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Quality chippers are VERY expensive (10k- 30k). But you can rent one for about $250 per day. I only do this on brush clearing jobs. Tree jobs I can usually load the trailer and haul away all the branches. Sometimes it take 2 loads, but there are a few places I can drop it for free with no charge. This is 1 benefit of having an open trailer as opposed to a closed trailer. I can load my trailer 12 ft high. Tie it down and off I go.
Usually I will lay a strong rope down before loading the brush. Then lasso it around the load. Then tie off on a cement block and put the truck in drive and pull the load right out of the back of the trailer.
I use to load and unload a trailer but after a while it gets old, depending on how often you do it? Ya chippers are expensive I bought one for 2,000 and had to do a lot of work to it exhaust, clutch, paint, blades, etc...but it paid for itself
how did you learn to climb, compared to lawn service to tree service whats the percentage of work you do for each?
I had a friend who was a climber that "showed me the ropes" and I did a lot of reading and learned my rigging and knots, and off I went.
I would like to buy a chipper, but i one of those people who waits until I come across a killer deal, then jumps on it. That is how I will get one eventually. As for now, I only have to load my trailer, the unloading is the easy part.
I would say that about 50% of my work is trees, but it accounts for about 75% of my income. I did a job today that was removing a small pine, cottonwood, and trimming 2 libs off a Eucalyptus. I made $775 and did all the work myself.
But the landscaping work keep the money coming in and I can always count on it, even though you can make much more money working on trees, the work isnt as consistent.