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  1. How long do you have to be under the threshold to deregister? Pandemic pushed me over the threshold last year. However, my main subbie had to take two months off (April and May) which got me looking at how I operate. There was alot of what I would call 'bad turnover' - big turnover days but average profit. In his absence I was able to use occasional subbies and do days by myself. Turnover was down, profit was up, and I worked less. Hard to beat heading out on your own with the stump grinder once or twice a week.
  2. Kinda figured that would be it. Just like using the Sherpa over anything else though.
  3. Any thoughts on the Klou stump grinder attachment available for the Sherpa? I have a FSI B22 grinder so I wouldn't expect it to be better than that, but the thought of pushing a few levers rather than wrestling a stump grinder has its appeal. This comes after a 6 hour stump on Friday that I have to go back to finish off! It was up a bank so I was constantly wrestling the machine to get it on the stump. The B22 is normally a real pleasure to use but on occasions a more lazy approach would be welcome.
  4. Like most have said, just walk away. I wouldn't contact the council as the customer has requested that you don't do this. This is just likely to make the situation worse.
  5. We use the wider grass tyres most of the time. Makes the Sherpa much steadier and more sympathetic to surfaces, and they're ok in softer conditions as they don't sink in. Only put the narrow tractor tyres on when access is an issue. They cut up everything and on soft ground they just dig in.
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    You should have a good idea on what you need daily from your garden work. As most have said, it'll take years to get your pricing right. Just get out there, f*ck a quote up, do the job, feel shit about it, and learn from your mistakes. Then you'll do it again ... but slowly you'll get closer to everyday being a decent day. Then you'll hit a real winner and think I've got this dialled. Then you'll mess one up. But, a few years in you're bad days will be when you maybe just cover costs rather than taking a big loss. In the meantime at least you'll have your regular garden work to keep things steady. I could say £500/day for two men and a chipper, but that'll not help you when you're looking at how long a job will take.
  7. I'd say there is zero demand commercially for processed softwood in NI. We sell small quantities of firewood as a by product of our tree service business. For processed firewood customers only want hardwood. A few customers will take trailer loads of softwood coming direct off a job, at a very cheap rate, to process themselves. I do know guys that sell mixed loads successfully but they would be in more rural areas. In and around Belfast, it seems to be only hardwood in demand, with 'kiln dried' being the buzz word. Spoke to many customers who will only buy kiln dried hardwood and the prices they pay are staggering. Many believe you can't burn softwood in stoves. Uneducated punters unfortunately.
  8. Boardroom - milled up a couple of oak stems on site for a customer of ours. https://theboardroomni.co.uk/contact
  9. Hi We recently ground out a tree of heaven stump that sat close to the lawn. The customer has since called (voicemail) to say that 'toadstools' have been appearing everywhere in the vicinity of the grind, and he wants a solution. Other than tearing out all the roots what are the options? His garden and lawn are immaculate. Thanks
  10. I think you've answered the question in your post, and probably the hardest thing to find, get some reliable help.
  11. Bounce back loan repayments start in June also.
  12. Oak and ash removals, and the obligatory lleyandi reduction.
  13. Using rigging line to pull climber up, climber tending the zigzag. Not sure why we didn't use the skid steer to pull. 02.mp4
  14. Very busy here in NI, more so than ever. All the tree guys seem to be the same, as do most trades. Enjoying it while we can, next year may be different, when furlough stops, jobs go and people put whatever money they have to the holiday they missed this year (if there are any airlines left).

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