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Old 12-22-2011, 07:42 PM
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I tell all my clients to do queens and cocos 2x/year. I would love to get those rates, but with the tree rats and larger companies charging $10-$20/palm, I'm happy with my base of $25. I just did 4 coconuts last week for a great customer. Took me 20 min to do all 4. That's $300/hr. Not too shabby. Plus I got to leave debris on site.
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That is the difference. Can't leave trimmings on a customer's property. Most people do not have room for it and the city will not pick up anything that does not fit into their 80 gallon green waste bins, normally issued 1 per residence. Also, GL and WC insurance is pretty high in this state. My GL will not cost the same the moment any of my work is not done with two feet on the ground.
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Old 12-22-2011, 08:01 PM
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Yea, there are diff rates here for ladder work vs bucket trucks. Tree companies that use buckets pay out the wazoo
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Old 12-22-2011, 08:03 PM
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Ladder work already places one in a high risk bracket, then bucket work and the big one of climbing the tree itself.

You would think that I am in a high risk bracket, however, according to insurance, because I spray trees from the ground and not from ladders or lifts, my rate is far lower.
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Old 12-22-2011, 08:33 PM
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You're safer in a bucket than on a ladder or in the tree; for sure. Trimming from the ground is pretty safe too if you're smart enough not to drop branches on your head. You can be relatively safe in the trees if equipped with a "Fall-Arrest Positioning Suspension Harness" and common safety sense.

We have Silky 420's on the trailers for quick trim & palm clean up.
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Old 12-22-2011, 09:02 PM
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My max on a ladder is about 22 ft. If I have to go any higher than that, someone else is doing the work.
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