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Tom D

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  1. Tom D

    Trees Close To Electricity Wire

    I don’t have a contact but quite often Scottish Power will do them for free if they feel they are close to the lines.
  2. Tom D

    General Tree pics

    Thought I’d revive this old classic with some serious coney topping, 40yd skip and the heizo is the way to go on these jobs..
  3. Tom D

    Stock vs ported saws

    I have had 9 saws ported by Spud, all of them cut much better than they did before. The differences before and after vary, but they were all noticeably better. And by noticeably I mean well worth getting the porting done. The best results seem to come from the husky’s, the 254 being the most noticeable improvement, but the ported 357’s are awesome, they beat a 560 in performance and are lovely to use. I just got a 346 ported too, that’s a great little thing...
  4. Tom D

    Riding The Crane Hook

    Cranes can be lolered for lifting (like rigging kit) or personnel (like climbing kit) the crane that we usually hire in is lolered for personnel as it is owned by a steel errection company and they have a man basket that they use on it. I have ridden the hook on this crane. FWIW it’s a 60 tonner and costs about £500 for the day.. bargain!
  5. Tom D

    Are we all rubbish?

    That’s great news, glad it’s worked for somebody.. it’s still working for me..
  6. Tom D

    50 cc saw

    Can’t waitto get them Spud. We paid you today by the way..
  7. Tom D

    Rabaud F80 splitter

    There’s I think they look ok, it’s the long ones customers don’t like.
  8. Tom D

    Rabaud F80 splitter

    There is a version which has a conveyor, but it’s a lot of money. We have lots of oversized stuff to do, we currently use a posch 30 ton 4 way splitter to split billets and these we put through the processor. It’s pretty slow and a lot of double handling. I’d prefer to ring it up with the 66, maybe even buy an 88 and just push them through that sieve.
  9. Tom D

    Rabaud F80 splitter

    No, I think I’d cut rings, crane 3 or 4 in and then split the lot at once. The question is will it handle knotty stuff into 28 pieces? It’s an 80ton push so it should be pretty good but i bet I’d you get a bit stuck it’s a mission to get it out.
  10. Tom D

    Rabaud F80 splitter

    Has anyone used one of these? I’m still considering one but i’d really like to know the real world performance ..
  11. Tom D

    50 cc saw

    Mark carter..
  12. Tom D

    50 cc saw

    I just bought 2 346’s and 2 357’s, second hand, ex environmental agency, they are in good nick, 2 have been ported by spud and the other 2 are spares. I wont be buying another modern saw. Our 560 didn’t even last 3 years, my 1991 254 is still going....its sad that the new saws are so poor but that seems to be how they are.
  13. Tom D

    Crane fed chippers and brashy material

    Downforce on the rollers is important for brash material, AC Price do an add on which really helps, so you can lift the roller up to get it in and then crush it down too. Leylandii has never been a problem and usually goes through without needing the downforce. Hawthorn and other ball shaped shrubs are more tricky. One things for sure any crane fed chipper is way quicker than hand feeding.
  14. How much did you want for it Ben? I’d have been 5-600 for the trees and 150 fro the stumps. Always hard to price from a pic, but I think that would be about right. There’s plenty guys up here who would do it for 450 too though. Ive said this before on here: imagine there are 100 customers in your area thinking of having work done. Of these 15 are just wasting your time and will never actually go ahead with the job, they just want to know how much it will be. Another 20 will think it should cost less than half your quote, the next 30 will get 3+ quotes and go with the cheapest no matter how un professional they seem. The next 20 will get 3 quotes but will take your professionalism into account, the next 10 will only care about professionalism and not worry about price, and the last 5 will simply get one quote and accept it regardless of price. You obviously want to be working for those who value professionalism over cost, or the one quote guys, and avoid the others. So when you loose work like this don’t feel bad, let the other guys do it safe in the knowledge that while they are working for £450 you will be making real money on another job.
  15. As of today I have 8 subs working, they are on a variety of rates from about 70 to 200 / day. The £200 guy comes with a 3.5 ton van and can run a site, the others vary in experience and are paid accordingly. I think the real cause of low wages and wage stagnation is the explosion in arborists in the last 10 years. When I started out there were just a few firms in the area, we all knew who each other was. Now I have lost count, I see vans and chippers every day, no Idea who they are or where they work from, but they are out there. This has had 2 effects on the industry, the first is that there are so many guys out there looking for work that wages have been driven down or stagnated, the second is that there are so many firms out there that prices on jobs are being driven down or have stagnated. I would not be advising any one to get in to tree work at the moment, well not for the money anyway. It is however a great job, no two trees are the same and being outdoors appeals to a lot of people. being a plummer may well pay a lot better but would you want to do it? I have to say I agree with Steve, the standing of the industry will unfortunately never change. Sad though it is...

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