We had a rather unpleasant experience two days ago. Subbed a 33 ton for the day and lined up two jobs. The first went flawlessly and got to the second where it was a 38” metal-ridden, nasty black walnut. The ho set up with his neighbor so we could plywood the crane on his neighbor’s front yard. I had previously given a quote for his neighbor for a rotten 24” sycamore and he said “too much”. I think i said $650 with the crane at the same time.
We set up and the neighbor asks if he can bring some brush and small pieces of wood for us to chip and I say “ok but no roots or dirt”. Start taking big picks because we had a real nice, big landing area and I’m about 3 pick into this walnut when the same douchbag neighbor comes up while I’m in the tree and tells me I’m gonna remove that walnut and a bunch of brush in his back yard for $300. I’m like “no”. He throws a fit and starts swearing telling me “you got that crane already set up it will take you no time, I can throw you off my property if I want”. I think carefully about the consequences of coming down and punching him in his weaselly face. I tell him I’ll do the tree for $400 and no brush because I don’t have time for that garbage.
We finish the job and leave the place immaculate. Here’s a pic of the second to last pick of that garbage sycamore. so much for diplomacy.
rear mount is the way to goThing I just noticed about the rear mounts grapples is that configuration allows for a hitch to be mounted fairly flush on the back. Not sure that could work with a dump. Being able to tow a chipper or other class A trailer might be the deciding factor if I ever did get one.
Busy day!Nice saw \above\
Today I removed some lower leads that were over the customers house, next job= remove leads over wires/driveway, 3rd stop= remove 90' white oak which spread out over 3 trailers at a trailer park and remove another 80' white oak. Got the last tree to just a spar, chunk him down and grind the stumps to start tomorrow off. First job it was still raining, no great tie in points for a false crotch. I hate the old cut, catch and throw method over structures/objects when everythings wet. Tough workin in the PNW I would think with all the rain ya'll get up that way.
Walk away with your head held high brother....Looked a a job for a HOA and after I gave my price the guy balked and told me my competitor was going to do it for 600 a tree. These were 28-30” red oaks that needed a crane. One was cracked. This is the same company that stole a job from me after I had them look at the set up to see if I could contract their 60 ton. Whatever. I’m tired of this racing to the bottom.
Just watched some videos. Yea. I was pulling instead of pushing.Tig is an awesome process. You can do things with it that are very hard to get with anything else. Try to find someone that knows how to Tig and see if they will show you some stuff. Also get them to watch you so they can tell you what you are doing wrong. Get steel down first before trying to weld aluminum. There's a ton of YouTube videos that may help as well. Jody at welding tips and tricks is very good.