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    6 Days Ago
    treebilly replied to a thread climber bite? in Gear Forum
    I’m running the big buck pads with steel insert on my bashlins with no complaints. And yes I found them more comfortable than geckos.
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    1 Week Ago
    treebilly replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Well after three hours the damn thing is out. I’ve come to the conclusion that engineers are the dumbest smart people. Half the machine is apart just to remove this thing. I’m pretty sure they weld the frame around it when putting it together. Decided to replace a few other things so I don’t have to go through this again because that’s what needs to be done to do it.
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    1 Week Ago
    treebilly replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Well total hose replacement isn’t as scary as i thought according to the mechanic. About a third of my guess. And he looked at the oil cooler and basically reminded me that we have a radiator guy just down the road that most likely repair it. And if not he can build a new one for prolly half of what Vermeer would want. I feel much more relieved now. It’s 9:15 and I’m heading out to pull the cooler/radiator now
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    1 Week Ago
    treebilly replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Should’ve stayed in bed or got drunk. Expensive day. Blew a line somewhere inside the boom on my bucket truck. Guessing around the knuckle because it happened after I “flipped over” to reach some low limbs on the far side. No big deal ( really it is), I’ll climb after lunch. Went up the road to eat and the little burger joint lost power right before we got there. Found a place to eat and back at it. Decided since the bucket was out of the way we’d chip. After ten minutes on the mini I felt my foot slip. Look down and I’m covered in hydraulic oil. The oil cooler blew. Nursed it long enough to fill the truck. While he was dumping I finished the removal. No more mini though. The leak had become bad enough that I barely could load it after refilling the hydro tank. Definately did not make money today. Not a terrible loss but enough to be rather irritating. Both things in the same day is just about enough to say F-it. Oh well. Come Monday I’ll be making phone calls for repairs and parts.
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    1 Week Ago
    treebilly replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    As Mick said. Nicely done and explained. I know dominoe felling is frowned upon but remains to be a great tool when necessary.
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    1 Week Ago
    treebilly replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Not much cut and throw these days. I’ve adapted to working differently because of my shoulders. They feel great now. I have a slight grinding feeling in my wrist and the top side of my forearm is swollen a bit. Pain hits with certain movements, mostly thumb related. Actually it only grinds with the thumb moving. Prolly from these damn smart phones. I shall sue Apple
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    1 Week Ago
    treebilly replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Well I took off from the 4th to the 11th. From Monday on my tendinitis flared up in my left wrist. Ibuprofen and ice is helping but still hurts like hell. Other than that things are great. The boy turned three today and is having a blast playing with his new log truck and crane. Fried up a big sirloin and onions while the wife made baked potatoes and a cucumber salad for dinner. Life is good
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    1 Week Ago
    Thatís some OG Mistabehn shit right there. I just canít begin to fathom the head aches and I thought I had enough already And good show BOTS. Hows semi retirement treating you?
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    2 Weeks Ago
    It all depends on your target market. At work we run 5 bucket crews and all bucket ops are “climbers”. The target market is a few utilities, county, and municipal contracts. We also have a land clearing crew. Our residential is fill in work. 30-50 estimate calls a day and basically have to be told anywhere from 2-10 months out depending on time of year. With all the rain this year a spider lift would’ve paid for itself just in the amount of time it takes to mat a yard out for the buckets or time saved by having to climb. In most situations, no matter the set up, a lift of any sort will beat out a climber. Lifts don’t get tired by the end of the day and still perform. As for transport, I suggest two chip trucks. One preferably with a platform for the mini skid. Or long ( and heavy) enough trailer for both.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    That’s a good sized ash. Nice job. It could make some beautiful lumber. Although it is well sought after by hobby wood workers in my area there is no real market. When we hail to a mill the payout basically covers trucking plus a few bucks. There is a sterilization process that the mills have to go through to make it sellable. At least that’s what I get told. CV would probably know a bit about that with all those beetle kill pines. We have to have a full log truck load to even get them hauled anymore.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Do your research and find what works for your market. I’ll agree that the more hydraulics the better. Take the labor out of it. This might sound funny but an Amish guy a few years ago was sawing on a job we were on. After a shit ton of wood was cut he would band it and mark it, and then ask me to move it with the loader. I asked what the numbers were for on his marks. It was board feet. His mill kept track for him and he just had to mark it. I think he told me he had 30K in his woodmizer set up
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    3 Weeks Ago
    treebilly replied to a thread Greg Good in Announcements!!!
    Thank you Frans for letting us know. Best wishes for Greg. I’m hoping to shake his hand once again in November.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Yeah I might move. This woman still thinks I fish to much because when ever she comes over I carry my “tackle box” and fishing pole to the creek. Funny thing is Igloo doesn’t make a tackle box
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Waiting on the edge of my seat and chomping on popcorn while drinking beer! If you do this cut right the throttle is wide open and is basically ( I’m drunk but think a) modified coos bay on a limb.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    I’ve done things for friends and family and I try to cover cost on most. Some realize it and at least give a healthy tip. My mother in law on the other hand is a PITA. Bitches if I charge her for fuel cost. Apparently “giving” me her daughter is payment enough. I’d love to swap the bills
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    3 Weeks Ago
    I’ve got a porterhouse seasoned up and sitting in the fridge over night for breakfast tomorrow. Wife and kids are out of town, leaving me to suffer:lol: Steak,kegs, and eggs at 6:30 am Sunday. Don’t know if I’ll survive 48 hours without her Edit. I hope the gas station sells beer before 6:00am or I’ll be eating breakfast late
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Yeah it was a bit heavy on the 1/2”. We were craning kinda. No shock load. Would never load dynamically that size
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    3 Weeks Ago
    1/2Ē stablebraid for the win. Jimmy is really coming around. I didnít get a measurement on this pick but the one prior( according to the green log weight chart) came in at 2850 lbs. Boss wonít get us a crane so we made our own.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    The drug test thing is becoming an issue for us. We had two climbers in the last few weeks that would rather smoke pot than keep a 60k with full health insurance job. Neither had a family to raise but I don’t get it.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Page replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    I says to my groundie I says, send me all the gear!
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    4 Weeks Ago
    I start off my morning with a tall drink of water and then usually a Gatorade while my cup of coffee cools a bit on the way to work. Since I’ve started with a glass of water first thing I’ve felt a lot better and my joints hurt a lot less. I also set alarms on my phone for every hour to remind me to take a drink. I carry a 32 ounce Yeti bottle with me everywhere. Five gallon jug on the truck and I’m amazed that between the three of us is almost empty every day. I also eat small meals all day long with a good sized dinner.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Damn that’s fast. Did rayco just ship it with an empty wheel or did you by it through someone else?
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Nice. What kind of teeth are those?
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Nice
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Kcferry, are you near Skippack PA? There is a good arborist shop called Pennholo you can check out some gear
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  • treebilly's Avatar
    06-15-2019
    They just don’t breed like us anymore. Honestly I’ve been lucky with my crew. My third guy is usually a newbie but my second thinks the same way I do. A broken rake is what? $20? That’s $20 bucks more I could make of the boss doesn’t have to replace it. Almost everyone thinks that bosses/owners are just swimming in money and it’s no big deal when they rip a mirror off of a truck or a gutter off of a house. I know shit happens but it shouldn’t happen on a regular basis. Things are changing for the better, but in my mind it should just be common sense. We had a foreman a week ago set an out rigger half on and half off of an asphalt drive way. Big surprise, it broke. No one thinks. And of course he said sorry I messed up. Like it’s not a big deal to replace a drive. I looked at the pictures and then went out to double check my suspicions. The dumbass didn’t even put pads down. Perfect break from the dimensions of the outrigger. Company policy is pads on all surfaces. In my mind it’s a fireable offense. Stump grinder guy broke two windows in a week. Didn’t bother to set up the shields and ground with the nose guard tied up. Laziness and an OSHA violation. All I can say is my back hurts from carrying these guys. In my buzzed up state I’ll end with this. Not many take any pride in what they do anymore. Most think that they are entitled to a well paying job with out doing the work. How’s that for derailed rant!
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  • treebilly's Avatar
    06-14-2019
    Tim. The answer is because most other people don’t seem to give a shit. They lose or destroy things.
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    06-13-2019
    treebilly replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    Noice!!! Damien is really getting the hang of this crane thing. Love it when one can tell the operator, it’s cut and all yours
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