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Offline barbender

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Re: mobile mechanic rates
« Reply #20 on: January 20, 2019, 06:54:09 PM »
I think the rate for a well equipped mo uke heavy mechanic is around $100/he up here.
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Re: mobile mechanic rates
« Reply #21 on: January 20, 2019, 07:50:31 PM »
Barge hasnt posted in a while.  Hes probably got a mobile guy draining him to fix a stroker chain right now  ;D
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Re: mobile mechanic rates
« Reply #22 on: January 20, 2019, 08:58:37 PM »
Knowing Eric he is busy digging up some ore at one of his pits which he will personally smelt down into the necessary repair links to fix that de-limber chain you speak of, after he gets the store closed up for the night.   ;D
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Re: mobile mechanic rates
« Reply #23 on: January 20, 2019, 09:13:02 PM »
That or his GF caught him sleeping with her sister and is chasing him down the street with nothing but his bathing suit, he got a bit of frostbite and is in the hospital.
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Re: mobile mechanic rates
« Reply #24 on: January 20, 2019, 09:35:02 PM »
Clearly the best option here was to just pay the mechanic and be done with it.  ;)
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Re: mobile mechanic rates
« Reply #25 on: January 24, 2019, 05:26:52 PM »
Well Mike it's to bad you aren't closer to southern Ohio. Me and about ever other logger I know( and there are several in the area) are desperate for a good mechanic especially one that will come to the woods and look at a machine.there is a few garages around but no one who will come to you. And the garages that are here get in no hurry.if there is anyone in the area of McArthur Ohio I would love to hear from you.

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Re: mobile mechanic rates
« Reply #26 on: January 24, 2019, 06:56:02 PM »
I drove about an hour into the unknown today to look at a 99 international with N14 issues for the quarry.  found all the commercial pine plantations, pretty cool area, im eager to get into a log truck. 

 Id put up some pics but the upload function is giving me an error message.
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Re: mobile mechanic rates
« Reply #27 on: January 25, 2019, 12:18:35 AM »
        I pay 90.00 and really appreachiate when I can get a few hours.  Always comes through when needed. Really good and very versitile. Heavy equipment, Trucks and small vehicles. New and old.
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« Reply #28 on: January 25, 2019, 03:50:26 AM »
Barge hasnt posted in a while.  Hes probably got a mobile guy draining him to fix a stroker chain right now  ;D
 New Tsubaki boom chain has been ordered, poor girl is getting some love end of next week hopefully, wasnt going to take it on this next job but after owning a delimber I've gotten a sudden allergy to humping a saw thru the snow and brush anymore for anything under 20"ish dbh. 
 We have an AWESOME mechanic, theres not much he will shy away from. I believe with most people he is 65-70hr and worth it. 
 Unfortunately GF and I are done, it was rough 6 months ago. If someone can explain why loggers are kryptonite for women in the healthcare industry / RN's please because you may just save my life. 
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Re: mobile mechanic rates
« Reply #29 on: January 25, 2019, 06:35:23 AM »
If someone can explain why loggers are kryptonite for women in the healthcare industry


You can not work 12+hours/8days a week and expect a GF to be happy. first they love a hard working man but later they start to complain because you don't give her enough attention. I have learned a lot the last 10years And you Eric just take work to a whole other lever. I bet you just get home to eat and sleep. 
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« Reply #30 on: January 25, 2019, 07:32:05 AM »
Youll need a mobile psychologist for that one buddy.  Id rather chase wires on a N14 in frozen rain then try to figure out what my wifes problem is today.  
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Re: mobile mechanic rates
« Reply #31 on: January 25, 2019, 07:39:36 AM »
Barge hasnt posted in a while.  Hes probably got a mobile guy draining him to fix a stroker chain right now  ;D
New Tsubaki boom chain has been ordered, poor girl is getting some love end of next week hopefully, wasnt going to take it on this next job but after owning a delimber I've gotten a sudden allergy to humping a saw thru the snow and brush anymore for anything under 20"ish dbh.
 We have an AWESOME mechanic, theres not much he will shy away from. I believe with most people he is 65-70hr and worth it.
 Unfortunately GF and I are done, it was rough 6 months ago. If someone can explain why loggers are kryptonite for women in the healthcare industry / RN's please because you may just save my life.
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That or his GF caught him sleeping with her sister and is chasing him down the street with nothing but his bathing suit, he got a bit of frostbite and is in the hospital.



Well it only seems like I was a bit psychic but really bargemonkey is not hard to figure out.  Now I am so old I don't even think of Tinder.  Yeah...that would get someone in trouble.  Especially someone who actually likes being in trouble a bit.  
Glad to hear the delimber is working.
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Re: mobile mechanic rates
« Reply #32 on: January 25, 2019, 08:22:43 AM »
careful she doesnt log into your account and delimb you.
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Re: mobile mechanic rates
« Reply #33 on: January 25, 2019, 11:44:29 AM »
Mike, are you comfortable with a laptop out in the field to repair electronics? I answered a question for you in your other thread but now I'm a bit puzzled. With a mobile service rig you can far out earn anything a driver or owner/op could make and you'd rarely work farther than an hour from home. A friend of mine has a fully rigged out IH including a small crane but also has a very tough laptop. He works on everything from ag to mining to hwy rigs and bills out at $175/hr CDN. He is never short of work and turns down lots to maintain some home time. Different area so I'm not trying to make a comparison but I can tell you that when a rig broke down and we were on the side of the road wondering if we should get a tow truck at $1500 or a mobile mechanic at $75/hr it's a no brainer. Call the mobile mechanic. So my question really is....... do you want to be a mechanic or a road warrior?
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« Reply #34 on: January 25, 2019, 03:50:31 PM »
I cant afford to pick and choose just yet.  Really i want to retire like everyone else but im not there yet.

I have a machine shop that is still in massachusetts that i need to finish transporting to TN this summer when kids are out of school, by taking them with me like ive done before.  My boy is in kindegarten so this is my first period of getting to make money without kid(s).  I have logged, dozed and done firewood with a 4yr old in tow up to now or often both kids. Not easy.  Younger generations are afraid of suit and dont want kids around.  Older folks who dont mind still think 1980 wages are high.

I had to get CDL to cover my own move, and then some time was freed up by school starting.  the phone rang for a quarry driving job so i jumped.  Then a crack for a log hauling job opened for more pay that may work out and is based closer to me so im jumping again.  But those are all someone else making my hours.  

If i put all my tools in a service bed on my truck and charge half the local rate i can make my schedule and make better money than either driving job which frees up time or fills the bank.  None of these little jobs are stable so ya always gotta be working towards the next leap. Mobile service is stable.  Its my truck and tools and the whole world is filled with downed iron.  That'll never run out and i am honest, good at what i do,etc.  Itll only grow once i get started. I can take the summer off without being fired if im doing mobile mechanic.

Once the shop is relocated i dont have to be mobile.  Let them drop it off or pay a premium for mobile. Short stints driving with various different operations is how i will meet the customer base. Today i got a call to drive for a log hauler out of ozone down to bowater and stevenson.  But he was too far away. It still gave me a chance to say hey im gonna open a repair  shop on such n such road in a few years so check back with me.  I didnt advertise or ask around.  Someone i dont know gave him my number so there is clearly a shortage.  
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« Reply #35 on: January 25, 2019, 04:05:34 PM »
I should add, im close to being a well stocked mobile but not quite there so ill need wage income for a while longer to get that set up.  I dont really want to be the laptop guy running incite on some wire city new truck at all.  Im fine with old gear and picking/choosing.  There is sooo much broken stuff at the quarry that i could never fix it all. There like 30 quarries here and just as many in excavation, in logging, etc etc.  so i dont need to go to a laptop to have infinite work. A welder generator, 1" gun, onboard air basic big tools and some good jacks is enough to stay busy.  I can change big rubber out in the bush all day with levers and ether.   

My hose crimper runs on air.  If i put that and all my crimp ends inside an enclosed service rig i will never run out of work. 
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« Reply #36 on: January 26, 2019, 06:30:29 AM »
Just a thought: can't you get a loan? like 10-15k so you can set up your shop and have the mobile ready? i am certain you would be able to pay that loan in no time. you will never be able to put some savings aside at 10-15$/h jobs.  sometimes you have to jump in to something and take a risk.
you said it yourself, you will never run out of work and will earn alot more than employed  
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« Reply #37 on: January 26, 2019, 07:26:13 AM »
Just a thought: can't you get a loan? like 10-15k so you can set up your shop and have the mobile ready? i am certain you would be able to pay that loan in no time. you will never be able to put some savings aside at 10-15$/h jobs.  sometimes you have to jump in to something and take a risk.
you said it yourself, you will never run out of work and will earn alot more than employed  
Mike is quite against debt due to prior bad experiences.  He's going to make it, just give him 2 more years and he's going to have his shop setup and maybe a log yard.  I'm just enjoying the tour.
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Re: mobile mechanic rates
« Reply #38 on: January 26, 2019, 08:16:52 AM »
I'm seeing two threads, this one, 

and a driving thread;
Haul Road Heroes and SuperTrucker Shenanigans in Forestry and Logging

be darn careful with those driving gigs,
you have little ones that need their dad,

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« Reply #39 on: January 26, 2019, 09:27:21 AM »
I intended the supertrucker thread as a place for everyone to dump their daily transport stuff, like the what are you cutting thread.  Id love to see/read about  the trucking side of logging.  

This thread was just me kicking around mobile wrenching as an option.  I didnt realize rates were so high or demand was so high until i started at the quarry with broken equipment parked everywhere. Then saw it in the other quarries too. 


Regarding debt finance, I am done being a borrower.  Lost 2 houses that we should have been able to sell or give our children.   You want to see an employer treat you better? Give him your 2 week notice.  I cant be confident in walking away from a crummy job if i have payments to make.  Ive got my deed in the safe now and it'll never have a lien on it while im alive. My credit isnt worth lending to and im thankful for that.  The credit card companies have finally stopped begging me to spend future earnings in the present.

I was partly raised by depression era polish/irish grandparents.  The kinda people who got a broom and earned a mower.  Mowed to earn a trailer, worked two jobs to bring a lathe home on that trailer and put it in the basement.  You see where im going with this.  Get a tool and put the tool to work.  Dont spend before youve earned.  Thats how i lost what i had.  Debt free is true liberation and im trying to teach the kids that by example.
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