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  • Gripfast's Avatar
    11-29-2018
    The tree was standing for several days no straps, the 2 straps you see in the pic are from the power company. I added 2 more. One in the middle and one higher. It closed up a bit more with the top strap. I climbed one of the center leaders. It went well and felt good the whole time especially after I got some outside weight off. But yeah Butch maybe I should not of climbed it, thats why Im here. I have some game and alot of transferable experience but I am not oblivious to the fact that I am lacking in good experienced tree mentorship. This is why I thought some work development might be fun.
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  • Gripfast's Avatar
    11-29-2018
    We are 210 an hour for a 2 man crew, dump truck and chipper. When I do my bids I first figure out how long it will take me to complete the job and where wood/chips will be going. Then I factor in the risk to property and or my self as both those things hold a higher premium. My goal is always complete the job in less time then I gave my self on the quote. I will add 1-2 hours on quotes to cover fuck around factors. I have used the lower quote to get my foot in the door in rich neighborhoods and then get refered to friends and use that opportunity to make my money back. In saying that some neighborhoods are very competive and if you want to get the quote you might not be making 210 an hour. You might be making 180 an hour your business still makes money but instead of a $600 profit margin your looking at a $300 margin. Quotes are not as easy as people make them seem. Also just a reminder I dont have access to all numbers as its not my business these are educated guesses. I just worked very hard to make sure I am making my boss money, just he doesn't seem to care much about how much I make............ Sean thanks for sharing your thoughts man thats why I am here too. I am also well versed in commercial construction. In my early 20's I worked spraying fireproofing from Florida to Maine. It was my fathers business. It was not uncommon for us to have multi million dollar contracts. It was also clear that bidding these projects was also very difficult and no matter how detailed they thought they figured it out they would always mis something. Sometimes like Tree09 said we would low bid to get the job and make up for it in change orders or patch work. The commercial construction world is a vicious cut throat game just as corupt as one would imagaine. My Fathers partner went to jail, and my father died owing 1/2 million to the IRS.........
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  • Gripfast's Avatar
    11-29-2018
    These are kinda my favorite types of jobs. Not too much weight, lots of rigging. The ash tree with the split, I rigged out 90% of it and had it all on the ground in 8 hours from arriving on site. The straps you see in the pic were put on from the Utility company, I added a few more as I climbied it. I took my time with it as it was one of the more hazardous tress I have worked in. The oak does not show the full canopy but it was decent for a 40-45 foot oak. I had it all down on the deck in 2.5 hours from arriving on site. I did a second one 30-35 feet less canopy easier rigging, leaning over the house not pictured in 1.5 hours.
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  • Gripfast's Avatar
    11-28-2018
    Gripfast is the Leslie family moto. A young Scottish squire was escorting a queen across a raging creek, she started to slip from her saddle and the squire grabbed her and yeld "Gripfast me lady!" or so the story goes. I used it online most of my life............ Yeah Sean, thats why I am here trying to figure it all out and what is best in the industry. We are a small outfit and its my second job. I work 3 days a week doing it among lots of other things. As far as breaking even on my quotes that had some to do with machinery issues. Chipper breaks down now I got to slash and stomp brush what was going to be a 2 job day now turns into 1 or what was going to be a 1 day job now turns into 2. Or I misjudged how long a tree would take me........im not perfect........ I understand your point and disagree as far as not working if your going to break even ocasionally. Guys got to get paid and if you cant keep a certain amount of work going you wont have guys to work for you. But yes I am actively working to dial in the whys and become better at all aspects of the work. Thanks for your continual input.
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  • Gripfast's Avatar
    11-27-2018
    Pirates of the Caribbean was my favorite ride........its been 28 years tho..........Im happy to make more especially if I am bringing my own saws and ropes and rigging gear. I am really looking for work experience with different crews and other industry "professionals". Plus I like to travel.
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  • Gripfast's Avatar
    11-27-2018
    Ah yes the ego, the 1000 headed dragon that any true warrior acknowledges the never ending battle with. I come from a world and industry of egos and substance abuse problems as well, really isnt that most industry's at this point? But me personally for sure have a bit of an ego I do actively try and keep it in check, I am proud of what I know, who I am, and How I got here. But also I am proud to continue learning and strive to achieve a safe and efficient working environment. I taught him alot about climbing (my climbing experiance comes from 10 years of trad climbing in 6 different countries) He has taught me alot about cuts and felling. But he has been my only mentor besides books and youtube in this industry. Still alot to learn/solidify As far as your questions go sean, No I have not asked for a raise, I have aksed for a % of my successfull quotes said he could pick the % and if he asked me I would say 10%. Yes I have told him I need more and want to be loyal Yes he is definitly open to making things better and will try no doubt The hiccups Can be delt with and if we actively work together we will be one hell of a powerhouse no doubt and have access to some damn good reliable help. I guess the thing would be we see solving the problems a slightly different way. I had major anxiety's this year cause I had a very unreliable chipper. He wants to throw money at it and hope it gets us through the next season, I got 30G's and think that a 2nd newer chipper would alleviate a lot of the issues. Not that my 30,000 chipper wont have issues as I am sure it will, but having a backup or the ability to run 2 crews seems like the next step to me and alleviates a lot of the anxiety s I felt leading for him this year. Lucky for me I dont need 40 hours a week year around to support my life style. Im a DINK (double income no kids) My work has always been seasonal, I make a living wage but my wife is the bread winner by about tripple. No planned kids in the near future....maybe adoption in 5 years???? we will cross that bridge when we get there. First I want to get real good at Trees and make some money.
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  • Gripfast's Avatar
    11-26-2018
    Thanks Cory, now hopefully someone with 2 weeks of work south of the mason dixon line thinks so too! lol but I am also now part Canadian beaver so have no problem climbing and working in the snow.
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  • Gripfast's Avatar
    11-26-2018
    easy to quit if needed
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  • Gripfast's Avatar
    11-26-2018
    Im a canadian resident, US citizen. Im looking to try and put togather a work development trip. I have been in the game now for 4 short years but come from a background with lots of transferable skill sets. Minimum 2 weeks maximum 2 months Anytime from Jan till mid april. Minimum of 20$ an hour and 2 weeks of work to cover my travel expenses. I cost more if you want me to bring more then a saddle and a helmet but can bring all gear needed for top down removals except for heavy bull ropes, heavy tackle ans saws over 20 inches. I can also bring a go pro and am good with editing. I am rarely if ever late, never called in sick in 4 years. I smoke pot and drink responsible and will never do it on your time or 8 hours before your time. Here is my business www.OttawaRiverAdventures.ca and a video that may give you a bit of an idea of who I am. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIVTo6rg7jA Im looking to challenge the ISC test this winter and considering venturing out on my own. I want more diverse work experience and multiple mentors. Im looking to share my experiences and learn from yours If its above freezing Im happy to sleep in my tent in your yard. I have attached my resume. PM me if your interested and I can send you references and some photos of the trees I have done and my time lines.
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  • Gripfast's Avatar
    11-26-2018
    yeah his gear is too beat for me to want to buy it. Good name and reputation just not that big. If I part ways I go with someone who takes care of me better with less stress or deal with the stress of my own shit show but at least its mine at that point.
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  • Gripfast's Avatar
    11-26-2018
    No raise, thats right. No what Butch? and to make up for my trickery here is my Business www.OttawaRiverAdventures.ca .........thinking tree work till im 50 and retire with this......fighting for the dream https://vimeo.com/280130143
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  • Gripfast's Avatar
    11-26-2018
    Sorry for the trickery, was struggling how to pose the question and interested in an owner to owner perspective.
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  • Gripfast's Avatar
    11-26-2018
    Ok ok, I have to come clean. I am not the owner of the business but I am the Climber. I was trying to get my bosses perspective. I know im a valuable asset maybe not as valuable as I think I am. I do take ownership in my work and my relationship with clients. This past year my boss has been very Ill and I have taken on more for no more to get the business and him through it. In the 4 years I have never got a raise but I have gotten few pairs of cheap saw pants and most recently one of those fancy 400$ super hero looking pairs. (I would of prefered the cash)We grow every year and now he has a dump truck, chipper(1983 12 inch mobark near the end of its life), dump trailer, and mini ex. But it was a hard year with alot of equipment issues and scheduling errors, and lack of info on quotes etc. Alot of what I call unessary stress. A lot that I had no control over cause I am not the owner. We are not big and dont run year round. I see the potential for growth especially if we are both selling tacticly. Its usally him and I and this year its been me and my best friend that I brought in who is just as good as I am. I am not new to running crews or issues that come up its when these issues show their face repeatedly when they can be avoided and then dont get addressed and fixed. I am at a point where if I am going to continue to help him build his business and stress like its my own I want in like partner in, or im likly going to get a pick up and a chipper and be his new competition. Not sure what to do.......he knows how I feel but also seems unsure of what to do. Dont think he likes the idea of a partner...hes a good human. I know we would be stronger together just struggling to figure out what that next step is for me, I need more. I had a moment this year running 2 crews where I stopped and had this overwhelming feeling of happiness and excitement where I thought "man I was made for this" Thanks for your time and insight.
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  • Gripfast's Avatar
    11-26-2018
    Thanks for the responses. Yeah cant ask for someone better really. I dont really care what others make in the area I pay him 25 an hour shop to shop. So I guess more like 20 USD an hour. I feel thats the minimum a guy should make in a tree with a saw anywhere in North America. But just trying to figure out whats best for the next stage. I want to grow and I want to keep him around. Just trying to figure out the best way to do it. So figured I ask how you all do it or have been treated.
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  • Gripfast's Avatar
    11-26-2018
    Bill is the name, I am out of Ontario Canada. He supplies non of his own gear, runs chipper, drives dump truck, mini skid and dump trailer when needed. He can work with subbed cranes and can operate JLG's and spiders if we rent them. He got me about 10% of my gross revenue, did well on about 80% of the quotes maybe broke even on the other 20%. Not much worse then me really. Never late, never missed a day in 4 years. Yet to have any onsite accidents, knows what he can do and what he cant.
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  • Gripfast's Avatar
    11-26-2018
    Hey guys, New here. Love the wealth of knowledge and experience that is shared here thanks for helping build better business and better crews. I am looking at getting a bit bigger and have a climber who has been running crews solo now and doing quotes and getting work. How do you compensate them for that or is that just part of the job description and their normal hourly rate?
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2nd profession 4 years in and loving it.
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