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About benedmonds

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  • Birthday 05/07/1974

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    No time due to children and business- Hang gling and paragling when time allowed
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    Self employed since 2004 - Tree climbing since 1999
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    LE12 5PE

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  1. Canopy Tree Services are Recruiting. We are looking for an experienced arborist to join our growing team in the position of a team leader. If you want to join a company where you can make a difference drop us a line. Canopy Tree Services is an ARB approved, progressive tree company offering high quality works to domestic and commercial clients throughout the East Midlands. We carry out specialist works involving Cranes, Hiabs, and MEWPS, we do NOT do motorway, railway or HS2 works. We have a great reputation in the area for doing high quality works and have a real emphasis on training and educating our employees, we are constantly looking to improve our skills and knowledge. Job details below: £26K - £32K per annum. Working hours 07:45 - 16:30. Overtime and weekend work available. 20 days paid holiday plus public holidays. Government pension scheme. Full PPE, relevant equipment, and company uniform provided. Ongoing training as required. Key Accountabilities • Conduct daily briefs with your team, delegating tasks and responsibilities, outlining performance outcomes and safety expectations. • Ensure all equipment required for the day's tasks are loaded on to the truck and are in good working order. Any defective equipment must be taken out of service and reported to your supervisor. • Deliver work instructions and carry out risk assessments. • Ensure H&S compliance is adhered to at all times and undertake Hazard Identification at each site reporting any unsafe working environments and issues to your supervisor. • Provide progress reports and updates of the work schedules, detailing any shortfalls or challenges that have arisen. • Have high performance standards and actively promote these to your team to ensure they are achieved consistently. Person Specification • Previous Team Leader experience in a similar capacity. • Relevant experience of the Arboriculture industry and practices. • Ability to lead a team to succeed and achieve high standards. • Strong people management skills with the ability to delegate effectively within a team. • The ability to problem solve and implement resolutions swiftly. • Effective communication skills adapting communication styles to different audiences. Functional / Technical Skills • Full UK Driving Licence (essential) • NPTC units CS30, CS31, CS38, CS39, (required) CS32 & CS41 (Desirable) • B&E, C1&E: Trailer (Desirable)
  2. I have built my business over the last 17 years and we employ 9 or 10 guys, I have not been on the tools for at least 5 years and run around quoting and organising, plus surveys. If I was doing it again, I am not sure I would bother.. There is a lot to be said for staying small, investing in equipment and yourself. I doubt I am better off financially either and the stress staff cause is relentless....!
  3. Dean at global sent me this a few weeks back when enquired.. Our best seller now as you might of seen is the Bandit SG40 grinder starting at £16799+vat through to £24995+vat for radio, details are below but lead times are now July due to the amount reserved. 38hp Kohler Efi engine 730kgs Belt drive 29.5” width 47” slew 14” cutting depth Spare parts kit & delivery included.
  4. Not sure what I am in denial about? I have not said what I charged or didn't. I started a thread to discuss, what different opinions were. Employees are alway doing stupid things that cost the employer. I am not sure how bollovking the foreman will help. I am sure he us pretty aware I am not happy about it.
  5. I have been running this company over 17 years, you are going to make a few cock ups.. I am not going to post threads about the jobs that go to plan. I doubt they are going to create much discussion..
  6. Peasgood and Doobin demonstrating two ends of the spectrum.
  7. I have mentioned this job before, client with 15 or so large ash trees dead or dying with ADB in a garden. Probably a week or twos work to do a propper job, clearing up etc.. The client is not willing to pay the rate I quoted for the job, claiming (while sat in his brand new electric Jag) he can't afford it. It is a lot of work. We have done a fair amount of work for him at his large house and his other properties over the years so I want to keep him on side. I explain it's a difficult job and I have to add some contingency incase things go wrong and so suggest a day rate where I will send 3 guys, LR, chipper and 28m MEWP. He can decide what work they do, we can concentrate on the technical and leave a mess for him to tidy up etc.. He opts for 2 days, but after the first day decides he needs a third which I accommodate, as we have the 15 ton 28m Mewp onsite...Even though it screws up my diary.. On the second day the guys get the 4wd MEWP stuck.. It costs £650 to get it pulled out and they basically get bugger all work done. So as he was on a day rate should he pay for the 3 days? 2 days? Or some compromise?
  8. Mid sized grinder recommendations?
  9. I am sure justme will confirm, but I am fairly sure you have to do the C1 first.
  10. I don't need reminding of that.. ☹️
  11. New Engine fitted 12/9/19 New Clutch & belts just fitted Fully serviced
  12. We are thinking that possibly we could streamline our stump grinding operation, possibly replacing the HB20 and the 2150 with an SG40. We don't do many big stumps, the big grinder probably only goes out a couple of times a month, the little one goes out more but only a couple of times a week. We could also get rid of a trailer and free up some space. The HB20 in a 2011 model we have had since new, it has had a new engine last year, and clutch last week, the clock says 465 hrs. It is currently running fine. The 2150 also a 2011 model (we purchased in 2015) runs fine on a long teather, we have a remote but it does not worked reliably and we have not managed to find someone with the electrical knowhow to sort and as its works fine without we never really pursued the fix. I didn't have the key so not sure of the hours, but they will be low for the age of the machine. They have NOT been tarted up. They have the original stickers from the factory. Dean at Bandit has given us a trade in price and there is a wait for the SG40's so there is no rush to be rid of them. What do people think they are worth on the private market?
  13. You are considerably cheaper then what we pay for C1+E.. I think we have paid closer to £3,000.. and that's if they pass first time.


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