It is all a matter of keeping high end clients Mr. Medical Doctor Specialist (huge LOL). You CAN'T let some other tree co. come in and do the SMART stuff (instead of dumb bottom feeder all removal stuff). You have to be a Certified Arborist and know trees, fill the need for cables, diagnose and treat trees, make pretty trees look even prettier...and safer.
Your all takedown company is a thankless job that leads to misery and complacency (and possibly heavy drinking). Anybody can do what you do. Takedowns are basically easy. Being a complete Arborist is challenging...and lucrative. It is scary even THINKING about how much money you owe.
Look at you...you learned something today...
We folded over and lowered 40 to 50 foot leaders on a butt hitch on the ring choker AT 70 feet Suzie. At least half a dozen of them after striping huge limbs off the trunk. Way faster than all that technical stuff you boys do and laying that plyboard all over forever, and forever and forever and for................................uggggh. Coulda gone up top on the crane and tiptoed all around with a lot more time but then I'd be like...well....you. Therefore probably have no lot...and no crane (wink).
I enjoyed reading you and Vet's banter!That pruning is some miserable work. I don’t know how anyone could do that all the time. Cabling is even worse. I think I’d rather split firewood than chase deadwood. It’s not that I’m not good at it, I just hate it.
You only have to pay the every 3 years small Cert. fee and get 30 hrs. of learning. You can pay almost nothing for the CEU's. No need to join the chapter. No need for ANY conferences. They are the cash cow imo. Big waste of time.I enjoyed reading you and Vet's banter!
On that note, ISA really is a cash cow. You pay for certification, yearly chapter dues, events, CEUS, conferences... but I can't say it hasn't helped me tremendously in winning quality jobs and expanding my knowledge as a tree professional.
You just can't hold onto the fat cats without pruning and treating trees. I can make easily $3k to $4k or more in a day with me and gm and no saws treating/fertilizing/ trees for eab, ded etc and the saws and chippers and log trucks etc. get a day off not to mention the backs. Hell a day of pruning my groundie and I take only 1 ms151 tiny saw out each and there is no fkn logs to deal with. Ask Jeffy. But bottom line is this kinda client will plain and simple just pay much more for a days work than the guy eating baked beans out of a can for supper and farting all night and him and the wife laughing their asces off about Pauly and the boys de logging their trailer park (jk).
This is what it looks like when you live like a celebrity....only ONE of my key clients....for almost 40 fkn years now....and they own other houses in different parts of the country. In the second pict I work for every house you can see in the background and beyond. View attachment 900634 View attachment 900635
I saw the tcia accident report this morning for last week and some poor guy got chewed up by his own stump grinder screaming for help. Name of the company was Shaw Tree Service or something. I got nervous till I saw it was in Florida.