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  1. Sfoppema

    ISC Rig N Wrench

    Bought one of these recently and loved it until the first limb's tips hit the ground. The branch ran smoothly and beautifully through the air from the nice bit of aloft friction provided by the device. Once the limb was partly on the ground, quite a bit of pulling/struggling was required by the...
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    1998 Bandit 1890xp central MA

    1998 Bandit 1890xp wood chipper. 125 horse power John Deere turbo diesel. Winch. Bought a year ago, put 10k into it; all bearings on the machine replaced. Both feed wheels replaced. brakes pretty much new. lift cylinder repacked. lights all work. auto feed replaced. fuel and hydro tanks emptied...
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    1998 bandit 1890xp drum clogging up

    I've got a 125hp 1890xp that I bought last year and dumped a bunch of money into. It's an old girl, probably 6000+ hours, but chips like a rockstar. Except when I chip spruce. Dead pine has jammed me up before as well. If I put a spruce log in that chipper it's like a 30% chance that at least...
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    New to bidding work with crane rental. Curious about your thoughts....

    Have been in business 5 years and very rarely rent crane. I'd rather stay in my lane and leave the crane work to the guys who own their own crane, which in my area there are quite a few. Recently we've been extremely busy and quite a few jobs coming up where crane would very much come in handy...
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    Ooooh Domino.

    Homeowner had a few pines come down in the wind recently. Hired us to come in and drop a number of trees of concern and leave them. Old stand of white pine (Pinus strobus) in central MA. The three trees you can see in the domino were over 100' which is tall for our location. Dropped another in...
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    Looking to sub climber(s) or experienced ground person(s) or experienced mini skid operator in central MA

    Have tons of work and not enough time. Have enough equipment to send out two crews, but only myself and two other employees. Best case scenario I find one or two capable people to sub in for a few days a week so I can get a second crew out. Realistically, you'd be getting the easy work. Just...
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    ziplining oak significantly leaning downhill over little pines/steep hill/house

    The video was taken after all the branches were already removed. If you can believe it, they all went as smooth as the little wood piece. It was an extremely uncomfortable climb. Perhaps hard to see, but the tree was way up at the top of a hill that sloped down towards the house. Homeowner had...
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    guying an oak leaning significantly over shed/towards house

    I've guyed lots and lots of trees, but sometimes when the stakes are high, even though you know you can do it, you end up climbing/limbing the tree just to be safe. Well, this tree was leaning heavily over a shed as well as right towards a house. We got some pics as well as a video. First pic...
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    Winter footage from a year ago

    I've been watching lots of youtube recently, and it has motivated me to try to put something together... My buddy has a drone and ran it with us for a few days last winter. Pretty tight removal. Real cold. Snows mid job. Didn't get the whole thing on film, but you'll get the idea. Freestyled...
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    Writing off part of your property

    I'm closing on a house in MA at the end of this month. It's a big property in the woods and I'll be keeping my trucks there and bringing/storing logs/firewood on the property. Everything will be there. There are a few outbuildings including a decent sized barn that I'll find some use for...
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    Ditchwitch sk1550

    Anybody running this? I've got an older 650, but thinking of demoing a 1550 and scooping one to have for another crew or just to have on a bigger job. Got inspired by @Serf Life !
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    2000 1890xp with winch 125hp John Deere with just under 1000 hours. What's it worth?

    Just picked one up. Having it gone through by a pro on Monday. Full service and bring everything up to proper adjustment etc. What do we think it's worth? Will post pictures soon. Nothing really cosmetically wrong with it. It's probably been outside most of its life, but it doesn't look bad...
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    Looking for sub climber/mini loader operator in central MA

    skilled climber/skilled ground guys with experience using mini skid or mini wheel loaders wanted. Day rate. Could use one or two guys for three days a week for the rest of the summer into October most likely. PM me
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    Central MA small company looking for sub(s)

    Have enough gear for two crews, but I only run one. I could get a second crew going if I had the proper man power. Work just southeast of Worcester, MA. Could probably kick one or two guys 3 days a week up until Sept-Oct if they wanted it. Wouldn't even necessarily be climbing every day. Also...
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    Anyone own or used a Toolcat 5600?

    They're wicked expensive if you try to get a new one, but I'm entertaining it if I can find a good deal. More of a jack-of-all-trades sort of machine than specialized in anything specifically, but looks like it would be pretty damn awesome to have one. Already have a mini skid, so I would just...
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    Is there any money in stump grinding??....

    Is there? I have a small company. I did my share of stump grinding prior to going out on my own, and can't say that I ever enjoyed it very much. I knew enough starting out to get a quality chipper, as you can only really go as fast as you can chip. I got by with super cheap dump trucks for a...
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    badass cab-over mini transport build.

    Like I'm sure many of you do, I spend way too much time on craigslist, treetrader, facebook marketplace, etc etc looking at anything and everything cool. I saw something shiny, and I just had to buy it. This is a 1990 Mitsubishi Fuso fe 5 speed manual 4x4 with 53,000 original miles. It was...
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    Anybody ever replaced motor mounts on a Ditchwitch sk650??

    I have an 06 sk650 with 4000 hours on it. She runs like a top, and is durable as hell, but you can push the motor around quite easily, which isn't good. We decided to pull some things apart, clean it, and sort the issue out. After spending lots of time cleaning the 3" of organic matter, oil, and...
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    Feedback on guying as a felling technique

    In my experience as an arborist, I don't guy lots of trees to the ground. If it's ridiculous enough of a lean or etc, we'll just climb it. That being said, I know how to fell trees with a guy line, and use that technique when appropriate. Recently, I've been working on a gig cutting/maintaining...
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    Climber for hire SF/Oakland/Sac/Tahoe area November through spring

    Planning on being all around SF/Oakland/Sac as well as Lake Tahoe in November through to the spring. From MA. -Associates in Commercial Arboriculture from UMass -BS in Urban Forestry from Umass -Massachusetts Certified Arborist (Let my ISA cert expire this summer because they just charge me...

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