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    2 Hours Ago
    Except our lemon that's been rebuilt once and needs to be rebuilt again 6 months later. The other 372 is still running like a champ, though after 2+ years of good, hard use.
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    2 Hours Ago
    5" of snow last night. Date night out was a bit hindered by the 40MPH top speed people were willing to drive on the hwy, but understandable given the blowing snow conditions. Still going to try to work today so as to finish off the property manager's list, just wait out the morning crunch hour and give the plows more time to catch up.
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    12 Hours Ago
    We offer the David Copperfield Disappearing Tree package deal. It's great, throw a big cloak over the whole tree, we go to work under it using all quiet battery equipment. Then the blimp comes in and silently lifts everything away. It's great, no mars, no ruts. But it'll CO$$$$$T you!
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    Stumpshot replied to a thread Stihl MS462 in Chainsaws!
    Hmmm... $600 to rebuild our 2nd 372XP again! Or $900 for a new one. Or $1079 for an MS462... Decisions, decisions. Should get one out of NH, no sales tax.
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    13 Hours Ago
    Stumpshot replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    ...unless it's the local Bobcat dealer who also is repping Bandit. They offered to demo us a Bandit chipper for a day or two. So for us, that could be 4 or more whole trees. And on a demo unit, we wouldn't hold back. See what that baby can do -- feed it lotsa 18" logs! Eat it!
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    16 Hours Ago
    Co-owner. Other ground men have steel toed boots, climbers wear Arbortec climbing boots, but don't change out once they're on the ground. :? I'm puzzled that both Kyle and Justin are getting on to me for making the same elective, conscious choice they chose to make in their respective situations. I for one have 1). a catastrophic foot/ankle injury I have to cope with, and resulting plantar fasciitis and 2). very wide feet (particularly in the toe box), making stiff steel toes very uncomfortable for extended periods. Plus, I'm not doing a huge amount of chainsaw ground work all told. Maybe this summer I could afford a $500 pair of custom boots, but not currently over winter.
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    21 Hours Ago
    Chains are a last resort due to the circumference of the logs. Usually it's Amsteel slings, but we need to get some longer ones for those large hardwood trees we sometimes have to deal with. Our larger grapple attachment had a welded on gated hook on it for rigging purposes; this small one is just a temporary until we can adapt the hydro fittings for our new medium size grapple. This new one will have the best levels of flexibility and grip and we'll weld on a gated hook, too. For sure no one gets under with the chains. That big chunk was max load for the boom, hitting at 10,000 lbs. That's why we had to skid it over with the loader, to get it close to the truck for the stiff arm lift.
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    1 Day Ago
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6XJSekItbUQ" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe> I watched this 462 review last night and had to note the pro faller (gear + working conditions) and had to note that it was a world away from my urban arborist reality. More than just being across the globe in Sweden, but more so the turf, terrain, working conditions -- and even the general working style. If I were falling a tree in those conditions + limbing and bucking surrounded by a mess on slippery ground, I would want the chainsaw pants + logging boots combo to mitigate risks. I'm sure it looks altogether familiar to Stig! My reality is more assuming a safe stance, cutting off one or two limbs with me standing on the ground (not on the log). Then moving the material to stacks with the butts oriented toward the chipper for the brush draggers or the winch to pull it away. Repeat till all brush is cleared away, then buck up the log, winch away the logs or leave for the log grapple to pick up.
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    Stumpshot replied to a thread Bird Watching! in The Rec Room
    Chattanooga Zoo prisoner
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    Stumpshot replied to a thread Bird Watching! in The Rec Room
    Pier at Fairhope, Alabama (on Mobile Bay)
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    Stumpshot replied to a thread Echo 2511t in Chainsaws!
    None locally to fondle anywhere -- sold out! I liked the 355T when I handled that one at the tractor store. And could just about buy 2 of them for the price of the Husqy T540. But the T540 was a good one today on the 3 takedowns, just missing dogs!
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    1 Day Ago
    The main thinking is resale value: since this is definitely a stepping stone/building block purchase, probably will flip it in a year or two, then there's the potential customer perception of using worn-out equipment. There's a few rag tag treecos around here with a mix of aging equipment and want to avoid any association/stigma. Plus, there's the element of a matching fleet of trucks/equipment that makes the crew look sharp & professional when rolling into a job. Not trying to look more than what we are, but hit the middle ground (just as with our pricing).
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    1 Day Ago
    I would take an Asplundh orange bandit in a heartbeat. But the truck? Maybe it's just the UV fading and clear coat dulling that really does it in for me. It's crying out for a new coat of white!
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    Stumpshot replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Supposed to take down an oak spar in the front yard and a cedar in the back. Rolled out with all the iron -- log truck, bucket truck, and chip truck. Craned out the oak log & set it on the truck, then around back to piece out the cedar, and winch the logs out through the back gate to make them accessible to grab with the grapple. Property owner arrived, turned out she wanted the oak for firewood, almost wanted to keep the cedar, too -- but convinced her it wasn't good firewood. Probably not even good for milling. Then she added a declining ash out front, victim of EAB. So that filled up the afternoon slot after lunch. Systematic removal with the grapple + bucket truck, very little brush to chip, leave all wood. Then I ground all 3 stumps. Done at 5 on the dot.
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    1 Day Ago
    Thanks! We were very hesitant at first, not wanting to look like we were reliant on Asplundh castaways, but it was a good price point even factoring in a paint job -- lower miles than many others, ready to work, no issues with the Altec boom. Got new mirrors on it ($600 for the set!), so it looks better now. Haven't chipped into it at all yet, been working in tandem with the chip truck the last 2 weeks. Strangely enough, haven't needed to climb in over 3 weeks now -- all bucket work, but then again, we've been out in a forest for about 9 days straight doing the thinning/cleanup job.
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    Okay, just to prove that I'm not just talk -- here's some photos of the "new" bucket truck. Obviously you can guess from which company we obtained it... Painting it is high on the list, probably white. GMC 7500 TopKick, all gas, including the Kubota pony motor. 60' boom w/elevator = 75' working height, forestry package.
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    1 Day Ago
    This is from Day #2. Day #1 was about 12 hours, working till dark taking down the canopy & chipping this massive Missouri bur oak. We did it like the "Future of Tree Work" -- tandem machines, grapple on the top side grabbing logs, bucket truck down below with the sawyer cutting. Day #2 was dropping the spar, bucking it to usable pieces, and delivering 3 loads to a local who wanted the wood for firewood. (We didn't offer to loan the 880 to him; hopefully he's got a good saw!)
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    1 Day Ago
    New Year, New Gear. Just about every day (it feels like), we've got a TreeStuff box on the doorstep. New stable braid 150' 9/16 rope arrived Friday. Helmets coming now. Just need a Rock Exotica sale to reload the carabiner stash... Thanks, Tim!
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    1 Day Ago
    You could "accidentally" knock another (low value) tree over while felling, and then they add the chipping/brush removal to the work order. Of course, this is just theory... August's last video showed a freebie penance tree, but there could be graceful ways to monetize such situations... :/:
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    2 Days Ago
    Must be well-incentivized contractors, not DOT workers. (You would need 2x as many to hold up the shovels...)
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    2 Days Ago
    Fiona, you have a chance at recovery. My Sena went into the Lake of Ozarks. Unfortunately, I didn't have Gary's underwater model of Sena...
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    2 Days Ago
    So now a top handle Husqvarna T540XP showed up... 37.7cc of raging eagerness, ready to cut some wood. 16" bar with just a bit more power than an unmodified 200T -- going to put it through some paces tomorrow on some trimming jobs. Still would like the Echo, too though...
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    2 Days Ago
    Stumpshot replied to a thread Log arches in The Logging Forum
    Ditto that -- we've moved multi-thousand pound osage and locust logs from backyards with the arch + chipper winch combo, even across sloggy ground. But the mini skid or articulating loader are still on the short list radar.
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    2 Days Ago
    Stumpshot replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Friday was just one stump to grind, 11˚F temps. Had to blow off the snow, as we got 4-6", then pound out 3 frozen-to-the-ground rocks from the landscaping bed. Then just some light maintenance and firewood in the afternoon.
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    2 Days Ago
    With the way taxes work, it's feasible to feed in new saw purchases and write them off for business expenses. So no need to prop up something that becomes a time & money sinkhole.
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