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  1. Stefan Palokangas

    Post your stump grinding photos

    Some photos from last stump grinding job
  2. Stefan Palokangas

    Kohler

    Makes sense, I dont come across real big jobs very often. Sometimes on golf courses. The thing with no borrowing is that things takes longer. I have zero patience with things. It just have to wait.
  3. Stefan Palokangas

    Kohler

    Hey Just wondering how many hours your kohler engine done ? I use a 38 hp kohler, changing oil and filter every 50 hours. She done over 1000 hours now, still feels like new .
  4. Stefan Palokangas

    Kohler

    There is no leaks anywhere. All seems fine, yes that’s how I do, let her go for half hour and then empty her. And dip stick never changes. Perhaps I’m overprotective on her
  5. Stefan Palokangas

    Kohler

    Indeed need a hand held machine, need to demo one, I see predator got a very small one and a 460 model. Both of them would be handy. And the predator 75. Could afford the smaller ones but not the biggest. Unless I borrow money It’s hard to say when time is to expand.
  6. Stefan Palokangas

    Kohler

    This one the size it is I will keep forever, very good for back gardens and tight areas. I will fix and refurbish it. A new grinder will be a bigger and a smaller one.
  7. Stefan Palokangas

    Kohler

    I always been keen to keep things right when it comes to oil and filter and air filter
  8. Stefan Palokangas

    Kohler

    Thinking of getting a new engine, and get the existing one to a total service, even tho it runs great. And take the new one to 1300 hours or so and put in the other one and so on. And refurbishment in the machine itself at some point. Already changed all bearings and clutch and the shafts. Phew and cutter wheel to .
  9. Stefan Palokangas

    Kohler

    You are probably right, I just feel for the little cost I do it often
  10. I just started using the forum again, coming in to a period i can take an hour off my day. I have seen posts asking the very same questions i had myself when i started out on my own. Pricing and how to grow the business, how to get work ? How to get that money coming in to pay your bills each month. When i started my Stump Grinding business i didn't have any contracts, no clients nothing, i didn't even have the money to buy the machine, i went to many banks to get the money needed for the machine. I applied to two loans at the same time, i borrowed 30 k. This is how it's done. If you believe more in sleep then grinding, you will be a consumer not a producer, Get over your fears, refuse being a average, stop wasting valuable time, what ever it is, keep going forward, and get it done, no matter whats in your way. It's no over till you say YOU WON !, JUST DO IT... The day got 24 hours, sleep for 6 and work the rest of that time. And remember if you are a average, you will attract average, You put in 40 hours a week and you think you are great ? ?? The output have to be outstanding to become great. The great puts in 126 hours each week. If you wan't to be great change your input. Don't ever be afraid to fail, if you fail you stand the fuck back up again, and again and again. Never give up, feel no fear you hold the power.. It's your Choice
  11. Stefan Palokangas

    What skillset makes for a good Groundie?

    Be able to know what the climber needs at all times, time things correctly, free the ropes stuck in branches. Try to be a step ahead. And drag branches out aware of your surroundings no scraping any buildings. Be aware at all times so climber can keep dropping things without having to stop for some standing in the drop zone.
  12. Stefan Palokangas

    Next level

    Hello [emoji112] I’m hoping to get a thread without flames [emoji91] At what point did you feel business took over your life completely ? And how did you manage family and friends?
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    Next level

    Higher bills and no guarantee regular income is involved in business. It is stressful losing time with the ones you hold close to your heart, work will never break me, but being away always could bring negative stress . Therefore I do the most of the time when we got the holidays up north . Another one is booked quite soon to
  14. Stefan Palokangas

    Next level

    Well the fiancé doing the clients I get addresses. Saves a lot of time for me .
  15. Stefan Palokangas

    Next level

    That’s how it’s done.
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    Next level

  17. Stefan Palokangas

    Next level

    Indeed the most important is the loved ones around
  18. Stefan Palokangas

    Next level

    We are out spending time together, i love it!! Ok I hit the break if I see tree stumps. Just a reflex. My fiancé and my dogs. I do dearly enjoy the time with them , Still dealing with enquiries, However I do enjoy being off the grind. That constant grind . Luckily fiancé been in business before so she is understanding
  19. Stefan Palokangas

    Utility work in Sweden?

    Good that, it was such hard work and dodgy firms. Good with a change
  20. Stefan Palokangas

    Utility work in Sweden?

    If you are talking for the power lines, we do it differently compared to uk . As far as I know we never use a climber, due to everything is wood areas it would take to long time to climb them. It’s done manually with a 15m long pole saw with a silky blade, or precision felling, or helicopter for the highest branches. To clear them power lines, For the bigger power lines it’s done manually with a clearing saw, or by a forester machine with special attachment. Usually many small firms doing this jobs.
  21. Stefan Palokangas

    How many hours do you put into your business?

    You are such a inspirational kind of guy. [emoji106]. Getting a genuine feel of forward thinking from you. Your life must have been full of joy and opportunities. I also get a feel you want your fellow people to do very good and I know you feel happy for them. You sir are indeed a inspiration . [emoji23]
  22. Stefan Palokangas

    How many hours do you put into your business?

    I’m on a holiday in Avimore, here to spend some quality time with my adorable fiancé and fantastic dogs Corrie and Ria. They mean everything to me: they support me always. Wasn’t going to log in but curiosity took over. Guys . I see some saying I run a easy job, I don’t get tired. I did the hard work when I was young, I started out at age of 5 with a knife, took down a lot of trees, worked long days to keep dad happy. At age 12 I got my first Husqvarna 242 , Worked in our own forest and had a John Deere tractor 1650 if I remember right a 1984 model. Everyday from that age to 19 I did that. Entering military I realise my own strength at age 19, nothing I ever done or have ever since done comparing to that experience. Worked with precision felling trees beside power lines after military a 9 years. Done a 10 years of robotic welding also, And now at my age I have slowed down quite a lot, It’s a culture chock, that’s what this is. I have worked with hard people in my life, while now I just see softies. Some jumping to conclusions I can’t afford to get bigger machine, some think I’m not succeeding, or whatever conclusions some lot is making. You reflect your own failures, sad but true. Anyway I been here for two days now and I filled in a couple of days of work already up north, Mixing dog walks with getting work , Fantastic opportunities here. Also got 8 phone calls from this thread itself for stump grinding jobs. Thanks ! Really thankful [emoji108] But now I’m going to jump in a 5 hour pre heated sauna, poor heat bill. [emoji81][emoji81]. And a lot of buds. [emoji6][emoji6] Have a nice weekend [emoji173]️
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    How many hours do you put into your business?

    I’m only interested in a positive approach, we can disagree with positivity. Senses negativity from miles away, and I’m like NO NO ! To that carry on . And now I notice this creates negative thoughts from myself so I’m about to distance myself from it right now. I’m off from here again . Might come back and upset you lot again in a years time. [emoji3][emoji3][emoji3] I wish you and all a great 2018 Bye bye
  24. Stefan Palokangas

    How many hours do you put into your business?

    Thanks for your great words. [emoji106]
  25. Stefan Palokangas

    How many hours do you put into your business?

    This year will go vat registration. I get enough money to survive

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