How many of you fool with limbing?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by WJW Lawn, Oct 8, 2006.

  1. WJW Lawn

    WJW Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,330

    Any of you carry chainsaws and service people who need limbing done? Ive never bothered with this side of the business, but I wonder if it adds any profits? And I would assume Stihl is the best chainsaw you can purchase.

    BUCKEYE MOWING LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,169

    I have done a few for a nice $$$ charge..and even gotten rid of a few small dead trees ...anything to big and they need an expert....but yes its pretty easy money .....BE SAFE !!
  3. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,899

    The insurance you have to cut grass and trim shrubs usually has a limitation about climbing. If you can reach from the ground with a pole saw, no worries but no climbing. Clients usually understand and accept this response when asked. In our contract we label it as trimming for access only.
  4. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Yes, you need to be really careful... I started carrying a chainsaw because sometimes the hedge trimmers are not enough, and it also comes in handy for the occasional small tree, but again like you said, my insurance specifically does not cover me for tree work (yes, they asked me if I did any and I said no).
  5. Uranus

    Uranus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 1,624

    I have a husky saw. I like them, good saw for me. 22 inch bar big enough for what I need with just enough power. I'd only do small stuff away from any danger. My main reason for buying it was for large branches that fall or the ocational tree that fell or broke during a wind storm.
  6. PR Fect

    PR Fect LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,076

    Yes, its a big money maker. Get a STIL pole saw. Love mine! PR
  7. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,967

    I have a top handle Echo for stuff like that. A pole pruner would be nice but, it's an occasional thing and I can rent one if I need it.
  8. Outdoor Works

    Outdoor Works LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    I have several STIHL's, but I do a good bit of tree removal and pruning. For what your talking about just about any saw would work just fine. There is decent money in pruning but can be hit and miss. I would follow what the other guys are saying about the insurance and know your limitations. I have even picked up a few jobs just removing downed trees from storms etc.
  9. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    I prefer terra firma thank you :nono:

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