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    06-05-2018
    You're right...live and learn!
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    06-05-2018
    Hello Tree Housers, As I mentioned in my subbing out thread, I have parted ways with my sub (on good terms, at least), and am now in the market for a 12-15? chipper and either a mini skid or a mini loader with a grapple. I?d like to stick with a dealer so I at least have a little assurance that the basic maintenance items have been looked at. I want to go with a Morbark for the chipper, but am flexible on the mini. What are some good dealerships in the region?
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    06-05-2018
    Well, this thread is now moot...turns out my sub and I have incompatible visions for my company, and so we have parted ways. I am now in the market for some new equipment, so I will start a dedicated thread to that end. Fortunately, this finally gives me a reason to hire a new guy that I?ve been hoping to find a place for.
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    05-09-2018
    Surprisingly, he agreed to 60/40 on the grinding.
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    05-09-2018
    Price per load would be tricky in this market due to the number of customers who want to keep the wood, and my debris estimation skills are not great. I definitely agree about how the complexity/risk of the job would leave me paying him far more than I should for certain jobs. I wonder if some sort of tiered split would work to even it out? The really technical jobs would shift the split x% more in my favor, and vice verse.
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    05-09-2018
    I already have a percentage in mind, but want to hear what my esteemed Tree House brethren think. My stump sub has recently acquired a 15? Morbark, and is about to invest in an articulating mini loader with a grapple. He has approached my with a proposition to handle all of the chipping and wood hauling side of my business, since I do not have to requisite iron to make it not suck. The deal would be that I continue to drum up all of the business and handle all of the customer interface, all removal/trimming, and an equal share of the bucking if the customer opts for our ?you keep the firewood? package. So what percentage of the job is reasonable for what he is bringing to the table? TIA.
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    05-08-2018
    Rangerbait replied to a thread Paypal in Business Management
    Also: F Facebook Messenger for transferring money...I sent $100 to another user for something on one of the FB marketplace pages, and the dude?s profile defaulted to a closed account. The money left my bank immediately, but was never able to be sent to the recipient. Good luck getting any personalized response from the faceless Facebook.
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    03-30-2018
    Almost looks like you could just pick that thing out of there whole.
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    03-30-2018
    I don?t have a lot of fancy rigging gear, so I only rig small pieces...portawrap, couple of blocks, a double beast/whoopi sling, and a couple of bull ropes. Skill level? Decent, I guess...I?m slow, but safe, and pretty methodical in my approach. I?m too old to be reckless haha. That stump was about 46? where I left it, but has huge surface roots radiating out a good 20? in every direction...I think the stump guy is going to earn his $725!
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    03-29-2018
    Thanks! Super quick and easy...I set the frames at .5 second, and just found a 120 beats per minute song on HookSounds, royalty free.
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    03-29-2018
    There were too many shrubs and ornamental trees in the way to fell most of the major leads...took me about 8 hours total, but that was with a lot of training timeouts for my groundie
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    03-29-2018
    Did the removal this past weekend: https://youtu.be/wWdFvIqXXpY
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    03-20-2018
    Lesson learned I reckon...sounds like my last two stump guys were the exception to the rule.
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    03-20-2018
    Dammit...my new stump guy pulled a fast one on me. I let him know yesterday that we were a go for this job, and he called back asking what I was planning to do with the stump debris. Every other stump guy I?ve subbed out to has included that in the bid...so now I get to follow up after the guy with a shovel. What?s the norm here? I guess I took it for granted that removing the stump meant removing the stump.
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    03-18-2018
    Shepherdstown, WV https://goo.gl/maps/3rgNJnYhHp42
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    03-18-2018
    So...$5600 delivered to WV?
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    03-18-2018
    Tell me more...
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    03-17-2018
    Here it is after I sandblasted, primed, and repainted it Electric Lime! The poor thing was ass ugly when I picked it up...the previous owner made some pretty sweet mods to it too: he swapped the tired 18hp Kohler for a new 22hp Predator, and added a hydraulic feed mechanism...pretty freeking clever really. He fabbed up a feed drum and mounted it to a hydraulic drive motor that?s powered by a secondary 6.5hp Predator. It?s Mad Max af, but it actually works pretty damn well. That being said, it?ll be the first piece of gear that gets upgraded if I can actually make some money. I?ll get another pic of the whole contraption tomorrow.
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    03-17-2018
    I feel the same way, but I have encouraged people to get other bids, and that I?d match the lowest...I?m starting to think that?s probably a bad idea for a couple of reasons. First, the obvious risk of some hillbilly with a ladder and a Poulan giving a completely unrealistic bid, and second, it?s probably the best way to build partnerships with other tradesmen in the area. Thoughts?
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    03-17-2018
    Eastern Panhandle of WV...about 1.5 hours west of DC. We?re only a few miles west of the VA state line (and Loudoun County, the highest per capita income county in the nation)...so we have McMansion neighborhoods interspersed with trailers and toothless hillbillies.
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    03-17-2018
    You guys are awesome! I decided to come in at $1,800 for the removal, with another $800 for the stump (my sub quoted me $725)...she responded about 10 minutes later saying that she would like to hire me for both, and that she wants the wood cut to firewood length and left! She also wants the trunk left intact so her brother can slab it for a table. Behind the fence is also her property...a horse pasture. The access is straight through a gate from the driveway into a wide open grassy yard with zero mud. Couldn?t ask for a better setup really.
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    03-17-2018
    Wow, I was way off. This has been very enlightening...Treehouse rules! See Butch, the site?s not dead yet :-) https://giphy.com/gifs/not-mitsubishi-1cv7Gwf0Utdeg
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    03-17-2018
    Hey Butch...mine?s Erik.
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    03-16-2018
    Thanks fellers...I really appreciate it. I feel better about asking for a little more now.
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    03-16-2018
    I was thinking $1,500
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    03-16-2018
    It?s a solid 40 DBH...definitely a big tree.
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    03-16-2018
    I?m new to running my own show, and new to the area, so the market is still a bit of a mystery to me. I do know that every time I have needed a service (masonry, well, pest control), this area has been as expensive if not more than where I?m from in Northern California. I pay my son $15/hr right now, with the intent of bumping him up to $20 once I get better established. I have $16k invested total right now, and paid cash for everything...but will have to get a better chipper in the near term (functional, but clapped out 6? Gravely).
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    03-16-2018
    Howdy! I?m pretty early on in running my own service, and trying to get the hang of bidding accurately. This Silver Maple is a very straight-forward removal of a healthy tree. There is a fence behind it, and a small shed to the right, but the homeowner said she doesn?t care about the lawn, so bombs away! My company consists of me, my 25 year-old son, a chipper, and a dump bed. This will easily take us a solid 10 hours, but I do not have to pay for dumping of chips nor wood. Thoughts? My grinding sub is on his way out to survey, and then provide me with a bid, so I am only requesting feedback on the removal. Thanks! Hopefully nobody gets their panties overly wadded by my asking this question. Happy Friday!
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    02-28-2018
    Rangerbait replied to a thread Three Word Story in Odds and Ends
    For smart people
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