I agree faster might be better & make you more $$$, However when I had the 5 ton with grapple, the track skid steer, the track stumper....these Items would sit more than work!So you no longer have a grapple, track steer or grinder? Is this why it takes you an entire day to do payroll? Seems to me payments on this equipment would be cheaper than hordes of full time laborers.
Most folks are keeping the wood in my area to offset heating costs, most dont care about the stump aspects of the tree & if they do...there is a guy that will do any size stump so cheap I cant/wouldnt even think about it.I wish I had more of these customers.
bottom line is most just want the tree down cause the height & danger are something they dont want to even mess with, so there I am with 100k of equipment with $1000 worth of fuel sitting back at the yard doing nothing, It wasnt always like this though, seems the past 2yrs it has just steadily kept going down hill.Only 100k in those pieces of equipment? C'mon, either they were absolute POS's or your full of it. I wasn't born yesterday.
The guys in my area with all the nice shiny equip. are the cheapest, they`re scared to death of loosing there Azz, they have to work to make the payments..........so all the hacks underbid them & now the price is so far south I dont see how any one of them can make it.Why are they the cheapest? Because they're FAST!
Whats funny is right now I am booked through to may, while still thinking about taking a utility job?????? I down sized to save my work force!! It seems to be working for me just sucks having to do more things manually again!!This one just doesn't make any sense to me. You mean you're thinking of taking a full time job? What about all your guys? Or are you thinking about doing a line clearing/utility job with your crew? What does this have to do with saving your workforce? Honestly, I'm just confused.
Well let me Help you understand!!! NO, as I said & you read it right I no longer have those toys!!! LOL...cheaper than Labor, you better go back to school & re-learn economics!!! Try finding people to drive, operate & take care of that equipment, try insuring all that equipment, try fueling all that equipment. Its bad enough finding employees let alone employees with a CDL, Med card who havent gotten 20 DUI`s that my insurance laughs at me when I try to put them on!!
The equipment was overkill for my area & I was unable/didnt want to continue paying for items that sat, registration, road tax, insurance, etc... are you getting it NOW!!!
Yes, Mcfly only 100k...... skid steer $21,000 Track stumper $34,500 & 1 5ton International with log loading boom $42,000..........sorry it came to $97,500, No they were not POS, passed DOT audit every time, stumper was brandnew, skid a few years old & the Int. was a 95. with a retrofitted/fabbed cemetary monument crane that I got for a real good price!!
You can save alot when you Fab & do some of the work your self, I was at home all day groundie #1 to do payroll, answer some calls & to bust your stupid [email protected] on here if that answers your question.
I am Booked till May however I am thinking about letting my main climber/operator run the show while I do some LCTT for the utility.....WHY? to save money & be more competitive, I wont have to pay myself as much cause the LCTT job will offset the wage................so I can give my men a well deserved raise!!! when the lowball hacks & wanna be trimmer groundies go away then I will return & pick up where I left off!!! did this a back in latter part of 06 & worked well..
Their cheapest cause work is SLOW & most are on the brink of going belly up!!
Hope this answered all your questions