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benedmonds

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About benedmonds

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  • Birthday 05/07/1974

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  • Location:
    Loughborough
  • Interests
    No time due to children and business- Hang gling and paragling when time allowed
  • Occupation
    Self employed since 2004 - Tree climbing since 1999
  • Post code
    LE12 5PE

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  1. benedmonds

    Velo South . GRRRRR !

    Cancelled, as in it's not happening, you will be able to go about your business as normal without 15,000 lycra clad cyclists closing your roads.. They are planning to do it next year so you should have plenty of time to plan for it this time.
  2. benedmonds

    Velo South . GRRRRR !

    You'll be pleased to hear velo south has been cancelled.... due to the weather... not the moaning locals...
  3. benedmonds

    Velo South . GRRRRR !

    http://www.velominati.com/the-rules/comment-page-8/ Rule #9// If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period. Fair-weather riding is a luxury reserved for Sunday afternoons and wide boulevards. Those who ride in foul weather – be it cold, wet, or inordinately hot – are members of a special club of riders who, on the morning of a big ride, pull back the curtain to check the weather and, upon seeing rain falling from the skies, allow a wry smile to spread across their face. This is a rider who loves the work.
  4. benedmonds

    Virtual phone numbers

    There are loads of companies that will give you a landline number you can divert to a landline. I have 3 local numbers with the area codes we work in they all direct to the mobile. The Pocket landline from EE costs me nothing due to an error when orange moved to EE. The other 2 are with Tamar and cost £15-£25 a month. https://www.tamartelecommunications.co.uk/
  5. benedmonds

    Velo South . GRRRRR !

    I'll wave as I ride past you miserable sod.. The ambulance to pick me up when I fall off again will be allowed on the closed roads.. Or the tax payer will pay for a helicopter..
  6. benedmonds

    Great truck for domestic arb..

    I just "won" a 7.5 ton 2014 canter eco-hybrid, low mileage, 1 ton tail lift, off ebay for £16K including VAT...... Only to be told that they can't afford to sell it for that..... Really disappointed would have made a great arb truck. The Canters look like a great choice as arb trucks.. The 6.5 ton 4x4 looks pretty useful. I tried to buy one of them a year or so ago and lost that too..
  7. benedmonds

    Arb consulting advice

    I am sure there is plenty of work in the SE, if you are happy doing 5837 and mortgage surveys. I would call around architects and get friendly with all your local arbs firms.. Trouble might be having guaranteed work as surveys are always needed tommorow and remember to charge a decent rate.
  8. benedmonds

    Man/Woman with an axe!

    Where are you based.. I am happy to pay employees in wood...
  9. benedmonds

    Big Arse chipper required in Oxfordshire

    Sylvagen have just taken a few hundred tons from us. They took logs and chip, we obviously got a lower rate then if it had been chip, but It was less effort then chipping it on site. Yet to see the totals of be paid for it.. https://www.facebook.com/SylvagenLTD/
  10. benedmonds

    Councils undertaking tree work

    Council run tree gangs working on non council trees to make the council money should have a huge competitive advantage. Their advertising powers are going to dwarf all but the biggest tree firms and access to TO's would take the will they won't they out of applying for TPO works. Their potential access to a huge range of kit from the council fleet, access to other staff and teams, the ability to tag works onto other contracts and always having there own works as a back up also a massive advantage. Not to mention the back office support.. They also have a huge disadvantage, they are being run by council employees and are therefore restrained in many other ways..... Instinct tells me that the bureaucracy and lack of drive is going to make them less efficient then a commercial outfit so they will have to charge a decent rate. If that is the case then it's not so bad..
  11. benedmonds

    Groundsman Rates

    Eggs, you are often on here telling us how poor rates the rates of pay are employees and subbies get and they all need £xxx... Correct me if I am wrong but I don't believe you work full time in the tree industry.. It is low paid... I run 3 teams, I do most of the quoting and therefore probably do as many quotes as anyone.. I don't try to be the cheapest and we have kit and guys to make us pretty efficient.. I lose many of my jobs as: "we had a cheaper quote." The point is I have a pretty good idea what the domestic market will pay and in the East Midlands. Many firms work for £450-£550 for 3 guys truck and chipper. You cannot afford to pay the sort of rates you are talking about when you have to get lots of work.. A gardener doing an odd job who needs a top climber for the day might be able to afford top rates and maybe in different areas rates are higher, but in the East Midlands I can't.. If you can then let us all know how... £150 day rate equates to £33,000 a year.. £200 day rate is £44,000. The average UK salary is just over £27,000 look at the jobs on the list.. A vet only earns £38,000 and they were straight A students who spent 5 years at uni.. https://www.cosmopolitan.com/uk/worklife/careers/a33179/average-job-salaries-uk/ Like it or not arboriculture is an easy industry to get into, some do it as hobby at weekends.. others get into it as a lifestyle choice.. a fair few set up after doing something else with capital behind them, many are just poor business people... Maybe I am doing it wrong, I make a living but I would not advise anyone to get into it for the cash.
  12. benedmonds

    Reduction Pruning

    Appeal it.. Some of the pins inspectors are not anti reductions...
  13. benedmonds

    aren't spouses great?

    Not if they are sisters
  14. benedmonds

    Firewood value??

    Hit quote instead of edit...

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