need them. The downside is I don't get limited access jobs very often, the upside is my hourly rate is relatively high, my labor expense is relatively low, and our production is great. With either setup you could easily haul a mini in leu of or in addition to the excavator. With the former trailer (longer) and hook lift I could haule a large articulated loader, the excavator, and the lift. I like the versatility.
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    6 Days Ago
    Its specs say it can set up on a 12* slope, plus the 3* tolerance on being level makes it fairly capable. I've yet to have a job where I couldn't use the lift because I couldn't get it set up. There are some tricks that I don't want to put on an open forum. The TM50/SD50 is a steamy pile compared to the SD64. Slower, less reach (obviously), traditional style lower boom (compared to the elevator on the SD64). What's your timeframe like?
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    6 Days Ago
    Was reading comments on FB and that reminded me of another point.... the SD64 won't prevent you from doing basically anything. It won't lock up certain controls if an outrigger gets lite, it won't prevent you from raising the boom if it's not perfectly level (all 4 outriggers have to be in contact with the ground to raise the booms from their rests). It's great to not have to fight the machine and its "features" but rather be responsible for your own safe setup and usage.
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    6 Days Ago
    +1 Like :thumbup:
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    6 Days Ago
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/rr_YcljSbB4" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe> In case the playlist embed doesn't work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rr_YcljSbB4&list=PLgVC-UFZAmLVjq8reHkx8s_Mkh7SIGy8l Typically spider lifts are narrow access machines on tracks with outriggers that are bent and fold out of the way. While Nifty does make narrow access tracked machines, but the SD64 is a 70' lift on turf tires with 4 wheel steering and 4 wheel drive. I've had a standing bet since 2016 that the SD64 is the most turf friendly 70' lift. If you need narrow access, you need a spider. If you need dielectric, you need a bucket (or now an expensive spider)... if you don't need either of those, the SD64 is a great machine, IMO. Before I was a dealer for Nifty, I was looking around, trying to find which lift I was going to buy. I had honed in on the Tracked Lift's 72' lift... I prefer Tracked Lifts to All Access. I'm not sure what got me looking at the TM64/SD64, but I started comparing the specs of the 70' spiders to the SD64. Here are some points I regurgitate every time I have this conversation, in no particular order: 1: The SD64 has 12' of outreach at 70', the Tracked lift only has 6' of side reach at 70'.. that makes a huge difference not being over the machine to reach 70'. You can be 60' vertically and 30' to the side with the SD64 2: The boom speed on the SD64 is very respectable, some customers compare it to a bucket truck but I don't have first hand/practical knowledge of bucket trucks. With the engine warmed up, I can go from a fully stowed boom to fully erect in under 70 seconds (outriggers set up). One of the spiders I looked at was around 3 minutes to do the same function. 3: The SD64 has 42' of sidereach which Segways into number 4. 4: The SD64 has a 500lb capacity anywhere it can reach. The Tracked Lift unit has a 300lb or 441lb capacity depending if it fits through a 3' gate or not. Some other spiders have a restricted chart and can offer a similar outreach to the SD64, but only with 176lb in the basket. I'm a big boy and mainly do removals, the 500lb capacity is very nice. 5. The SD64 doesn't have a "computer." It does have a logic board that uses relays to control outrigger/boom function/alarms (IE can't drive while setting or on the outriggers, can't adjust the outriggers while the boom is in the air.). I've compared it to a complicated log splitter... it uses manual hydraulic valves on the ground and in the air to handle most of the boom functions. 6: It has excellent side hill and climbing gradability ratings/capability. 7: The SD64 does not auto level, and I wouldn't want it to. Getting the machine level is super simple and it only needs to be level within 3* for the rated capacities. 8: The elevator style lower boom is great, you have full outreach with the bottom boom stowed up to a 33' working height. It doesn't seem like a big deal until you're needing to reach something low and far out and the traditional style lower boom can't get you there, like my first lift, the TZ50/30. 9: SD64s hold their resale value exceptionally well. I know of machines with 5k hours on them that have sold for $50-55k. 10: The distributor for Nifty Lift is Nifty lift, not a third party importer/distributor. Nifty has been in the US for 20 something years and is located in Greer, SC. You can buy parts directly from Nifty, and they're usually in stock. The only time I've had to wait for a part was of all things the green paint, which is sourced in the US from Sherman Williams, apparently the store that makes it for Nifty was backed up or something. Weird issue, I have a little paint in stock now though (ordered more than needed for a project). 11: Travel speed on the SD64 is around 5mph vs 1-1.5mph with spiders. Again that doesn't sound like much but it adds up to making a huge difference over the life of the machine. In storm situations we can drop the lift off in a subdivision and drive it between jobs. In 2016 we dropped the lift off in a subdivision and it didn't get back on the trailer for around a month (granted it wasn't working every day, we don't have megasubdivions here). I can see a path for me to have a spider in the future, however it will be a 90-105', like the Omme 2750, unless the Nifty SD85 comes to fruition (would/will be awesome). The Nifty was my first major step away from narrow access kinda stuff. My logic was I mainly do removals and doing removals through narrow access means you have to bring the tree debris back through that narrow access which is more stressful, less enjoyable, and slower. Also, narrow access can be done by folks working out of pick ups working for essentially beer money... a tougher market to compete with here. So, I focus mainly on what I can get the lift to and make a great hourly rate in the poorest state in the country. I still use Treesmith to climb, but that's usually for trees that are taller than the lift can access (which isn't all that often) or bigger jobs like storm situations. I know I'm leaving some stuff out, but that should get you started. If you have any questions or just want to chew the fat, feel free to give me a call/shoot me a text, PM me, or respond here. :)
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    1 Week Ago
    What size lift are you considering? I’m biased, but I very much like the SD64. It’s reasonably quick, cheap to operate, great reach and capacity, great on grass and very maneuverable.
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    1 Week Ago
    :P
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    1 Week Ago
    Like
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    1 Week Ago
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    1 Week Ago
    My thinking is people "reacting" to your post makes you more likely to post more assuming it was well received. It lets the author know he's not talking to himself and that someone else (or more) are interested in his point of view. Like I said, it's not a big deal to me. The House isn't like FB or Instagram where you endlessly scroll until you figure out you're wasting your life. The "feed" here is broken into groups and specific topics (that often go astray, which is fine). There isn't the functionality to "friend" or "follow" someone on here like FB or Instagram, so the idea that people would post just for likes seems ill founded.
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    1 Week Ago
    I voted for like only. In the trading community I'm a part of, we have "reactions" in the chatroom that are used a good bit to... well react to what was said without actually having to type something that isn't worth saying. Granted that's a chatroom where posts are less "permanent" than a forum (but still searchable), but I think that'd strength the case for a like button. There are well more than 100 "reactions" that can also be used as smilies/emoji/whatever. Most go unused. There have been several posts here that I've read that I thought "I like this," but saying "I like this" as a post would be blather so it went unsaid. Either way, it won't make or break me. :) Here's an example of the last two posts with "reactions."
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    3 Weeks Ago
    :lol: It's proportional!
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  • lumberjack's Avatar
    07-06-2019
    I very much like running a Nifty Lift SD64 over a bucket truck for my small but profitable setup. The SD64 can't do narrow access, but that's not my niche on purpose.
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  • lumberjack's Avatar
    07-04-2019
    Not using a chipper makes a single truck far easier to pull off.
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    06-27-2019
    :lol: Good sport.
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    06-27-2019
    Is the treehouse for kids? Building an attraction around a dead and increasing liability seems like poor planning for the typical homeowner, pun intended. I had a customer that build a treehouse on a faux stump/tree trunk. There were steel columns surrounded by a stucco "trunk" complete with textured bark, knot holes, etc. Construction was in the low 6 figures.
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