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    1 Week Ago
    Thanks guys! 41 years old but my body feels like 61. Gotta love the tree life!
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    03-17-2018
    Thanks for all the input so far guys. The TreeHouse rocks! Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
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    03-17-2018
    Sean..... We already do injections. We have 2 Arbor Jet TreeIV systems, a QuickJet, and are possibly going to buy a Quick Jet Air. About 25% of our total business is plant health care. That's also why it takes us 4 years to put 900 hours on our chipper. We spend a lot of time doing other things besides chipping and hauling. Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
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    03-17-2018
    We're not wanting to turn into a removal company at all. I am just afraid that people will stop spending money on tree maintenance because they all have to spend their money on tree removals. That's exactly what happened around here during the recession. During the recession we were probably 60-70% removals and now we are over 60% pruning. The other thing that really makes me concerned is how everyone is talking about how sketchy trees get when they are infested with EAB. At our last Arborist conference we had 3 speakers (John Ball, Todd Kramer, and Don Ropollo) all give talks about how it's a bad idea to climb trees that have EAB. Davey has a company policy where they won't climb a tree that had something like 30% canopy die back. So if that's the case, planning for a tracked lift would make sense. But that would mean a bigger truck to haul it as well. This is why I'm asking about the chipper life..... If the chipper is good, then we can maybe look at a bigger truck to haul more wood and/or a lift if it comes to that. Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
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    03-16-2018
    I'm not sure if Vermeer can claim the same thing.:lol:
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    03-16-2018
    We use Amsoil in all of our trucks and equipment..... so take that for what it's worth. Everything gets greased very regularly and we change oil and filter of all kinds well before the manufacturer recommends. Our loader was one of the best purchases that we have ever made. It's not the loader for everyone but it's almost ideal for us. I'd like to upgrade some of the attachments but that will be a regular purchase for when we want it. The chipper purchase is part of our long term planning for the company. Trying to figure out what we want for the future in terms of equipment. EAB is starting to ramp up here and we are just evaluating our ability to deal with it.
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    03-16-2018
    Had it for 4 years now. Bought it new. Yes Yes We really do try to baby it. It's good to hear that most of you seem to think there should be plenty of life left in it.
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    03-16-2018
    Hahaha..... I was waiting for the first Vermeer comment. It took longer than I thought. I have to believe that the engineers at Kohler and Vermeer must have designed these products for a certain number of hours. IDK, maybe it doesn't work that way.
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    03-15-2018
    I am wondering what you all think is a realistic useful life of my 9" Vermeer BC900 with a 35-40hp Kohler gas engine? Ours has almost 900 hours on it currently and is running just fine. We are may think about buying a new chipper in the next year or so unless we can expect to get 2000 hours out of this machine. It seems that a lot of companies sell their chippers off when they get to about 2000 hours but those seem to be mostly diesel engines. I read where someone mentioned that gas engines get about half of the life of a diesel. I am also wondering about the bearings on the disk. Those seem like they would cost more to replace than the engine. I know there are lots of variables to consider with a question like this..... I can say that we take very good care of our chipper and make sure to maintain it like it should be.
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    02-22-2018
    emr replied to a thread Roll off truck bodies in Gear Forum
    Found this while doing some research. Not sure it's what I want, but it may work for someone. Seems fast too. http://www.powerdecks.com/index.aspx Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
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    02-20-2018
    emr replied to a thread Roll off truck bodies in Gear Forum
    I have contacted Switch N Go and they will put the bodies on any one ton or bigger. I really like the size and capacity of our 550 so I'd probably stick with that size. I have not looked at how much weight we'd be able to haul with that set up but I'm guessing it would be sufficient. Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
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    02-15-2018
    emr replied to a thread Roll off truck bodies in Gear Forum
    Heading to Google now...... Thanks for the suggestion. Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
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    02-15-2018
    emr replied to a thread Roll off truck bodies in Gear Forum
    Good points and we have discussed that option too. I would love to know how much it costs to swap bodies like that. Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
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    02-15-2018
    emr replied to a thread Roll off truck bodies in Gear Forum
    I'm figuring that the 550 will be the lightest and I'm totally fine with that. I was just wondering what others have used or have seen. The other option is to get a roll off dump trailer and a 350 or 450 to haul it with.
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    02-15-2018
    emr started a thread Roll off truck bodies in Gear Forum
    Hi all.....it's that time of year again where I start freaking out about taxes and how to lower what I owe for next year. Every year we buy something new to try and keep our stuff all looking good and keep adding expenses. The problem is that I kind of ran out of things that we want and next year our chip truck will be paid off so we will loose that expense. The chip truck is still in great condition so I don't want to get another one. We are thinking about adding a roll off truck that can be used for hauling debris and used as a backup chip truck if need be. I think it would be a great versatile truck that could be bought for about the cost of a new chip truck. My question for you all is..... does anyone have one and what size truck chassis can haul one of those around? A quick google search makes it look like Ford 550 is the smallest but can they be put on a 350 or 450? We currently have a 550 as our chip truck and I don't want to go any bigger than that.
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    01-08-2018
    emr replied to a thread Ice cutting? in Tree Felling and Rigging
    We use canola oil when cutting ice fishing holes up here. A few weeks ago we were up at our cottage by Mountain and wanted to see how thick the ice was. I didn't have my saw but we used my neighbor's with bar oil..... It worked fine and didn't leave any noticeable slick. Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
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    12-19-2017
    If Graeme ever came to the Midwest to speak I'd do just about anything to attend..... Same with Jerry for that matter. Those guys have soooooo much tree knowledge it's just crazy. Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
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    12-12-2017
    emr replied to a thread Cold starting loader in Gear Forum
    Well we got it running very fast this morning. Unfortunately it wasn't a great test of the heater because it ended up not getting as cold as it was supposed to. It was about 15 degrees when we started work. I just blew the torpedo heater towards the carb and put a tarp over the entire engine. It worked like a chap. No need for starter fluid or the battery jumper. I probably let it heat up for 15 or 20 minutes. Just long enough to get everything else ready for the day. I run full synthetic in everything we own. I plan on switching out the hydraulic fluid to Amsoil too this winter to see if that will help any. Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
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    12-12-2017
    emr replied to a thread Cold starting loader in Gear Forum
    I'm about to take off for work to see if our heater will work.... Wish me luck. Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
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    12-12-2017
    emr replied to a thread Cold starting loader in Gear Forum
    No kidding. Biggest flaw in the design that I noticed. But I guess it keeps the cost down that way. Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
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    12-11-2017
    emr replied to a thread Cold starting loader in Gear Forum
    Good question. I'm not sure off hand. It's whatever was in when we bought it. We changed the filter but have not done anything with the fluid yet. Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
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    12-11-2017
    emr replied to a thread Cold starting loader in Gear Forum
    From what I understand the Robin engines are know for this problem. People put Kohler engines on these machines and have better results. Again, from what I understand, the engine it trying to run a bunch of hydraulic pumps and the cold hydraulic fluid is the culprit. I'm definitely no mechanic, but in the summer this engine stats up faster than the Kohler on our chipper or the Vanguard on our stump grinder. We try starting fluid and that helps a little bit, but not much. We also have hooked up a battery jumper which seems to help more. The fact of the matter is that it should be stored inside but we don't have that luxury. Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
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    12-11-2017
    emr replied to a thread Cold starting loader in Gear Forum
    It's a 22 hp Robin (Subaru) gas engine. I should have mentioned that we don't have power where we store it. We usually bring along a generator to power the heater once we get to the job site. We also have a little magnetic block heater thing that we use to try to heat up the oil with. Nothing has worked well yet. Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
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    12-11-2017
    emr started a thread Cold starting loader in Gear Forum
    Last winter we bought our little loader and it's been amazing! The down side has been that it's very cold blooded and doesn't like to get going when temps drop below 25 or so. Tomorrow it's supposed to be below zero with wind chills all day and we really need the loader for a willow removal. Today I bought a propane torpedo heater to try and heat the engine up in the morning. In the past I've tried to heat the engine up with a barn heater like shown in the pic. That was blowing heat on the carb and air intake. Is that the best place to heat or should I blow it in the back end of the machine. That would put the heat on the fins that blow around. I wish I had a pic so it would make more sense.... I don't really know what all of the technical terms are here. I labeled A to show where I have been heating and B to show the rear of the machine. Thoughts? Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
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    12-09-2017
    emr replied to a thread TreeStuff inventory? in Gear Forum
    Half of my last order shipped from Sherrill and half from Treestuff. I'm sure it makes sense to keep some inventory at Sherrill's wear houses and some at Treestuff's. They should just do away with the in stock or out of stock indicators on the website. It's probably causing more confusion than its worth. Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
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    11-29-2017
    emr replied to a thread TreeStuff inventory? in Gear Forum
    No exclusions mentioned on any of the ads/emails or social media I saw. And I saw a lot of ads. They definitely have figured out the marketing end of things.
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    11-29-2017
    emr replied to a thread TreeStuff inventory? in Gear Forum
    I appreciate your reply. Water under the bridge as far as I'm concerned.
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    11-29-2017
    emr replied to a thread Pine cut?? in Tree Felling and Rigging
    And the Dutchman part is just the kerf cut the goes into the hinge?
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    11-29-2017
    emr replied to a thread Pine cut?? in Tree Felling and Rigging
    I never really understood the whole Dutchman thing..... I've read Jerry's description in Fundamentals and still do t get it. I need one of you to come and explain it in person..... Maybe I'm just slow. Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
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    11-29-2017
    emr replied to a thread Pine cut?? in Tree Felling and Rigging
    Thats how I have always done it.
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