The problem is her husband is a self-proclaimed 'Arborist", living in S.C. She's eight months pregnant and he says he can't work when it rains, when it might rain or a day or two after it rains because it's too dangerous. I make my living with a large maintenance base, a couple of installs each month and half a dozen walls each year...but know enough about tree work to be suspicious. Of course you cant' top a tree in a downpour, but how do established, professional companies cope with inclement weather? Couldn't he schedule more work at ground level following a storm? Use a cherry-picker if the trees were still wet, etc.? If I was in his situation I would supplement with stump grinding, get things down before/after bad weather for bucking or investigate my equipment options more fullly...I mean, aren't there plenty of tree companies in Seattle????