Which units do you have?
We had the pro coms, one of them after a year, ate batteries every day...we bought them from a non dealer on eBay for at 50% msrp, so no warranty on them.
I think I'm going back to some of the new peltors soon.
We too have had sena's for about 3 years now...they are nice.
They do not even come close to the quality of noise canceling and 360 enhanced hearing abilities that out old expensive peltor-coms had. They were push to talk and worked on walkie talkie bands, so that part sucked...
I've got a bandit 90 with 65hp Wisconsin. Late 90's unit.
Spare good motor (for insurance and robbing parts as needed from)
In upstate NY
Chipper and spare motor 1st $7k...(motor alone with core would cost over $4k)
Steve have you operated a bucket/lift? I don't recall...
I've been coming across so many more opportunities for a tracked lift around me as I look.
Another thing to think about, used tracked lifts are rare and also hold their value rather well, so if it did not work out you should be able...
Compact lift dude! With your climbing experience, a lift would take you to a new level of the game..
Sell getting the trees down, find some one else (other tree service/landscapers) to clean up.
Stepping stone towards the crane!
I can land a piece flat with out a flip.
Mini humbolt/bypass notch and cut it free when proper angle is achieved.
Make sure you have a good sized (power) saw and sharp chain so you can cut it free when you want.
Same theme works with "darting" big tops, that won't fit if they lay out after...
We have a bandit 90 with 65hp. They make them with 35hp engines too, which would be painfully under powered. Honestly anything under 50hp imo would be under powered.
As mentioned, sharp knives adjusted to kiss a new anvil will slice like scissors versus hammering like a hatchet.
I have the 6' and a 12' hasegwas. they do make a 16'
They are super stable. Amazingly light.
Every one who has used one for what ever purpose have said, "wow, that's a nice ladder!"
A customer of mine became a dealer and I bought two from her as soon as I saw them, she delivered them to my house.
If I think some one has a problem with me, I confront it asap!
I get right into their world quick, with a smile, introduction and hand out for a shake.
Kill them with kindness and make them look like an asshole if they want to be one.
Works every time...so far.
We had some painters next door...