Keep reading the treemek posts. You're getting there, lol.I've been driving around now looking at trees from a treemek perspective, they definitely can reach a ton of trees and would be much faster and safer than a lift or a crane. For larger operations I can see investing in one, especially if it can double as a log truck. That replaces a log truck, lift and or crane. For smaller guys I can see it as well and being contracted out by other companies will most likely keep you busy. I would contract one out if the numbers made sense.
I can see the competitive edge that they have.
The problems I see are the initial cost. Whats the total nut on a new unit on a new truck?
I think they are still limited, if you have one you'll probably have to specialize in the removals that they can access. Lot's of jobs we did last year these would be pretty much useless, and even if I had one I wouldn't be able to justify the cost. Whats a monthly payment on one of these with insurance?
It's still new technology, I don't know if they are proven yet. The more moving parts the more leaks and issues and ext...that means down time. Repairs are probably an unknown.
If you're doing just big removals with these, can you still get by with just a two man crew? I do see bigger wood being an issue because they can only cut 18". You still have to rig up bigger wood to remove it.
Can you get into trouble cutting bigger pieces or will there be issues with chronic stress on the boom?
If you have one, you'll probably need the biggest chipper you can get to keep up with production and eliminate ground work, which is the idea. Bigger chipper, bigger truck more money.
But if you have the work lined up and makes you more competitive and its making a return I really cant argue with the guys that own one.
How can your insurance be that low? Doesn't seem possible. Unless you own it completely any insurance company wants commercial vehicle, general liability and inland marine on the boom. I did a lot of comparing and shopping. 11k a year is rite in the ballpark for a crane operation/tree operations with the income I projected. Something sounds a little amiss here. I also have a riggers policy for lifts for hire, inland marine for all the extra stuff on the truck not covered otherwise.For comparison's sake, my insurance was less than $2k/year, with the tag being under $1k.year, $107k down (excluding the mountain of incidental stuff), and $3200/month for the payment. $295k for the truck (PK40/PJ10 D/D).
How can your insurance be that low? Doesn't seem possible. Unless you own it completely any insurance company wants commercial vehicle, general liability and inland marine on the boom. I did a lot of comparing and shopping. 11k a year is rite in the ballpark for a crane operation/tree operations with the income I projected. Something sounds a little amiss here. I also have a riggers policy for lifts for hire, inland marine for all the extra stuff on the truck not covered otherwise.
Awesome prices. What a difference it makes from one place to another. Even from one zip code to another makes a big difference sometimes. My premium went down almost 300 per month when we moved yard about 20 blocks because we fell in another zip code.I think you meant unless you own it completely, and FINANCE company wants...
The boom's value was listed as installed equipment on the truck with the total value equaling or exceeding my purchase price. I didn't have a riggers policy. Looking back I believe the vehicle policy on the crane was $1533 for a year; I forget what the general liability is on the tree service, but around half that. My grapple truck's policy was a little lower than the crane's.
It also matters dramatically how the vehicle is classed. If you call up the insurance company running your mouth about your awesome crane, you’ll pay crane rates. Oh it can tow a trailer? It must be a tractor, add more money.Awesome prices. What a difference it makes from one place to another. Even from one zip code to another makes a big difference sometimes. My premium went down almost 300 per month when we moved yard about 20 blocks because we fell in another zip code.
I didn’t cut corners on insurance, it was signed off on by the finance company, their 3rd party auditors, Progressive, my commercial insurance agent, and my wife and her team (seperate insurance agency). Both Progressive and my commercial insurance agent have E&O on the line to make sure they’re right or I’m covered.Yeah most of that wouldn't fly in virginia. Totally doesn't qualify for farm tags. The finance company wants specific coverage on the boom. The insurance company wants a load chart, DMV wanted the drawings and photos of the truck. I chose to go with underwriters who understand our trade. No fooling them. I was just curious. Honestly, with the amount of investment i've made and the risk involved, i'd rather have the rite insurance instead of the cheapest. Thats one area of my life i've never cut corners on and for various reasons i'm glad.
Every market obviously has different rules, regulations and pricing as I can not insure a pickup truck for the price Carl paid for a crane. My market is also home to the insurance fraud capital of the us. Agriculture tags around here would only allow us to work on or travel between farms. DOT would eat us alive with farm tags. My brother in law purchased a beach house on the other side of the state and registered all his vehicles at that address. The reduction in premiums almost pays for the house.