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  1. Sgfinco

    Smallest and best compact articulating loader available in Canada?

    We bought an avant 423 and love it
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    Avant grapple?

    Avant 423 with the timber grab
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    Avant grapple?

    When we bought our machine it came with the avant grapple on it and didn't want to wait for a bmg to come in. We returned the grapple in a week for a bmg. It couldn't get around moderately sized brush piles, felt heavy on the machine and didn't have the grip for large logs.
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    experienced climber needed for only a couple of extremely difficult jobs in Buffalo N Y

    For a proper contract climber to travel and stay for a few jobs expect to pay $500-600 per day then $100 per hour after 8 hours plus lodging. They'll be fully outfitted and insured.
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    Grapple truck

    A lot of it depends on how you work. For us doing a lot of work in back yards and rigging down long pieces to our avant being able to just run a long rig through the chipper is faster than cutting and stacking for the grapple truck. We definitely have more capacity for brush with chipping over...
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    Grapple truck

    We started with a grapple truck as well and got going in april last year. Follow the manual and keep things greased and be prepared to have some big repair bills. We have $10k into work on the hydraulics already. We were also able to dump for free all last year. The grapple truck first worked...
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    Tree Care Channel

    I think it's important to ask what the goal of your channel is. Is your target audience your clients or other Arborists?
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    A ‘love letter’ to nature

    This is a fantastic video. Thanks for sharing
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    Most Expensive Tree Removal

    Split and rotten the strike was a few years ago and the top had been crumbling
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    I place judgement on you EAB

    Drifting re direct. Ring spliced into 3 strand with the main rigging line run through it.
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    Most Expensive Tree Removal

    Not my bids. The cottonwood had been turned down and walked away from by 5 other companies. The oak on the house was a bit nuts.
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    I place judgement on you EAB

    Vaudeville villan by Viktor Vaughn then an Andres Atune original playing metal over some knucklehead mega church preacher
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    Most Expensive Tree Removal

    Storm work $23k tree, 42" white oak uprooted through a house. Standard tree work $13k for a 5' diameter 110' lightning struck cottonwood with a 90t crane from the drive way and a 40t kboom for a tie in
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    I place judgement on you EAB

    Built my terminal rigging point over the sidewalk and ran the main rigging line through the ring on ~80' of three strand. This allowed the grcs to lift to a closer point over the garage then lowering the 3 strand with the portawrap allows a controlled drift out to the terminal rigging point.
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    I place judgement on you EAB

    No way not to use it!
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    I place judgement on you EAB

    Rigging out an EAB infected green ash. Used a ring spliced into some 3 strand as a drifting redirect to move pieces laterally out to the sidewalk since the yard was very congested. I get brushed with some tips at 3:55 or so which was my fault for setting the redirect a little short. It was...
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    Critter Stories

    I have tussled with a bakers dozen or so raccoons in the last 8 years... scariest one was rigging of the end of a dead elm limb, watch it run to the ground and look back to a big angry raccoon 10" from my face climbing out of where I was tied into with my lanyard. Also had a farmer shoot a...
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    Removing EAB trees

    I'm in wisconsin so we've been dealing with EAB kill for a long time. I was at a company that did a huge amount of them, then moved to contract climbing a lot of the worst of them, and now owning my company there's some we do and some we don't. Always a thorough inspection. Always spurring up...
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    What to buy first? And where to look for it?

    Gotta go cdl if you can. You can pick up a 33k truck for far less than a 25999 truck since lots of people want to stay under cdl. Tree parts get heavy quick.
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    What to buy first? And where to look for it?

    I went from contract climbing to running a proper tree service in April. My business partner and I made the decision to buy a grapple truck first rather than a chipper and chip truck and I'm so happy we made that decision. We would have struggled to do a lot of the work we've done simply because...

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