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Subcontracting tree services?
« on: October 31, 2009, 01:05:16 AM »
Does any one here have experience subcontracting a tree service to fell and top the trees.  Leaving only the trunks to be bucked and moved to the mill?  I would like to coordinate this as an additional service to the customer, this way I get to avoid the work and additional insurance expense.   

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Re: Subcontracting tree services?
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2009, 05:59:00 AM »
When I do that I let the tree service and the home owner work out there own deal. If you start out in the middle of it and something goes wrong you could end up in the middle of it.
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Re: Subcontracting tree services?
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2009, 10:35:17 AM »
I have a tree service that regularly "donates" logs to me.  That way he doesn't have to pay a "disposal fee" to get rid of them.
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Re: Subcontracting tree services?
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2009, 11:17:27 AM » want to be careful there, I do some climbing takedowns for people, usually for the wood, but I am selective about the trees I am willing to mess should contact a local, (certified and insured) arborist..they can pont you down the right path...
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Re: Subcontracting tree services?
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2009, 02:12:41 PM »
I've done two jobs where I subcontracted services.

One was a labor subcontract, that wasn't so bad, the other one was a services sub-contract, where I subbed a kiln, and a molding service for a customer.  That was  PAIN.  not with the subs themselves, but I got stuck storing material, etc...

I would refer folks to your arborist of choice.
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Re: Subcontracting tree services?
« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2009, 07:00:03 AM »

All the Boys have given very sound advice  ;) Custom was spoton about steering clear of been the meat in the sandwich which aint much fun just get them to deal direct with eachover   ;)
 Zopi im like you and do alot of the falling and alittle climbing work but as im getting older im also getting very bloody fussy about what jobs ill even go to look at im only doing jobs now with a min of 10000 bft min in med to high grade logs as to muck around shifting gear in to load and shift trash/heads ect nd load trucks its easier to just buy what you want in most of the time  ;) as most tree lopping logs are low grade at the best of times and not worth the hassel unless they are geting landed in your yard or load you while they are on the job  ;) as it can turn into a logistical nightmare and the buget can blow out on you pretty bloody quick Mate ;) ??? :o :) ::)

Magic mans "Donated logs"  ;) are good most of the time but you will have to build up a good realtionship with some loppers and stipulate what you will take over time and sett some specs for what you will take  ;) ;D
i had one mill i managed for about 3 years where the boss loved free logs  ::) as they would deliver them aswell but we use to get some 40' semiloads that we just ended up burning 1/2 of it (limbs branches ect) Rob never stipulated what we would take tho and we where lucky that we could sell softwood firewood in the city ;)

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Re: Subcontracting tree services?
« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2009, 08:07:08 AM »
I gotta say, never really subbed out a job. I like to just connect the parties and show up when the butt log needs dropped. "Cuttem low boys, cuttem low" Mr Weyerhauser(sic) dying words.

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Re: Subcontracting tree services?
« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2009, 04:34:58 PM »
all of my logs are cut down by someone else.  some are bucked to length and some are not.  I have 2 full time and 5 or 6 part time cutters.  I refer any potential customers who have trees needing to be dropped to the tree services I pick up for.  about as far as I go is saying for this tree service, if they do the job and you want the lumber i will pick up for free.
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