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  1. JJM IV

    Stump Grinding Business creation within a Tree Service

    I am exploring creating a stump grinding business that I can sub-contract stumps to. I am currently a LLC and wonder if there are significant tax and insurance benefits to having a stump grinding biz that is separate. That would save a lot of time on my tree crew and subsequently save on...
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    Stump Grinder remote cable?

    My remote cable for a Carlton 4400D has been spliced / taped too many times and is shorting out the switches in actual remote box. Where can I get the cable and put old remote box and connection back into service? Any recommendations?
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    Foot ascender / spur ascender

    Looking for the best spur ascender out there. I think my CT foot ascender is the best so leaning towards the CT Spur Support along with Quick Tree (spur) Ascender. Any opinion about the Notch foot ascender?
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    Starting out considerations of buying a crane?

    I am in Eastern NC where the trees are not that tall. I am considering a purchase of a crane. How will it affect my insurance, incl workers comp? What size should I start with? Making a few extra picks (vs huge cost) is OK. I run a single crew, have a 16' chip truck, 18" chipper, bucket...
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    Treehog Gear

    Any reviews or opinions on Treehog TH5000 climbing saddle or rigging blocks? https://www.ebay.com/itm/Treehog-TH5000-Climbing-Harness/262943880603?hash=item3d38ad359b:m:mddMHoCpO57SQUi6GNAKkCw:rk:1:pf:0
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    2002 International Bucket Truck $21,000

    Fully operable, Good condition truck with 55' Aerial Lift CT Boom. Diesel CAT motor, manual transmission, with 157,000 miles. 11” Forestry dump. New king pins and clutch. Rear knuckle of boom has a crack (see pic). May be welded. Truck (not boom) is still being used on a daily basis.
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    SOLD - 2008 Morbark Hurricane 18 Wood Chipper $35,000 OBO

    Excellent condition machine still being used (1,279 hrs currently) on a daily basis. For sale because of unique opportunity to replace with an almost new machine. CAT diesel motor and auto-feed. Service during last 4 months at CAT and Morbark dealer include new clutch and flywheel, injectors...
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    Air Filter routine

    What is everyone's routine when it comes to blowing out and replacing air filters on chippers, chainsaws, trucks, stump grinder, Bobcat, mini, ... We have "Filter and Fluid Friday" every week and blow them all out. I just cleaned (using the kit) my pickup's cool air intake and already see...
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    Reduce Workers Comp

    Time to renew my workers comp. No incidents since I started three years ago in NC. I am looking for ways to reduce this huge expense. Any suggestions / recommendations that keep me legal but also creative is appreciated. Amerisafe was recommended via Jeff Chandler, South East Agency Group...
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    Bar adapter (compatible) Husky to Echo?

    Can I use Husqvarna (Husky) brand .058 gauge bar, on Echo MS 660? Doesn't appear to work, according to Bailey's. I see the Stihl bar to Husky saw adapter.
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    18" vs 15" chipper?

    What are the pros and cons of each, for a single crew biz? I have a 2005 18" Morbark with 1234 hrs that has become a maint nightmare and a solid 12" Altec that has been great! I want to load machines with my Bobcat (root rake grapple) or Mini (branch manager).
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    Stump Grinder getting hot

    My Carlton 7500, air cooled, is getting hot and even shut down today? What should I do or check? Thx
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    Bobcat exhaust

    My 2005 Bobcat has an exhaust leak at the seam of tube, inside the back hatch. Worth welding repair or buy new? Thx
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    Aerial Lift CT Boom / outriggers

    Anyone interested in a fully functional (knuckle has a crack) Aerial Lift CT Boom / outriggers, for repair or parts? Truck is not included. I am located on NC Coast. Seller can assist in disassembly but buyers responsibility. Name a reasonable $ offer.
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    Aerial Lift CT Boom

    Anyone interested in a fully functional (knuckle has a crack) Aerial Lift CT Boom / outriggers, for repair or parts? Truck is not included. I am located on NC Coast.
  16. JJM IV

    Client claims bankruptcy

    I just had my first client, who I took to court and received a judgement for $3,400, evade me. Two months later I received a letter from his lawyer claiming bankruptcy. My lawyer suggests giving up. I don't do that. Suggestions? He has a one million dollar beach house, where I did the tree...
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    Climbing on Unicender

    I recently switched to using a unicender. It works great. I use a CMI foot ascender and knee ascender and neck tether. Two questions - (1) should I use a back-up to the unicender on ascent? (2) what is the best foot ascender?
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    Where to buy green teeth?

    I just bought a used Carlton 4400D with green teeth. My last supplier (Border City Tools) does not make these (pending trademark). Any assistance on where I can buy some inexpensively? No Chinese or overseas stuff! Thx
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    Workers Comp

    My workers comp insurance is insane (no claims ever made) and now they want more! I am looking for advice and an agent who can navigate and follow laws but reduce my cost, here in NC. Can I avoid paying WC my sub (stump grinding)? I signed my current policy ignorant and unknowing that I would...
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    Stihl "C" problems

    Ever since I bought my Stihl 362C I have had problems (saw running poorly)! Local Stihl Rep was helpful but the problem persists. Can this saw be converted back to a standard carb (computer taken off)? My other (first and last) 201 C was destroyed and not covered under warranty! No more "C"...
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