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    treebilly replied to a thread Stihl MS462 in Chainsaws!
    After over a dozen tanks this thing is still impressing me. A banshe she is. Let’s see how long she last. I did manage to break one of the cover screws already. Dumb ass quarter turn things. Don’t really know what I did wrong but it popped right quick. Unless it becomes a problem I’ll call it a learning curve. As of right now Stihl made it right. My cost was a bit over a grand but I get treated well by the dealer. They might have sold it at cost for all I know. My reviews go a long way for them. Doesn’t hurt that the company I work for spends a hell of a lot of money there.
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    A second full rebuild? I’ve only had the top ends done. By the time the bottom needs rebuilt the saw is way past its prime and the cost is to close to new. I’m gonna experiment on doing a top end. I’ve got half a dozen blown up 461’s to play with. Might as well give it a shot. Meteor piston sound right? I’ll have to do some home work but if this weather wants to keep being assholish I’ll need to find a hobby
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    Raking the grass back up or useing a blower on it make those “ruts” disappear most times. There are always PITA customers and jobs. I’ve become good at recognizing them from the get go but occasionally one slips in. Give them a hundred off of the price and they usually are ok. Some people need to feel like they got away with getting a good deal. I have one guy that has to find something wrong no matter what we do. After the first job we just doubled our normal pricing for him. Give him a few bucks off the estimate and he feels happy and pays up. Been working for him yearly for 15 years now. Also the more customers involved the more head aches. I despise working at nieggboring properties the same day or even within a few weeks of each other. Always seems that one feels cheated.
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    After doing years of tree work I feel like I need to write up something to educate home owners who are having tree work done. Mainly that I canít float the f*ing tree out to an abandoned lot where we process it. Sometimes even when you rig things down and use mats and try to be as easy on the ground s possible, you may end up with a divot or there may be some saw dust around. Today I finally finished a job that has been rescheduled 7 times due to rain and soft ground. I removed a bunch of trees boardering 4 properties. Everyone wants the work done but no one wants me to come in their yard. The best spot to get in was through a fire lane but no one wants that either for some reason. We finally convinced one person to let us in the lane and I put down 170í of mats. As you may have guessed the guy is bitching about ruts. Or as I see it, bent grass. I explain before jobs all the same shit you guys probably tell customers but itís never enough for the few that just want to be mad about stuff. Iím done ranting for now...
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    treebilly replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    They should. Mine ordered one for me. They’re not carrying it yet because of their current stock of 461’s. They will be hard To sell once the 462 is on the shelves.
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    treebilly replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Put 7 tanks of fuel through the 462 today. I really like this saw. Kept the boys very busy loading the chipper with the skid loader. 8 loads of chips today and still have at least 3 more on the ground. I think I kinda scared them with how fast I walked through that area. We have a dozen or so trees left but have to wait on the city to remove the chain link fence first. Not a big deal since we have plenty more to do there.
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    4 Days Ago
    I’ve certainly had all those problems. I guess I just thought that for the price they would last longer but it seems as though a lot of people are seeing the same thing. Such is the never ending costs of the business owner.
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    4 Days Ago
    Maybe that’s not the right comparison. Loggers can be arborists, and arborists can do a lotta cutting as well. I just mean that I take down a lot of trees and do a lot of cutting for a small company.
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    4 Days Ago
    My 395 has been with me for 5 years with minimal issue. The husky climber was a joke and was broke from the get go. 2 562’s that are killer saws when they run but spend a lot of time in the shop. I have 3 201’s and 1 is almost always in the shop. And I have a stihl 446 that we call so so stilh. It always runs just ok. I tried buying only good gas for the longest time but it made no apparent difference. Small crew, just 4 of us and saws run mostly by 2 of us. I’ve tried scheduling regular maintenance but these things just seem to have a lifespan. I do a lot of cutting. Sometimes I feel more like a logger than an arborist
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    4 Days Ago
    Yes the smaller one coming back to the stump is what caught my eye. My crew does pretty good about it but others don’t. I’ve been plowed over by a spruce that bounced back and I will never do it again nor do I wish to witness it. Hanging around to watch it fall is asking for trouble.
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    Pure sexiness8). Love the weight and power. Throttle response is instant. Stig’s review was spot on. Stihl did good on this saw. Hoping to run it a bunch this week. I’ve been standing back and letting the boys do the felling for a while. I’m going to have to climb out of the cab and show them how it’s done now. Also we are required high viz on most of our sites now. Really makes a difference. Class two I believe but most wear class three. Thanks for the link Brian. I’ll be looking than up later. Need to get back to organizing my pickup. I’m getting paid to haul tools and guys to the job till my new work truck gets bought. My new role in the company is to be a bit more supervisory. Until the office can figure out what my new title will be, GF seems to work. Less physical work with more paperwork.
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    Page I feel my top handles don’t owe me a thing if I get two years out of them. If you consider a 461 midrange, I’m getting maybe two years before they are toast. We run the shit out of them though. My 661 can go weeks without being touched. Right now we’re burning 2&1/2 gallons of gas between 2 461’s daily (10-12 hours). Air filters get tapped out after every tank of fuel and saws get tore apart and hit with the air compressor weekly. At the pace we’re on I’m hoping they last a year. Saws used to last longer from memory but my work practices have changed drastically. If you’re gonna buy a new saw I would drop the extra hundred and upgrade to a 462. Well worth it. I just became the first in my county to own one. The dealer isn’t stocking them yet as they want to sell off their inventory of 461’s first. They did me a favor. Instantly can notice the weight difference. And the power is holy unbelievable for its size. Stig’s review is why I waited on the 462 over the 461. He was right. I just cut a bit of firewood at home with it and can feel the difference. Against my better judgement I’m taking it to work Monday to do some felling. I have no doubt it will continue to impress me.
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    4 Days Ago
    I donít work on my saws (yet) . I take them to a local saw shop but Iím beginning to get aggravated with them. It seems like saws last about 2 years before I end up putting so much money into them ( and lost time) that itís more worth it to just buy a new saw. Iíve talked to several other company owners in my area that say the same thing and that they pretty much have their saws on a constant rotation. Buy new, run for 2 years, then sell and buy new again. What is your experience?
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    5 Days Ago
    Page replied to a thread Hydraulic attachments? in Gear Forum
    I see a lot of people don’t like the hydraulic stuff but I’m not seeing a lot of reasons why. Just curious because I’ve always thought that they would be pretty kick ass.
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    1 Week Ago
    Page replied to a thread A Smooth Day in Climbing Forum
    Ha! Well I am a bit drinky right now
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    Page replied to a thread A Smooth Day in Climbing Forum
    Meh, I had a good year. It was a nice thing he did. L
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    Page replied to a thread A Smooth Day in Climbing Forum
    This year I tried to make using a crane a regular thing but It doesn’t always line up. Plus the rain has been killer.
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    Page replied to a thread A Smooth Day in Climbing Forum
    That was Pete’s company but Ryan was the operator. All his guys are good. Even the new guys. He trains them well
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    treebilly replied to a thread A Smooth Day in Climbing Forum
    Nice job Mike. I showed this to my crew at lunch. They are now wondering why we don’t use cranes on a regular basis. So efficient. Was that Pete operating the crane for you?
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    Page replied to a thread A Smooth Day in Climbing Forum
    I was gonna grind for free as a thank you.
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    Page replied to a thread A Smooth Day in Climbing Forum
    Yeah he did a nice job with it. I wish the video would slow down here and there to show a little detail but only tree guys would care about that. It’ll be perfect for the website.
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    1 Week Ago
    Page started a thread A Smooth Day in Climbing Forum
    We did a job the other week and the home owner made this sweet video. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Z_mNd265WQU" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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    Page replied to a thread Helmet cams and whatnot in Gear Forum
    Thanks August. I will give that a try.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Basic stuff of course but good for beginners I suppose.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Recently someone gave me a action cam and a bunch of attachments for mounting but none of them seem to work well on my proto. Iím interested to see how others have theirs mounted and more importantly how you maintain the correct viewing angle. I know they tighten down but I would think it would be easy to keep bashing it on braches and knocking it out of place.
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I'm somewhere around 33. Married, one child, own a tree co. Called Stix&Stones. I enjoy spending my free time outside hiking , camping, discgolf, or generally just being outside. I play a little music when I can, guitar and piano. The treehouse is a great place. I'm glad I found it. (Are you happy butch? I finally filled out my profile)
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