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Discussion in 'Commercial Tree Care and Climbing' started by treevet, Jan 12, 2010.

  1. gorman

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    So we up to a job and start going over the work detail and my worker tells me there’s a big problem. We go to the driver side chipper tire and all the lugs are backed off halfway. The rim is shot and two studs are sheared off.

    The wheel hasn’t been off in six months and we adjusted the brakes four days ago. Someone came in the night and ****ed with my equipment. I know who it is. An old disgruntled employee. This almost went very bad.

    I went to the PD and filed a no trespassing order and scheduled a consultation with a security company to get a surveillance system installed. [​IMG]
     
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    Dude, I’m so sorry to hear that! I can imagine how stressful and aggravating that would be! Only the lowliest sort of low life would mess with a mans hard earned equipment like that. Makes me sick just thinking about it. We all know what goes into putting all this together and how hard we’ve worked for it. My sympathies, indeed!
     
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    I’m kind of wondering if maybe the lugs were already loose some (or not) and adjusting the brakes made the wheels chuck when your guy hit the brake pedal and that worked them loose. That wagon wheel/lug nut setup looks kind of weak for a chipper of that size to me. How heavy is that thing?
     
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    He said the brakes only needed “three clicks”. The tires were put on with an impact gun real snug. Real snug. Additionally, the lugs had some sheen to them unlike the passenger side which were very rusty. Someone took a socket to them and applied torque. There’s no way they loosened up on their own.
    We went back and saw where I had parked the chipper was the only spot where the sensor flood lights wouldn’t trigger if he snuck in across the stone wall.
    To top things off we found a black and mild wrapper nearby. His brand.
    The chipper is 7k pounds.
     
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    Fair enough. That bastard!!!:chainsaw:
     
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    Here’s my 6850lb 250. Those nuts take a 1 1/8” socket. I think it’s a dexter 7k axle. Just so you can see my point about the wagon wheels setup. I doubt Joey in his pumped up kicks could even budge these with the tire iron from his Subaru. Lol, just saying.
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    Went to the garage this morning and there was a hydraulic puddle on the ground under the 15” chipper. Turns out the keyhole for one of the motors is sheared. The motors are shot, as well as the key hole for the feed roller. Parts with shipping come to 5,000 dollars. [​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    Damn, sorry to hear it man. Your having a rough week!
     
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    I wonder what would cause that, something loose? Can a new keyway be cut on the other side of the shaft? Not that it matters for the leaky ones.
     
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    The previous owner feeding with his excavator.
     
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    I didn't know that could cause a problem. I feed the chipper with the mini all the time. Crap.
     
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    There’s a big difference between feeding with an excavator and a mini. The mini won’t destroy it.
     
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    Loading with an excavator won’t hurt it. Now force feeding with an excavator is a whole other thing.
     
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    Ok, so this was an unusual one. Talk about an intense rigging challenge! Not to brag, but it was totally like omg. Lol. Made for a long stressful day, but was good pay. Only hit on screw with my favorite saw. Not too bad, all things considered.

    I guess the guy got sick of the log superstructure over the hot tub and wanted to reduce it some. I just wanted some money. All in the days work.
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    hope you had fun!
     
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    Wasn’t bad. Would’ve been more fun with you yelling at me, though!:surprised3:
     
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    The money that guy paid to put it up and then have you take it down.
    That hot tub better be worth it.
     
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    Right. Then the wood is some kind of crap lookin yellow pine or something and at only three years the whole thing is rotting and pushing out fungi. I asked how long they were sitting in the guys yard before he sold them to him. Lol. He asked how the remaining logs looked on top, I laughed and said not too good. He said he was gonna cover the tops in ice and water. I laughed and said “”Flexseal”!! Turns out that’s what he does for a living, buys **** like that from China and peddles it over here. I think he called it a pitch man, or something. I had no idea. Lol.

    But yeah, he had to endure my jokes all day too.:laugh:
     
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    epicklein22 2 stroke, 2 smoke

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    That sucks. I hate slim balls.

    My buddy works for a local tree company and the owner used to pay his workers in cash back in the day. Pay day comes around and one of his workers coordinated with a buddy to rob the owner at gun point. The robber points the gun at the owner through his truck window and demands the cash. The owner grabs the gun and the robber pulls the trigger. Bullet ends up going through the owner and he wrestles the gun away and shoots at the robber as he runs away. They catch the guy and he ends up dead in a different crime not too long after. The owner actually did tree work the next day after being shot since it didn’t hit anything important. It’s really disappointing how this industry attracts scumbags.
     
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    Any of you guys remember Grace Tree on here? He had open heart surgery in January, but he’s back working already. He just rents out his tracked lift to other companies these days. Still a badass at 71 years old. 0EB24946-9F0A-4752-A0C0-8F9B245C1785.jpeg
     

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